Bahamas denies US and Amnesty International reports

first_imgThe Bahamas government has taken issue with the reports of the United States and Amnesty International on human rights issues in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.The Perry Christie government in separate statements said that it is preparing an official response and intends to issue a “formal protest’ on the matter.The government said that prior to the release of the US State Department’s 2016 report on human rights in The Bahamas, the government spoke with representatives of the United States government prior to the release of the report on human rights in the Bahamas.“During those conversations, it was made clear to the US that the proposed report contained significant inaccurate information with no basis in fact and in some cases incomplete information.“Now that the US report has been publically released, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Immigration is preparing an official response from The Bahamas Government and intends to issue a formal protest in this regard.”In the report, Washington noted that on July 8, last year, a foreign citizen reported he had been beaten by two or more corrections officers at the Bahamas Department of Corrections (BDOC).He said that following an altercation with an inmate, prison guards placed him in handcuffs, bent him over a cart, beat him with a PVC plumbing pipe wrapped in duct tape, and then took him back to his cell without providing any medical attention.The report also indicated that a migrant held in the immigration detention center in Freeport alleged unprompted, regular beatings from the guards, as well as inappropriate sexual behaviour toward female detainees.The report noted that inmates reported receiving only two meals per day, and often only one, with a meal sometimes consisting only of bread and tea.Regarding the 2016-17 Amnesty International report, the London-based human rights group criticised Nassau for its ““discriminatory” posture towards lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and for the country’s constitutional referendum on gender equality.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the “government takes no acts to discriminate against people based on their orientation, race, colour, creed, gender or religion.“The Bahamas Government shows that it is an equal opportunity protector of all citizens and residents of this country. In addition, the Government takes all appropriate steps to ensure that its citizens of whatever description are safe.“It is unfortunate, even in countries which are strong democracies with good human rights records, when there are public views espoused that are discriminatory. Nevertheless, The Bahamas Government is firmly committed to the protection of all its citizens.On the question of right to privacy of citizens, the Bahamas government said it wanted to reiterate “without qualification there is no threat to privacy in the Bahamas.“The reports of any such threat are entirely misplaced.,” it added.last_img read more

Jamaican government apologizes for Coral Gardens Massacre

first_imgJamaican government pledges $10 million for reparationsThe Jamaican government has apologized to the Rastafarian community for atrocities committed against them by the police at Coral Gardens in St James in 1963.Prime Minister Andrew Holness issued a formal apology on behalf of the Government during a presentation in Parliament on Tuesday.“Without equivocation, we apologize for what occurred in Coral Gardens,” Holness said.Holness said that the incident was a grave injustice and acknowledged that it took place at a time when it was considered appropriate to use state machinery against citizens.Ras Myrie.. a survivor of the Coral Gardens massacreHe said the Government will endeavor to ensure such an unjust incident is not repeated.“We express our regret and sorrow for this chapter in our national life that was characterized by brutality, injustice and repression, which was wrong and should never be repeated. In expressing our regret as a people and as a community, we have taken a symbolic, yet courageous and pivotal move, which means that we can face the future with renewed hope, with increased resolve and in a true spirit of reconciliation,” said Holness.Andrew Holness apologized on behalf of the Jamaican governmentThe Prime Minister also announced the establishment of a Trust Fund of no less than J$10 million to benefit the survivors of the Coral Gardens Incident.In addition, six lots at the property at Pinnacle in St Catherine will be declared by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust as a protected heritage site and will be developed as a Rastafari Heritage and Cultural Centre.Pinnacle is the site where the first known Rastafarian commune was established by founder of the faith, Leonard Howell. Howell suffered at the hands of local police and was committed to the asylum for his views that God was black.The Prime Minister also said the Public Defender will continue the work to locate survivors and gather important background social information about them and their families, in consultation with the Rastafari Coral Gardens Benevolent Society and the Member of Parliament for that area.The Office will utilize the list of survivors provided by the Rastafari Coral Gardens Benevolent Society as the base for continuing the work.In April, 1963, eight people, including six Rastafarians and two cops, were killed after a gas station was torched at Coral Gardens. The Rastafarians were blamed for burning down the gas station and were involved in a melee with the police which resulted in the deaths.In the aftermath of the massacre the Rastafarian community was targeted by the state, rounded up beaten and their locks shaved, in some cases with broken bottles. All jail houses in Western Jamaica were bursting at the seams with rastas who were locked up during the crackdown.last_img read more

