Monthly Archives: August 2020

Jamaicans For Justice dismisses excuses

first_imgJamaicans For Justice dismisses government’s excuse for not attending IACHR hearing Jamaican human rights lobby group, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), has brushed aside reasons given by the Jamaican Government  for not attending a hearing held in Uruguay by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to examine alleged unlawful detention of persons by the Jamaican police.The hearing  –  ‘Reports of Extrajudicial Executions and Excessive Use of Preventive Detention against Afro-descendants in Jamaica’ was held in Montevideo, Uruguay, earlier this week.Government objected to term AFRO According to the president of the Commission, Francisco Eguiguren, the Jamaican Government had problems with the heading for the hearing, saying it objected to the term “Afro” , arguing that the majority of Jamaicans are of African descent and it was not credible to claim that they were facing discrimination on that basis.However, the JFJ labelled the excuses as a “cop out”.“I question whether or not this is a real substantive excuse or more so one to avoid the scrutiny,” said JFJ Director, Rodje Malcolm.The Jamaican government pulled out from the hearing at the last minute, saying it did not have a diplomatic representative in Uruguay.Unfortunate absenceMeanwhile, Caribbean Researcher at Amnesty International, Louise Tillotson, said Jamaica’s absence was unfortunate and the issues raised by the State is a continuation of excuses to not appear.The hearing in Uruguay was attended by the JFJ and Mercia Frazer, the mother Mario Deane, a young man who died after being severely beaten while in police custody in 2013.Frazer, who represented families who suffered a similar fate, told the IACHR, that since the death of her son, her family has been intimidated by the police.The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States (“OAS”) that promotes and protects human rights in the American hemisphere.For other initiatives by the Jamaicans for Justice, click the link: Jamaicans for Justice condemns search for persons wearing hoodieslast_img read more

Councilman Alix Desulme appointed to NLC Council on Youth, Education, &…

first_imgNorth Miami – North Miami Councilman, Alix Desulme, Ed.D., has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2019 Council on Youth, Education and Families.The appointment was announced on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, by NLC President Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary, Indiana.The Council oversees and supports the work of the NLC Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute).Created in January 2000, the YEF Institute assists municipal leaders nationwide in supporting and implementing policy and advocacy on behalf of children, youth, and families in their communities.“As a lifelong educator, this appointment is one that I am most fond of. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve nationally amongst my peers,” said Desulme.As a member of the council, Desulme will be tasked with creating peer learning and networking opportunities, supporting effective city leadership and promoting best practices that address the needs of children, youth and families.The Council consists of local elected officials, national policy experts and youth leaders. Mayor Victoria Woodards of Tacoma, Washington and Councilmember Tameika Isaac Devine of Columbia, South Carolina, co-chair the council. Mayor LaToya Cantrell of New Orleans, Louisiana, serves as the YEF Council’s Vice Chair and Mayor Vince Young of Union City, Georgia, serves as the Board Representative.last_img read more

Pittsburgh playing coy with injured linebackers for Ravens game?

