Chile’s President in Haiti for one-day visit

The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet is visiting Haiti, becoming the first head of state of visit the country since Jovenel Moise was sworn into office in February.Bachelet was originally scheduled to visit the country on January 26, but the visit was postponed due to the forest fires that ravaged several regions of her country.An official statement noted that the visit is taking place within the framework of the 80 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.The two leaders are expected to discuss several matters including migration.Chile a country with one of the most robust economy in the Americas, is one of the most attractive destinations for Haitian immigrants. Last November, Chilean migration officials said that they were expecting more than 48.000 Haitians to arrive in that country in 2017.During the visit, President Bachelet is due to confirm the departure of the Chilean troops from the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and to reaffirm Chile’s commitment to the socio-economic development of the country that is still recovering from the passage of Hurricane Matthew late last year read more

Malik ton leads Pakistan to series win over W.I.

first_imgShoaib Malik’s classy ton led Pakistan to a series win over the West Indies in a One Day International clash between both cricketing teams in Guyana on Tuesday.Malik’s ninth one-day international century means the Pakistanis have booked the final automatic qualification place for the 2019 World Cup at the expense of the Windies. It was a come from behind win for the visitors who won the second ODI at Providence Stadium on Sunday and wrapped up another series win at the same stadium two days later.It is 26 years since the Windies have defeated Pakistan in an ODI series.The home team could only muster 233-9, despite 71 from Shai Hope and Jason Mohammed’s 59.Pacer Shannon Gabriel was back from injury and gave the West Indsies a glimmer of hope after he removed Kamran Akmal with the first ball of Pakistan’s innings, but Mohammad Hafeez (81) and Malik – who hit a six to win and finish 101 not out – steadied the ship after they were 36-3.Pakistan won the Twenty20 series 3-1 and will now turn their attention to coming out on top in the Test series, while the Windies will be licking their wounds and must go back to the drawing boardlast_img read more

What?  Jamaica’s Tourism Minister takes issue with UK terror advisory

first_imgJamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has taken issue with an advisory by United Kingdom (UK) officials which warns British nationals to look out for possible terrorism attacks in Jamaica.“I take issue with an advisory which suggests, without specifics, that although we have not had any case of terrorism, their nationals must watch it when they come to Jamaica,” Bartlett said.The advisory was issued by Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) that has compiled a comprehensive list of all the countries in the world, and has provided advice about the terrorism threat levels in each country.It aims to serve as travel advice to British nationals in light of the recent terror attacks against its nationals.“Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Jamaica, attacks can’t be ruled out. There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time,” the advisory stated.Bartlett said he will seek audience with the British High Commission.“The fact is Jamaica has had an enviable record in visitor safety. As all of us here in the Caribbean, we have had the safest destination in the world for visitors. Indeed, the Caribbean is regarded as the zone of peace,” Bartlett said.“Jamaica enjoys the highest level of repeat business in the world today. Forty-two per cent of all the visitors who you see on the beach here in Jamaica, have been here at least once before, and that is a huge statement of how safe and secure they feel in this destination,” he added.The FCO’s updated travel advisory comes after a spate of terror attacks in the UK.The most recent is the Manchester Arena bombing last Monday, where a suicide bomber killed 22 persons and injured 116 others.Bolt, Gayle hail victims of Manchester attacklast_img read more

St Kitts passes Freedom of Information Bill

first_imgThe St. Kitts-Nevis parliament has given the green light to the Freedom of Information Bill which is intended to usher in a “new level of openness and transparency” while opposition legislators claim the move to debate the law is nothing more than “window dressing.”The Freedom of Information Bill was first tabled in Parliament in 2015 and during the debate that began on Wednesday, Information Minister and Attorney General Vincent Byron Jr. said the legislation will usher in a new archetype of accountability, good governance, and transparency in the twin island federation.“The bill before the National Assembly …is intended to usher in what is anticipated would be a new level of openness and transparency. In that vein, the enactment of Freedom of Information Law to provide for a regulatory framework for public access to certain information is important at this juncture.“The enactment, the implementation, and application of the Freedom of Information legislation would mark a new era of openness and greater transparency in our country. It represents a paradigm shift in governance that would better ensure that citizens of St Kitts and Nevis can more effectively enjoy the right to access information,” he said.Byron said the Freedom of Information legislation will help in the fight against corruption and engender public participation in the national decision-making process.But Opposition Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas dismissed the government’s intention, as he questioned the administration’s seriousness in implementing the bill.last_img read more

