Former Jamaican Minister of Youth and Culture has received death threats…

first_imgCNW 90 SCRIPT – FEB 24Happy Friday everyone! Today is February 24. We’re taking a look at some of the top stories that are making the news across your Caribbean-American community. The coverage today is brought to you by Grace Soups: Spice up your kitchen with Grace Soups today.  Genuine Caribbean taste enjoyed worldwide!.Former Jamaican Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, has received death threats on social media platforms after her call for the music of incarcerated dancehall DJ Vybz Kartel to be banned from radio. Reports of the threats has prompted the Police to issue warnings to members of the public that they can be prosecuted under the Cyber Crimes Act for issuing threats on social media.The main opposition Barbados Labor Party (BLP) on Wednesday announced plans for a “National March of Disgust” on March 11 as the first step into to forcing the Freundel Stuart government to call fresh general elections. Opposition Leader Mia Mottley told a news conference that Barbadians must now be given an opportunity to have a say in the economic decline of the country.President Donald Trump, has described his administration’s moves to deport undocumented immigrants as a “military operation,”. Trump made the declaration during a meeting with business leaders at the White House on Thursday. Trump is expected to sign a revised executive order targeting undocumented immigrants next week.In SportsAfter being in the wilderness for more than two years, power-hitting batsman, Kieron Powell has been recalled to the west Indies limited overs team for a three match tournament against England in the West Indies starting next month. However prolific batsmen, Marlon Samuels and Johnson Charles were left out..Here’s What’s TrendingBroward County Superintendent of Schools, Robert Runcie, has expressed his disagreement with a recent ruling by the US department of Justice and Departments of Education to rescind a May 2016 decision by the Obama administration to allow transgender students to use the bathroom based on the gender which they recognize..For tomorrows weather forecastIt will be partly cloudy in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties with a High of 83 degrees and a low of 62.  For more information on these and other stories, visit us online at Make Sure to pick up your copy of the National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.Today’s coverage was brought to you by Grace Soups: Spice up your kitchen with Grace Soups today.  Genuine Caribbean taste enjoyed worldwide!”This has been CNW90.last_img read more

Another Haitian beauty scores

first_imgLilliane Ulysse cops third place in Miss Canada 2017 pageantWeeks after the success of Haitian beauty queen Raquel Pelissier placing second in the Miss Universe pageant, another Haitian beauty, Liliane Marie Lawrence Ulysse placed 3rd in the Miss Canada 2017 pageant held at the Sheraton Hotel in Laval, Quebec, Canada on March 4.Justin Viard, the Consul General of Haiti in Montreal, Canada who made the official announcement to the people of Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora said Lawrence’s placement in the Canadian pageant, following that of Pelissier proves once again the potential of the Haitian woman to excel international while displaying a combination of beauty and intelligence.Lilliane Marie Lawrence Ulysse copped third placed in the Miss Canada 2017 beauty pageantThe Consulate General of Haiti in Montreal thanked the Haitian Community of Montreal and Haitians around the world for the support being given to the two Haitian beauties.From information submitted by the Haitian Consulate in Montreal, Liliane Marie Laurence Ulysse migrated from Haiti to Canada at age-12. She is a graduate in Sociology and International Development from the University of Québec. She describes herself as a determined, positive, responsible, and ambitious woman. Ulysse is described as a source of inspiration and motivation for young people in Canada and around the world.last_img read more

