Jamaica to host climate change symposium

first_imgBabsy Grange Jamaica will host the Caribbean’s first ever symposium on Climate Change and World Heritage in May.Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, made the announcement during her message to mark World Heritage Day being celebrated on April 18, under the theme, ‘Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism’.Coming out of the symposium will be best practices to safeguard heritage sites based on the impact of climate change, Grange said.She added that the decision to host the symposium was part of the ministry’s strategic thrust to strengthen Jamaica’s presence in World Heritage.“We recognise the importance of cultural heritage in our nation’s development and the impact that climate change can have on heritage sites. Through the symposium we will be able to coordinate efforts and resources in the Caribbean to improve awareness and collaboration in preserving and safeguarding our tangible and intangible heritage resources,” Grange said.The symposium will bring together forty delegates from 12 Caribbean nations with existing World Heritage properties, as well as policy makers and experts involved in Climate Change.Funding support is provided through the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO – Participatory Project, UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean and the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.last_img read more

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City of Sunrise Seeks Resident Input in City Improvement Plan

first_imgThe City of Sunrise is in the process of developing an East Sunrise Improvements Master Plan. This important project focuses on the City’s original neighborhoods: the area from University Drive east to the eastern City limits (including both sides of University Drive), and from Oakland Park Boulevard south to Sunrise Boulevard..In order to initiate improvements – including enhancements to the local business climate – the City is seeking input. Area residents and visitors are encouraged to complete a five-minute survey, available in English, Spanish and Creole, at www.celebratesunrise.com..The Master Plan Process The East Sunrise Improvement Master Plan document will show East Sunrise as it is, recommend how it should exist in the future, and suggest specific strategies for achieving that vision. It will help create a more vibrant, healthy and sustainable community and improve citizens’ quality of life by identifying:appropriate locations for commercial, residential, and mixed-use development;opportunities to extend and/or enhance open space, recreational areas, and civic facilities;strategies for increasing economic development, private investment, and improving neighborhood aesthetics;opportunities to improve connectivity between pedestrians, bicycles, buses, and cars; andenvironmental, historic, and cultural resources that need conservation..The Sunrise City Commission and City staff are committed to involving residents, business owners, civic leaders, and other stakeholders in the creation of the Master Plan..City residents are invited to visit www.celebratesunrise.com for more information about the East Sunrise Improvements Master Plan, and stay updated about meetings and other opportunities to participate. Sunrise residents may also call (954) 746-3288.last_img read more

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Dominica PM explains UN vote on Jerusalem

first_imgDominica is among seven Caribbean countries that voted against the United States on a UN resolution concerning Jerusalem as capital of Israel.UN vote on JerusalemThe Dominica government Friday defended its decision to vote in favor of a non-binding UN resolution that called upon all member states to refrain from establishing diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem.Dominica was among seven Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries included in the 128 countries that voted for the resolution whether or not to support the decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.The other CARICOM countries voting in favor were Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Suriname.No Caribbean supportNo CARICOM country supported the US move with Washington gaining votes from Israel, Guatemala, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo.However, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago were among the 35 countries that abstained during the vote.St. Lucia and Haiti did not register a vote and it is not known whether they were among the 21 countries that stayed away from the UN General Assembly meeting on Thursday.Conditioned by international lawDominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, speaking on the state-owned DBS radio during a live news conference, said his administration’s position had been conditioned by international law.“We are simply going according to previous UN decisions on the matter and respecting the international laws…” he told radio listeners.Barbados remained consistentMeanwhile, Barbados Foreign Affairs Minister Maxine McClean said her government remained “consistent” on the matter.“We have always supported a two-state solution, a negotiated solution. From our perspective the [Trump] decision does not facilitate that,” she said, adding even with the threat of sanctions now hanging over its head, she did not believe Barbados had anything to fear.“If you look back to where we began as an independent sovereign state in 1966 our first Prime Minister [Errol Walton Barrow] made a statement that is often referred to in which he said Barbados is a ‘friend of all and a satellite of none” McClean told the online publication, Barbados TODAY.She said while “The United States has been a friend of Barbados [and] we have supported them on several issues” Bridgetown was adamant that the vote was not about the US.“It was not a vote against the US. It’s a vote that’s consistent with a position we have held for a long time. We are not in the business of changing our position based on threats. We operate on the basis of principle,” she stressed.Ahead of Thursday’s vote, the St Vincent & the Grenadines government was the only CARICOM country to publicly call on Washington “to refrain from recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel” after Trump had indicated a willingness to do so.St Vincent: US action imperils two-state solution“Any such recognition would imperil the internationally-agreed two-state solution, destabilize the Middle East region, and invalidate the important role of the United States as an honest broker and driver of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process,” the Ralph Gonsalves-led administration said in a statement.President Donald Trump prior to Thursday’s vote, threatened if the UN voted against his country, the US would “save a lot.”“They take hundreds of millions of dollars and even billions of dollars and then they vote against us. Well, we’re watching those votes. Let them vote against us. We’ll save a lot. We don’t care.“We don’t care. But this isn’t like it used to be where they could vote against you and then you pay them hundreds of millions of dollars. We’re not going to be taken advantage of any longer,” Trump said.The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, also warned she would be “taking names” of those countries that voted in support of the resolution.“The United States will remember this day, on which it was singled out for attack in the General Assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation. America will put our embassy in Jerusalem. That is what the American people want us to do and it is the right thing to do. No vote in the United Nations will make any difference on that,” she added.last_img read more

