Caribbean leaders honor late UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

first_imgCaribbean countries have paid tribute to the late former United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, who died Saturday at the age of 80. Annan, was the seventh Secretary-General to lead the UN, during the period 1997-2006.JamaicaJamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness described Annan as “a humanitarian icon who served with distinction during his two-term tenure and was the epitome of a dedicated and committed international civil servant. Among his most significant pursuits was his persistent call for governments to be held accountable for the treatment of their people.“The former UN secretary general was also an architect of the Millennium Development Goals which, for the first time, set global targets on issues such as poverty and child mortality. These and other humanitarian accomplishments earned him the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001.”The Bahamas The Bahamas government described Annan as “a global statesman who always strived for the best in finding common ground to resolve differences in the world,” The  Hubert Minnis government said Annan’s “contributions to issues that are impacting our world are part of his legacy that will continue for time to come. The World has lost a true Ambassador and Internationalist.” BermudaMeanwhile, Governor John Rankin led Bermuda tributes to Annan, noting that “Annan was a statesman and champion of peace who showed that moral leadership can make a big difference. “I have no doubt that then Governor Sir John Vereker was delighted to receive Mr Annan and his wife, Nane, at Government House in 2005. The Bermuda cedar tree which he planted in Government House gardens continues to thrive.”BarbadosPrime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley said, “Barbados has lost a friend and the world has lost a skilled international statesman.During his historic stewardship of the United Nations, Kofi Annan redefined, revitalized and brought a measure of reform to that premier multilateral organization. His achievements were many, but of particular significance and relevance to Barbados was his work on building an international development agenda.” Trinidad and TobagoFor his part, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley of Trinidad and Tobago said the Government and people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago join the international community in mourning the passing of the former UN Secretary and Nobel Peace Laureate. “Trinidad and Tobago not only shares the loss of Mr. Annan with the world, but particularly with the African region and the countries of the Global South.”Kofi Annan, the first black African to serve as Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), died peacefully after a short illness. The career diplomat, who was originally from Ghana, died in hospital in Switzerland.last_img read more

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Improved Windies player relations paramount, says challenger for Cricket WI presidency

first_imgTrinidad, CMC – Cricket West Indies presidential candidate, Ricky Skerritt, wants to see increased trust and respect in the relationship between players and the governing board.Skerritt, who is challenging the incumbent Dave Cameron for the top spot at the May 24 elections, said players openly questioning the board on matters needed not be interpreted as rebellion.“What we must not do is assume that because a player queries a contract or a player seeks better incomes and other benefits, that player suddenly becomes any enemy of the board,” the Newsday quoted Skerritt as saying.“We need to develop trust, we need to show by our actions and by our decisions that we are concerned about the well-being of players as well as the well-being of cricket and where we need to do awareness building and education with players.”Player relations with the board have been strained at points throughout Cameron’s tenure. In 2014, the Windies abruptly quit the one-day tour of India over a pay dispute, which led to the cancellation of the subsequent Test series.Two years later, the buildup to the Twenty20 World Cup in India was plagued with a bitter contract squabble between the board and players, leading then captain Darren Sammy to speak about “disrespect … from our own cricket board.”Skerritt said, “Presidents and vice-presidents and other administrators should not be scaring players. We don’t have to agree with some of the thoughts that players have and vice versa, but there should be no fear there should be mutual respect.”Skerritt is seeking to topple Cameron in his bid for a fourth straight term in charge of the CWI. The former St Kitts and Nevis Cabinet minister has as his running mate, Dr Kishore Shallow, the president of St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association.Cameron , meanwhile, will be partnered by current CWI vice-president, Emmanuel Nanthan.last_img read more

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Jamaican Government Announces “Largest Fiscal Stimulus in Jamaica’s history” for COVID-19…

