Month: August 2020

Gimenez lambasted at at Miami-Dade County meeting

first_imgMayor Carlos Gimenez Advocates of undocumented immigrants turned out in force on Friday as Miami-Dade County Commissioners listened to the public bashing Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez’ controversial immigration order directing county jails to comply with a new White House policy targeting sanctuary cities and jurisdictions.The commission heard from Florida state Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez and a long procession of speakers from various groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and even the young children of parents who have been deported.“There’s no specific threat from the federal government. I would characterize this simply as appeasement of an administration that’s not only a month old,” Rodriguez said.All of Friday’s speakers were given one minute to make their case under rules outlined by Chairman Esteban L. Bovo, Jr. Many of the speakers wore white flowers as a show of support for undocumented people living and working in Miami-Dade County.“Right now I’m a fugitive and based on the law I’m a criminal,” acknowledged one man. “I’m not a criminal and I don’t think I should be treated as a criminal.”The Gimenez order came one day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order threatening federal funding to cities that didn’t comply. Gimenez has defended his stance.last_img read more

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Restaurant week in St Kitts Nevis encouraged by domestic tourism

first_imgTourism officials in St. Kitts Nevis says the focus of this year’s Restaurant Week in the federation is that of Domestic Tourism.According to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Carlene Henry Morton the country’s tourism product is not restricted to foreign clientele. Locals should get involved and enjoy their own products in order to promote not only the island but its restaurants.Local ambassadors“We are supposed to be our own best ambassadors and you cannot encourage people to enjoy or participate in something that you yourself do not know anything about,” Morton Henry said. “Once you have eaten at a particular establishment, you can say to our visitors, when you go to X place, you are going to have a wonderful experience. The food is very well prepared, nicely presented and the ambiance was great.”She noted hardworking individuals should think of restaurant week as a way of rewarding themselves while enjoying and learning about local cuisine.“Look at the menu, you know restaurant week is coming up, put aside your little five dollars and give yourself a US $60 meal every now and again,” she said. “For example, my grandmother’s birthday is coming up. So, all of us are going to pool our monies and go to X or Y place. It could also be an anniversary.”Milestones are being achieved around Restaurant Week, said Henry Morton, adding that the week can be a way to celebrate them.Prices loweredPrices have been lowered because it’s the slow season, she said while adding that the prices will increase when the tourist season kicks in in October. “I am encouraging everybody out there to find a spot with a price point where you can treat yourself and your family. You go out together and you enjoy. This isn’t something that you do every day; this may be once or twice in the year and you are taking advantage of the fact that it is Restaurant Week,” she said.last_img read more

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“Bomb cyclone” storm brings rare wintry weather to Florida

first_imgSome East Coast residents woke up Wednesday morning to find snowflakes on their palm trees. Tallahassee residents reported seeing snow for the first time in 28 years thanks to a brutal winter storm that’s strengthened into a crippling “bomb cyclone” affecting the entire coast up to Maine.A bomb cyclone, also labeled a “winter hurricane,” are formed when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass and the pressure drops rapidly, creating extremely high winds and heavy snow in a short period of time.Brief, but exciting weather eventBut no need for panic; the snow in Tallahassee only lasted a few minutes and barely measured a tenth of an inch before the sunshine returned. Florida once again seemed to have experienced a near-miss. Heavier snow shifted toward southern Georgia and was responsible for more than 100 car accidents.Snow covered palm trees in Charleston, South Carolina.Credit: WCNC Meteorologist and FL native, Sarah Fortner (Twitter: @SarahFortnerWX)Charleston, South Carolina received five inches of snow as residents giddily posted photos of snow on their palm trees to social media. Parts of New England will receive the worst of the storm today with parts of New York City receiving up to 12 inches, and Boston expecting 12-18 inches of snow and up to 75 mph wind gusts.Credit: Wade Jamison, Facebooklast_img read more