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Jamaican Ian Wilkson named honorary vice president of the World Chess…

first_imgThe former president of the Jamaica Chess Federation has been appointed as an honorary vice president of the World Chess Federation.Ian Wilkson was named to the post by Arkady Dvorkovich, a day after the Russian was elected the new president of FIDE. Wilkinson will now sit on the Presidential Board with executive officers and presidents of various continental associations.“Being appointed is obviously a signal honor, chiefly for Jamaica and the region,” the attorney-at-law told SportsMax.TV shortly after his appointment. “On a personal level, it vindicates the hard work over the years and I would like to thank the executive members of the council and the wider membership of the Jamaica Chess Federation for the support over years.”“The future is very promising, and we look forward to great things,” he added.last_img read more

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Reggae Boyz unbeaten in CONCACAF U20 tournament

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Jamaica Football Federation Jamaica’s under 20 Reggae Boyz remained unbeaten after three games at the CONCACAF under 20 football championship.This position remain after they battled to a creditable 2-all draw with Group “B” opponents Mexico at the IMG Academy in Florida last night.Mexico took the lead in the 21st minute through an own goal, when the ball deflected off the Jamaican defender Javain Brown.But the Jamaicans remained resolute as Leonardo Jibbison found space at the top of the box and unleashed to pull the reggae boys level at the hour mark.Jose Macias later restored the lead for the Mexicans in minute 66 from the penalty spot.However in the 71st minute Tyreeke Mcgee picked up a pass from outside the box and fired a ferocious shot from 35 yards out….. to give the Jamaicans a share of the point.Jamaica was later reduced to ten men, when Shandel senior was given marching orders following a rash challenge on a Mexican player in the dying moments. Goal scorers Jibbison and Magee along with Tevin Rochester all picked up yellow cards.In the meantime, the Jamaicans climbed to 7 points, but remain second in the group, behind Mexico who leads the table on 7 points with a superior goal difference.The Jamaicans will next be in action tomorrow when the tackle third place Aruba.Elsewhere in the group, Grenada recorded a 5- 2 triumph over Suriname, while Nicaragua were 2-1 winners over Aruba.Four  teams  from the  Concacaf  championships  will  advance  to  the  FIFA  under  20  world  cup to be played in  Poland next  year.last_img read more

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Trinidad and Tobago to introduce legislation to deal with marijuana next…

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago government complaining that the country has been in an “analysis paralysis,” announced plans on Tuesday to introduce legislation to decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi told the Senate the time had come to debate the issue as several Caribbean countries have been contemplating legalizing the drug for medical and recreational purposes.He told legislators that the Keith Rowley administration would seek to introduce legislation during the first half of 2019.“It is anticipated that the legislation to address the issue of the decriminalization of marijuana should be…laid and dealt with in this House in the period of the first half of 2019,” Al-Rawi told the Senate as he responded to a question from the Opposition Chief Whip, Wade Mark.Consultations have begun “We have already begun consultation with the stakeholders…and upon having their feedback we intend to hold public events to encourage a wider form of consultation on an issue which has been around long enough….,” he added.Al-Rawi said the stakeholders included members of the medical and legal profession, adding “we have written about 100 entities and we have received umpteen replies”. Also included, is a “very broad cross section… to special interest groups,” adding that approaches have also been made by private individuals and interest groups.Hoping for the Opposition’s supportBut he said he was hoping that the opposition would lend support to the initiative.“We intend to go public on this position and we do hope that the opposition volunteers a position on this as well. So, I would welcome the opposition writing in to express their points of view on this topic. When we go public everybody will be invited and we will address the issue,” he added.last_img read more