2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Champs Underway

first_imgLOS ANGELES, California – The 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship got underway on Tuesday, January 28, in Texas and California.The tournament which continues to February 9, consists of teams from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica, Haiti, Panama, Costa Rica and St. Kitts and Nevis will determine the top two women’s national soccer teams from the North, Central American and Caribbean region qualify for the 2020 Olympic football tournament in Japan next summer.In games played on Tuesday, Costa Rica defeated Panama 6-1, and the US defeated Haiti 4 -1.In Wednesday’s games, Canada blasted St. Kitts and Nevis in Houston Texas11- 0, and in a very hard-fought game in Edinburg, Texas the Jamaican Reggae Girls who made it to the World Cup in France last year went down to Mexico 1-0.The Jamaicans next play Canada in at 5.30 pm on Saturday, February 1 and St. Kitts and Nevis on Tuesday, February 4.last_img read more

Mandatory Stay-at-Home Order Issued in the City of Sunrise

first_imgSUNRISE, Florida – As Broward County issued a Safer At Home Order that urges people to stay home, the city of Sunrise has followed suit, issuing a stricter order that MANDATES, City of Sunrise residents stay home except for specified purposes effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020.Details in the city’s declaration are below:Section 1. Each resident is hereby ordered to stay home and within the entirety of their owned or rented property. The order to stay at home does not require residents to confine themselves to the interior of their homes. Residents may make use of all exterior portions of their homes such as patios, porches, yards, and driveways. Residents may also leave their place of residence and travel to another place in accordance with Section 3, below.Section 2. Unless a person has a Permissible Use as provided for in Section 3, below, no person shall travel or be on or upon any public right of way, including but not limited to, streets, canals, or sidewalks, within the boundaries of the City of Sunrise.Section 3. Permissible Use. Notwithstanding Sections 1 and 2, all residents and visitors in the City may lawfully engage in the following activities:(1) Essential Businesses. Residents and visitors may engage in travel to Essential Businesses and provide minimum basic operations to non-essential businesses as identified in Sunrise’s Declaration of Emergency Regulations 20-03, as further refined in Broward County Emergency Order 20-03 and as may be made stricter by Broward County or as amended or extended by the City. For clarity, businesses may also continue operations consisting exclusively of employees or contractors performing activities at their own residences (i.e., working from home). All Essential Businesses are strongly encouraged to remain open.(2) Emergency Assistance. Residents and visitors may engage in travel and similar activities to obtain assistance from law enforcement, fire-rescue, or other emergency services.(3) Personal Support Activities. Residents and visitors may travel to and from their homes to care for or support a friend, companion, family member, pet or livestock, support groups, or a vulnerable person.To view the entire declaration, click here.last_img read more

Afro Basket 2017: NBBF Release List Of Invited Home Base Players

first_imgAssistant Coaches;1. Abdul Rahaman Mohammed – Gombe Bulls2. Adewunmi Aderemi – Kwara FalconsRelated2019 NBBF Premier League To Dunk Off October 13October 3, 2019In “BasketBall”NBBF Extends Club Registration Period By 7 DaysOctober 13, 2019In “BasketBall”Savannah Conference Confirm KPBL Superiority, As Kano Pillars, Gombe Bulls Qualify For FinalSeptember 8, 2017In “Nigeria” The Nigerian Basket Ball Federation (NBBF) has released the names of home based players invited for D’Tigers camp in Lagos.In an invitation letter signed by NBBF Secretary General, Chimezie Asiegbu and sent to the player’s respective clubs, the home base players are to resume camp in Lagos on Wednesday, 23rd August 2017.However, the list of foreign based players, who will be camped in the USA, is expected to be announced shortly ahead of the Tunisia/Senegal 2017 Afro Basket in September.The 14 home based players are; 1. Abdul Yahaya – Kano Pillars2. Dike Azuoma – Kano Pillars3. Eli Abraham – Kano Pillars4. Onyeka Okeke – Gombe Bulls5. Yakubu Sylvanus – Gombe Bulls6. Victor Anthony – Rivers Hoopers7. Musa Usman – Mark Mentors8. Echoibi Victor – Mark Mentors9. Timothy Mudiaga – Hoops&Read10. Joel Ejigba – Defenders11. David Godwin – Kwara Falcons12. Mojuba Oyeleye – Kwara Falcons13. Daalu Egbejiogwu – Raptors Academy/Lagos City Stars14. Ibrahim Olajuwon – Lagos Warriorslast_img read more