Plans underway for Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference

first_imgBusiness and investment opportunities, philanthropy, social investment and crime intervention and prevention will be among the issues discussed during the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, slated for July 23-26 in Kingston to coincide with Emancipation and Independence celebrations.Representatives of the Diaspora including Orlando attorney Wayne Golding, have been participating in preliminary planning meetings.Golding expressed enthusiasm at the planning that is going into making this year’s conference relevant to both Jamaica and the Diaspora. He said he was particularly encouraged by the participation of the Jamaican private sector in this year’s planning initiatives.The first meeting of  national Stakeholders was held on March 8 at the Kingston office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, where e 50 entities met to initiate planning strategies for the staging of the Conference.Jamaica’s Foreign Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, who was in London attending the Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting, addressed the meeting via video message. She reiterated the emphasis placed by the Jamaican government on structured and results-oriented engagement with the Diaspora, through the Conference.“It is my hope that we will build on the achievements of previous years and coming out of this conference, create effective mechanisms for specific, measurable and implementable actions aligned with the Government’s priorities and Diaspora interests,” she said.Permanent Secretary in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ambassador Marcia Gilbert-Roberts in noting the strong representation of agencies at the meeting, cited this as an indication of the commitment towards the public-private partnership required to execute the conference.During discussions, plans were outlined to develop a tailored experience for Diaspora members to access areas of specific interest to them. Attendees can also expect expositions and cultural activities to provide a unique Jamaican experience during the three-day Conference.last_img read more

TNT Minister says tourism more valuable than oil

first_imgAccording to a report in the Trinidad and Tobago newspaper, Newsday, Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe, has declared one tourist is more valuable than a barrel of oil.Speaking at the Stakeholders’ Appreciation Cocktails for the 2017 Stay to Get Away campaign held at the Chaquacabana Resort and Beach Club, Chaguanas recently, she said her ministry is in the process of setting mandatory standards for the sector.Regulator for tourism sectorCudjoe said consultations are being held on a regulator for the tourism sector –­Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Regulatory and Licensing Authority. She said, however, the Tourism Industry Certification program had not lapsed and would continue until the authority comes on board. Cudjoe said the difference is moving from voluntary standards to mandatory standards.“We cannot for one moment believe in 2017 that we could stand up next to a Barbados or a Bahamas or a Jamaica without having very basic mandatory standards to guide the industry. If we are serious about tourism and growing and having proper quality of our product you would get on board.”She said there have been stakeholders who have been “very loud and clear” about not wanting a regulatory authority but she said Government is serious about implementing mandatory standards.“Because there is absolutely no way we are going to continue to call for more marketing, (say) market Trinidad and Tobago and then when the tourists get here what about the quality of our product? That could redound all our marketing efforts to naught. We go out there and say ‘come, it’s nice, it’s perfect’ and when you get here you have problems at certain hotels where I won’t call by name (but) they wouldn’t clean a room for a couple of days.”Much to be doneShe referred to travel site Tripadvisor and the types of comments about this country and said, “We cannot be serious about improving our numbers and our profile and going out and market and there is much to be done.”Cudjoe said some people were waiting for oil prices to go back up and will do so until they are grey but “we have to play with what in front of us.”She said tourism can positively impact different sectors and bring in foreign exchange. “One tourist is more valuable than a barrel of oil.”Tourists more predictable than oilShe explained a tourist has to eat and spend money and is therefore more predictable than a barrel of oil.Cudjoe said the ministry plans to extend to a bigger market in the Caribbean and will continue regional advertisements and a more aggressive marketing strategy.She also cautioned new tourism stakeholders they must ensure safety and security, preserve the environment and maintain an international standard.Read more on Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Tourism: read more

