Month: August 2020

Antiguan government seeks clarification on arrest of former minister

first_imgAntiguan government seeks clarification on arrest of former minister Following the arrest of former Antigua minister of government Asot Michael by British authorities last month, the Antiguan government wants reasons of the arrest.The Antigua and Barbuda government says it will seek clarification from the British government regarding the arrest of then tourism and investment minister Asot Michael on his arrival in London last month.“We think it is appropriate that the question be asked, and at all times, the civilities and protocols that need to be exercised between states are recognized by all states large and small,” said Information Minister Melford Nicholas.Nicholas, speaking to reporters at the end of the weekly Cabinet meeting, said the Antigua government believes this is a relevant question in light of the treaty on diplomatic relations which countries usually adhere.Not sure what protocols were breached “To whom much is given much is expected,” Nicholas said, acknowledging that the government could not at this time state what protocols had been breached.“Everyone was jolted by the way the intervention was done and to the extent that the British government may have been led to believe that they were justified in taking that action is a matter of their own determination.“But we must now ask the question from the reverse standpoint in terms of whether or not that would have been the prescribed way of handling such circumstance were it involving a state of a different size,” he told reporters.Advised by lawyers to be silentMichael, who has already said that it was “unfortunate” that Prime Minister Browne did not contact him before relieving him of his portfolio, has said he had been advised by his lawyers to remain quiet on the issue.Prime Minister Browne, who acknowledged that he had, “no firm details of the reasons for Michael’s arrest,” nonetheless said he had advised Governor General, Sir Rodney Williams to revoke  Michael appointment “pending the outcome of his arrest” …by the Metropolitan Police in London.Michael had also indicated to his constituents of St Peter, “who are very dear to me, that they have no reason to doubt my sincerity and my continued devotion and commitment to their interests.”But Prime Minister Browne on Friday announced that the ruling Antigua and Barbuda Labor Party (ABLP) is planning ahead and that someone had been appointed to take care of the constituency.last_img read more

UWI hold talks on fourth campus opening in Antigua and Barbuda

first_imgAntigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne (center) and members of his Cabinet meet with UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles (ANU Government photo) ST.JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – The Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI),  Sir Hilary Beckles, has held talks with the Antigua and Barbuda government regarding the opening of the fourth landed campus of the regional tertiary institution.Government says that the Five Islands Campus should be opened in September with at least 1,000 students and according to a Cabinet statement issued here, the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, was invited to Cabinet to announce the pending decision of the Accreditation Council. “The Fourth Landed Campus of the University of the West Indies—the Five Islands Campus—is to be approved when the Council next meets in two weeks. The amount required annually, the Council will determine, is likely to be met by the Antigua and Barbuda authorities; the infrastructure is also in place to meet the tailored financial capabilities,” the statement noted.“There is only one factor that could delay the opening…the only thing that could delay the opening, and it won’t delay because the entire Cabinet was involved in the discussions yesterday, was the IT (information technology) infrastructure,” Information Minister Melford Nicholas told reporters.He said Antigua and Barbuda is better prepared for the launch of its campus than had been the case when the campuses were launched in Barbados and Jamaica more than 53 years ago.“We are starting also with a greater strength of alumni,” he addedThe Cabinet statement noted that the discussion also focused upon staffing, meeting student satisfaction, building sporting facilities, and approaching friendly countries for assistance with expanding the university, noting “these topics were also addressed by the Cabinet and the Vice Chancellor”.last_img read more

