Haiti worried about illegal drug use in schools

first_imgThe National Commission for the Fight Against Drugs (CONALD), says it is perturbed at the “appalling” abuse of illegal drugs in schools, homes and in the country in general.Haiti in joining the international community in observing the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking ,CONALD’s  co-ordinator Lener Renauld said the country is facing an uphill battle to deal with the drug epidemic. He said while the Commission does not intend to have any high profile activities to mark the occasion of it wishes to “invite everyone, in order to counter, as far as possible, the overwhelming consequences that strangle the Haitian youth”.He said CONALD is “appalled” by the “abuse of drugs, in our schools, our universities, in the homes as in the streets” but it is nonetheless assuring the population of the fight “in accordance with the priorities established by the Head of State and in accordance with the general policy of the Government”.The Commission said it welcomes the efforts of the law enforcement institutions working together to “stem the scourge of drugs and calls for the involvement of Haitian society.last_img read more

West Indies defeat Netherlands in ODI

first_imgWest Indies One Day International captain Jason Holder credited an all-round batting performance for the team’s 54 run win on Duckworth/Lewis over the Netherlands on Monday. The win gives the West Indies four valuable points heading into the Super Sixes which starts on Thursday.Evin Lewis top-scored with 84 while the Jamaican pair of Marlon Samuels and Rovman Powell added 73 and 52 respectively. Holder says the batsmen are showing good form at the right time. From Group ‘A’ the West Indies, Ireland and the United Arab Emirates advance to the Super Sixes, while from Group ‘B’, Zimbabwe, Scotland and Afghanistan await the Windies. West Indies’ first game in the Super Sixes will be against Afghanistan on Thursday. This fixture will be followed by a match against the host nation Zimbabwe next week Monday before closing out the Super Sixes on March 22 against Scotland.last_img read more

Nyeem Young, Jayden Seales Named in ICC U-19 Tournament Team

first_imgNyeem Young POTCHEFSTROOM, South Africa (CMC) — West Indies stars Nyeem Young and Jayden Seales have been named in the ICC’s Under-19 World Cup team of the tournament.Young, a fast-bowling all-rounder, starred in the group stage with two half-centuries and a five-wicket haul, finishing the tournament with 140 runs and eight wickets.Seales, meanwhile, was one of the most impressive seamers on show during the tournament, claiming 10 wickets at an average of 18 runs apiece.Akbar Ali, who led Bangladesh to victory over favourites India in Sunday’s final, has been named captain of the 12-man squad which includes players from six different nations.Bangladesh and India both boast three representatives on the team.In announcing Young, the ICC said West Indies “seem to have unearthed a future star all-rounder”.“He underlined his credentials straight from the off, making 61 with the bat to top-score in his side’s group-stage opener against Australia before taking five for 45 to beat England next time out — becoming the first West Indian to take a five-for and make a half-century in an U19 match,” the ICC said.Of Seales, the organisers noted that he “staked his claim as one of the side’s best up-and-coming fast bowlers as he looks to join a prestigious tradition”.Former West Indies fast bowler, Ian Bishop, now a well-respected television commentator, was among a five-man panel choosing the team of the tournament.SQUAD – Akbar Ali (Bangladesh) — captain, Yashasvi Jaiswal (India), Ibrahim Zadran (Afghanistan), Ravindu Rasantha (Sri Lanka), Mahmudul Hasan Joy (Bangladesh), Shahadat Hossain (Bangladesh), Nyeem Young (West Indies), Shafiqullah Ghafari (Afghanistan), Ravi Bishnoi (India), Kartik Tyagi (India), Jayden Seales (West Indies) Akil Kumar (Canada) — 12th manlast_img read more

CNW90 April 10, 2020

first_imgWith a look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 10 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Coming up in the newscast, Florida COVID-19 cases surpass 16,000, Miami-dade public schools distribute half a million meals, and Jamaica considering reopening borders to diaspora members.Now for the news in the detailAs of April 9, more than 300 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida has the number of cases now surpasses 16,000. According to the latest data, Florida now has almost 16,500 confirmed coronavirus cases including more than 350 deaths. Miami-Dade continues to lead the number of confirmed cases within the state, with almost 6,000 cases, about 35 percent of the state’s total. Broward County was next with approximately 2,500 followed by Palm Beach with over 1,200 cases. As the numbers increase, more testing sites are being opened in South Florida. This week a new drive-thru test site was opened at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill.In the meantime, three cities in South Florida: Miami Beach, Sunrise and Miramar have issued emergency orders requiring all persons to wear face coverings in public. The orders, which both went into effect this week, state that face masks, homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, handkerchiefs or other similar cloth covering can be used. The orders also apply to drivers, employees and customers of grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and hardware stores. Additionally, Miramar’s order states that coverings should not be worn by children under two years old or by people who have breathing problems.Meanwhile, Miami-Dade County Public Schools has distributed more than half a million grab-and-go meals to families and students in need since the closure of schools in March. Public School employees have been catering to those less fortunate in the county, passing out meals at 50 select school sites. Through the Meals-on-the-Go program, thousands of hot meals have also been delivered to homes in many fragile communities.In Caribbean News, as the number of COVID-19 cases in Jamaica rise pass 60, the Jamaican government announced that it is considering protocol which will allow re-entry of those abroad. Prime Minister Andrew Holness said he has heard the many pleas of the diaspora and Jamaican nationals in the United States and may allow for some residents to come home soon. He has advised, however, that the country is not at a point where wide-scale re-entry can be allowed.For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.You’ve been watching CNW90last_img read more