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – According to Jamaica’s Minister of Finance, the government is prepared to offer a $25-billion fiscal stimulus package to cushion the impact of the coronavirus on businesses and workers.What is being describes as “the largest fiscal stimulus in Jamaica’s history”, Clarke said that  “pumping $25 billion into the economy at a time of uncertainty like this helps to support economic activity in Jamaica.”He said the Government is to introduce what it calls a CARE programme for affected employees. The programme has several elements, including a business employees’ support programme which is to provide temporary cash transfers to businesses in targeted sectors. The amount each entity is to get will be based on the number of its workers who are kept in employment.The Administration is also to implement a ‘supporting employees in the transfer of cash programme’ to provide temporary cash transfers to individuals where it can be verified that they lost their employment as a result of the COVID-19 crisis in Jamaica. This measure is to remain in place for a specific time.Additionally, there is to be a special soft loan fund to assist individuals and businesses who/which have been hit hard by the problems associated with the virus.And there is also to be support for the poor and vulnerable by way of COVID-19 related grants.Clarke said the details relating to implementation and accountability of these programmes are being finalised, and are to be announced next week.Meanwhile, Clarke said other measures to assist the economy to stay afloat include the 1.5 per cent cut in the General Consumption Tax (GCT) to 15 per cent, which is to put back $14 billion in the hands of consumers and support consumption.As the COVID-19 precautionary measures increase, many businesses have been forced closed, and major events cancelled or postponed, putting a strain from the smallest of businesses to major industries on the island.last_img read more

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Jamaican Woman Becomes First Black Woman on Southern Baptist Board of…

first_imgBRONX, New York – Jamaican excellence continues to shine across the diaspora, with the announcement of Jamaican-born Renée Trewick being elected as the first black female chair of the trustees of Guidestone Financial Resources.She is also the first black woman to chair any national agency of the Southern Baptist Convention. She was recognized as one of the “amazing Caribbean women” who has had a positive effect on the organization.A historic election for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) which will now have a black woman on its board for the first time in its 175-year history. Renée Trewick belongs to the Bronx Baptist Church.Although SBC refers to Trewick as African-American, she was born in St. Ann, Jamaica. Her parents moved to Kingston later on, she attended Queens High School and that College of Arts, Science, and Technology. After graduation, she went to New York to attend Pace University, majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and Finance. After completing her college education, she entered the workforce with considerable potential and a set of goals she wanted to accomplish. She has worked for Marsh USA in its New York City office for 30 years. She currently serves as a vice-president with responsibility for risk management. Her dedication to integrity in her work equals her dedication to being of service to others.As a leader in her community, Trewick has been involved with Mustard Seed Communities for many years and is a member of the Treasury Team at her church, a position she has held for more than 20 years.Currently, she is the Director of Stewardship at the church. She chaired the Finance Committee at the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association in 2008 and 2009 and was instrumental in leading the financially challenged organization to financial stability. She now serves on the Executive Board, and the organization continues to thrive under its current leadership.Trewick was recognized in a speech by Justice Vivienne Gordon-Uruakpa on International Women’s Day in which she noted how “God’s outstanding Spirit of Excellence” had transcended the history of the Southern Baptist Convention and its past actions in regard to skin color and gender.last_img read more

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AITEO Cup: Tornadoes Join Holders FC IfeanyiUbah, Sunshine In Semis

first_imgNiger Tornadoes are through to the last four of this year’s Aiteo Cup after they eliminated Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) champions Plateau United 4-2 on aggregate in the quarter-final.Both sides played out a 2-2 draw in their second leg clash in Jos after Niger Tornadoes had won the home leg 2-0 on Wednesday.Niger Tornadoes join fellow top flight sides Sunshine Stars and defending champions FC IfeanyiUbah in the semifinal.Ajibola Otegbeye netted a brace as Sunshine Stars defeated Osun United 3-1 in their second leg clash to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit. Sikiru Alimi also scored for Sunshine Stars while Osun United got their consolation through Tosin Omoyele. FC IfeanyiUbah defeated hosts ABS FC of Ilorin 1-0 for a 4-0 aggregate win.In the last quarter-final tie, 2015 champions Akwa United thrashed Katsina United feeders 7-0 in their first leg clash on Sunday to all but qualify for the last four area of the second leg in Katsina. Former Sharks and Enyimba forward Christian Pyagbara netted 4 goals.Aiteo Cup Quarter-final:2nd leg:ABS FC 0-1 FC IfeanyiUbah (FC IfeanyiUbah win 4-0 on aggregate)Sunshine Stars 3-1 Osun United (Sunshine Stars win 3-2 on aggregate)Plateau United 2-2 Niger Tornadoes (Niger Tornadoes win 4-2 on aggregate)1st leg:Akwa United 7-0 Katsina United Feeders.RelatedAiteo Cup Quarterfinal Round-Up: Plateau United, Sunshine Stars Suffer Surprise DefeatsSeptember 21, 2017In “Nigeria”2017 AITEO Cup: Holders Booted Out Despite Tornadoes WinOctober 6, 2017In “Nigeria”AITEO Cup Men’s Semis: Tornadoes, Sunshine Secure 1st Leg AdvantageSeptember 30, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

