Jamaican government minister reiterates commitment to reparation for slavery

first_imgMinister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Michael Henry presents copy of his book to Reparation activist, Esther Stanford (JIS Photo) KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – A Jamaica government minister is reiterating his commitment to continue advocating strongly for reparations for the descendants of slaves.“We (have) prepared the affidavit to serve on the Queen. All the issues have been addressed by the National [Council] on Reparations, and it’s done in my name. So, I’m waiting on the Attorney General and others to make comments on it. I can’t go much further in terms of the government, except for my own personal position,” said the Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Michael Henry.Henry restated his commitment during a meeting with the visiting reparation activist, Esther Stanford; and President, Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), Steven Golding.“I am holding the Queen responsible for having not defended my rights. The rights of the plantocrats were admitted to and paid for from the British Treasury, but they have not yet paid the slaves, so I’m taking it a step at a time,” he added.Henry said that although chattel slavery was banned in Britain, it was used to assist in the economic development of that country.He said depending on the decision of the Privy Council, the matter will be taken to the highest international courts of justice.Henry recognized Stanford, who leaves here on June 5, for her advocacy on the issue of reparations.“I’m very pleased to pay tribute to your work and say how great it is that we have come together at this point,” he said.The National Council on Reparations (NCR) was set up to receive submissions, hear testimonies, evaluate research and carry out public consultations with the aim of guiding a national response to reparations.It is also to present recommendations for diplomatic initiatives, security considerations, education and public information required to guide the reparation process. The NCR was previously known as the National Commission on Reparations.Henry’s strong advocacy has been bolstered by the Parliament’s approval of his Private Member’s Motion on Reparations for Slavery.Stanford said while there are various discussions and approaches on reparations, the topic remains critical and during the meeting Golding suggested that an international reparations conference be held in Jamaica, which will bring together stakeholders to further discuss the matter.Stanford will be participating in two public lectures on Sunday and TuesdayHenry later presented Stanford with an autographed copy of his publication, ‘Many Rivers to Cross – A Political Journey of Audacious Hope’, which reflects his life and works.last_img read more

Marcia Griffith & Judy Mowatt To Reunite at Westchester Reggae Festival

first_imgThe I-Threes, from left: Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths at the launch of ‘Africa Unite 2007’ at the Bob Marley Museum, 56 Hope Road, on Wednesday evening. *** Local Caption *** File(From left)The I-Threes, from left: Judy Mowatt, Rita Marley and Marcia Griffiths NEW YORK – Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths and legendary reggae/gospel singer Judy Mowatt, two thirds of the world-famous I-Threes, reggae’s most influential female singing group that provided backing vocals for Bob Marley in the 70’s will reunite for one performance only at the inaugural Westchester Reggae Festival, slated to take place on Labor Day Saturday, August 31 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.“I was inspired to do the inaugural festival with Marcia and Judy because of all I have heard and read about their historic performance at Marley’s last concert in 1980 at Madison Square Garden” said New York-based promoter Andrea Bullens of Bullizi Marketing.“These two ladies are reggae legends who are revered around the world. They have entertained reggae fans globally for more than four decades. And to think they performed with Marley at the world-famous Madison Square Gardens – which is just a few miles away from our Port Chester venue. This concert is a way for us to reconnect the past with the present” Bullens shared.Organizers of the Westchester Reggae Festival have big dreams. They are seeking to establish a series of musical events in and around Westchester county to attract and entertain the potpourri of Caribbean and international residence and attract neighboring communities in Rockland, Dutchess, Southern Connecticut and Northern New Jersey to its rich and diverse cultural offerings.Marcia GriffithThe Reggae Queen, who continues to break new ground with her new smash single ‘What Kind of World’ from her album Timeless, garnered international notoriety with ‘Electric Boogie’, which was originally released by Bunny Wailer in 1976. Her 1989 remixed gave birth to the ‘Electric Slide’ line dance which became an international dance craze. The song reached number 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100, making it Griffiths’ most successful single and one the biggest-selling songs by a female reggae artist.Judy MowattMowatt has also secured her own place in history as the first female singer nominated for a Grammy Award in the reggae category for her ‘Working Wonders’ album in 1985. Her ‘Black Woman’ album which was released in 1980 is a classic that is considered one of the best reggae albums by a female artiste. She has also recorded hit singles ‘Many Are Called,’ ‘Black Woman’ and ‘I Shall Sing.’ In 1999 she received the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican government for her contribution to Jamaica’s music industry. Griffiths received a similar award in 2014.Ken Boothe on stage tooAlso booked to perform is ‘Mr Rocksteady’ Ken Boothe.’ The veteran singer/songwriter garnered international notoriety, with hit songs ‘Silver Words,’ ‘Every Thing I Own,’ ‘Artibella,’ ‘When I Fall In Love’ and ‘Movin Away.’ He gained further acclaim when he teamed with platinum-selling reggae superstar Shaggy on a remake of ‘The Train Is Coming’ that was featured on the soundtrack of the movie ‘The Money Train’ starring actor Wesley Snipes. Ken’s musical journey, that spans over half a century, is chronicled in his autobiography titled ‘My Iconic Musical Journey,’ which was recently released by Pageturner Publishing House and is available on all digital media platforms.last_img read more

