first_imgThere are three months before the current United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti transitions to a smaller one. A UN special envoy says Haiti faces the “window of opportunity” to solidify stability following recent elections.Stabilization and democratic consolidation“Haiti has remained on the path of stabilization and democratic consolidation,” the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Sandra Honoré, told the UN Security Council on Tuesday.Window of opportunity“Looking ahead, for the country to make full use of the window of opportunity that emerged following the electoral process, additional measures will be needed to consolidate the security and stabilization gains of the past few years. Also, make use of greater social and political cohesion and truly reinforce State institutions so that they can meet the needs of the Haitian people,” the Special Representative added.Trinidadian-born Honoré noted that political space has opened up for the new government to start addressing the many challenges facing the Caribbean country.TroublingHowever, she said it is “troubling” that the third branch of power – the judiciary – has not been brought to be fully functioning. In her address, she urged that key positions in the judiciary must be filled without further delay.In April, the UN Security Council decided in resolution 2350 (2017) that the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) would close on October 15, transitioning to a smaller follow-up peacekeeping mission known by its acronym MINUJUSTH.last_img read more

first_imgA major change in the Caribbean political scene takes place this week. As of Thursday April 19, for the first time since the Cuban revolution in 1959, a Castro will not be the head of the Cuban government. That’s because on that date 57-year-old Miquel Diaz-Canal, who has been Cuba’s vice-president will succeed President Raul Castro, 86, as the nation’s president.Raul Castro has been Cuba’s president since 2008 when his famous brother Fidel, the Cuban Revolutionary leader stepped down as president as his health failed. Last year, Raul had announced he would retire at the end of 2017, but delayed this following the impact of Hurricanes Maria and Irma on the island.Still leader of Cuba’s Communist PartyAlthough Raul is retiring as president, like Fidel when he retired,  he will remain as the leader of Cuba’s Communist Party. As such, he will still have broad authority over the direction of Cuba’s government and the role played by the new president.During the 10 years that Raul Castro has led the Cuban government there has been significant changes in the country.Despite the trade blockade that was enforced by the US in the early 1960s, after Fidel Castro declared a communist state, still exists creating continued economic hardships for the Cuban people, some significant strides have been made,Significant strides made in CubaOne of the more significant development was agreement made by Raul and former US President Barack Obama in 2015 to renew diplomatic relations. This agreement, which saw the US reopening its embassy in Havana, was greeted enthusiastically by Cubans as it reopened the once buoyant tourism sector. Millions of foreign visitors have headed to Cuba since. However, since the Trump administration took office in 2017, expectations for the continued growth of the tourism sector, growth in the general Cuban economy, and an ease in the devastating US trade embargo have waned.Nonetheless, there has been growth in Cuba’s private business sector and real estate market; expanse in Internet and cell phone usage; and reported reduction in foreign debt.Enhanced CARICOM-Cuba relationsUnder Raul Castro, the relations between Cuba and its Caribbean neighbors, already favorable when Fidel was president, strengthened. Although Cuba is not a member of the Caribbean regional community group. CARICOM, the organization and Cuba has entrenched relationships, especially through regular CARICOM-Cuba Summits. The sixth of such summits was held in December 2017 in Antigua co-chaired by then CARICOM chairman Dr. Keith Mitchell, Grenada’s Prime Minister and Raul Castro. That meeting marked 45 years of diplomatic relations between CARICOM and Cuba. It examined issues of regional and global importance including climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, key regional issues following the devastating impact of hurricanes in the Caribbean in 2017.Relations will be maintained South Florida’s Wesley Kirton, President of the Guyanese-American Chamber of Commerce, doesn’t expect any negative changes in CARICOM-Cuban relationship under President Diaz-Canal. “That relationship solidified increasingly over the years. Former and new members of Cuba’s government will always recall favorably that Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago were the first countries in the West to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. Moreover, Cuba currently has positive trade relations with several Caribbean countries despite the US trade embargo. If anything, I expect the Cuban-CARICOM relationship to strengthen.”Cuban-Americans don’t expect much change either. Former Cuban businessman, and West Kendall resident Alex de-Santiago said, “The real significant change Cuban-American wants urgent, is full democratic rule. This isn’t going to happen even with a Castro not president. The Castro’s philosophy and influence are imbedded in the present government. Communism will still rule, and freedoms will still be compromised. Full democracy, and real positive US-Cuban relations won’t be restored for decades. Definitely not under Dias-Canal.”last_img read more