Nadine Sutherland to Celebrate her 40th Anniversary in Music at Miramar Cultural…

first_imgMIRAMAR, Florida – December 13 will mark 40 years since then “little” Nadine Sutherland came to prominence, winning the first Tastee Talent Contest back in 1979 with her vocal skills. The accomplished artist plans a year-long celebration, which will begin on Friday, October 18 at the Miramar Cultural Center when she performs “All Grown Up” with the Code Red Band.Another former child star, Chris “Johnny” Daley, will share the stage with Sutherland, making for an exceptional evening of music and comedy.After winning the Tastee Talent Contest, Nadine immediately became the first artist signed by Bob Marley to his Tuff Gong label, recording “Starvation on the Land” at age eleven. Her career blossomed, as she grew to become one of the top female singers in reggae with a solid catalog of hits. Over the years she has recorded major hits including: “Action” with Terror Fabulous, “Wicked Dickie” with Buju Banton, “Babyface” and “Big Tingz”.Nadine plans to deliver a special show in Miramar, drawing on her roots with reggae, dancehall and expanding into a few popular R&B ballads to include some jazz classics. “I’m extremely excited to be performing at this show with Christopher ‘Johnny’ Daley,” stated Nadine, as she beamed with pride. “Throughout the years, the people of South Florida has always shown me kindness, they have been very consistent in their support. So, it’s appropriate to commence my fortieth-year celebration there. Looking forward to a special and delightful evening.”Chris “Johnny” DavisChris “Johnny” Daley is guaranteed to deliver a DROP OUT YOUR SEAT comedy set, to start the night.Daley grew up in the public’s eyes on the Jamaican television program “Lime Tree Lane”. He has excelled at his craft as an actor, by appearing in numerous plays, movies, television commercials and continues to hone his craft as a successful standup comedian. His weekly show “Johnny Live” has been drawing packed houses on a regular basis in Jamaica.Hosted by Miramar Commissioner Maxwell Chambers, the show is part of the Miramar Cultural Center’s 2019-2020 season of artistic presentations, produced in association with Riddims Marketing, Inc.Tickets for “All Grown UP” are available online at www.miramarculturalcenter.org as well as at the Miramar Cultural Center Box office.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Health Minister Calls Out Jamaica Gleaner for “Misleading Headlines”

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Over the last few days, one of Jamaica’s leading local media entities, Jamaica Gleaner has been called out by Jamaica’s Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, for their misleading headlines and potentially damaging agenda.On February 15, the Jamaica Gleaner published a story with a headline that read “Tufton tells nurses to be more committed to patients than pay”.In the article, the newspaper outlines Tufton’s actual statement which was directed at nursing students.“I want to say to you, as students, make sure you love what you do, and if you don’t love it, leave it. The only way you’re going to practise with compassion is if your heart and soul is into it and it’s not for the money,” Tufton told over 200 nursing students at the ninth annual striping ceremony for the University of Technology’s Caribbean School of Nursing.Following the Gleaner’s article, Tufton took to Twitter to call out the newspaper for their misleading headline. “Misleading headline @JamaicaGleaner. I told the nursing students, not nurses, to love what they do or they won’t enjoy doing it. That they should deliver service with compassionate like Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole and prepare for unruly patients. I stand by that”, he said.The newspaper received much backlash from members of the public for the headline. Many locals suggested that the paper was displaying an act of political bias and creating a narrative that was far from what the Minister actually said. Nursing students that were present at the ceremony also came to Tufton’s defence on social media saying that the Gleaner acted irresponsibly in publishing such a headline which surrounds a sensitive topic: the salaries of public sector workers.The Gleaner continued with their own interpretation, using an editorial cartoon to depict their own headline. Again, the Minister called out the newspaper for continuing to push their own narrative.“& there the Gleaner goes again… how unfortunate. What is important to me is that each nursing student that was there understood and appreciated the message and took it in the correct context.”This is not the first in recent times that the Gleaner has come under fire from a public figure. In November 2019, the newspaper published an article with a headline suggesting that the funds raised by Jamaican entertainer Shaggy for the Bustamante Hospital for Children had been misappropriated.Shaggy, who at the time was preparing for the ABC live production of “The Little Mermaid”, said he was called into a meeting with Disney Execs who asked him to explain the article.Following the production, Shaggy held a press conference to produce the financial receipts that showed the money had not been touched. He said he was disappointed in the Jamaica Gleaner for attempting to paint a bad image that could have smeared his reputation.The Jamaica Gleaner never did a retraction or apology for any of the incidents.last_img read more