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Caribbean urged not to be concerned about new US immigration initiative

first_imgThe United States have defended the decision to collect social media identities from nearly everyone who is seeking entry into the US, but cited Caribbean people should not fear the new rule.“Social media wasn’t so prevalent back when these documents were created…so now the government wants to update and include additional information to be with the times,” said Jeremiah Knight, Counsellor for Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Jamaica, adding that the aim is to have the visa forms align with technological advances.To list all social media used in past 5 yearsThe proposal, if approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), would require most immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants to list all social media identities they have used in the past five years. It will be used to vet and identify them and could affect an estimated 15 million people yearly.Extreme vettingImmigration officials said the proposals support President Donald Trump’s promise to institute “extreme vetting” of foreigners entering the United States to prevent terrorism.US citizens will have 60 days from March 30 to comment on the proposal. Knight said following the 60 days period, the comments or recommendations will be submitted to OMB for any issues to be addressed with another 30 days being allocated to deal with those issues.Washington also increasing security checksKnight, speaking on a television program, said Washington is also increasing its security checks. “Some people on social media fill it with particular organizations that might be of some concern, or their comments raise awareness to government entities, so they want to just do some balances before people (apply) for immigrant and non-immigrant visas.”He said the processing time of visa applications will not be affected due to the increased information required and urged applicants to “be honest and complete” with the document.Previously, under rules instituted last May, consular officials were instructed to collect social media identifiers only when they determined that such information is required to confirm identity or conduct more rigorous national security vetting.The American Civil Liberties Union expressed concern, saying the move would have a “chilling” effect on freedom of speech and association.last_img read more

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Former Jamaican Consul General to Miami, John P. Atkins Died on…

first_imgMr. Atkins is survived by his wife Shirley, three sons, Patrick, Peter, Sean, and daughters-in-law, several grandchildren and other extended family members. Mr. Atkins served as Jamaica’s Consul General for the Southern USA, for eight years before his retirement from the diplomatic service in August 2002. Described as one of the longest-serving Jamaican consuls general, Mr. Atkins joined the Foreign Service in 1989, when he came to the Miami Consulate as deputy to former Consul General, Marie Wray, OD, now deceased. Because of his seniority in the service, Mr. Atkins also served as Vice Dean to the Florida Consular Corp, the third largest in the nation. Mrs. Beverly Ford, who served as Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Texas under his directorship, praised him for serving his country with loyalty and commitment, and that he will be surely missed by those with whom he served. Consul General, R. Oliver Mair, currently in office, paid tribute to Mr. Atkins for his kind and encouraging words of advice during a recent visit with him. CG Mair praised him for his years of service and commitment to Jamaica. Mr. Atkins was appointed as Consul General in 1994, when he succeeded then Consul General, Ambassador Madge Barrett. During his tenure, Mr. Atkins focused primarily on the immigration and deportation area of his consular duties. Along with other Caribbean diplomats of the Florida Consular Corp, he was instrumental in giving recognition to the Consular Notification System which obligates municipal police offices in South Florida to immediately report to the respective Consulates the arrest and detention of nationals of those respective countries. This became increasingly topical since the passing of the US Immigration Bill 1994, in which immigrants with resident status would be deported, if found guilty following arrests on varying counts of misdemeanor charges. Vance Carter, OD, CD, Vice Consul at the Consulate, who worked closely with Mr. Atkins in Immigration matters spoke of his strength of character and his dedication in serving the interests of Jamaican nationals abroad. A former Senator and Trade Union leader, Mr. Atkins began his career in industrial relations serving as Assistant Island Supervisor with Jamaica’s National Workers Union (NWU) (1974-89). During his years at the NWU, he worked under the tutelage of former Prime Minister, Most Hon. Michael Manley. He also served as Senator in the Jamaican Government where he was instrumental in formulating proposal for the Maternity Leave with Pay Law (1978) where women are now entitled to maternity leave with pay.Mrs. Joan Seaga Gonzalez, then President of the Jamaica United Relief Association (JURA) a community-based association spoke of his generous and thoughtful approach to business, “never turning anyone away”. In his relationship with the communities particularly those in South Florida, Mr. Atkins worked closely with the churches, especially those denominations with large Jamaican populations. He also maintained closed relations with the South Florida based community associations, their main objective being the interest of nation-building in Jamaica in the areas of health, education, culture, and trade and investment. Sydney Roberts, Executive Director of the Jamaica Awareness, reminisced about his many talks with Mr. Atkins, from whom he learnt a lot about negotiations. This, he said, helped to hone his career as a cultural ambassador for Jamaica. As a director of the Beacon Council, a private sector agency of the Miami-Dade business community, the then Consul General used this forum as an exchange for trade and commerce, and investment opportunities, benefitting both the local and foreign markets. Jamaica’s former Consul General to Miami, John P. Atkins passed peacefully last Sunday (June 14) at his home in Miami, after a long period of illness. He was 78 years of age. Consul General, R. Oliver Mair, with John Atkinslast_img read more

