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International press freedom group condemns attack on TT photojournalist

first_imgDe Silva then identified himself as press and was physically assaulted by the driver. “These violent attacks against journalists who were simply covering a story are deplorable, said Margaux Ewen, Advocacy and Communications Director for RSF North America. They both claimed that the journalists were trespassing on Baksh’s property. The second man who assaulted De Silva then smashed the camera and De Silva’s glasses that had fallen to the ground. De Silva had to seek medical attention for injuries resulting from the assault. He told RSF that he is also being treated for anxiety and remains concerned for the safety of himself and his family. He told RSF “the man continued towards me, pushing and shoving me…caus[ing] my glasses to fall…onto the ground. The man proceeded to physically attack me, punching me…on both sides of my face and bursting my lip. While bracing the attack, I bent down and placed the camera on the ground…[when] another man came from the side of me and hit me on the left side of my head.” Other journalists Phil Britton and Leona Nicholson from  the television station TV6 were also attacked on Wednesday, September 13 while on assignment in the same area. Britton and Nicholson then reported the incident to the nearby Penal police station. Cameraman Britton was on a public road taking cover shots outside A&V Oil’s main offices when he heard bottles landing on his car. International press freedom watchdog group, Reporters without Borders (RSF), has expressed concern about the recent incident in which a photographer attached to the Trinidad Guardian newspaper was assaulted while on assignment. Although he jumped to avoid being hit, the vehicle accelerated again, the driver of the vehicle then exited and shouted expletives at De Silva, claiming he was on private property.center_img A similar incident of physical violence also took place involving a photographer from the Newsday newspaper who was reporting in the same area last week. “We strongly condemn any attempt to bar press coverage of an issue of public interest, especially when such attempts result in physical violence against reporters. We urge the authorities to quickly investigate this matter and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.” The bottles appeared to come from a house owned by Baksh. A back glass on the cameraman’s vehicle was broken and a door was dented on impact. While De Silva took photographs of the company’s main offices from Nazim avenue, a public road, he noticed a car speeding towards him. When De Silva and his colleague reported the incident at the Penal police station, they learned that the first attacker was Baksh himself, and the second was a Senior police officer, Acting Sergeant Billy Ramsundar, from apolice station in a nearby town. Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Keith Rowley also condemned the attack on September 17 as “wholly unacceptable” and said such incidents “should not be initiated or encouraged by any person, under any circumstances.” Last Friday, the senior photographer at the Guardna, Kristian De Silva, was seeking to interview Hanif Nazim Baksh, the owner and CEO of private oil company A&V Drilling with his colleague, senior reporter Sascha Wilson. In a statement on September 18, Baksh offered an apology but claimed that the media workers had entered his property without permission and that the company had a right to defend its property. Trinidad and Tobago rank 34 out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.last_img read more

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Jamaica’s PM vows to fight crime

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness says his administration is sparing no effort to address the security situation across the country.In his contribution to the 2018/2019 Budget Debate in Parliament on Wednesday, Holness who declared a State of Public Emergency in the central parish of St. Catherine on the weekend, said the government will remain commitment to Enhanced Security Measures through Zones of Special Operations and States of Public Emergency, as well as a suite of other intelligence driven and targeted responses.Montague to update parliamentThe Prime Minister said at an appropriate time, the Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, will update Parliament in more detail on the operational and strategic results of the security measures.Reaching out to OppositionHe told Parliament, “The two main threats to our national security are guns and gangs. There is a legitimate call for a plan of action around which the nation can rally. We have developed elements of such a plan, however a key element is political consensus on the elements developed. I have started the process of reaching out to the Opposition to build this consensus and I have seen reciprocal signs.”According to Holness, the Vale Royal (official residence of the PM) talks – bi-partisan meetings – are scheduled to begin soon.This announcement from the Prime Minister comes on the heels of a recent call by Opposition leader Dr. Peter Phillips, for the resumption of talks. “I have invited the Opposition Spokesman on Security to attend the next sitting of the National Security Council to discuss elements of the crime plan and to share the ideas the Opposition would like to be incorporated in the plan,” Holness said.The PM says he is confident the government and Opposition will be able to reach an understanding to put “National Security above politics in the same way that Government and Opposition have rallied around to pass legislation relating to IMF (International Monetary Fund) targets.Amendments to Firearms ActOn issues related to guns and ammunition, Holness said the government will be bringing a series of amendments to the Firearms Act to Parliament, in order to discourage the possession of and/or dealing in illegal firearms and ammunition. He stated that the amendments will also streamline the regulation of the legal arms trade and the functions and activities of the Firearm Licensing Authority. Closer monitors of gangsAlso related to crime, Holness, disclosed that research is being undertaken to establish a watchlist to monitor persons with gang associations and those who are a part of criminal organizations.“Persons placed on the watchlist by the courts, will be subject to enhanced surveillance and other measures.  Mr. Speaker, for too long we have accepted the concept of a ‘Don’, as almost legitimate leaders of our society. They are able to move freely and conduct their elicit activities as they like. This freedom also allows them to have association and influence over key functionaries in the community and broader society, including law enforcement.”He said it is time for the country to “deal decisively with gang leaders and dons.”Holness also stated that the government is proposing a policy of one year of compulsory service in the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) for out of school unattached youth from age 18 to 24.He however told Parliament that the policy would not be initiated now.last_img read more