first_imgNEW YORK, CMC – The New York-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) has criticized the decision of the Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, in Guyana, to file a motion of no confidence against the David Granger government saying he was seeking to exploit the current illness facing the Head of State.Granger has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and is due to return home later on Tuesday from Cuba where he has been undergoing medical treatment.Jagdeo, a former president, filed the no confidence motion against the Granger-led A partnership for National Unity (APNU) coalition government, which was elected in 2015 with a one-seat majority in the 65-member Parliament.Jagdeo said whether the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) wins or loses the no confidence motion, he believes the country will benefit from the debate surrounding it, “because we believe we will get a chance once again to point out what the electorate said to them when they rejected them at these polls, that their policies are all wrong and damaging our prospects for the future and the well-being of all of our people across Guyana.”“Man of uncanny decadence”But CGID president Richford Burke, said “only a man of uncanny decadence would seek to exploit the illness of a Head of State to divide a nation for cheap political points”.He told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that some PPP members have also been using social media to disseminate “dishonorable and unpatriotic” messages against Granger.Burke claimed that Jagdeo has been “desperately attempting to dominate the political space created by the President’s illness” and that the reason for being critical of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who is performing the duties of Head of State is to give support to his motion of no confidence against the present administration.“Nothing in the law prevents the prime minister from fulfilling his constitutionally mandated parliamentary duties, and he will,’ Burke said.Insensitive motionPrime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo, last week noted the “insensitivity” of the motion at a time when President Granger is overseas seeking medical treatment. He said the Opposition’s intention is to breed disaffection among Guyanese and questioned where is the “Guyanese compassion,” while reminding that the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Barton Scotland still has to rule on the motion’s admissibility.Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge, said the move by the Opposition is against national interest.last_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – West Indies lost their last six wickets for 65 runs in quick time to tumble to a massive 257-run defeat to India inside four days of the second Test at Sabina Park on Monday.Set an improbable target of 468, West Indies were dismissed for 210 in their second innings nearly half-hour before tea.Shamarh Brooks top-scored with exactly 50 while captain Jason Holder got 39 and Jermaine Blackwood, 38, but India’s varied attack proved clinical in the second session to bring a swift end to the contest.Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (3-58) and seamer Mohammed Shami (3-65) claimed three wickets apiece while pacer Ishant Sharma picked up two for 37.The defeat meant yet another clean sweep for West Indies, after they suffered a chastening 318-run defeat also inside four days in Antigua a week-and-a-half ago.Resuming the day on 45 for two, West Indies lost the wickets of Roston Chase (12) and Shimron Hetmyer (1) to be 145 for four at lunch.Left-hander Darren Bravo (23), unbeaten on the start at 18, left the game in the fourth over never to return after complaining of feeling unwell, forcing West Indies to employ Blackwood as their first-ever ‘concussion sub’.Brooks, who faced 119 balls and struck nine fours, put on 60 for the third wicket – first with Bravo and then with Chase – before adding a further 61 for the fifth wicket with Blackwood.Unbeaten at lunch on 39, Brooks completed his maiden Test fifty before becoming the second wicket to fall after the interval, run out by Virat Kohli’s direct hit.Blackwood, on 36 at tea, was the first to fall when he caught at slip off seamer Jasprit Bumrah.Debutant Jahmar Hamilton (0) fell two balls after Brooks with no addition to the total at 177 for seven and the other debutant Rahkeem Cornwall (1) perished in the next over, caught behind off Shami, leaving Windies on the brink.West Indies failed to win a single match on tour, suffering a 3-0 clean sweep in the Twenty20 series and a 2-0 loss in the three-match one-day series.last_img read more