USDA Approves Florida’s Request For SNAP Recipients to Use EBT Online

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved a waiver request allowing Florida food stamp recipients to purchase their groceries online.The approval was announced on Saturday, April 11, just one day after Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) to begin developing plans to implement an online purchasing program for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients.The current federal regulations prohibit SNAP recipients from purchasing groceries online with an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Last week, Florida submitted a waiver to participate in the USDA’s Online Purchasing Pilot, which ensures Floridians can access nutritious food online through the currently authorized SNAP online retailers like Amazon, ShopRite and Walmart.“Allowing Florida families to purchase groceries online instead of venturing into a public store is a sound practice during this public health emergency and yet another step that will help Florida flatten the curve,” DeSantis said.With the spread of the novel coronavirus, many are concerned that forcing low-income individuals — who are more likely to have serious underlying health conditions — to shop in-store could expose them to unnecessary risk. After the USDA’s approval was announced Saturday, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried praised the feds for making an exception for Floridians.“I thank the USDA and Secretary [Sonny] Perdue for granting the state’s request to bring safer grocery options to Florida’s families in need,” Fried said.According to USDA, Florida’s SNAP participation is nearly 3 million individuals, about 1.5 million households, and totals nearly $4 billion annually in federal funding.last_img read more

Amnesty International Wants Jamaica Government to Provide More Powers to INDECOM

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The international human rights group, Amnesty International, has sent an open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness urging the Jamaica government to give the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) the powers to charge and initiate prosecutions of police officers over unlawful killings and other abuses of power. It said that a motion to amend the INDECOM Act was tabled after Jamaica’s highest court of appeal, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, held that Parliament in drafting the INDECOM Act explicitly gives the Commission an investigative role but did not also explicitly confer on it the powers to prosecute, as it had been doing since 2014. In a statement Wednesday, Amnesty International said that the moves comes as Jamaica tables reforms to the law that governs its independent police oversight mechanism. Last year there were 86 fatal police shootings, the lowest total in almost 20 years. The organization’s 2016 report, Waiting in Vain: Unlawful police killings and relatives’ long struggle for justice, detailed how Jamaican young men, especially those in marginalized and disenfranchised neighbourhoods, have been scarred by unlawful killings by the police, while their relatives, particularly mothers and sisters, are left to face a long struggle for justice, as well as frequent intimidation and harassment by the police. The report also found that INDECOM has overhauled the country’s system for police accountability for the better since it was established in 2010. “As the world experiences a collective moment of outrage and grief over the police killing George Floyd and so many other Black people in the United States, the Jamaican government must take this opportunity to put an end to its own human rights violations by the police,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International. “Following the judgement Jamaican Parliament must now determine what powers it wishes to give INDECOM in law. In 2015, a Parliamentary Committee recommended giving INDECOM powers institute and undertake criminal proceedings, but until now the government has not implemented these recommendations,” Amnesty International said.center_img Amnesty International using INDECOM figures, said that the number of killings by police halved from 258 in 2013, the year that INDECOM began to arrest and prosecute officers, to 115 in 2014. CMC “In the decades before INDECOM was established, only a handful of police officers were convicted of criminal wrongdoing. In contrast, since 2014 INDECOM has secured 21 convictions against law enforcement officials for criminal misconduct,” Amnesty International said in the statement. “Jamaican families, like all families, deserve the kind of transformational police reforms and access to justice that people around the world are clamouring for to tackle institutionalized discrimination and impunity. “We call on Prime Minster Holness to seize this historic moment to demonstrate Jamaica’s commitment to human rights and safeguard its progress in holding the police to account. The government must protect the Independent Commission of Investigations’ powers to arrest, charge, and initiate prosecutions of officers, which have resulted in a halving of fatal killings by the police since 2014” Guevara-Rosas added. Amnesty International said it has reported on unlawful killings by police in Jamaica for more than two decades.last_img read more