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Denmark’s first public monument to a black woman is Caribbean-made

first_imgJeannette Ehlers and La Vaughn Belle A Caribbean-born artist has made history in Denmark by collaborating to create the country’s first public monument to a black woman. Tobago-born, St. Croix-based artist, La Vaughn Belle, collaborated with Copenhagen-based Jeannette Ehlers, to create “I Am Queen Mary,” a statue unveiled in Copenhagen on March 31st.Tribute to freedom fighterThe memorial is a tribute to Mary Thomas, a 19th-century freedom fighter, who led a major uprising on St. Croix, one of the Virgin Islands that was then part of the Danish West Indies. The unveiling marked 101 years since Transfer Day, when Denmark sold St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John to the United States for $25 million. The statue is painted entirely black and rises nearly 23 feet on a hefty pedestal. Thomas is shown seated in a position of power and government. Fireburn labor revoltThomas was an important leader of the ‘Fireburn’ labor revolt on St. Croix. The Fireburn began on October 1, 1878 as an uprising against the contractual servitude that continued to bind workers to the plantation system after the 1848 abolition of slavery in the former Danish West Indies.The insurrection was for better working and living conditions and involved burning down most of Frederiksted town as well as sugar cane fields on a great number of St. Croix’s plantations. Along with Mary Thomas, the three women – Axeline ‘Agnes’ Elizabeth Salomon, Matilde McBean and Susanna ‘Bottom Belly’ Abrahamsson – led the largest labor revolt in Danish colonial history. They were arrested and sent to Denmark in 1882 to serve prison sentences in Christianshavn’s Women’s Prison. Their sentences were later commuted, and they were returned to St. Croix and venerated in U.S. Virgin Islands cultural mythology as the Queens of the Fireburn. There are folksongs dedicated to ‘Queen Mary’ and a highway named in her honor. The European country never fully acknowledged its colonialist past in the Caribbean; although the Danish government recognizes Denmark’s wrongful role in the slave trade, it has never formally apologized for it.Also has Bajan rootsThe statue’s creator, Belle, whose roots also extend to Barbados, also teaches at the University of the Virgin Islands. She own a few businesses – a Latin dance studio, House of Clave, and a guesthouse, Trumpetbush Manor – with her husband, Rivert Diaz. She moved to St. Croix at age 7. Her work borrows from elements of architecture, literature, history, archeology and social protest to create narratives that challenge the colonial process. She is best known for her work reinterpreting the material artifacts of colonialism and uses her work to create a form of alternative archive that challenges the colonial narrative. For more on her work see www.lavaughnbelle.comlast_img read more

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100 Black Men of South Florida Thanksgiving Food Drive 2018

first_imgFor the holidays, the 100 Black Men of South Florida (BMSF) continues its mission to spread the joy of Thanksgiving in South Florida to economically disadvantaged individuals and families.Since 1989, the 100 BMSF, through its Thanksgiving Food Drive, has purchased and assembled “baskets” with traditional Thanksgiving meals for South Florida residents in need. The 100 and its partners deliver the meals to various social and community partner programs. The agencies identify the families and distribute the meals.To date, more than 250,000 individuals in South Florida have benefited from the program through the 100’s partnership with various companies. The 100 serve Thanksgiving meals to families who live as far south as Florida City, and as far north as to Sunrise, with assistance from its logistics partner – UPS and other volunteer contributors such as Florida Power & Light Company (FPL).“Publix Supermarkets has been gracious to be our valued food partner the past 15 years,” said Bobby Hall, an officer of the 100 and the lead organizer for the event. “As we continue to impact the lives of many families year to year with our Thanksgiving Food Drive, and as the number of those in need seeking a holiday blessing continues to grow, the 100 Black Men of South Florida and our partners, including volunteers from FPL, will always strive to be there to lend a helping hand.”This year’s event will be held at the Publix Supermarket at 9050 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores, FL 33138 on Saturday, November 17 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.mlast_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo Out Of El Clasico