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY, FL – At a special County Commission workshop on Tuesday, March 24, County Administrator Bertha Henry and directors of the County’s economic engines, transportation and human services agencies shared information about the local financial and social service impacts of COVID-19. Broward County Human ServicesCounty Commissioners expressed concern about those in our community who are most vulnerable in this type of crisis, such as the elderly and those who may have suddenly lost self-sufficiency, or are on the verge of losing self-sufficiency.Human Services agencies are working with Feeding South Florida to get meals to those who are experiencing food insecurity. Welfare visits to elderly residents are switching to phone calls, and ongoing training required for personnel is being conducted via SKYPE and teleconferencing. Counseling services are being provided by virtual means.The Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) is working closely with the Homeless Continuum of Care shelter providers, day respite and meal program providers. Broward County’s Port EvergladesThe last passenger ship to come into Port Everglades was March 20. Due to the temporary slowdown of the cruise industry, the number of ships out of the Port has decreased by 66 sailings so far this season. 664 cruise ships were anticipated this season. The ferry to the Bahamas continues, but at a reduced level.Cargo operations are strong with perishable food distribution up for the year to date. With reduced airline traffic, however, jet fuel revenues are starting to decline. Construction projects at the Port are continuing as planned. Petroleum volumes are still strong. Broward’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) Airline traffic is significantly down, and the airport is now operating at a 30-35 percent capacity. Reductions in service are expected to continue into April. The number of international destinations has dropped from 55 to 13. The remaining destinations are primarily to the Caribbean. Sixty-six of 99 concession locations in the terminals have closed.Aviation Director Mark Gale said that the economic stimulus packages now being considered by Congress should help both the airline industry and airports across the country. Expenditures are being reduced in the most prudent ways possible. Broward County is creating programs to help its 20,000+ airport workers, and vendors, by offering small business assistance and looking at opportunities for reducing rent. Broward County Transportation (BCT)BCT and Paratransit services (TOPS) are experiencing declines in ridership. Beginning March 28, BCT will operate on a Saturday schedule, Monday through Saturday. Sunday schedules continue with no change. Adjustments have been made in boarding procedures to encourage social distancing between riders and drivers. Customers, except for those who use the wheelchair ramp at the front door of the bus, will enter and exit the bus only via the rear doors. Also, bus fares have been suspended. Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO)Sheriff Gregory Tony updated the County Commission on BSO activities, and steps being taken to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among law enforcement first responders.Deputies are engaged in educating business owners on the requirements of County Administrator Bertha Henry’s recent Emergency Order to close all non-essential businesses.Evictions have essentially stopped, and deputies are reducing their physical presence at court appearances.County Administrator’s ReportCounty Administrator Bertha Henry reported that the County is continuing to provide the essential services that our community relies on, and providing alternative means of accessing those services whenever possible, to reduce foot traffic in county buildings. Further, despite every County employee’s role as a first responder in an emergency, approximately 1,200 employees whose work responsibilities are conducive to working from home, have been deemed eligible to telework and/or are being evaluated for telework. Due to the essential and sensitive nature of many of the County’s services, not all employees are eligible for telework. Requests for telework are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The County is also being very liberal with its leave policies, to ensure that employees who wish to use accumulated annual or sick leave are permitted to do so.Watch the workshop in its entirety here. Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB)Broward hotel occupancy rates since March 15 have been between 10 and 14 percent. To date, Broward has experienced an $8.5 million loss in room revenue with an overall economic impact of $61.7 million. One major hotel has furloughed 80 percent of its staff.With the anticipated slowing of the tourism industry, the GFLCVB is looking ahead to its summer and fall campaigns. A Virtual Vacation option showcasing the best of what Broward has to offer is being developed to get potential visitors excited about a future visit here. A planned summer marketing campaign to the drive market will focus on “Lauderdeals,” expanding such successful signature celebrations as “Spa-tember” and “Restaurant Month.”last_img read more