Be prepared!

first_imgThe Florida Department of Health is warning persons with special medical needs not to wait until a hurricane is barreling down on South Florida before making preparations.“Avoid delays and stress during severe weather by registering in advance for a special needs shelter. Those who are pre-registered will have transportation, paperwork and details arranged so they can be brought to a shelter quickly,” the Department stated in a release.The Florida Department of Health in Broward and Broward County Emergency Management are responsible for ensuring that clients with special medical needs are triaged and placed in special needs shelters during severe weather, says Dr. Paula Thaqi, Director of DOH-Broward.. Hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.The shelters are recommended for those who have needs such as being dependent on electricity or need oxygen. To be eligible, an adult or child must meet one or more of these criteria:Depends on a health care professional to perform daily assessment and administer care.Requires minimal assistance.Depends on oxygen therapy.Is medically dependent on uninterrupted electricity.Has mental or cognitive limitations requiring assistance and is accompanied by a full-time caregiver.Needs care that exceeds aid provided at general shelters.Has impairments or disabilities that are medically stable.Is a hospice client and is accompanied by caregiver or hospice nurse.Weighs less than the safety weight restrictions of provided cots (after supply of hospital beds and bariatric cots are exhausted).Broward County estimates that several thousand people are eligible for special needs shelters but fewer than 400 are registered. The number has been declining, likely due to complacency, lack of information or plans to stay with others. Those who need a higher level of care can be scheduled to shelter in a hospital.The adult application is available at: www.broward.org/Hurricane/AtRisk/Pages/SpecialNeeds.aspx. It is available in English, Spanish and Creole.The pediatric application is available in English, Spanish, Creole and Portuguese at:http://broward.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/emergency-preparedness-and-response/hurricanes/index.html.The application should be completed and mailed to:ADULTSSpecial Needs RegistryBroward County Emergency Management Division201 NW 84th Ave., Plantation, FL 33324CHILDRENSpecial Needs RegistryFlorida Department of Health in Broward County780 SW 24th St., Fort Lauderdale, FL  33315OR fax pediatric application to 954-767-5155Here are other hurricane preparation tips from the Department of Health: Write an emergency plan – List anyone with special transportation needs, an evacuation plan, an emergency meeting place, an out of town contact and a pet plan.Emergency supplies – One gallon of water per person for 7 days. Non-perishable foods such as canned meat, fish, veggies, fruits and nuts for 3 to 7 days. Can opener, disposable plates, utensils, matches and cooking gel. Flashlights with spare batteries.Medical needs – Get a 30 day supply of prescription medications, plus over the counter pain reliever, antacids, anti-diarrheal medicine and children’s medicine. List physician contact information, blood type and allergies for all family members.First-aid kit – Sterile bandages, cleansing agent, safety pins, gauze pads, scissors, sewing needle, moist towelettes and tape.Essential data in waterproof container – Store information about insurers, emergency agencies, family, friends, credit cards and bank accounts, and electronic copies of mortgage, home deed, car title, medical records, etc.Mosquito protection – Practice “Drain and Cover” by getting rid of standing water in and around your house, using repellent with DEET or other effective substance, wearing long pants and sleeves when outdoors, and repairing broken screens on windows and doors. Health Department warns persons with medical needs to prepare for a hurricanelast_img read more