Rivers Hoopers, Kwara Falcons Set Atlantic Conference Pace In Nigerian Premier Basketball League

first_imgRelated Nigerian Premier Basketball League action hits the home stretch with seven games of the regular season to be played, before the commencement of the playoffs.In the Atlantic Conference, table topping Rivers Hoopers and second-place Kwara Falcons; have set the pace this season regularly interchanging positions at the top, making it virtually a two-horse race.Indeed, it has being an impressive return to the top league for Rivers Hoopers, who got demoted a couple of seasons ago, only making the upgrade to the Atlantic Conference at the start of the current season. The team coached by Ogoh Odaudu have played some impressive basketball, thanks largely to the contributions of Solomon Ajegbeyi, Emmanuel Balogun, Ikechukwu Benjamin, who all have been outstanding.Kwara Falcons were the first team in the league-both Atlantic and Savannah Conference, to hit 1000-points this season. The dominant Ilorin-based team proudly hold on to the conference remaining unbeaten home record, ending Rivers Hoopers invincibility on their home court in Port Harcourt a fortnight ago.Experienced Coach Aderemi Adewunmi has being instrumental to the steady progress of Kwara Falcons this season. His playing personnel which includes the impressive trio of Mojubaoluwa Oyeleye, David Godwin and Osaisi Godspower, have all worked magic both home and away as they look to close in on the one-point difference between themselves and the leaders.Debutants Hoops and Reads, sponsored by former Nigerian international, Olumide Oyedeji, are having a swell time in their first-ever season in the top league. The team coached by Oso Charles are third on the table, and have been impressive with their breath-taking performances on the court.The Lagos-based club, one of four in the Atlantic Conference, will do well to keep the core of the team in the coming season, particularly Komonibo Victor, Balogun Ifeoluwa and Emilagab Bolaji.Experienced campaigners, Nigeria Customs in fourth-place, have blown hot-and-cold this season much to the frustration of their teeming and loyal fans. Coach Scot Nnaji with all his exposure at local and international level has done his best to keep the squad motivated and competitive, despite obvious challenge’s facing the team. Young breed, Okiki Afuwape Michael has being the standout player of the Border Boys, mentored by veteran forwards Seun Akinwale and Ayodele Ahmed.Oluyole Warriors have been the giant killers this season, defeating top teams at will home and away, but have consistently failed to rise to the occasion when it matters most, which explains their fifth-place on the table.Police Baton are in sixth-place and should do well to avoid a scrappy relegation battle. Ayanlere Kamal, Okafor Frank and Kelvin Dandison have stood out from the rest of the team this season with impressive performances.Delta Force and NAF Rockets make up the rest of the Atlantic Conference, occupying seventh and eighth-place respectively. It will take more than appearances on the court for games for these two to beat the drop at the end of the season.last_img read more

Flashback Friday: Venus Williams’ First Grand Slam Title

first_imgWith Venus Williams crashing out of the US Open in the hands of compatriot Sloane Stephens and the world wondering if she would ever win another major, we look back to her very first Grand Slam title.The 20-year-old had a pretty rough start to the year 2000, missing the first five months due to tendinitis in both wrists. The following months were a very key to the entire career of the older Williams sister.Going into Wimbledon, Venus was seeded 5th and regarded as one of the favourites. She reached the Quarterfinals to set up a blockbuster clash with familiar foe, World number one Martina Hingis, the player who defeated her in her first Grand Slam final at the US Open in 1997.In a very tight match, Venus prevailed over Hingis for the very first time to set up a very much anticipated semifinal with her sister, Serena Williams.Venus’ win over her sister then led her to the final, to face defending champion, Lindsay Davenport, a very fierce rival.Venus was definitely not the favourite in the final showdown, but she got the job done in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 to clinch her first Grand Slam title, a win which was very significant to the Williams sisters’ dominationFast forward to 2017, Venus Williams is a 37-year-old with seven Grand Slam titles to her name.She had a first Grand Slam title in nine years within reach at the Australian Open before losing to pregnant sister, Serena in the final.Venus came close again by reaching the final of Wimbledon where she lost to Garbine Muguruza.Her loss to Sloane Stephens in the semifinals of the US Open, the last Grand Slam tournament of the year brings so many questions: Was that Venus Williams’ last chance to win another Grand Slam? Will she retire as the 2017 season ends? Will she end her illustrious career on a high by winning one more Grand Slam title?In all, Venus Williams’ legendary status is unquestionable. Or is it?RelatedUS Open Roundup: Venus Williams Wins Dramatic Tie Breaker To Set Up All American SemisSeptember 6, 2017In “Tennis”Muguruza Beats Venus To Win First Wimbledon TitleJuly 15, 2017In “Sports”US Open: Serena Williams Beats Sister Venus To Advance Into Round 4September 1, 2018In “Sports”last_img read more