French Ligue 1 Review: El Loco In Trouble After Amiens Thrashing

first_imgLille head coach Marcelo ‘El Loco’ Bielsa is in big trouble after his team plunged into deeper relegation worries following their emphatic 3-0 loss to Stade Amiens on Monday night.Bielsa’s team started the game with the knowledge that a win would be enough to climb out of the bottom three however it was their hosts who used that motivation to move away from the relegation places.Harrison Manzala Tusumgama scored either side of halftime to give the home side a 2-0 lead before substitute Moussa Konate rounded off the one-sided game five minutes from time.The win was enough to take Amiens above their opponents and seven places upward to 12th spot with a point tally of 15 while Lille stay in the relegation zone with 12 points moving from 18th to 19th in the process. RelatedFrench Ligue 1 Wrap: Monaco Thrash Lille To Pile More Misery On ‘El Loco’September 23, 2017In “Europe”Paying The Penalty! Lille Manager El Loco Suspended By ClubNovember 23, 2017In “Europe”French Ligue 1 Round-Up: No Neymar Show, Mbappe Fires Blank, And Lyon Are Early LeadersAugust 7, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

Serial Offenders! Everton Nab UEFA Fine Again

first_imgRelatedUEFA Sanction Everton And Hadjuk Split Over Crowd TroubleSeptember 22, 2017In “Europe”UEFA Open Disciplinary Proceedings Against Spartak After Nigerian-Born Player Suffered Racist AbuseOctober 4, 2017In “England”Racism: Lazio Hit With Partial Stadium BanOctober 16, 2019In “Europe” Merseyside club Everton have been fined by European football’s governing body, UEFA, again.The Toffees were fined to the tune of 30,000 euros (£26,647) after a fan carrying a small child reportedly pushed an opposition player during the UEFA Europa League (UEL) defeat to French side Olympique Lyon on October 19.The incident was prompted by Everton defender Ashley Williams before the said home fan pushed Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.UEFA via a statement said that the club was fined for “aggressions by supporters against players”.Everton had earlier been fined £8,837 by Uefa in September, after crowd trouble during the home leg of their UEFA play-off match against Croatian side Hajduk Split in August.last_img read more