Barcelona Social Media Accounts Hacked, Announce Signing Di Maria

first_imgBarcelona’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were hacked in the early hours of Wednesday with posts announcing the signing of PSG forward, Angel Di Maria.The hackers, who call themselves OurMine “Security Group” have taken responsibility for the hack, and also apologise to Barcelona “for the hoax”.OurMine is a famous celebrity account hacking group that have hacked Netflix, WWE, CNN, YouTube, Game of Thrones, Facebook and also PlayStation accounts in the past. Barcelona have since deleted the post, assuring their fans that they are “working to solve the problem as soon as possible”.RelatedSevilla Consider Legal Action and Withdrawal From Spanish Super CupAugust 12, 2018In “Europe”Barcelona Overpower Catalan Rivals Espanyol To Secure Last Copa Del Rey Semifinal SpotJanuary 25, 2018In “Europe”Only Barcelona Can Stop Themselves From Another La Liga TitleAugust 13, 2019In “Spain”last_img read more

How Can Lewis Hamilton Win The Formula One Title in The US?

first_imgThere’s huge sense of excitement and expectation in the Camp of the Silver Arrows today as Lewis Hamilton leads the line of 20 drivers who zoom off tonight in Texas for what is to be one of the most watched races in the 2017 Formula One calendar.Hamilton comes to the US GP with a 59-point advantage over closest rival Sébastien Vettel who is a further 13 points ahead of Mercedes driver Valterie Bottas. The Circuit of the Americas has favoured Lewis Hamilton since joining the Formula One calendar in 2012 with 4 wins out of 5, he also clinched his most recent World title here in Austin with a win over Nico Rosberg in 2015.With Vettel and Bottas still in with a mathematical chance of nicking the drivers title, the following are the conditions that guarantee titles for Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton tonight.Driver’s ChampionshipHamilton needs to outscore Vettel by 16 points and Bottas by 3 points to clinch the title.That means:If Hamilton wins the race, he is world champion if Vettel finishes sixth or lower;If Hamilton finishes second, he will be world champion if Vettel finishes ninth or lower AND Bottas doesn’t win;If Hamilton finishes third or lower, he doesn’t win the title tonight and the title race goes on to Mexico.Constructor’s ChampionshipMercedes hold a 145-point lead over Ferrari in the constructor’s championship and they will surely win the title today in Austin if they have a lead of at least 129 points over the Scuderia at the end of the race. That means Ferrari are to have at least 17 more points than Mercedes at the end of tonight’s race to continue to have a mathematical chance of winning the title.If either Mercedes driver wins the race, the team surely seals the Constructor’s Championship.The US GP starts tonight October 22 from 8pmRelatedHow Can Lewis Hamilton Win The Formula One Title In Mexico.October 27, 2017In “Formula One”Analysing How Ferrari Are Behind Impressive Mercedes in 2017October 20, 2017In “Formula One”Hamilton Wins Again To Egde Closer to Fourth TitleOctober 8, 2017In “Formula One”last_img read more

Malta task force urges government to replace ‘inadequate’ sports integrity laws

first_img TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Submit Malta gambling, police and sports stakeholders have asked for the government to review national sports integrity laws and policy, as existing legislation is no longer viable within a digital context.A sports anti-corruption task force consisting of Malta Football Association (MFA), Malta Police, the Attorney General and the Malta Gaming Association have presented a draft bill to the government seeking to replace existing legislation which dates back to the 1970s.Among its provisions, the task force seeks for tougher sentences of athletes and sports officials charged with breaching sports corruption laws. Furthermore, Malta sports clubs, associations and governances will face significantly greater fines should they be implicated in any form of sports corruption or match fixing.Of particular concern to task force stakeholders is the outdated framework of existing policy, which does not take into account modern sports consumption and online betting practices.A FIFPRO study published in 2016 revealed the Malta Football’s Premier Division to be the 8th most corrupt league out of 53 professional leagues reviewed. For a number of years concerns have grown regarding Asian betting syndicates influence on Maltese professional football.The jointly drafted bill has gained cross-party support from numerous Malta MPs, who wish to implement new legislation quickly in order to replace existing inadequate provisions. Speaking to The Times of Malta  Sports Parliamentary Secretary Chris Agius commented on the bill“We believe we must have the rules which are strict and can serve as a bigger deterrent because we are dealing with organised crime. It is a work in progress and may be amended further, but at some point, it will no longer be in the remit of the task force and will have to be taken up by the government.” StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Betfair – La La Land 5/4 to break Oscars ‘most wins’ record