first_imgThe Portuguese superstar will appear in a Spanish court on Monday, 31st July 2017, to testify in a hearing on his $17m tax evasion charges.Stillitano continues: “I’m extremely disappointed, but we still have the two best teams and the top stars minus one.”At the end of last season, Ronaldo reportedly indicated he wants to leave Real Madrid due to tax prosecutions in Spain, but Real’s President, Florentino Perez has since debunked the exit speculations. Related Real Madrid forward, Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the International Champions Cup (ICC) El Clasico match in Miami today, due to personal commitments.According to Relevent Sports chairman (The company in charge of the ICC), Charlie Stillitano, who explained the absence to Miami Herald: “Unfortunately, Ronaldo’s personal commitments precluded him from being here,“He really wanted to be here. This is not a diva situation. He was hoping that he could make it. He waited until today to let us know, but it just didn’t work out.last_img read more

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Team FA’s Michael Whittle takes the Tipster Challenge at Ffos Las

first_img Submit Share ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 Michael Whittle has become the latest industry expert to take the Tipster Challenge. Whittle, the Product Manager at Team FA, has provided tips for today’s six races at Ffos Las.Formerly of Betfred, he is now responsible for overseeing all channels and development at Team FA, a company formed after the success of the Footy Accumulators brand which started in 2012.Whittle will be going up against sixth placed Timeform, and Stephen Harris of bettingexpert, who remains in eighth despite an improved performance at Wetherby last time out.____________________________________1:20bettingexpert: Lisheen PrinceShaped well on his seasonal debut at Huntingdon in a strong race won by Apasionado, and he will improve on that now over 4f further.Timeform: Lisheen PrinceThere was plenty to like about his hurdling debut second at Huntingdon earlier this month and he’s taken to go one better now under Richard Johnson.Team FA: Lisheen PrinceStrong reappearance when second after a long lay off. Should come on for that run now back up in distance, and get the champion jockey off to a good start.____________________________________1:50bettingexpert: KelseyFeatures on a generous mark and comes here freshened up after a four-month break.Timeform: Babeny BridgeVery lightly raced under Rules, but has shaped with promise nonetheless. A runner up in a novice event at Worcester in May.Team FA: KelseyA chance is taken with the well supported Kelsey, who also returns after a lay off. Running off bottom weight, this gelding goes well fresh and would welcome any forecasted dig in the ground.____________________________________2:20bettingexpert: Call The CopsWas a classy hurdler, and is sure to be well prepared for this chasing debut.Timeform: Join The ClanShaped encouragingly when second over fences at Fakenham two weeks ago, but ultimately seemed undone by the tactical nature of the race.Team FA: Join The ClanPast festival winner, Call The Cops, has to be respected based on his hurdling form. However, JPs other runner made a solid chase debut going down a close 2nd last time out, and can take the spoils here.____________________________________2:50bettingexpert: SouthportLooks well treated in handicaps and can continue the terrific form of the Twiston-Davies stable.Timeform: Super SamThe ‘bounce’ factor is a concern, but he won with plenty in hand after a 23-month absence at Hereford last week, and this lightly-raced 7-y-o will prove hard to beat under a penalty if in the same form.Team FA: In On The ActMuch of the focus will be on the top two in the market, however the course winner should give them plenty to think about. A staying on third last time out, this gelding looks nicely weighted on its best form and could go close with the promising Conor Orr claiming seven.____________________________________3:20bettingexpert: Twenty Eight GunsImproved to win on his latest start and will appreciate the drying ground here.Timeform: Copper BirchProduced his best effort for some time when winning at Hereford last week and should make a bold bid for the hat-trick off the same mark.Team FA: Copper BirchBids to land quick-fire hat trick after dominant display last time out. Escapes penalty for that win and will go close off the same mark.____________________________________3:55bettingexpert: Mulcahys HillComes from a yard with an excellent record in bumpers and seems sure to be fit and readied for this Rules debut.Timeform: Mulcahys HillWarren Greatrex does well in this sphere and Mulcahys Hill, who cost connections £61,000 after winning a point on debut in February, is taken to make a winning start under Rules also.Team FA: Mulcahys HillAn interesting bumper to finish the card which can go to the favourite. Unbeaten on his sole start in a point to point, the third has since franked the form suggesting there’s more to come.____________________________________Tipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 1Alan Alger – Betway311.41 2Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 3Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 4John Hill – Coral24.25 5Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 6Timeform1.752.97 7Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 8bettingexpert0.881.58 9John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 10Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73last_img read more