Premier League Clubs Suffer Big Blow On International Duty

first_imgTop English Premier League (EPL) clubs like Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal suffered respective blows on international duty after key players picked up injuries.Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini came off the Bosnia vs. Belgium qualifier on Saturday evening with a leg injury and has been ruled out for some weeks as a result.Back-to-back EPL champion N’Golo Kante also sustained a suspected hamstring injury while he was on action for France in their 1-0 win in Bulgaria. This is certainly a big blow for English champions Chelsea, who are already without star striker Alvaro Morata for a few weeks.Arsenal have also been hit by a big injury after Germany defender Skhrodan Mustafi pulled up during his country’s 5-1 home win over Azerbaijan on Sunday night. While speaking after the match, Germany coach Joachim Low confirmed that the defender would be out for a while.With the aforementioned injuries, EPL clubs would be hoping they don’t record more injuries in the final days of the October international break.Relatedlast_img read more

Wenger Confirms Star Duo Could Still Leave In January

first_imgArsenal boss Arsene Wenger has disclosed that contract talks with star midfielder Mesut Ozil are “going well” with Mesut Ozil, but “it’s possible” he and Alexis Sanchez will still leave in January.The respective contracts of the star duo will expire at the end of the season and Wenger was asked about his players during his pre-match press conference on Thursday ahead of the London Derby clash with Watford on Saturday evening.On widespread reports that negotiations with Ozil’s agent were progressing “positively”, the 67-year old Frenchman said:“That is my understanding.“The fact we didn’t agree last year doesn’t mean he wants to leave.” he added. Speaking further on Sanchez and Ozil, he said:“Both players look happy and overall I hope the situation can be turned round, but at the moment we are not close enough to announce anything. Talks are going well.” When asked about the possibility of selling the two players when the January transfer window reopens. Wenger said:“Once you are in our kind of situation you have envisaged every solution, yes. It’s possible.”center_img RelatedSanchez And Ozil Will Stay At Arsenal Unless….November 28, 2017In “England”Arsenal FC vs Burnley FCJune 30, 2017Similar postREVEALED: Reason For Ozil’s Comfort At ArsenalFebruary 19, 2019In “England”last_img read more

Vice explores the rise of political betting

first_img Share Related Articles FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 This April, youth news and entertainment publisher Vice.com has highlighted the growth of political betting markets in a video segment titled ‘Why British People are Betting on Trump’s Impeachment’.Produced by journalist Jake Warren, Vice’s reports on the ‘rise of political betting’ in the wake of an unprecedented 2016 which saw Britain vote to leave the European Union and former reality TV star Donald Trump becoming the 45th President of the United States of America.The Vice video segment sees Warren interview Ladbrokes Head of Politics Matthew Shaddick who gives detailed insight into how bookmakers’ create political betting markets and what punters are betting on.Whilst political betting markets may not match the wagering levels recorded by football, Shaddick states that the rise in their popularity has been visible and ‘good for bookmaker businesses’.As a media publisher, Vice.com is registered as having the largest global millennial audience, with its website ranked in the top 50 UK and USA (Alexa.com) for total monthly viewership. Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

NBA season finale claims June top spot on bettingexpert

first_imgShare UKGC lifts Matchbook suspension August 12, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon The last game of the NBA Finals between Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers was the top match on bettingexpert in June, with more tips than for the Champions League final.The Warriors beat the Cavaliers 120-129 at the Oracle Arena in California to cap a 4-1 triumph, after becoming the first team in NBA playoff history to reach the finals with a 12-0 series record.Matchbook and Unibet shared the highest number of tips on the match (14% apiece), with William Hill coming in third on 9%. Meanwhile, bet365 and Unibet dominated the other big matches on bettingexpert last month, as the top two for Juventus vs Real Madrid in Cardiff, game three of the NBA Finals and for Germany’s Confederations Cup semi-final victory over Mexico.Despite the interest in the NBA Finals, football still came out as the overwhelming top sport across the network, accounting for 60% of the tips. The French Open at Roland Garros contributed to tennis coming in second with 18%, while basketball was languishing in fourth with 6% after surprisingly missing out on the top three to its American-focused counterpart baseball (11%).Finally, the U-20 World Championship, won by Paul Simpson’s England, proved to be less predictable than the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers which took place last month. 49% of tips made on the qualifiers were successful, against only 40% of selections on the 24-team tournament in South Korea. Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