first_img Brexit’s ‘Super Saturday’ going down to the wire October 18, 2019 As Hollywood’s A-list prepares for the 89th Academy Awards this Sunday night, movie insiders are pondering whether Damien Chazelle’s romantic musical comedy ‘La La Land’ will break the ‘most Oscars won by a movie’ record.La La Land a film described as a ‘love letter’ to classic Hollywood productions, has equalled the most Oscar nominations record set by ‘Titanic’ (1997) and ‘All About Eve’ (1950).Updating its Oscars 2017 market, Betfair has now priced La La Land at 5/4 to take home 12 Academy Awards breaking the ‘all-time Oscar wins’ record.The bookmaker has the film heavily favoured in the biggest categories to break the record, with winning Best Picture at 1/9, Best Director for Damien Chazelle at 1/20 and Emma Stone becoming the 6/1 favourite to win Best Actress.La La Land is further backed to break the record as it is firm favourite for the Academy’s technical categories, such as Best Soundtrack, Best Film Editing and Best Cinematography.Commenting on the market, Betfair Spokesperson Katie Baylis stated that La La Land was ‘red hot favourite in nearly all the Oscar 2017 markets, it remains to be seen whether Damien Chazelle can rewrite the Academy’s history books’. Share Share Related Articles Punters turn on Bernie as Uncle Joe gets Super Tuesday bounce  March 3, 2020 Corbyn’s turn sees bookmakers point towards a ‘Snap Christmas’ October 29, 2019 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

Matchbook extends casino offering with Evolution Live

first_img Evolution Gaming tables ‘game changing’ €1.8bn buyout of NetEnt  June 24, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles UKGC lifts Matchbook suspension August 12, 2020 Share Swedish CEOs challenge ‘unrealistic demands’ against threat of igaming becoming obsolete June 8, 2020 Matchbook has expanded its casino offering with content from Evolution Live Casino, to sit alongside proprietary games from NetEnt and Red Tiger Gaming.The integration of Evolution Live products has extended Matchbook’s current offering of Live Roulette and Blackjack tables on desktop, tablet and mobile.Matchbook Casino now offers the full portfolio of Evolution Live Casino products, which includes Immersive Roulette, Live Baccarat including Squeeze and Control Squeeze, numerous Live Dealer Poker variants and Evolution’s new Dream Catcher Live Lucky Wheel.Cian Nugent, Chief Operating Officer at Matchbook, said: “We’re delighted to have launched Evolution’s Live Casino content on Matchbook.“Coming just two months after signing the deal with Evolution and hot on the heels of our brand-new platform release and website overhaul, this is just the latest in a series of significant improvements to the Matchbook customer experience and a further signal of our intent in 2017 and beyond.“Live casino has been a big area of growth for Matchbook in the last 12 months and with Evolution recognised as a leader in live casino, Matchbook players will have increased opportunities to play different games and different tables, across even more devices.”Matchbook, which holds a 4/5 performance rating on Bookmaker Ratings, sponsored last week’s Betting on Football, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Ebbe Groes – Power Up – Taking EveryMatrix to the Next Level…