first_imgBut Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis immediately appealed that ruling to the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, requesting a stay of Hinkle’s ruling and a review of the case by the full appeals court. -AP A federal appellate court has stayed a lower court ruling that gave impoverished Florida felons the right to vote. The order issued Wednesday disappointed voting rights activists and could have national implications in November’s presidential election. The governor’s spokeswoman, Helen Ferre, said there would be no comment on the litigation until it is settled. Under Amendment 4, felons who have completed their sentences would have voting rights restored. But the legal dispute arose after state lawmakers moved to define what it means to complete a sentence. In addition to time served, lawmakers stipulated that all legal financial obligations, including unpaid fines and restitution, would also have to be settled before a felon could be eligible to vote. “But it means there will be a lot of people who are unsure about their eligibility to vote,” he said, “and will be unable to figure out if they are eligible.” The appellate court, in a three-sentence order Wednesday, granted both requests. The court gave no timeline as to when it would hear the case. “Today’s decision is a setback,” said Paul Smith, vice president of Campaign Legal Center, which is representing felons seeking access to the ballot box under Amendment 4, a voter-approved measure that sought to return voting rights to released felons.center_img The stay, if it extends into the fall, could influence the election outcome in November. Florida is considered a must-win state in President Donald Trump’s bid for re-election. Florida’s disenfranchised felons represent a significant bloc in a state well known for razor-thin election margins. Many of those felons are Black and presumably Democrats. Amendment 4 permanently bars convicted murderers and rapists from voting, regardless of financial debts. “It doesn’t mean we’ve lost—it’s just a stay,” said Sean Morales-Doyle of the Brennan Center for Justice, which is also among the groups representing plaintiffs. Hinkle’s ruling said state elections officials were ill-prepared to review the hundreds of thousands of voter registration applications that could arrive ahead of the state’s August primary and the November presidential vote. In May, a federal judge in Tallahassee ruled that Florida law can’t stop an estimated 774,000 disenfranchised felons from voting because they can’t pay back any legal fees and restitution they owe. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle called the law a “pay-to-vote system.” “The district court’s decision to block Florida’s pay-to-vote system followed clear Supreme Court precedent,” he added. “We are hopeful that the court of appeals will follow suit and confirm once and for all that wealth cannot determine a person’s eligibility to vote.”last_img read more

first_imgManchester United’s new signing, Romelu Lukaku, scored his first goal for the club as United fought back from a goal down to defeat Real Salt Lake 2-1 in Los Angeles.The £75m striker scored the winner in the fiercely contested pre-season friendly, to open his Manchester United goal scoring account after moving to Old Trafford from Everton.Romelu Lukaku’s first goal in a United shirt, the first of many ?? #MUFC pic.twitter.com/ORI6JGVufI— ManUtdGoals (@ManUtdGoaIs) July 18, 2017Asked about the striker’s first goal, United Manager, Mourinho, said:  “(The goal) is nice for him but not important for me,”“I told him I love what he does. He assists, he moves. He holds the ball well. I like everything he does.”However, Mourinho’s men didn’t finish the game without casualties, as Juan Mata limped off the pitch with an ankle injury, while Antonio Valencia was shown a red card for his challenge on Salt Lake’s  Sebastian Saucedo.Up next for United in their pre-season friendlies is “noisy neighbours”, Manchester City in Houston on Friday. Relatedlast_img read more

first_imgContrary to widely circulated reports, Everton midfielder, Ross Barkley has declared that he did not undertake medicals with any Premier League club on summer transfer deadline day.23-year-old Barkley was reported to have pulled out of a move to Chelsea on Thursday while undertaking his medicals with the Stamford Bridge outfit.In a series of tweets on his official twitter handle, Barkley revealed that his decision to stay at Everton was solely due to his injury.He said: “I simply decided that due to my injury, it would be best to make a decision on my future and assess all my options in January when fully fit.” “Contrary to a number of reports in the press, I did not undertake a medical with any club at any point.”“Thanks for all of the support.” the Englishman added.RelatedRoss Barkley Will Leave Everton But No Offers Yet – KoemanJuly 26, 2017In “England”Barkley Secures Dream Move To Premier League Champions ChelseaJanuary 5, 2018In “England”Theo WalcottJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