Hurricane Maria – A Personal Story

first_imgAuthor Scott Smith is the editor of  As a former trader on Wall Street living in NYC during 9/11, and now an editor living in Puerto Rico through Hurricane Maria and its aftermath, he found both life changing events very reminiscent of each other. On September 20, 2017, an enormous hurricane pummeled Puerto Rico and devastated much of the island.I come from New York and was living there on 9/11—and I was struck by the similarities between that tragedy and Hurricane Maria. In both situations, I went to bed in one life and woke up in another.But Hurricane Maria also got me thinking about stray dogs and cats and what they go through every day.Let me explain.When Maria’s winds died down, Puerto Rico was without electricity, internet service, and in many parts of the island, running water. Communications were down. Things I’d taken for granted like food, water, and medical care became luxuries that were hard to come by. Most stores were closed and the ones that weren’t only accepted cash. But the banking system was offline and no one could get cash. It was a situation reminiscent of the Great Depression, when people with money in the bank couldn’t withdraw and spend it and the whole economy ground to a halt.Streets that were once well lit and safe became dark and dangerous. There was looting. There were random acts of violence. Many people had to sleep with one eye open—if they got any sleep at all. The situation became so dangerous that the governor was compelled to proclaim an island-wide dusk-to-dawn curfew.Scott Smith and Eli Rivera Jr at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Levittown, Puerto RicoJust days after the storm, I was waiting in a long line at a grocery store, hoping that it wouldn’t run out of food and that I’d have enough cash to get what I needed for my family. And I had a revelation: this is how homeless dogs and cats live every day. They lead precarious lives. They go days without adequate food and water. They don’t get medical care. They’re in constant danger and have to be watchful to the point of paranoia.I was living like that now. So were nearly three million Puerto Ricans. We had become an island of strays.I’ve always had a special connection to animals. I’ve been personally involved in a number of animal rescues. I’m a human dad to four dogs, all of whom were rescued from the streets. Sad to say, there are about half a million more where mine came from—and more than 1 million stray cats. What I went through for several weeks following Hurricane Maria, they go through every day, with little hope that things will get better.As if the tragedy of stray dogs and cats was not horrific enough before Maria hit, it became even worse afterward. Approximately 300,000 people moved away from Puerto Rico on account of the storm. Many of them were unable to take their animals with them. As Maria was bearing down on the island, a friend of mine witnesses heartbreaking scenes at the San Juan airport when families had to abandon their beloved pets. To make matters worse, the federal government banned pets who weighed more than 20 pounds from air travel. The policy was intended to free up cargo space for much-needed relief supplies, but it had the unintended effect of causing another 2,000 pets to be abandoned to the streets.After 9/11, New Yorkers like me figured out ways around the damage and disruption. Yet there was no way around the devastation of Hurricane Maria. It dragged on and on for months—and will likely take years to completely dissipate. Right now, the extraordinary hardships that all of us on the island endured after Hurricane Maria have largely disappeared. But the pain continues for Puerto Rico’s homeless cats and dogs.Photo Credit: Seary FigueroaI saw a tragic example of that last winter. I got a call about a dog that had been hit by a car and badly injured. When I arrived at the scene, I found a terrified animal who was in tremendous pain and who was unable to move his hind legs. It took three hours, but we finally got him into a crate and to the Veterinaria 24/7 in Pinero.As it turned out, this poor dog’s back legs were paralyzed. He will never walk again. Fortunately, he was adopted by a loving family in Wisconsin that is giving him the best life possible. But other dogs and cats aren’t so lucky. It’s depressingly common to see the remains of dogs and cats who’ve been hit by cars in Puerto Rico. To try to combat this problem, I began a video campaign I called Drive With Compassion. It’s something—but it’s not enough.Having lived through a catastrophic storm like Hurricane Maria has given me new insight into the lives of stray animals. I now have some firsthand knowledge of what their lives are like. And having welcomed stray dogs off the Puerto Rican streets and into my heart, I can attest to how just one person can save a life.I encourage everyone to become the person who makes that kind of difference in a stray dog or cat’s life. There are some terrific organizations here that support those of us who become that difference. I urge you all to help and support them: All Sato Rescue, Alianza Pro Rescate Animales, Yes We Can-ine, Samas Boarding for Dogs, Rabito Kontento, The Humane Society of Puerto Rico,, Animalitos de Dios PR and Brownie Blondie Foundation by Marjorie Andino.Remember what I learned: hurricanes like Maria are (I hope!) a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. But what the strays of Puerto Rico experience goes on day after day after day without end. Only people who are able and willing to step up can stop it.last_img read more