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2017 Afrobasket: D’Tigers Edge Past Côte d’Ivoire To Begin Title Defence With A Victory

first_imgRelatedVIDEO: Watch D’Tigers Narrowly Beat Côte d’Ivoire 78-77 In Afrobasket OpenerSeptember 9, 2017In “National Team”2019 FIBA World Cup: Nigeria Defeat Côte d’Ivoire To Keep Olympic Dreams AliveSeptember 6, 2019In “D’Tigers”VIDEO: Watch How D’Tigress Crush Côte d’Ivoire To Make AfroBasket Semi FinalAugust 26, 2017In “Nigeria” Points Per Quarter1st: Nigeria 17-11 Côte d’Ivoire2nd: Nigeria 25-22 Côte d’Ivoire3rd: Nigeria 11-17 Côte d’Ivoire4th: Nigeria 25-27 Côte d’Ivoire Defending champion, D’Tigers of Nigeria began their Afrobasket title defense with a nervy 78-77 victory over fellow West African nation Côte d’Ivoire.Team captain, Ike Diogu was unstoppable as he provided 31 points and 8 rebounds to ensure Nigeria survived Côte d’Ivoire’s second half resurgence.Ike Iroegbu also scored 15 points as Washington Wizards center Daniel Ochefu was not seen with the team.last_img read more

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BOXING: Madison Square Garden To House Kovalev and Shabranskyy

first_imgSergey ‘Krusher’ Kovalev will battle Vyacheslav ‘Lion-Heart Chingonskyy’ Shabranskyy on November 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York.Kovalev is a former IBF/WBA/WBO light heavyweight champion, while 30-year-old Shabranskyy is a fringe contender in the 175 lb. division – and recently suffered a 7th round knockout loss to Sullivan Barrera on December 16, 2016.This bout is considered by expert to likely be the best opportunity for Kovalev to regurgitate what seems a consumed boxing career.Records:Sergey Kovalev (30-2-1, 26 KOs)Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (19-1, 16 KOs)The organizers have confirmed that the scheduled 12 round fight will be televised on HBO Boxing after Dark.RelatedBOXING: Luis Ortiz Not To Replace Jarell Miller In June Fight Against Anthony JoshuaApril 25, 2019In “Boxing”IAAF Approves Russian Athletes Application To Compete As NeutralsApril 13, 2018In “Athletics”Ruiz, Joshua Rematch Set for New York or CardiffJuly 19, 2019In “Boxing”last_img read more

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Responsibility First… Paf appoints Daniela Johansson as Deputy leader

first_img Paf pays additional €40m in dividends to ease coronavirus impact April 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Share Paf CRO Daniela Johansson wins SPER’s Swedish leader of the year  June 11, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Åland Island-based gambling operator Paf has confirmed the appointment of Daniela Johansson to the position of Deputy Chief Executive.Focusing on corporate development and social responsibility, Paf governance promotes the fifteen-year company veteran Johansson to the position of deputy leader, supporting Group Chief Executive Christer Fahlstedt.Johansson has most recently served as Paf Chief Responsibility Officer (CRO: 2014-2017), leading the operator’s corporate development initiatives and relationships with government stakeholders.Paf governance confirmed that Johansson would retain her CRO responsibilities as company deputy leader.“I am personally honoured by the appointment,” Johansson commented. “I’m glad that the job I and the whole department do is important to Paf.”In 2016, Paf undertook a restructuring of its corporate leadership team, appointing former Tain Network executives Christer Fahlstedt as CEO supported by Per Sahlberg as Chief Finance Officer.Taking on leadership of Paf, Fahlstedt stated that company leadership would focus on redeveloping its responsibility propositions with Finnish betting consumers, raising more money for national charitable causes.last_img read more