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Official: James Rodriguez Completes Bayern Munich Move

first_imgRummenigge continued: “James is a very versatile player. He’s a goalscorer himself, he sets up a lot of goals and on top of that, he’s great from set-pieces. There’s no question that this transfer further increases the quality in our team.”The 2014 World Cup top scorer will join Bayern squad for their 12-day Audi Summer Tour to China and Singapore on Sunday.RelatedReal Madrid Survive Bayern Onslaught To Qualify For 3rd Successive UCL FinalMay 1, 2018In “Europe”Russia 2018: Top 10 Players To WatchJune 7, 2018In “World Cup”Cristiano Ronaldo Challenges Messi to Leave SpainDecember 10, 2018In “Europe” “We’re delighted we’ve been able to complete this transfer. Signing James Rodríguez was our coach Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest wish, following their successful spell working together in Madrid,” Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club’s official website. Real Madrid’s midfielder, James Rodriguez has completed a two-year loan deal moved to Bayern Munich.The 25-year-old Colombia international signed for Real Madrid for £71m in 2014, and have been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu after he was left out of Real’s Champions League final squad, with Inter Milan, Chelsea and Manchester United being potential suitors.Speaking at his first press conference at the club, James said: “I am very happy to be here.”“I am very happy to be the first Colombian to play for Bayern, I want to make history here!”“I can play on the left, on the right or as a number 10. I will have to fight for my starting place.”center_img The Colombian captain will now reunite with his former boss at Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti, who brought the Colombian captain from Monaco to the Spanish capital.last_img read more

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Riccardo Mittiga – Sportito – DFS entry a no brainer

first_img All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world July 16, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon UKGC suspends two licences over failure to integrate GAMSTOP April 3, 2020 Sportito gets green light to expand into Mexico January 9, 2020 Share Submit Share Riccardo Mittiga is the CEO of Asap Italia, a company which recently launched DFS brand Sportito. With the pending merger of DraftKings and FanDuel, and some of the ‘smaller big fish’ in Oulala and Mondogoal opting to switch to strictly B2B in the latter part of the year we spoke to Riccardo about the state of fantasy in Europe, and its future. Riccardo Mittiga, SportitoSBC: Why did you decide to make your entrance into the daily fantasy sports industry this year?Sportito: Deciding to enter DFS in 2016 was a no brainer. After all the buzz generated in US in the past few years the industry enjoyed some growth with two companies (FanDuel and DraftKings) acquiring more than four million customers and over $350 million in revenue.We were aware that Europe seemed to be the next region to be considered by all players in this industry. As a company we have a strong European background and assets (such as traffic and customer base) and therefore we’re in a good position to compete. Moreover, the conventional fantasy football has a significant following in Europe with an estimated player base of 8.5 million in the UK alone.SBC: How much potential do you think DFS has in Europe? And is the future for independent companies in the sector, more B2C or B2B?Sportito: Fantasy sports is massively popular in Europe which is largely thanks to the papers.  I myself have played fantasy football for more than 15 years. Of course it was a far more basic version with only limited data being utilised. DFS is disrupting this industry by adding more fun, more reliable data and, of course, more engagement.At Sportito we will also remove the salary cap restriction, giving players the freedom to choose their players without making them work with a restricted budget. Now that the US has proven it can work and people are interested, the overseas market is coming alive attracting investments in the industry.There is space for both B2C and B2B players. Pure DFS companies will face the challenge of competing both with direct competitors and with bookmakers. The success of DFS companies will be decided both by their background and how much they are focused and committed because being in the B2C is all about the level of engagement and fun you bring to customers.SBC: You say two things that set you apart is that you protect new players from experienced ones and offer ‘more social networking features’, can you explain more about how?Sportito: Protecting new players is a mission for the entire industry. We should learn from the experiences in other gambling sectors and apply the best practices from the online gaming world. New players need to be guided through the game. Our aim is to allow them to win as soon as possible by ensuring they compete with players on the same level as themselves. Customer segmentation and real time offers are vital in reaching this target.Regarding the mention of social networking, we all should know that DFS is offering a completely new experience to the players. We bring real time data and statistics on players that the users can share with friends to get advice on their perfect lineups. DFS is definitely an experience to share. Moreover the contests are created in a way that means you can form a group of friends before entering the game and compete with each other socially.SBC: How pivotal a year for DFS is 2017; is it make or break to acquire new customers and turn them into returning players? What’s your initial strategy to become a known brand?Sportito: A focus on the customer is the key for every b2c business from retail to travel. Because of this common ground we are inspired by leading companies bringing innovation in the industry. For example as is common for streaming on demand platforms, we will offer our clients a free month of usage so the players can experience the platform without any constraints or commitment.Customers make wise choices and brand recognition is extremely important when you want to conquer a market. Sportito has developed a peer to peer brand awareness strategy that will help to boost our brand and at the same time explain the exciting aspects of DFS. We will be ensuring that we’re physically present where our potential players frequent. This includes being in stadiums, pubs, sports shops, football clubs, and more. We are assembling a team of ten in London to realise this plan.last_img read more

