Month: August 2020

Investigation launched into use of Wi-Fi in T&T prisons

first_imgAn investigation has been launched into the use of the internet in correctional institutions across Trinidad and Tobago.According to Commissioner of Prisons Gerard Wilson, the investigation follows reports of another video began circulating on social media which was filmed behind bars.In the most recent video, an inmate is overheard abusing another demanding the new password for WIFI.The inmate, who could not be seen, was heard threatening the other inmate saying he changed the password and he “spends his money to get his internet.”In an interview on Wednesday, Wilson said he saw the video and already began preliminary investigations.“We are identifying the persons and launched an investigation into it. They get their devices and the main goal is to get rid of those who help. We must start looking internally and then look outside. We need to look inside before outside. Those persons intent on making the prison look bad,” he said.Wilson said it did not look good for any organization especially the Prison Service to see these videos.Gerard Gordon, secretary of the Prison Officers’ Association, said this was one among many challenges faced in every prison across the world.“In any part of the world which prison does not have cellphones as a major issue and challenge? It’s human beings we dealing with. The fact is in any prison it is in a constant battle facing challenges not only cellphones but unauthorized articles. It is a constant battle. That is not going to simply go away, so we have to be vigilant,” he said.last_img read more

Bermuda reports a decline in gun related crimes

first_imgBermuda National Security Minister Wayne Caines HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC – National Security Minister Wayne Caines says gun related crimes declined by nearly 45 per cent in 2018.Caines, releasing the official figures on crime here, said that there were 27 incidents last year which involved a firearm, were believed to involve a firearm, or where a firearm was recovered.He said the corresponding figure for 2017 was 49, and in 2016 it was 82.According to the figures, Bermuda recorded three firearms-related fatalities and injuries last year, down from nine in 2017 and 14 in 2016.  Last year four people were murdered here.Serious assaults also showed a drop at 32 last year — down from 37 in 2017 and 46 in 2016. Arrests for violent crime were up to 24 in 2018, from 22 in each of the two previous years. The figures were included in an update on anti-gang initiatives.Caines said that the government had devised a “thorough, multi-pronged and disciplined plan” to tackle gang violence in Bermuda.“I have complete confidence in its success. We are steadfast in our belief, that if we are to see an end to violence in Bermuda, our community must rise and play a part in the process. Let’s stop assigning blame and start working together to change the lives of our most vulnerable citizens,” Caines added.last_img read more