Riccardo Mittiga: DraftKings and FanDuel merger opens doors

first_img DraftKings CBO – Industry ‘only just scratched the surface’ of US sports betting July 16, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles Submit Last week’s merger between DFS giants DraftKings and FanDuel was the first major piece of consolidation in the fantasy sports arena. But what are the implications in Europe? Riccardo Mittiga, CEO of ASAP ITALIA and founder of DFS operation Sportito believes that there are huge opportunities now for a nimble operator.SBC: DraftKings and FanDuel have finally merged – was this a necessary move from the two market leaders?Riccardo Mittiga: This move has major benefits in terms of cost saving. Neither of the companies are profitable, and both have incurred heavy operating costs in the past year. Instead of fighting each other on marketing cost to acquire customers, they can now focus on investing more wisely. Moreover the two companies have been spending separately to obtain the same goal — explicit legalisation throughout the United States.SBC: What are the implications for the rest of the industry? Both for the market and in terms of investment?RM: This is a major opportunity for the industry, this merger (if approved by anti-trust) demonstrates that the market is much bigger than the current figures, and that DK and FD own a relevant share in only 1 region (US).  At the moment the real losers are the companies that invested in DK and FD in the hope that one would emerge dominant, now the merger will see those investor holding a smaller share of a still “listing” companySBC: Have the two firms made much of an impact in Europe anyway?RM: The market in Europe for daily fantasy is still at early stage, there no front runners like in US and a large base of clients is still playing the season-long format. Europe is also very different from the US market as each country has his own preferences on sports and in order to succeed a product needs to address these local preferences.At the moment neither FD and DK platforms, which are almost identical, are serving these needs. It is most likely that a European based competitor will be able to better serve the European customersSBC: Do you foresee more consolidation as the industry tries to compete for marketing spend?RM: Competing for marketing spend is the worst thing companies can do. Soon or later they will see their cash reserves empty and will have no money on hand to pay customers or vendors, in such a situation companies are destined to fail or, in the best case scenario, to be acquired.SBC: Can the smaller, more nimble operators react to changing customer demand much faster in what is still a fledgling industry?RM: Sure – working hard on customers’ needs, releasing great product, and protecting novice players is the way to succeed. The FD and DK merger is a good news for nimble operators because they can react more quickly to market needs, while a giant like the new FD+DK company will move more slowly. Welcome to a new David and Goliath story in modern times! Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 DraftKings expands Sportradar partnership to launch mobile live streaming May 29, 2020last_img read more

Blyth grandmother wins ‘Give the Gift’ competition on LeoVegas

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit Christmas came early for a grandmother of six from Blyth, Anna Owen, after she won the LeoVegas ‘Give the Gift’ competition.LeoVegas.com launched the competition in December, and encouraged people on social media to nominate an exceptional someone who deserved to be spoilt at Christmas.Owen, who was entered by her son Ryan, won £500 cash, a brand-new iPhone 7, a luxurious Christmas hamper and a bag filled with goodies.With some inspiring entrants, the judges had a hard time choosing one winner, but Owen stood out for her efforts in caring for her own mum and her sister, who has severe learning difficulties.Her son, Ryan Owen, 28, said: ‘When I saw the competition, I thought of my mum immediately, and knew I had to nominate her. She’s the most caring person I know, and always thinks of her family before herself. This prize is from everyone, and I hope she spoils herself, even though I know she won’t. She really is a Super-mum!”Shenaly Amin of LeoVegas.com, added: “We all know that one special person who consistently gives and gives, either for their family or for their community – asking for nothing in return. We launched our Give the Gift competition to recognise these heroes, and reward them with some much-deserved presents, to simply say thank you for everything they do.“We couldn’t think of a more deserving winner than Anna; she’s the glue that helps to keep her family together, and is one of the most loving people you could hope to meet.” LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