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InBet builds up to Confederations Cup with new Penalty Kick game

first_imgShare Share Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws  July 23, 2020 Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant July 7, 2020 InBet Games has prepared for the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia by unveiling Penalty Kick, a new game replicating one of the most nail-biting aspects of tournament football.Penalty Kick, which is already available as a part of the InbetVProducts utility software, forces the player to make a prediction – will the taker be victorious or will the goalkeeper make a save?However, there are many other outcomes to be considered, each with a different coefficient rating. Bets are taken on where the ball will be placed (upper, middle or lower), while the biggest wins can be achieved by predicting a rebound off the post or the exact ‘cell’ (1-24) for the penalty.Pavel Korolev, business development director for Inbet Games, said: “With the FIFA Confederations Cup ready to unfold in Russia, we are reminded that the great feast of the game, the long anticipated 2018 World Cup, is just around the corner, too.“Here at InBet, we share many of our friends’ and customers’ passion for the Game. The football vibe that we all feel chimes in with our resolution to always deliver the products that best fit the players’ needs – here and now. That is how the Penalty Kick came to be.“We are thrilled to unveil our new game, which combines elements of both dynamic action and football drama. The idea behind it was the drive to replicate one of the most nail-biting moments of the Game – a penalty.“Will the kicker be victorious, or will the goalkeeper make an unlikely epic save? Will the shot be powerfully placed in the top corner, or volleyed to the center? Penalty Kick’s 3D simulation will keep you guessing until the very last second.”The length of each ‘Penalty Kick’ round is two minutes. Players will see a countdown clock to place as many bets as they can, alongside statistics for the last 120 shots to help guide their predictions.last_img read more

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Up for the cup: Ladbrokes agrees one game partnership with Fleetwood

first_img Share Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Fleetwood Town announces one game betting partnership with Ladbrokes for the return of Jamie Vardy in the FA Cup 3rd round tie at Highbury on Saturday. The League one club has announced it’s delight to welcome in a one-match deal that will see Ladbrokes, the fastest growing multi-channel betting and gaming brand in the UK, become the team’s official sleeve partner along with the use of extensive LED perimeter advertising throughout the match. The firm’s advertising will also appear on the giant screen and on stadium TVs, and in the match-day programme.The partnership will give Ladbrokes a prominent presence on Fleetwood Town’s official social media channels to support betting activity prior to the big game.The deal also allows Ladbrokes to nominate the Man of the Match and present the bottle of champagne pitch side at end of the game.Michael Sheehan, Head of Partnerships at Ladbrokes said: “We’re thrilled to be forming this partnership with Fleetwood Town football club for the FA Cup third round. It promises to be an exciting game, especially with the return of Jamie Vardy to his old stomping ground, and we would like to wish the manager, the players and the fans the very best of luck.”Martin Booker, Head of Commercial added: “We are delighted to associate with Ladbrokes for the FA Cup as our Betting partner and first ever Sleeve partner for the FA Cup. This represents another significant sponsorship deal for the club showing that the magic of the FA Cup is still alive and gives us a unique opportunity to showcase our club on national TV. It’s an exciting day for everyone connected with the club.” Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

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