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Spiffx signs UK distribution deal with Eclectic Media Network

first_img David da Silva: “EasyOdds has a natural role to fulfil” February 25, 2019 Better Collective’s Jesper Søgaard: Cultivating a sustainable affiliate model March 15, 2019 Submit Share Related Articles David Da Silva: Easyodds.com – A ‘modern romance’ with Vinnie Jones February 14, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Spiffx has confirmed that technical work will start immediately on the integration of its consumer products on the Eclectic Media Network platform.The strategic UK distribution deal will see Spiffx, a Stockholm listed betting exchange, integrate its portfolio of ‘Sport Random Games’ including the recently launched B2B Take5 products. The mutual target is to have a number of operators launched and live during the third quarter of this year.Lennart Gillberg, Spiffx Co-Founder and Director, said: “The deal with Eclectic not only opens up distribution in and access to the big and important UK market, it also gives us a collaboration with a very professional partner.“Eclectic Media Network has identified the enormous potential of casino-sport betting hybrid games, a segment we at Spiffx call ‘Sport Random Games’. We believe that this is the start of a long and lucrative cooperation with Eclectic.”David da Silva, Chief Marketing Officer at Eclectic, added: “Our Fan Engagement Platform adds compelling interactive second screen experiences to live sports broadcasts, so we are excited to add the Spiffx Take5 betting app to our portfolio. The quality of games from Spiffx are superb, and we look forward to this developing into a long-term strategic collaboration.”last_img read more

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Comtrade Gaming & Microsoft push industry innovation for EDIT Summer School program

first_img XLMedia streamlines executive team in strategy overhaul May 11, 2020 Continuing its corporate focus on developing new talent, Comtrade Gaming welcomed students to its ‘21st generation of Comtrade Group’s summer school – EDIT program’.The program ‘EDIT – Education for Innovative Thinkers’ which has been active since 1996, focuses on developing young talent in creating software solutions and in further gaining vital business/commercial experience.Comtrade Group’s EDIT program has developed to become one of the leading IT summer educational schools in Southern and Eastern Europe.  Updating stakeholders, Comtrade detailed that this year’s EDIT modules would focus on current tech-wide dynamics focusing on enhancing multi-channel operations and customer life cycles.Participants in this year’s EDIT Program will be tasked with developing ‘Chatbots’ that support customer transactions and engagements.Microsoft, the technology multinational, has co-sponsored the program as their open source Bot Builder SDK and Cognitive Services, served as the technical foundation for the product’s development.“Through its history, Comtrade Gaming employed a talented pool of EDIT students that now influence our product development,” explains Aleš Gornjec, General Manager of Comtrade Gaming.“By leveraging the region’s technology-focused talent, we enrich the market and our products. EDIT shows that our emphasis on innovation and technology is engrained in all facets of the business.” Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Education matters… Comtrade continues EBIT legacy programme August 8, 2019 Share Submit Comtrade Gaming secures strategic partnership with Mansion88 September 30, 2019last_img read more

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Paddy Power Betfair looks to rename to reflect growing brand portfolio