US-Caribbean Resilience Partnership Ministerial to be launched in Miami

first_imgWASHINGTON, CMC – The United States Department of State has indicated senior leaders from 18 Caribbean countries will be attend the April 11 historic launching of the US-Caribbean Resilience Partnership Ministerial in Miami, Florida.On Wednesday, the State Department said that Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will host the launching of the two-day ministerial, “a new collaborative effort to build regional capacity to confront disaster response and promote resilience. Leaders will discuss new opportunities for collaboration to enhance the region’s preparedness and response efforts,” the State Department noted.Caribbean nations represented Caribbean countries represented at the meeting are: Antigua and Barbuda; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; Dominican Republic; Guyana; Grenada; Haiti; Jamaica; St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent and the Grenadines; Suriname; Trinidad and Tobago; and the Dutch islands of Aruba, Curacao, and Sint Maarten. The Caribbean Emergency Disaster Management Agency and the Regional Security System will also attend, the State Department said.Senior officials from several US departments, agencies and offices will attend the event including the Miami-based US Southern Command; the US Agency for International Development; the Federal Emergency Management Agency , the Federal Aviation Administration  and the US Geological Survey. “Deputy Secretary Sullivan’s engagement with our Caribbean neighbors, with the support of a broad coalition of the US government, will reaffirm the United States’ strong commitment to the Caribbean,” the State Department said. Follows Trump’s Mar-a-Lago meetingThe launching of the US-Caribbean Resilience Partnership Ministerial comes on the heels of a meeting United States President Donald J. Trump held last month with a select group of Caribbean leaders at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.Trump met with five Caribbean leaders – the prime ministers of the Bahamas, Jamaica and St. Lucia, and the presidents of Haiti and the Dominican Republic – with Venezuela clearly dominating the discussions.Trump promised new investments in the five Caribbean countries as a result of supporting Washington’s bid to oust Venezuela’s President Nicolas Madura.The US Department of the Treasury said it was imposing new sanctions on the South American country purportedly in response to the kidnapping of a top aide of Venezuela’s Opposition Leader, Juan Guaidó.last_img read more

Sunday Oliseh Explains The Challenges Of Coaching In Europe [VIDEO]

first_imgFormer Super Eagles manager, Sunday Oliseh has taken time to explain some of the reasons why there are “few” African coaches in charge of European teams.43-year-old Oliseh, who resigned as Super Eagles coach barely eight months into his reign due to alleged breach of contract, is currently the head coach of Dutch second tier side Fortuna Sittard.Speaking to John Bennett of the BBC, Oliseh said: “There is a lot of responsibility because I fell I have to do well, It’s like a door opener for others who might come after,”“At least now we have a reference point because it was one of the problems I had when I was stepping in as a coach, I had no precedence,”Sunday Oliseh is one of only 3 African head coaches in European club football.I’ve been to meet him for @BBC_WF.https://t.co/tR9RH7ICnd pic.twitter.com/2JnXk8wbsz— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) September 14, 2017“I can also understand why there are so many few of us, because of the fact that we also have to improve our own knowledge and our own presence in the game,”“It will be nice to have some Africans pick up the coaching courses and the UEFA badges because without that they will let you coach in Europe.” he concluded.The former Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, and Ajax midfielder is currently the only head coach from sub-Saharan Africa at a professional football club in Europe.Video Credit: Twitter.com – John BennettRelatedFortuna Sittard Vow To Take Legal Actions Against Oliseh As Dutch Club Deny ‘Illegal Practices’ AccusationFebruary 15, 2018In “Europe””I Will Never Abandon My Motherland” – Sunday Oliseh Backtracks After Fierce Backlash Over Vow Never To Coach Eagles AgainApril 16, 2020In “Featured”Sunday Oliseh: This Is The Time To Beat ArgentinaJune 25, 2018In “National Team”last_img read more