first_imgFormer Italian international players namely Demetrio Albertini and Alessandro Costacurta have weighed in on who should replace embattled Gianpiero Ventura as national team manager.Ventura has been heavily criticised after Italy failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia under his watch. The Azzurris have found themselves in this position for the first time in 60 years (since the 1958 FIFA World Cup).When asked about the issue, Demetrio Albertini told reporters that: ” To choose an Italian national team coach isn’t easy since he will always be put into discussion. I think Italy need a coach who has a lot of international experience, someone like Carlo Ancelotti. It will be up to the president to choose, let’s see how things evolve in the coming days. Serie A? I like the Serie A this season, Inter are playing well, Roma and Napoli are solid but Juve are still the team to beat for me.”Costacurta then added : ” I know Ancelotti and Conte well, both would be great choices. I think we have to change the mentality a bit, I wouldn’t mind seeing a coach who would be the Italian interim coach and who would also be a club coach as well…” Relatedlast_img read more

first_img Related Articles Thomas Hogenhaven is the Chief Product Officer at Better Collective. In another of our end of the year series, we spoke to Hogenhaven about the launch of SmartBets, big data, esports and innovation in betting.  Thomas Hogenhaven, Better CollectiveSBC: Having launched in June in time for the Euros, how has the latter part of the year been for SmartBets, and what has the feedback been like to date? Do you expect to see more odds comparison platforms emerging through 2017?Thomas: We’ve been able to grow quite quickly since our launch – last week we unveiled our German language version, and we have a few more planned for early in the New Year. And we really hope to see more odds comparison platforms in 2017! While building SmartBets, we spent a lot of time and resource in creating a scalable setup, which means we’re almost ready to offer complete odds comparison options as white labels of SmartBets.SBC: Are bettors as a rule moving more towards ‘evidence based betting’ with widespread availability of detailed stats, or are they still in the minority to ‘I can feel it’ types?Thomas: The ‘gut-feeling’ and ‘stats-based’ punters are still quite different betting segments – there’ll always be people who just fancy a punt! However, we think our SmartBets feed makes evidence-based betting more accessible for everyone. As shown in the screenshot below, we can serve up quick facts for upcoming matches to allow users to make much more informed decisions before betting. This makes it easier to bet on a match where you don’t have particularly strong knowledge, as well as uncover a few surprising gems in games you do.SBC: Ultimately, will big data be of greater benefit to punters or the bookies?Thomas: I don’t think either regular punters or bookies will ultimately benefit from big data. Chances are any value in it will be extracted by a few professional gamblers or syndicates, but it probably won’t be that good a thing for everyone else. A more perfect market will squeeze both regular punters and bookmakers.SBC: Are there particular sports and markets in which real time stats and odds, like SmartBets offer, tend to be much more popular?Thomas: Currently at SmartBets, we’re only offering odds and stats on football, so for us it’s comfortably the most popular! We’ll be expanding this in due course, but the ability to offer real time stats for our clients can be vital in any sport. Tennis, cricket, rugby, NFL – being able to make informed decisions based on stats can be key for nearly every sport or market.SBC: In terms of market volume and potential does esports warrant the hype it has generated this year?Thomas: Esports betting has the potential to be as big as any traditional market – you only have to see the thousands of people watching in stadiums and millions watching online to see its appeal worldwide. Of course, there is a long way to go before it’s anywhere near ‘real-world’ sports, but it is likely a big  future market in the gambling industry.SBC: What betting innovations have been the most exciting in 2016, and what is on the horizon for next year? Thomas: 2016 hasn’t really seen any revolutionary innovations that have changed the market at scale, though Bet365 have rolled out new cash out features, which have gone down well with plenty of users. We’ve launched our SmartBets Feed in the end of December 2016, which gives each user their own tailored betting feed. We strongly believe this will attract a significant amount of punters in 2017. StumbleUpon Share Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020 Share Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Submitlast_img read more