Getting shirty in the Bundesliga – A tale of bookmakers and sponsorship

first_imgShare Share UKGC data reveals ‘notable recovery’ for sports betting July 6, 2020 Markus Peuler, MybetLast week’s news that the 16 German states have finally agreed on making some changes to the sports betting laws means that SBC’s Betting on Football conference on 3-5 May at Stamford Bridge is a perfect platform to discuss what the implications are for the market. One of the sessions at Betting on Football is focusing on the development of the German industry and also taking a closer look at the German Bundesliga and the main sponsorship deals of clubs in the league. As well as a presence from German operators including Mybet CEO Markus Peuler and Gausellmann Board Member Alexander Martin, there will be club representatives from VfL Wolfsburg and affiliates such as LuckyLabz and Baybets.Mybet CEO Peuler, noted: “While Germany may seem underdeveloped compared to the UK or the Scandinavian countries, it already is a huge sport betting market and it is great to see, that regulation is on the way – however it might look in the end. “So now is a good time to discuss the opportunities in the market and how we as an industry can best serve the German customer. Being at Betting on Football 2017 will facilitate this and the German panel is an excellent addition in a strong line up of sports betting industry sessions.”Of the past five Champions League finals, German clubs have featured three times. Despite this, when it comes to shirt sponsorships the Bundesliga is severely worse off in comparison with the Premier League. On average an EPL club earns £11m from its main shirt sponsorship compared to £5.5m in the German top flight.Another notable comparison is that, in 2016, ten Premier League clubs have a betting operator donning the front of their shirts. There is only one in the Bundesliga.Of course the sponsorship figures are somewhat skewered by the big name teams; Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal’s deals are worth £153m yearly compared to the £68m that the top three deals in Germany (Bayern, Dortmund and Wolfsburg) bring in.So who brings the money in the Bundesliga? The big hitters of Bayern Munich are sponsored by Gazprom, whilst everybody’s favourite team in yellow Dortmund have a deal in place with energy and chemical corporation Evonik. The traditional sponsors of Volkswagen continue to support Wolfsburg, whilst Red Bull now feature prominently via league newcomers and surprise package RB Leipzig.It’s Hertha Berlin that have a major partnership with a bookmaker in the form of bet-at-home; this deal will run until at least 2018 and is reportedly with €6 million. So with an increasingly popular and competitive league that features some of the best talent worldwide, why aren’t the bookmakers getting involved?Well the fact is they are and have been, as much as regulations have allowed them to over the years. Bundesliga clubs have long been able to have an ‘Official Betting Partner’ but the far more valuable front shirt sponsorship has been a no go zone.. That is unless you happen to be a state owned betting company. This is due to the complicated regulatory laws surrounding sports betting in Germany.The past decade has been a confusing and complex minefield where this is concerned. Back in 2006, the German High Court made the decision not to break up the state monopoly which, at this time, was controlled by OddSet. This decision proved a distinctly unpopular one, with the likes of the German National Football Association lamenting a missed opportunity for opening the market up to private companies in Europe and beyond.The immediate repercussions saw an assumedly lucrative deal with Bwin for Werder Bremen scrapped as this was no longer within the rules of the league. Fast forward to 2012 and the European Union got involved. The result was the Interstate Gambling Treaty, and something of a compromise, with an agreement by the German Interior Ministry that 20 licences would be issued by the state.The race duly began with 41 companies applying but by the end of 2013 the German state boldly revealed that not a single one had been successful. The companies were told to reapply by spring of 2014. Fast forward to March 2017, and the German Bundestag approved a second treaty on gambling. This allowed a ‘transitional arrangement’ for bookmakers to offer services online, and saw temporary licences extended to 35 companies, and is a precursor to the revamping of the national framework which is expected in 2018. The treaty was signed despite the European Commission rejecting it and deeming it unfit for purpose. The DSWV (the German Betting Association) appealed to the government in regards to the minor amendments.DSWV president Mathias Dahms noted: “The minimally invasive revision of the treaty is a small step in the right direction, but it falls short. The restrictive regulations for sports betting operators derive from an outdated monopoly system and have not been capable of creating an attractive and legal range of games.“If a number of consumers continue to make use of black market products, then neither addiction nor youth and consumer protection can be ensured.”In 2017 bookmakers and football are more intertwined than ever before. As of today, half of the clubs in the Premier League feature the name of a betting operator on their shirts. Just three years ago, there were only three clubs in this category. When it comes to the value of shirt sponsorships, the Premier League dwarfs the rest of Europe. In fact as of 2016, it’s worth more than the Bundesliga and La Liga combined. Whilst the average per club kit sponsorship in the Premier League is £5.5m higher than the Bundesliga it should too be noted that Germany’s top flight clubs earn more than their Spanish (£4.1m) and French (£3.5m) counterparts.From the 2017/18 season the Premier League will also be allowing shoulder branding on shirts which should further increase the involvement of bookmakers and clubs’ income from it.The trend suggests that Germany, should it want the Bundesliga to continue to compete at the highest level and remain competitive within itself, must pay attention and respond accordingly. There is money in betting which Bundesliga clubs can profit from and denying regulation and severely limiting private licences isn’t going to stop problem gambling, in fact it’s likelier to increase it.Of course this doesn’t matter to the likes of Bayern and Dortmund, with reliable Champions League exposure they’ll always find a strong main sponsor but for the mid-table clubs, the Bremens and the Hamburgs, it’s a major loss of potential boosted income.Daniel Peikert, VfL WolfsburgSo what now for the Bundesliga and the future of betting brands in the space? At Betting on Football (May 3-5) at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge one of the panels will tackle exactly this topic. The German sports betting market is said to be worth in the region of £5bn, but with the aforementioned regulatory issues still rambling on, should brands invest now or wait?VfL Wolfsburg are one of the top clubs attending the conference. Daniel Peikert, Head of Sales at VfL Wolfsburg, commented: “We are attending because, as a 100% subsidiary of Volkswagen, Vfl Wolfsburg has a big responsibility to attract serious partners.“As the first mover in offering two different perimeter boards (one for national and one for global) we could even integrate two betting partners. Dranix for the international space, and Gauselmann AG (XTiP) for the national. We also want to prepare ourselves for virtual advertising with more betting partners. Corporate social responsibility should play a central role within these partnerships.“The German sports betting market should be regulated soon, because betting partners are important sponsors for the clubs.”Betting on Football is taking place at Stamford Bridge (May 3-5) and there is currently a 25% discount available. Join 800 delegates from the worlds of betting and football at the year’s most comprehensive dedicated football betting conference. 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