Green Dot PBC to Host Screening of “I Am Jane Doe”…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – In recognition of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Green Dot Palm Beach County is hosting a screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed documentary “I Am Jane Doe” this Saturday, Jan. 11, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. It will be held in the Allied Health Building Room 101, Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth Campus, 4200 Congress Avenue, Lake Worth.The film chronicles the epic battle that American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex trafficking on, an adult classified advertising website.After the screening, community members and parents are invited to join a discussion and learn how they can put an end to this horrific epidemic. The screening is suggested for ages 12 and older. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.last_img read more

Barcelona Aim For German Star In January – Spanish Reports

first_imgReports in Spain claim league leaders Barcelona are interested in a January transfer for highly-rated German international Leon Goretzka.The 22-year old Schalke 04 midfielder produced series of impressive performances for Germany as they won the FIFA Confederations Cup this summer and that has alerted clubs like Bayern Munich, Juventus and AC Milan to his immense qualities.His contract at the Gelsenkirchen Arena expires in June 2018 and the club is ready to cash in on him in January with the added incentive of him moving away from other Bundlesliga rivals through the move to Barcelona, according to El Mundo Deportivo.The report added that the Spanish giants would be willing to include midfielders like Rafinha, Andre Gomes and Arda Turan in any deal.Goretzka joined Schalke 04 from VfL Bochum in 2013 for €3.25m (£2.9m) and has developed to be one of the most sought after players in the German Bundlesliga.The tall midfielder, presently rated at over €25m (£22.3m), contributed eight goals and six assists in 41 competitive games for Schalke 04 last season.Relatedlast_img read more

Playtech launches cross-border network with RAY and win2day

first_img Share StumbleUpon Finnish company RAY and Austria-based win2day have agreed an ‘industry-first’ deal to share cross-border poker liquidity on the Playtech network.The two companies will launch a joint network which pools their Finnish and Austrian player bases, with customers of each brand able to access Playtech’s omni-channel poker products.Playtech said the deal, which was made possible by the recent approval of the Finnish Ministry of Interior, represents the first time that two regulated entities have joined forces to share cross-border poker liquidity. RAY was previously limited to offering online poker services to players in Finland only.Jan Hagelberg, Vice-President of Digital Channels for RAY, said: “Working with win2day has been an extremely smooth process and this announcement significantly improves the game selection in both Finland and Austria.”Martin Jekl, Managing Director of win2day, added: “It is with great pleasure that we welcome the opportunity to expand our offering as the leading online poker provider in Austria with the joint network and thereby improve the customer experience for our users.”Shimon Akad, Chief Operating Officer of Playtech, commented: “We have been pioneers in the gaming industry for many years and are extremely proud to be the first company to provide two great brands with a poker network and series of leading products that will combine to form the first ever cross-border poker network. Playtech has long been the largest and most successful poker network in the industry so we’re delighted to be part of this new venture.” Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020last_img read more