first_imgHaving dealt with their own barrage of injuries through the first seven games of the season, the Ravens won’t take any pity on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ health woes at the linebacker position.But they will likely be left guessing over who exactly will be on the field when they travel to Heinz Field to take on their bitter rival Sunday night for part two of the 2011 edition of the best rivalry in the NFL.The Steelers’ second-ranked defense — ranking only behind Baltimore — has been decimated by injuries to its talented group of linebackers.Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison has missed the last four games with an orbital bone fracture in his face while inside linebacker James Farrior missed Sunday’s game against New England with a calf injury. A third starting linebacker fell during the Steelers’ impressive win over the Patriots when LaMarr Woodley sustained a hamstring injury in the third quarter of their 25-17 win over the Patriots.A Tuesday report by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Woodley will not play against the Ravens and could possibly be out until after the Steelers’ bye on Nov. 20. However, Woodley said on his Twitter page he’s not willing to throw in the towel for the Baltimore game just yet.“Everybody counting me out … don’t count me out yet,” said Woodley, whose nine sacks have helped fill the void left by Harrison in the Pittsburgh pass rush. “Big game on Sunday.”The information on Harrison has been even more conflicting, with his agent declaring him ready to return against the Ravens before the 33-year-old linebacker said otherwise on his Twitter page. Harrison has been cleared to practice, but the veteran said he will not be able to play on Sunday night.“He has been cleared to practice and that is where we are,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday. “We will reevaluate the situation at some point later in the week and let that be our guide in terms of potential participation. But, right now, I just want to be clear that he has been cleared to practice.”Tomlin also said Farrior will practice on a limited basis on Wednesday despite the Post-Gazette reporting the 36-year-old would miss a month with the calf injury.Though it appears likely that all three will be unavailable against the Ravens, the gamesmanship already being exhibited will force the Baltimore offensive line to prepare for the Steeelers’ pair of dominating pass rushers in Harrison and Woodley. In the decisive 35-7 win over the Steelers in the season opener on Sept. 11, the Ravens limited Pittsburgh to one sack and ran for 170 yards in the blowout.With Harrison being out for the last month, the Steelers have been forced to shift inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons to the outside. Veteran Larry Foote and rookie Chris Carter have played larger roles than anticipated with Farrior and Woodley now sidelined with ailments.Next page >>>last_img read more

SWAN Rivers Platform Host Hockey Chief

first_imgAfter Adokiye Amiesimaka a few weeks ago, The Rivers State chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN will host Arthur Jumbo on Thursday, August 24 in their Platform.The SWAN Rivers Platform, powered by FOSKOLO Media Productions got a kick of life last month with former Green Eagles Winger speaking on a wide range of issues from his football career at Sharks, Rangers, and the National team to as his post football life.A monthly, interactive, no holds barred session between a sports personality and members of the Sports writing fraternity in the state, Arthur Jumbo, who will be guest on Thursday was until a month ago chairman of the Rivers State Hockey Association but stepped aside after issues with his board members and staff of the State sports ministry.He started playing hockey in 1984 and was captain of the Baptist High School team in Port Harcourt a year later.That same year in 1985, he captained the Rivers State U18 hockey team to the Kwara ‘85 championship.He also captained the Rivers State U16 team to the Bako Cup in Kaduna in 1985/86 winning his first ever medal, a bronze, in that event.He was part of the Rivers State team to the sports festival in 1988 and got a call up to the national U21 team the same year.In 1989, he won a silver medal in the Abacha Cup and won the gold medal in the 1990 Nigeria University Games Association, NUGA games in 1990, playing for the Obafemi Awolowo University.A year later, in 1991 he got a call up to the national team for the All Africa Games and in 1992 won a gold medal at the NUGA games hosted in Ilorin.After his youth service in 1996, Arthur Jumbo started his own company and in 1999 he became vice chairman of the Rivers State Hockey Association.He 2010, he was marketing coordinator of the Nigerian Hockey Federation before becoming a member of the Federation board in 2013.In 2015, he was elected chairman of the Rivers State Hockey Association and was elected board member of the Hockey Federation in 2017.Arthur Jumbo is the Chief Executive Officer of Mc-Arc Services Nigeria Ltd and he’s married with 4 children.The August edition of the SWAN Rivers Platform holds on Thursday, August 24 at the NUJ Press Center at Moscow Road in Port Harcourt from 11 am.Relatedlast_img read more