It’s Difficult To Find Better Managers – Klopp It’s Difficult To Find Better Managers…

first_imgRelatedMourinho can have another job in two days – KloppDecember 19, 2018In “England”Jurgen Klopp: The Mentality Monster That Made Anfield Rock AgainJune 26, 2020In “England”I’m Not Interested In What Mourinho Says – Jurgen KloppJuly 25, 2017In “England” Embattled Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that it would be difficult to find better mangers that would do a better job than the one he has done at the Merseyside club.Speaking ahead of his side’s mammoth clash with Manchester United on Saturday afternoon, Klopp said:“I don’t think I am perfect but it’s quite difficult to find better options.”The 50-year old German has come under heavy criticisms for the first time in his reign after Liverpool’s average start to the season.The Reds have only won one of the last seven games in all competitions and are already seven points adrift of the top two clubs namely Manchester United and Manchester City in the league.They are also out of the Carabao Cup in addition to them remaining winless in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) proper.Speaking further, Klopp said:“If they sack me now, I don’t think there would be a lot of managers who would do the job better than I do.“There’s not the biggest distance between us and the top teams.“If I came in today as the new manager and if everybody would give us this kind of time to take the next step, that would be perfect.” he concluded.last_img read more

GIG strengthens M&A growth strategy with SEK 400 million bond issuance

first_img StumbleUpon Submit GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 Robin Reed, Gaming Innovation GroupFurther to yesterday’s announcement that Oslo-listed Gaming Innovation Group will enter the UK betting market launching its Nordic flagship betting brands Guts.com and Super Lenny.GIG governance has further detailed that the firm has secured a Nordic bond issuance of SEK 400 million (£35 million), which it will use to further exploit its ongoing M&A growth strategy.The Malta-based operator detailed that its bond issue had been ‘significantly oversubscribed’ with strong demand from a number of Nordic investors. The company has been further granted an SEK 1,250 million ‘borrowing cap’ for its acquisition initiatives. Bond settlement is expected to be 6 March 2017, with final maturity 6 March 2020. The bond issue has a fixed coupon of 7.0% p.a. GIG governance will make an application for the bonds to be listed on Oslo Stock Exchange.Updating investors and corporate stakeholders GIG Group CEO Robin Reed commented on the Nordic bond Issuance“Our vision is to interconnect the operators and suppliers of the iGaming industry in an eco-system. The proceeds from this bond placement will allow us to acquire and invest into marketing businesses and distribution channels. This will greatly increase our traffic driving capability to our rapidly expanding eco-system. More volumes will benefit all the stakeholders with advantages of scale.”ABG Sundal Collier ASA acted as sole manager in connection with the placement of the new bond issue. Share GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more

Novomatic Executive team eyes German Admiral expansion

first_img Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Despite rumours of a potential public offering, Austrian gambling group Novomatic is reported to be eyeing a German market expansion for its Admiral Sportwetten retail betting subsidiary.Industry news source InterGame reports that Novomatic governance are studying potential market entry options with the firm seeking to quickly establish the Admiral brand within the German retail sector.Stated its intent, Novomatic has formed a three-man executive team of Heiko Busse MD of gaming machine subsidiary Crown Technologies, Jurgen Irsigler MD of Admiral Sports Austria and Mehmet Celikoglu MD of Admiral Arcades to guide its German strategy.The company is further reported to be eyeing potential corporate acquisitions, to gain a swift market foothold. Novomatic governance views Germany, as an organic market in which to grow its retail betting services developed in its home of Austria.At present, Novomatic’s Admiral division has over 250 betting points in Austria. The Admiral brand has further presence in the European markets of the Czech Rep, Italy, Serbia and Romania.Throughout, 2016 Novomatic governance detailed to investors and stakeholders that the company would pursue an aggressive international expansion for its services and divisions.last_img read more