InBet expands slot portfolio with Aladdin’s Lamp and Pirate Cave

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles Apple delays igaming ‘Native iOS’ enforcement  March 31, 2020 Share UKGC launches public consultation on slot design July 10, 2020 Alessandro Sposito, ESA Gaming: Lightweight games for a heavy impact in Africa July 21, 2020 B2B lottery, betting and gaming provider InBet Games has announced the release of two new slot games, Aladdin’s Lamp and Pirate Cave.The new releases, which form part of InBet’s iGaming solution Happy™, expands its portfolio to more than 50 classic slots and 41 HTML5-ready games.Unveiled in October 2016, Happy provides a working interface for 11 key languages, an easy processing feature supporting all major online payment methods, and an any scale feature with a built-in partnership network constituting a tree-like structure for expanding businesses.Based on the world of Medieval Middle Eastern treasure hunters, players on Aladdin’s Lamp have praised the slot’s “double or nothing option”, whereby you pick one of the hidden cards and hope it is of a higher value than the one exposed by the vender.Meanwhile, the five-reel Pirate Cave takes the player on another “treasure-hunting adventure” with multiple chests for base games, wilds, bonus games, or a super bonus game. The slot also features nine paylines and a maximum jackpot of 500,000 coins.Pavel Korolev, business development director for Inbet Games, said: “Slots are at the heart of every gaming hall, either physical or online. Every spin of colourful reels fascinates and thrills the player, keeping them enchanted until they reach either the bottom of their wallet or the magical pot of gold. To keep the sorcery alive, here at InBet Games we relentlessly refine both the exterior and the mechanics of our slots to make them even more engaging.“With HTML5 responsiveness, HD graphics and high-quality animations, our slots are the new incarnation of the classic format. Each game is equipped with a mobile optimization engine, tasked to adjust screen resolution and optimize the gaming process for better mobile performance. This ensures players’ engagement and keeps the batteries of their gadgets alive for a longer time.”last_img read more

Shop staff and MPs form united front for Parliament protest

first_imgShare Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Yesterday, betting shop staff took their protests to Parliament, urging the government to ‘not gamble with high street jobs’ and to ‘not introduce a disproportionate cut in stakes on gaming machines’.Shop staff from Ladbrokes Coral, William Hill, Jennings bet and a number of independent bookmakers, were joined by Laurence Robertson MP, Philip Davies MP and Chris Evans MP as they descended on Westminster to protest against government plans to cut stakes on gaming machines from £100 to £2.Many believe that A £2 maximum stake would have a catastrophic impact on the future of retail betting. Independent accountants analysed the financial data from 6,500 shops and estimate that a £2 stake would result in 21,000 direct job losses, half of all betting shops closing, a loss to HM Treasury of £1.1 billion over the next three years and a loss to British Racing of £50 million per annum.Betting shops currently employ over 50,000 people in 8,500 shops throughout the UK and pay over £1 billion in tax, £270 million to horse racing and £80 million to local authorities in business rates every year.Vicky Knight, who works for independent bookmaker Jennings bet, commented: “A 98% reduction in stake is a disproportionate response. We are a fourth generation family business and the vast majority of people who gamble in our shops do so responsibly. Staff in shops are trained in responsible gambling and how to interact with customers, helping to spot signs of harm or problem gambling. It’s crazy that this stake cut would mean you could bet £6 per minute on a FOBT but people could bet £24 per minute on a pub fruit machine.“The government are being reckless by ignoring the independent evidence which recommended a £30 stake. We’re talking about a 98% reduction in the stakes but we have lots of adults who want to stake £20 or £30 and that is an appropriate level in a highly regulated environment like a betting shop.”Ron Hearn, Betting Shop Manager of the Year stated: “I’ve been a racing fan all my life, betting and racing go hand in hand, it’s not just betting shops at risk, it’s racing too, when the shop goes the media rights money to racing goes too, the government shouldn’t gamble with the future of shops or racing, people will still gamble but just in arcades or other forms of gambling where there are few if any staff to interact with them.”last_img read more