Roadshow…BetConstruct opens series of client workshops at VIGE 2017

first_img Related Articles Seeking to boost its client proficiencies, European gambling technology and software provider BetConstruct has launched a series of free workshops to showcase its entire product line and give participants hands-on experience with using BetConstruct tools.The first workshop will be held on Sunday, 19 March, before VIGE 2017 in Vienna, BetConstruct The Door: Orientation Day will become the first in the series of workshops the company plans to hold in different regions this year.Following VIGE 2017, the team will travel to Malta to organize the second workshop at the Corinthia Hotel on March 24.“Our colleagues and peers will have an opportunity to experience first-hand what makes BetConstruct partners successful and profitable. They will create an operator using our tools and services including CRM, CMS, odds feed management tools, loyalty program and some hundreds of other tools and features.“The workshop will give our guests something to compare their platforms to,” says BetConstruct Executive Chairman Vigen Badalyan.BetConstruct team will present The Door concept. Walking through BetConstruct’s Door, operators will find all they need to start their business or take it to the next level – tools, services, products and expertise in one place.Held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Vienna, the event will combine good debate, great food and fantastic entertainment. The attendees will leave the event with a fully operational business and own it for 30 days without any charges. Share StumbleUpon VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 Share Submit New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020last_img read more

Kristof Fahy departs as Ladbrokes Coral Chief Customer Officer

first_img Related Articles Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Share FTSE-listed bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral Plc has confirmed the departure of Kristof Fahy as Group Chief Customer Officer (CCO).Issuing a corporate statement Ladbrokes Coral detailed “Following the successful integration of the marketing functions and the aligning of the marketing budgets to the Retail and Digital Executives, our Chief Customer Officer, Kristof Fahy has decided it is time to leave the business and seek new opportunities.”Fahy had joined Ladbrokes in 2015 from the Telegraph Media Group taking on the leadership position of Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), as Ladbrokes aimed to relaunch its digital betting/gaming services. Following the bookmaker’s decision to merge with UK market rival Coral in 2016, Fahy’s position would change to CCO for the combined enterprise, where he would lead customer alignment projects combined with new group marketing initiatives.A UK marketing veteran, Fahy had been further tasked with merging and restructuring a number of Ladbrokes Coral marketing divisions and assets.Ladbrokes Coral detailed that Fahy would leave by the end of September and that the company would not be seeking a direct replacement.last_img read more

PSV signs Asian betting partner

first_img Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon PSV Eindhoven has signed online entertainment site Wellbet as the clubs official Asian betting partner.Under the terms of the deal, due to commence on January 1 of next year and run until mid 2020, the bookmaker is to be granted exposure at PSV’s Philips Stadium and usage of the clubs logo in official campaigns.Toon Gerbrands, PSV General Manager, said. “It is known that PSV has been focusing on sponsorship revenue from the gambling market for a long time. “In addition, we focus our arrows on markets outside Europe, where Asia is a very interesting market. There has been contact with Wellbet. We are very content that we can increase the range of PSV outside Europe with such a big player. “This follows news of Wellbet’s multi season deal with Italy’s Serie A, giving the company comprehensive integration into match graphics, and visual advertising across all of the league’s matches broadcast in Asia.Mark Lu, communications director from Wellbet, added:  “We are convinced that the collaboration between PSV and Wellbet will be successful. “Wellbet is a leading brand in sports and entertainment in Asia. PSV is, in turn, a top team in the Eredivisie where many world-famous footballers have begun their career. We are looking forward to an innovative partnership between both companies.”PSV, the 23 time champions of the Netherlands, are currently five points clear of Ajax at the summit of the Eredivisie. Submit CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Sportech approves £53 million capital redistribution for shareholders

first_img StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 8: International expansion and picking up the sporting slack April 7, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Richard McGuire,Updating the market, London-listed betting systems provider Sportech Plc has confirmed that it has completed its ‘capital reduction plan’ attached to the sale of it’s the Football Pools division, completed in June 2017 for £83 million.In accordance with previous transaction objectives, Sportech governance has declared a 29p-per-share distribution for its shareholders, which will see the company complete a cash redistribution payment of £53.8 million.Sportech details that its capital reduction payment will be made on Monday 18 December, and will be awarded to shareholders registered by Friday 24 November. The shares will be marked ex-dividend on Thursday 23 November 2017.Richard McGuire, Non-Executive Chairman of Sportech Plc, commented on the update:“We previously announced that the Company would be making a significant distribution to its shareholders and I am pleased to formally announce that we will be distributing almost £54 million to shareholders in December. This follows the £21 million returned in March this year via a share buyback, taking total shareholder distributions to £75 million in 2017, further illustrating the turnaround in the Company’s financial position over the last twelve months.  The Board are also continuing with the Formal Sale Process as outlined earlier this month and we will update shareholders further at the appropriate time.”In its latest trading update, Sportech governance detailed that the company had begun ‘to hear suitors’ with regards to its planned outright corporate sale. Share Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 UK Tote gains international ‘commingling pool ecosystem’ with Sportech April 17, 2020last_img read more