32Red targets Wincanton winners in Grand National week

first_img ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Share Wayne Rooney speaks from experience to support 32Red’s ‘Know Your Limits’ campaign April 8, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Share Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 With just four weeks to go in the Tipster Challenge 2016/17, sponsored by Betting Gods, Gerry Murray is the latest expert to challenge AppBet’s Sarah Shannon for top spot.The Director of Brand & Acquisition for 32Red, the operator subject to an outright cash offer from Kindred Group, has provided expert tips for today’s seven race card at Wincanton.In Grand National week, Murray will be testing his mettle against sixth placed Stephen Harris, the horse racing guru from bettingexpert, and the experts from Timeform in 16th.____________________________________1:50bettingexpert: Cousin KheeRan well in a big field at Doncaster and comes here freshened up after two months off the track.Timeform: Mr FickleTook advantage of the handicapper’s mercy when scoring by 11 lengths at Plumpton last week, and it’s feasible to think he can strike under a penalty granted similarly aggressive tactics.32Red: Mr FickleThis was between Gulshanigans and Mr Fickle, but I’ll take the trainer in better form the past few weeks and horse with a decent recent win at Plumpton.____________________________________2:20bettingexpert: Dance Floor KingA model of consistency with good form over this course and distance in the book.Timeform: Comeonginger12lb below his last winning mark and hails from a yard in very good form.32Red: Lou VertTwo respectable second place finishes recently and looks like the longer trip will be beneficial.____________________________________2:50bettingexpert: Listen To The ManComes from the red-hot Skelton yard and shaped better than the bare form on his recent handicap debut.Timeform: Innocent GirlHas done nothing but improve since joining Harry Fry, making it four wins from her last six starts over fences at Taunton recently.32Red: Innocent GirlStable in decent form and last week’s win at Taunton suggests the winter break hasn’t done any harm.____________________________________3:20bettingexpert: Thumb Stone BluesProgressing nicely and has far more potential than his only serious market rival.Timeform: Thumb Stone BluesNot much to choose between him, Solighoster and Anchor Man on their best form but he is preferred after an easy win at Doncaster last month.32Red: Anchor ManYou should ignore the last outing at Market Rasen, but with a bit of weight in hand he could be well placed to bounce back.____________________________________3:55bettingexpert: Arctic LadyHated deep ground when finishing tailed off on her chase debut and much better is expected here stepping up in trip.Timeform: Butlergrove KingWasn’t seen to best effect when well backed at Stratford last time and is worth another chance in first-time headgear having eased another 4lb.32Red: Butlergrove KingNot a particularly confident pick, as he seems to like being beaten as favourite, but good ground should help.____________________________________4:25bettingexpert: Mon ParrainHe has a touch of class in hunter chases and will relish the decent ground at this speed based track.Timeform: Mon ParrainMon Parrain and Toby Lerone have established themselves as high-end hunter chase performers this term and can be expected to fight this out, with a 4lb concession enough to tilt the balance towards the former.32Red: ThereyarseeTaking a chance on potential here, but with five wins from 11 starts, there would appear to be some talent there.____________________________________4:55bettingexpert: Shall We Go NowBred to be useful and can make a winning debut for the excellent Harry Fry.Timeform: Diamond GuyPlenty of leading yards are represented, with Diamond Guy a very likely sort on paper.32Red: Diamond GuyClose your eyes and pick a number here with not much to base a selection off. Diamond Guy gets the nod as Nicholls’ horses have form in the race.____________________________________Where will Gerry Murray enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? 1Sarah Shannon – AppBet313.69 2Alan Alger – Betway311.41 3Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 4Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 5Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 6bettingexpert1.614.63 7Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 8John Hill – Coral24.25 9Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 10Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 11Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 12Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 13Conor White – BetBright33.62 14Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 15Harry Lang – Pinnacle13.50 16Timeform1.873.36 17Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 18Paddy Power13.00 19Russell Yershon11.88 20Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas21.82 21Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 22Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 23John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 24Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 25Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 RankTipsterRace WinsPointslast_img read more

Matt Wilson: Ball Street – No Hype… Why Fan Media should matter to all industry stakeholders