W2 accelerates expansion plans after securing new investment

first_img Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon W2 Global Data (W2) has secured a series A investment to fund the expansion of its sales, marketing and technical capability in the UK and international markets.The provider of Software as a Service (SaaS) products for the Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti Money Laundering (AML) and fraud prevention due diligence markets, has received the largest ever Growth Fund investment from Mercia Fund Management and a substantial follow on investment from Finance Wales. The rest comes from existing shareholders and Thorium Technology Investors (TTI).W2, founded in 2011 by CEO Warren Russell, offers customers the ability to perform real-time identity verification and anti-money laundering checks against consumers and corporates during the process of opening an account. The Cardiff-based firm will now accelerate plans to expand its team, develop new products and extend its reach across the regulated, government and business community.Russell said: “W2 has grown from strength to strength in the last few years and this investment will allow our business to establish its position as a key world player in the field. We have a rapidly growing customer base and we can support them with an expanding team, creating job opportunities in the local area and further afield.”Julian Dennard, Investment Director at Mercia Fund Management, commented: “We are delighted to support W2 and back a management team which is highly experienced in in the anti-fraud sector and cloud-based software companies. SaaS technology is one of Mercia’s chosen areas of focus and so we are pleased to be able to support Warren and his team as they continue to scale.”Richard Thompson, Senior Investment Executive at Finance Wales, added: “We are delighted to co-invest with Mercia in this latest round to support Warren and his team in the next phase of their expansion. W2 has made impressive progress year-on-year since our initial investments, when they moved their headquarters to Cardiff. With this investment, they are positioned to accelerate their growth as their customers address the increasing regulatory demands companies must now meet.” ConnectPay ups security investment to combat online fraud May 29, 2020 Share David Pope: HooYu – Betting needs to stay alert on temporary KYC actions June 23, 2020 Share Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020last_img read more

IEX President added to Matchbook Traders Conference lineup

first_img Submit Ronan Ryan, the President of The Investor Exchange (IEX) and Harry Enten, Senior Political Writer for FiveThirtyEight, have been confirmed as speakers for this year’s Matchbook Traders Conference, which takes place on Wednesday 1 November.Enten and Ryan have joined a list of speakers at 155 Bishopsgate that already includes Harry Findlay, the legendary gambler who has won over £20 million through betting, and Douglas McWilliams, one of Europe’s foremost economic forecasters.IEX is a startup stock exchange dedicated to investor protection, while Ryan himself is a leading expert on trading technology and infrastructure. No media will be permitted, as he discusses the world of high frequency trading, the technology that is powering the financial world today and potential challenges in the future.Speaking in the Main Hall, Ryan will also use the session, titled ‘Flash boy: Meet the man trying to revolutionise financial trading‘, to look at parallels between the exchange betting sector, sports trading and the technology revolution that has taken place in recent years.Meanwhile, Harry Enten is one of a new generation of analysts revolutionising the way the world thinks about politics. He will talk specifically about what we can take from the 2016 election betting markets – particularly the US Presidential Election and Brexit – and how to apply this knowledge to profit from upcoming elections both in the UK and the US.Closing the day, ‘The future of political betting’ will also cover Enten’s approach to analysing political markets and his use of both current and historical data to arrive at conclusions.The Matchbook Traders Conference, named in the Top 10 Global Gaming Conferences by Calvin Ayre, has been designed to unite the most influential people in betting, with more than 600 industry professionals expected to be in attendance.For the full list of speakers, visit www.matchbooktradersconference.com.SBC News readers can get £100 off the full ticket price of £400 by using the promo code SBC. To get your ticket now, click HERE.Meanwhile, companies interested in sponsorship opportunities around the event should contact SBC CEO & Founder Rasmus Sojmark on rs@sbcnews.co.uk. Share Share StumbleUpon GVC reprices and relocates its corporate debt holdings February 11, 2020 6 of the Best – Mark Jarvis Racing’s Paul Graham June 20, 2019 Related Articles GVC Holdings transfers corporate control to London HQ February 6, 2020last_img read more