Scientific Games clears William Hill hurdle in pursuit of NYX Gaming

first_imgShare StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles Submit Philip BowcockScientific Games Corporation (SGC) has released a statement, detailing that it will move to acquire William Hill’s entire 6.8 million ‘ordinary shares and convertibles’ holding in acquisition target NYX Gaming Group.The Nasdaq gambling technology firm, clears a major hurdle in its $630 million pursuit of Toronto TSX-listed NYX (first announced September 2017).Last November, William Hill governance stated to investors that it would move to convert ‘preference options’ in NYX, which the UK bookmaker had gained for co-funding NYX Gaming’s £300 million acquisition of OpenBet technologies (transaction was undertaken in 2016).NYX and SGC would counter William Hill’s action, by launching a legal suit against the bookmaker of ‘wrongful conduct’ and anti-trust violations.In its statement SGC governance has agreed to acquire William Hill’s complete options in NYX, detailing CAD $2.40 per share for the 6.8 million ordinary shares and circa £87 million for its convertible ‘preference shares’.All parties have confirmed that they will enter a new technology agreement, following the settlement shares, with all legal proceedings terminated.Updating investors Philip Bowcock, Group CEO of William Hill, this morning commented on the agreement:“These agreements safeguard William Hill’s technology roadmap and relationship with NYX and end all legal action between the parties.“Additionally we are pleased to expand our commercial relationship with Scientific Games in the US market which offers considerable potential should the Supreme Court ruling on the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which is expected next year, provide states with the power to regulate sports betting.”last_img read more

Spurs back on form to delight of fantasy managers

first_img Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Submit SBC’s League of Legends fantasy football league has seen a number of movers and shakers this week, in the aftermath of two huge derbies in the Premier League yesterday.A late penalty on Merseyside saw Everton rescue a point at Anfield, while Manchester City strengthened their place at the top of Premiership with victory at Old Trafford.In the world of fantasy football just 15 points now separate the top four, with the chasing pack hot on their heels.Sean McRory was the big winner in that pack at the summit, claiming 58 points to move into third on 914 overall. Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, the overall top scorer with 124, was the highest scorer within his side, seeing his 11 points doubled courtesy of the captaincy, backed up by Christian Eriksen (eight), with Joe Gomez and Marcus Rashford totalling six apiece.Algosport Founder and CEO Leigh Herdman was the best performing manager in the top ten, totalling 70 points to slide up the table into seventh. Tottenham’s two goal hero Harry Kane was installed as captain, and responded with 24 points, with Salah and Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi also chipping win with 11 points each.This weeks overall top scorer in the League of Legends is Alex Kalli, Senior Marketing Manager of Sports at Yahoo. With an overall score of 81 points, Kalli has Spurs to thank, with the combo of Kane (captain, 24) and top points scorer for the gameweek Heung-Min Son (16) laying on almost half the total between them. Elsewhere it was defence who helped out the most, with the trio of Stephen Ward, Kyle Naughton and Gomez scoring eight, seven and six points respectively.In the busy festive football season, midweek football returns for gameweek 17. Chelsea face another tricky away trip as they visit Huddersfield, while leaders City travel to struggling Swansea City and Arsenal go to a West Ham side full of confidence after defeating the defending champions on Saturday.On paper Spurs, Manchester United and Liverpool have more straightforward ties, each at home to Brighton, Bournemouth and West Brom respectively. Share Related Articles Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Swansea City drops gambling sponsor August 21, 2020last_img read more