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Bookmaker group Paddy Power Betfair has released a proposition to rebrand the group as Flutter Entertainments in a bid to reflect the group’s growing brand portfolio.In a release of the group’s preliminary full-year 2018 results, the group outlined that its recent merger and acquisition drive meant that a rebrand would be essential in order to represent its global range. In February of this year, the group acquired a 51 per cent stake in Georgian operator Adjarabet for an initial cash consideration totalling £101m. While in May 2018, Paddy Power Betfair agreed to merge its Betfair U.S. division with fantasy sports operator FanDuel. Pending the approval of the group’s shareholders at the forthcoming AGM, Chief Executive Peter Jackson released in a statement: “ The acquisition of Adjarabet is further evidence that we are delivering against our strategy, and whilst there will inevitably be further regulatory challenges, we are excited about the growth opportunities ahead of us.“With a growing portfolio of brands, we plan to rename the Group as Flutter Entertainment plc. There are no plans to use this historical name for consumers, and we will seek shareholders permission for the change.”As announced in its results, Paddy Power Betfair detailed that its global agenda had seen significant progress during 2018. Looking forward to 2019, the operator group intend to target additional organic and M&A-led opportunities across the world. Submit StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more

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SABA South Africa joins All-in Diversity ranks

first_img Related Articles Share Christina Thakor-RankinThe Association of South African Bookmakers (SABA) has committed its support to the industry workplace diversity, inclusion and equality initiatives of the All-in Diversity Project (AIDP).Representing South Africa’s biggest corporate and independent bookmakers, SABA confirms that it has become a strategic partner of AIDP, promoting workplace ‘honourable practices’ to its members and industry.‘The SABA is not just our first industry association, but also our first African partner. Africa continues to be one of the world’s most exciting emerging markets, and we are very proud to welcome the continent’s pre-eminent industry association to the project. Not only does this underline the project’s international scope, but also the relevance and importance of Diversity and Inclusion to the sector globally.’ details AIDP Co-Founder Christina Thakor-RankinFounded in 2017, AIDP has become an industry resource for workplace diversity and equality directives – working with a range of stakeholders to create tools, knowledge bases and improve staff training.Sean Coleman – SABAEach year, AIDP publishes its ‘All-in Index’, which provides information on the workplace make-up of the global gambling sector.“SABA are delighted to enter into a strategic partnership with the All-In Diversity Project and spearhead the drive for industry diversity and equality on the African continent. “Our mission statement and the goals and objectives of the All-in Diversity Project align perfectly to provide our members with a platform to support a diverse workplace and leverage the effects of diversity to achieve a competitive business advantage” says SABA CEO Sean Coleman Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Kindred ups operating costs to accommodate for licensed realities

first_img Share Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Publishing its unaudited 2019 interim report (January-June), Stockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc has detailed confidence in its long-term prospects, as the company continues to adjust to new regulated market demands across its operating territories.Despite competing against a tough comparative period featuring World Cup 2018 trading, Kindred continued its positive revenue momentum by recording year-to-date group gross winnings of £450 million – up 5% on YTD 2018’s £426 million.Updating investors, Kindred governance underlined the group’s commitment to ‘focused growth within locally licensed markets’, which has resulted in the company adjusting to ‘margin pressures from higher betting duties’.Maintaining confidence in its long-term corporate strategy, Kindred has supported its position undertaking a period of high marketing activity which has contributed to H1 2019 operating costs of £212 million (2018: £182m).“During the first quarter of 2019, the new licensing regulation in Sweden has resulted in significant short-term margin pressure driven by higher betting duties but also higher marketing as we are investing for the longer term,” detailed Henrik Tjärnström, Chief Executive of Kindred Group.Regulated market adjustments and higher operating costs resulted in Kindred posting an H1 2019 period EBITDA of £61 million, down 31% on YTD 2018’s £89 million.Closing H1 2019 trading, Kindred governance declared group profits of £27.5 million, down 50% on YTD 2018’s £55 million.“Total marketing for the Group, as a percentage of Gross winnings revenue, came in at 29 per cent and was at its highest level since 2013 when compared to other second quarters in non-major football tournament years,” added Tjärnström.“We also continue to invest heavily in technology and other operating expenditure in order to drive our future growth. Whilst this may reduce profitability in the short term, we are confident that, as we have previously proven, this will drive future growth in Gross winnings revenue and profits, particularly in locally licensed markets.“Other significant items affecting the quarter were the planned investments in the USA, both in marketing and operating expenses, that contributed GBP 1.6 million of negative EBITDA in the quarter.”Kindred Group Plc – Unaudited H1 2019 Overview StumbleUpon Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020last_img read more

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