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Pinnacle invests in its players through Enteractive link-up

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Retention solutions provider Enteractive has struck an agreement with Pinnacle, following the firms recent deal with Gaming Innovation Group.The online sports betting and esports operator has seen the Enteractive player (re)activation service go live, with an aim of turning churned players into active users through “unique one-to-one personal phone calls.”Mikael Hansson, Enteractive Chief Executive Officer, said: “We had a strong end to last year and I’m thrilled we’ve started 2018 in a similar fashion with the launch of our services with Pinnacle.“This is another major deal for us, which highlights our growing reputation in the iGaming industry as a reputable and trustworthy provider of player retention solutions. “We’re excited to be working alongside Pinnacle and become a key part of their CRM strategy, helping them invest in their churned players and rediscover the operator’s quality offering.”As part of the solution, trained agents speak to players to understand exactly what the individual wants from their gaming experience, ensuring they can act and guide players accordingly.In addition, Enteractive’s socially responsible method, which is compliant with the Global Gaming Guidance Group, can alert operators to potentially vulnerable players ensuring they are handled quickly and responsibly.Paris Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacle, said: “Acquiring new players is becoming very expensive, and it’s imperative to utilise cost-effective retention solutions where possible.“We’ve already experienced a surge in churned players becoming active users with us once again since partnering with Enteractive, such is the effectiveness of their one-to-one personal calls. The investment is also proving very useful in helping us flag vulnerable users and aid us in our responsible gambling efforts.” Submit Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020last_img read more

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Hard Rock expands digital profile with GiG sportsbook

first_img GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) and Hard Rock International have expanded their existing digital services partnership, moving to add a new omni-channel sportsbook product to its existing online casino platform.First announced in June 2018, Hard Rock selected European online gambling technology group GiG as its lead digital services partner, charged with delivering an online casino platform for its regulated state of New Jersey operations.The successful launch of HardRockCasino.com (July 2018), an NJ asset which has generated $1 million in revenues, sees both parties move to expand their existing relationship.Kresimir Spajic – Hard Rock IntUpdating stakeholders, Kresimir Spajic, SVP Online Gaming at Hard Rock International, details: “The forthcoming launch of the Hard Rock Sportsbook in New Jersey will mark another step towards becoming a significant player in the national and international Sports Betting and Online Gaming industry. ““In the past few months GiG has proven to be an innovative, capable, flexible and trustworthy partner. Such qualities together with vanguard Sportsbook technology and services enabled GiG to win our New Jersey Sportsbook RFP. We are positive that the extension of our partnership with GiG together with “skin” partnerships with leading international operators will enable Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City to reach its ultimate goal of becoming New Jersey’s Sports Betting and Online Gaming market leader.”Backing GiG as a technology partner, Hard Rock states that it had been impressed by GiG platform scaling capabilities and all-round reliability. Furthermore, GiG tech and development teams have been able to deliver on Hard Rock’s high demands servicing its vital New Jersey presence.Robin Reed, Gaming Innovation GroupRobin Reed Chief Executive of GiG, brands the Hard Rock partnership as a milestone initiative for the technology group“I am proud and delighted to have signed this agreement with our partner Hard Rock, our first inroad to sports betting in the exciting US market. It also headlines our continually strengthening partnership with Hard Rock across our iGaming ecosystem. It was a highly competitive pitch against the best sports books in the world, all vying to open up the US market. Hard Rock choosing GiG to power its Sportsbook is a clear statement as to the quality of our cutting-edge Sports Betting Services at this very early stage of their roll-out. Hard Rock is a strong brand with scale, wide reach and with the same high ambitions as us. We look forward, with excitement, to continuing to support Hard Rock’s expansion and geographical growth. Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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