first_img Matt Wilson – Ball StreetMatt Wilson Co-Founder & Chief Executive of Ball Street a specialist in sports social media engagement and content creation details to SBC the disruptive and often misunderstood nature of Fan Media.Focusing on viewer engagement and participation, Wilson has grown Ball Street’s network to be a leading social media vertical for sports. Wilson details to betting industry stakeholders the power of Fan Media, which if used correctly can grow audiences faster and more efficiently than traditional media channels.___________________________SBC: Hi Matt its been roughly a year since our last interview, how has the Ball Street network grown regarding its content, audience and commercial capabilities?Matt Wilson: We have grown in audience, combined with growth in our ability to optimize content for the environment in which it is consumed and which has benefitted the Ball Street network commercially. We have been ahead of the market since we helped established in 2012 and we have been trying to speak with brands about how they can utilise and harness the collective voices of influential fans and creators to attain engagement at scale that is superior to all the traditional options. Our recent partnership with Ladbrokes is a testament to this.  We were close with one bookmaker for a sponsorship across our fan channels at the start of the season but they opted to do something considered ‘safer’ and wound up doing a very basic press sponsorship.  Some 6 months later, and we have a partner that understands the space, they understand where there is engagement at scale, and we are delighted to be working with Ladbrokes across our fan channels including Arsenal Fan TV, The Redmen TV, West Ham Fan TV and the rest of the crew.  SBC: From 2013, you have placed Fan media advertising at the forefront of your network? What does this form of new advertising entail, and how have you brought advertisers to engage with this new social vertical?  MW: At talkSPORT radio I developed commercial models around rights such as FAPL and categories like betting.  Each was designed to create value for brand partners and better experiences where the shared interest of the brand, the editorial, and the audience converged.Fan opinion and fan media have always been there but it has been limited by technology and it has been too dispersed to provide scale or value.   The Ball Street network was established to provide strength and efficiency in numbers, help passionate fans build community and also to provide brands with scale and engagement in one easy buy.  A brand or agency can have one conversation with us and the network then tells the brand’s story to fans at scale with incredible results.  For us it’s more than fan media – which might be a convenient label – it’s about the power of fans working together.SBC: Your team works closely with video content, a marketing vertical bookmakers are deeply interested. How is this vertical evolving in terms of live content and audience engagement?  MW: We have been working with video and all platforms since 2012.  Platforms continue to iterate which creates new and interesting ways to engage with fans.  The key to success is context over creative.  Too many people pick a production company or creative agency who make a great video but have no understanding or appreciation for the nuances of the platforms and the context in which the video is deployed.SBC: We see that your team places a huge emphasis on storytelling and dialogue. Why is this crucial to Fan Media channels, and where can bookmaker markets fit within an engaging narrative?MW: Our time is short and a lot of bookmaker markets are often force fed to the audience using formats that are intrusive to the fan experience and rob us of our time.  I think brands are better to first bring value and generate trust before they ask.We did this really successfully with Paddy Power at talkSPORT (then rolled the model out to others) and we did it very successfully with the Ball Street Network for Bet Victor for the Euro 16 final when we managed to get their #MillionPoundGoal offer to be a huge topic of conversation for fans during the match, resulting in a UK trend and generating over 2 Million engagements.  This was done by creating a narrative that people could contribute to rather than peppering them with an offer. SBC: Should fan media advertising be kept separate from legacy marketing verticals (TV, online, Print, radio), or can this new advertising bridge and connect audiences? MW: Anybody that is thinking vertically is failing.  The audience doesn’t think in that way, so why should the marketer? The media landscape is fragmented for consumers as well as it is marketers, and working horizontally is essential as is collaborating across the boundaries of the marketing verticals.The convergence of creativity and technology is creating the most exciting activations and conversations.  Bridging this with traditional solutions can only lead to more effective campaigns and results.The connection that fan media has with audiences is far superior to traditional media channels and formats.  It provides depth and width, engagement at scale.  The characters are authentic, relatable and trusted and therefore the pull we have is significant.This space is still new and Ladbrokes are one of the first to view it properly, seizing the opportunity to sponsor our fan channel network where the engagement is high and fan attention is at scale.   SBC:  You will be speaking at BOF 2017, what do you want delegates to take away from your session? MW: Put simply…Everyone wants to get closer to fans, we are the fans________________________________Matt Wilson – CEO & Co-Founder – Ball StreetMatt Wilson will be speaking on content creation and audience engagement at the upcoming Betting on Football Conference (3-5 May Stamford Bridge –  London). To find out more information click on the banner below… Sky Bet bolsters fan engagement by backing Sky Media YouTube shows August 12, 2019 Submit David Webb, BetConstruct: Why meeting new regulations is the industry’s big challenge for 2019 April 4, 2019 Share Share Related Articles Footstock signs Chris Kamara as new brand ambassador August 18, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more