first_imgShare Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 Ebbe Groes – EveryMatrixAn SBC exclusive interview, Ebbe Groes CEO of industry platform and software provider EveryMatrix speaks on his firm recent strategic investment, combined with a new board of governance. Following the firm’s most successful year in business, Groes the leader of EveryMatrix since 2008 details his firm’s future ambitions and product strategy, stating that he aims to take EveryMatrix to the ‘Next Level’…_________________________SBC: Hi Ebbe, last month you announced a set of new members to the EveryMatrix board. Who are these new faces and what do they bring to your business?Ebbe Groes: We have indeed completed a strategic investment round widening our shareholder base. This is the first ever external investment in EveryMatrix, and we are certain that a higher diversity of skills and a broader ownership at the board level will support our company’s growth and long-term strategy.Norbert Teufelberger, the new non-executive Chairman of the Board of EveryMatrix, has been involved in the global casino and gaming industry for many years, co-founding and long-term CEO of bwin and presently board member of GVC among others. The new Board also includes Anders Böös, former Chairman of IFS, Jan Gottlander, co-founder of Snow Software, and an experienced stock market analyst, Marius Therkelsen of Strawberry Capital. The new members will surely bring better insights and a great deal of experience adding critical skills in preparation for the next expansion phase of our company.SBC: Coincidently, these new board members are joining a very different EveryMatrix. Since its original concept and start-up how has EveryMatrix evolved as an industry enterprise?EG: EveryMatrix has grown over the years in an organic way avoiding large mergers and acquisitions. Thanks to this growth philosophy, our company developed naturally adding staff members who really understand our company’s long-term goals.As years went by and our numbers grew, we started to see management getting stretched, harming agility and growth. To address that, we reorganized in 2016, creating increasingly independent business divisions, each of them under a different management team, each with both product development, operations, support, and gradually even commercial responsibility for their own product. By taking this path, we wanted to make sure each business unit can focus on the product they support and can take the best commercial and technical decisions.The split coincides with EveryMatrix refactoring its entire platform and in doing so, spinning out our sports, casino, payments, affiliate applications as stand-alone products, independent of our own gaming platform. Each product is now sold and delivered both stand-alone and as part of the one-stop solution, depending on clients’ needs. This fits better with large clients who have more specialised needs. And by doing this, we allow each of the applications to compete head on with specialised companies in their space. This raises the bar and improves the product development significantly.So far, this reorganisation is working well for us both regarding productivity and market repositioning. We’ve been proud to be a white label provider of choice, but we see our future differently, with an array of products, each a top solution in their space.SBC: Assessing the industry’s current context and with your new governance appointments, what represents ‘the next level’ for EveryMatrix and its operations?EG: The new EveryMatrix members joining our board bring along not only financial resources but also a wealth of experience in the iGaming and B2B space. Their arrival is therefore a major factor in our move towards being a provider of choice for the largest companies within our sector.On the organisational side, it’s a quite different skillset that’s needed to market, sell and manage the relationship with the very large companies. We’re investing in improving those skills, and the new board plays an active role in that process.On the product side, we’ve invested heavily into new technology and this year sees the conclusion of a massive refactoring project.The first and clearest results come from our heralded CasinoEngine product, the largest content aggregator in the world. CasinoEngine brings along a wealth of content from multiple casino vendors delivering top quality games, which permits operators to choose the best for their online casinos. It can be directly integrated into client platforms and includes a 2nd generation bonusing tool with unprecedented flexibility.By offering such a rich platform, we could target a larger base of Tier 1 operators. In the last six months alone, EveryMatrix managed to secure long established companies such as Gamescale, CEGO, Norsk Tipping, 188Bet, and K8.SBC: EveryMatrix has finalised a successful 2016 in which it added 26 new customers. How has this external growth tested your firm’s operations and development?EG: First, we were glad to receive in our EveryMatrix family more experienced operators, and I am glad to notice we managed to continue this trend in 2017.For sure it’s also been a challenge to service well this growing and diverse set of clients. It forced us to raise the bar and seek ways to bring more quality into our work, from our products and services to our customer care approach. This external growth showed us that we need to better adapt to local conditions in the jurisdictions we are present, to better communicate with our clients, understand their struggle and objectives, and provide a faster delivery. This ultimately must change the way we think and act, from development to integration, and from account management to support.SBC: You have further completed an external funding round for your firm’s future development. In your opinion, what makes EveryMatrix an attractive proposition to outside investors?EG: What differentiates the EveryMatrix platform from many of its competitors is that it has been created to be fully tailored depending on each client’s requirements and needs. We are a true B2B company, not a B2C provider offering variations of their in-house product.The funding round coincided, intentionally, with us completing our massive refactoring project. When you have a proven business model, and you’re moving to a substantially better platform, then the case for scaling both transactions and revenues is a strong one – and that attracts interest from investors.At the heart of the company is a desire to invest into software, a preference for innovation and long-term growth rather than short-term profits. That’s why we were early in the market with a fully-managed sportsbook and early with true casino aggregation. A proven track record which we could substantiate with investors that are connected to the industry.SBC:  Moving forward, what are the short and long term goals for EveryMatrix in 2017?EG: Our short-term goal for 2017 is to fully migrate all our clients to the new casino product, the new sports product, the new payments product, the new front-end and CMS systems. It’s one of the hard parts about being a large company, one gets dragged down a bit by existing installs, existing client base, and migration takes months, not weeks. But doing so will improve our clients’ lives and save resources previously spent on maintaining old applications while building new ones.From there on we can fully focus on adding clients, volumes, revenues. I’ve already touched upon how the new products are built for selling as stand-alone, integrated with existing applications of our clients. For geography, our focus will be Europe and Asia, further increasing our investments into regulated markets, further helping facilitate the growth of our clients.And in the long-term, we are determined to remain agile, understand what it takes to reinvent our products and stay ahead of the competition.________________________Ebbe Groes – CEO – EveryMatrix PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Submitlast_img read more