Sky Bet lifts the lid on account restrictions at Parliamentary debate

first_img BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 StumbleUpon Sky Bet CEO Richard Flint revealed that the bookmaker restricts 3% of its customer base in the bets that can be placed, but the bookmaker does not close the accounts of winning punters.Speaking at the All Party Parliamentary Betting & Gaming Group Seminar in the House of Lords yesterday, Flint admitted that it restricted 2% of its customers to bets with a liability of £1,000, while a further 1% were limited to bets winning £100. However, Flint claimed that Sky Bet only close accounts for social responsibility or potential fraud reasons.Simon RowlandsThe debate was commisioned to ask the question whether ‘bookmakers are unfairly closing accounts?’ with Horseracing Bettors Forum Chairman Simon Rowlands taking up the case of the punter. But rather than the pantomime back and forth that some had been anticipating, what followed was a measured discussion about complex operational issues for betting stakeholders. While HBF accepted that bookmakers should have the ability to restrict accounts it believes that too many bookmakers are restricting too quickly and more casual punters are being caught in the crossfire. Rowlands suggested that it is causing a vicious circle to develop where bookmakers are becoming ever suspicious of punters and adding more restrictions and punters are becoming ever more inventive in finding a way around them.Rowlands highlighted the fact that the Australian betting industry has had a minimum guarantee for bets with a liability of Aus$2,000 which has gained plaudits amongst punters. The HBF has suggested that a £500 limit might be a conservative step in that direction. He even suggested that bookmakers could have a special ‘no frills’ account where customers would be offered no bonuses or promotions in exchange for a minimum bet. Flint accepted that the industry needs to do much more to work with customers over issues but underlined the fact that Sky Bet is a business and not a public service and the fact that it has other obligations such as a large workforce, pays £150m in taxes and supports sport through levy payments and sponsorship. He also pointed out that Sky Bet was positioned at the leisure punter, the firm has 1m active customers, and that the company had to be mindful of  any negative effects on this wider audience of any changes.He also tackled the assumption that bookmakers don’t like winners, revealing that 20% of its customers win – a figure that rises to 25% for horseracing. He also suggested that the company loses £7m a year from the 3% of customer restricted accounts.Given that Sky Bet already has a minimum liability of £100, Flint said that the company would be prepared to look at raising that level to £500 and weigh up the pros and cons. He concluded: “If consequence is that worse odds are offered to wider audience, I don’t think that is good for racing.” Related Articles Share Submitlast_img read more

Loyal 1xBet customers to gain 1xPromo points

first_imgShare SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Why leading esports titles should not be overlooked as substitutes to real sports April 15, 2020 Submit 1xBet defies COVID-19 disruption to keep 2020 plans in place April 3, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Cyprus-based sports betting company 1xBet has praised the impact of 1xPromo, a customer loyalty program which enables its customers to redeem bonus points for free bets.1xPromo, otherwise known as Promo Code Store, is permanently visible to all 1xBet customers, with a balance that automatically updates after every bet placed on the sportsbook.The bonus points can be redeemed at any time for almost thirty different types of bets, which includes singles, accumulators, insured bets, sports bets, esports, financials and novelties.Players must choose the amount of bonus points they want and click to ‘Get Code’, after which they can use this number of points in the betslip as a substitute to real money.Evgeniy Kiriushin, Head of Business Development for 1xBet, said: “We are doing everything to ensure our customers are happy and satisfied with the services we offer.“The Promo Code Store (1xPromo) was created after a comprehensive analysis of our customers’ needs, so that we are always able to give them the most profitable offers.”1xPromo is also available to all white label partners of 1xBet, who earlier this month announced the signing of Andrea Pirlo as brand ambassador in a deal that will run throughout 2018.last_img read more