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Sponsorship Spotlight – Assessing the value of the Premier League sleeve

first_img Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Given its reputation for monetisation and global reach, it is no surprise to see the Premier League following in the footsteps of La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Chinese Super League by accepting sleeve sponsors from the start of the 2017/18 season.It has been suggested that the top clubs could bring in £10 million per season from this new sponsorship, for just a 100 sq/cm placement on players’ right arms. SBC News sought opinion on the value of the ‘Premier League sleeve’ from some of the leading lights in the sports sponsorship space.____________________________________Alan Alger, BetwayBetway pays more than any other bookmaker sponsor in the Premier League with £6 million a season to West Ham over three and a half years. SBC spoke to the bookmaker’s PR Manager Alan Alger about the comparative value against front-of-shirt sponsorship.SBC: Exclusivity deals will prevent clubs from selling to a company in the same sector as their lead shirt sponsor. Given that half of the Premier League clubs already have gambling operators as their main shirt sponsors, can you see any value for bookmakers in taking up sleeve sponsorships?AA: “The green light for sleeve sponsorship will have gathered plenty of interest from many brands looking for top-level exposure in the sports industry.“You only have to look at the likes of motor racing to realise that companies are willing to shell out big money for the smallest advertising spaces and that’s now filtering into English football.“There could well be some value in taking advantage of these new sponsorship opportunities, especially if brands can secure deals with the bigger clubs, but holding a space on the front of a shirt will always preside over that and we’re focused on our existing deal with West Ham United.”____________________________________Tony Kenny, William HillRecently, William Hill has been more focused on event sponsorship, and particularly with Scottish Football and the World Darts Championship. Therefore, we were interested in speaking to Head of Sponsorship Tony Kenny to get his take on the value of becoming a ‘sponsor amongst sponsors’.SBC: As a brand, William Hill has become synonymous with sporting events such as the World Darts Championship. Can you see any value in paying eight figures to become a ‘sponsor amongst sponsors’ on a Premier League shirt?TK: “I don’t think we’d be interested in paying such a huge figure for a small piece of the pie. Unless they are offering a lot more inventory with it.“We already have huge global visibility through our current sports sponsorship and partnerships – and I believe our budget would be best spent elsewhere. That said, the clubs will probably bring in new sponsors – but probably not from the European-based gambling sector.”____________________________________Matt House, SportQuakeOur final port of call was SportQuake, a sports marketing agency which has been at the forefront of gaming industry investment into the Premier League since 2006 when they pioneered the first front of shirt deal between an Asian operator and EPL Club (Mansion and Spurs).Subsequently they have worked with many leading European and western operators including 12 Bet, Fun 88, Bet 365 and Betfair and related industry players including PaySafe (Neteller, Skrill). We spoke to CEO Matt House about sleeve inventory and the value for money of the 100 sq/cm placement.SBC: Back in December, you estimated sleeve inventory to be worth 15-20% of a Premier League club’s front-of-shirt sponsorship. £10 million would represent almost 20% of Manchester United’s £53 million deal with Chevrolet, which is the most lucrative in the PL. Therefore, is £10 million realistic for betting companies?MH: “Firstly, it’s great to see more high quality inventory being made available to sponsors. Its certainly a big stature play to become ‘one of three on the uniform’ alongside the kit supplier and the front-of-shirt sponsor. In terms of value, alongside the 100 sq/cm on the arm itself, as a senior club partner the packages will include high profile follow through marketing rights including IP rights, LED and Interview Backdrop branding and player access for content creation (which is increasingly important with the trend for social consumption and sharing).“However, in the short term this isn’t really a massive opportunity for betting. Next season 12 of the 20 PL clubs will have betting companies as front-of-shirt sponsors, which because of category exclusivity provided in these deals means there is no shirt arm sponsorship alongside existing front of shirt betting sponsors. For the other eight, there may be complications with global betting partners, or for the biggest clubs, they simply don’t want to feature bookmakers on the shirt currently.” Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Ladbrokes bridges retail & digital customer engagement delivering new ‘omni-wallet’

first_img FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Darren Calvia – Ladbrokes CoralSeeking to bridge customer engagement between its retail and digital properties, FTSE bookmaker Ladbrokes has today announced the launch of its ‘omni-wallet’.The payment processing function will be launched across the bookmakers +3,500 retail estates, and has been further integrated within Ladbrokes’ player rewards scheme ‘The Grid’.Updating the media, the bookmaker seeks to create seamless player transactions between Ladbrokes.com and all Ladbrokes retail products including over the counter, gaming machines and self-service betting terminals.Moving forward, Ladbrokes customers will be able to have their winnings instantly added to their omni-wallet or collect them in cash. Furthermore, all retail and online customers will be able to deposit and withdraw funds to and from their omni-wallet in Ladbrokes betting shops.Darren Calvia, Head of Omni-channel Product for Ladbrokes Coral commented on the launch of the omni-wallet: “Customer convenience is at the heart of everything we do, and we are proud that the Ladbrokes omni-wallet is now the industry-leading omni-channel solution.“Customers have grown to enjoy ‘The Grid’ proposition in Ladbrokes shops and now we are giving them, even more, choice and control, however, they choose to bet with us. We offer the same great experience betting with cash or wallet and across all channels; in-shop, online and on mobile.”For its initial roll-out, the omni-wallet will be launched across Ladbrokes gaming machines and over-the-counter across the bookmakers’ estate. Ladbrokes management details that by mid-December the omni-wallet will be live on 7,000 Ladbrokes self-service betting terminals with full integration executed across all product verticals.Calvia concluded: “This launch is a great example of the benefits of being part of a multi-brand group, The Ladbrokes Coral Group, as we’ve been able to take the learnings from Coral’s long-established omni-wallet solution, the Connect Card, and add to it.” StumbleUpon Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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K8.com set to sponsor Supreme Pool Series

first_img Middlesbrough signs up in support of #RGWeek19 November 4, 2019 EFL set to broadcast remaining games whilst behind closed doors April 17, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Online gaming company K8 has announced that they are to sponsor the 2018 Supreme Pool Series, encompassing all events between May and December.With a £16,000 prize pot for each event, action is set to get underway in the Jason Owen Open in May, with a maximum of 96 players eligible to enter the series.Encompassing five events in total, with a race to the Grand final set to ensue, with the last chance to earn a place at the showpiece set to be via the K8.com Classic.The winner of the Supreme Pool Series 2018 will be crowned at the event which takes place November 30 – December 2, and features a boosted top prize of £40,000.The Philippines based firm launched its UK licensed operations in 2015, and last year signed a deal to become official betting partner of Championship side Cardiff City for the 2017/18 season.As part of the deal K8.com betting booths are located around the Cardiff City Stadium, with exclusive odds and promotions available for fans on matchdays.In addition Bluebirds fans will see a number of matchday competitions run, offering the opportunity to win tickets, hospitality and ‘money can’t buy’ Cardiff City experiences. EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Seven Up for Aspire Global through Irish sportsbook licence

first_img Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Aspire Global has seen its pool of sportsbook licences increase to seven, after being granted the necessary approval from the Irish sports betting authority.The new licence, which is likely to be complemented by an eighth in Sweden in early 2019, will increase Aspire’s share of revenues generated from regulated or soon-to-be regulated markets.The firm’s other licences are for the UK, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal and Italy, as well as a Maltese licence that permits operation in dot com markets.Tsachi Maimon, CEO of Aspire Global, commented: “We are excited to add an Irish sports license to our portfolio, expanding the sports vertical to yet another regulated market and enabling our partners to target new audiences through a wider offering.”He added: “Our consistent focus on regulated markets enables exciting business opportunities, increased competitive advantages and sustainable growth.”Last month, the Irish government announced a doubling of betting duty to 2% of turnover in its 2019 Budget (with exchange duty increasing by two-thirds to 25%) – effective from 1 January 2019.However, the implementation of this tax hike has since been thrown into doubt after the Irish Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said that it would be reviewed, after warnings from Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) that the move would lead to significant job losses.Outside of Ireland, last month saw an important event for Aspire’s sports solution, as BetRegal became the first dedicated sports operator to switch from a competing platform. The BetRegal sportsbook has migrated from EveryMatrix to an SBTech front-end, run through the Aspire platform. Submit Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Related Articles Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

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