Couple Caribbean-American heritage with a cohesive Caribbean-American community

first_imgJune is again being commemorated as Caribbean-American Heritage Month, highlighting the strong contributions Caribbean immigrants have made to American history and development. Unfortunately, the significance of this contribution is still relatively unknown by a preponderance of Caribbean-Americans, and hardly recognized by the average American.Dates to the 17th centuryCaribbean American heritage dates to the 17th Century when slaves were brought to Boston, US from Barbados.  Since then Caribbean immigrants have contributed to various areas of American live, having excelled as inventors, educators, medical practitioner, attorneys, journalists, entrepreneurs, cultural and sports icons, politicians, and civil rights activists. Placed unique influence on AmericaCaribbean immigrants didn’t arrive in America simply to make “quick money,” then return to their respective Caribbean homelands. Rather, they saw and seized opportunities to place their unique influence on America, their adopted country.  Not content to be inferiorVery few, if any, Caribbean immigrants were content to retreat to the back of the bus heading to an inferior, segregated, humiliating destination, away from a ‘superior’ white race.  Caribbean people do not regard themselves inferior to anyone, a fact that is too often misunderstood by some African-Americans who, unfortunately, endured years of racist humiliation. This misunderstanding has resulted in the occasional criticism of Caribbean migrants as “uppity blacks”. But most Caribbean immigrants do not regard themselves as better than other black people. It’s just characteristic of Caribbean-Americans that they are not content to be considered inferior. People like Jamaican Marcus Garvey tried to show the entire black race it was, in fact, a superior race.Maybe, even President Trump, in paying tribute to Caribbean-Americans in his recent proclamation of Caribbean-American Heritage month, doesn’t fully understand the uniqueness of Caribbean immigrants, and the contribution they have made to this country. Neither did his predecessors. Because the contribution of Caribbean-Americans may not be fully understood, neither is this contribution appreciated.  It can only be hoped that as another Caribbean-American Heritage Month is commemorated and highlighted the full worth and significance of the Caribbean migrant will be recognized and appreciated.Community’s diverseness is a challengeBut maybe the Caribbean-American community itself is to be blamed for being under appreciated. Unlike other American ethnic groups, the Caribbean-American community, is comprised of people from several different nations. This diverse characteristic has cost the Caribbean-American community its cohesiveness. While, undoubtedly, several Caribbean-Americans and their descendants have independently made worthwhile contributions to American history, the community of an estimated 7 million people, is still, in general, in the growing stages of becoming a powerful community. The only way this power can be ascertained is by a deliberate attempt by those who originate from different Caribbean countries to recognize themselves as being, and act as, a member of one Caribbean-American community. But this is no easy task. The same chauvinistic factors that foiled the success of a West Indies Federation decades ago mustn’t be allowed to foil the cohesiveness of the Caribbean-American community.Much to be accomplished For most of the millions of Caribbean-Americans who, along with their ancestors, have played major roles in the development of several aspects of American society, there’s still much to be accomplished in America. They deserve and must continue to seek similar recognition given to immigrants of other ethnic origins, like Hispanics and Jews. Caribbean-Americans are not content be considered as just Black Americans, though they are. They want to be considered a community with a distinctive culture; an  influential political constituency, and formidable business sector. Caribbean-Americans want to, and should, be recognized, unconditionally, as an autonomous American ethnic community, period.People of Caribbean heritage should take advantage of every Caribbean-American Heritage month to educate America of the impact they have made on this country since the 17th century and are continuing to do.Caribbean migrants must continue relentlessly to carve out their indelible niche in American society, never losing their uniqueness.  Outstanding Caribbean-Americans like Shirley Chisholm, Colin Powell, Sydney Poitier, Malcom X, Claude Mckay, Tim Duncan, Madge Sinclair, current Democratic candidate Kamala Harris, Una and Yvette Clark, Hazelle Rogers, Dale Holness, and Yolly Roberson, all icons of Caribbean-American heritage sought, and are seeking to make their, and other communities better. They ensured the Caribbean influence integrated firmly with the American way of life.Fighting for rightful place in societyThe work is far from over because as a people, a community, Caribbean-Americans still haven’t been given their rightful place in American society. One month of commemoration and accolades cannot be the objective. American history is resplendent with the contribution of Caribbean migrants.  Now, Caribbean-Americans must continue to strive for permanent recognition; in the US Census; in city, county, state and federal legislatures, and in the general society. Caribbean-Americans helped build, and still are helping to build America. And while it is appropriate that these achievements be recognized, it’s imperative that Caribbean-Americans also build the infrastructure that ensures their identity as a formidable community.last_img read more

Hurricane Dorian Damages in The Bahamas Estimated at $3.4 Billion

first_imgThe aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas. GREAT ABACO, The Bahamas – According to a new report published by the Inter-American Development Bank, the total cost of the impacts and effects of Hurricane Dorian on The Bahamas is $3.4 billion, with hundreds dead or missing and impacts on the economy that will last for years.The estimate comes out to over a quarter of the country’s GDP – or the equivalent of the US losing the combined economic outputs of California, Texas and Florida. The magnitude of the losses requires a new development approach to achieve climate and disaster resilience in areas that range from location of settlements to redesigning infrastructure and strengthening environmental protection, according to the report, Assessment of the Effects and Impacts of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.The number of confirmed deaths caused by Hurricane Dorian is 67, with 282 persons still missing as of 18 October 2019. An additional 29,472 persons were affected by the hurricane by damages to their homes and assets.Between Sept. 1 and 3, Hurricane Dorian struck Grand Bahama and Abaco with punishing winds and storm surges, with the island of New Providence also suffering some impacts. Inadequate construction and infrastructure located in vulnerable areas exacerbated the storm’s impacts.“It is important that those directly affected by the disaster feel the presence and solidarity of the government throughout the difficult process ahead,” said Daniela Carrera-Marquis, the representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). “Reconstruction efforts will last many years and will require a well-coordinated participation of public and private sectors, civil society and the international community.”The government of The Bahamas asked the IDB to assess the impacts of Hurricane Dorian. As part of a long-standing partnership, the IDB teamed up with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) for technical assistance with the valuation. The taskforce was complemented by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).“Hurricane Dorian left a trail of destruction to houses, essential infrastructure and entire ecosystems that will require major investments,” said Omar Bello, Coordinator for the Sustainable Development & Disaster Unit at ECLAC and a lead author of the report. “The economy and livelihoods will be impacted for years to come from the temporary absence of damaged assets, especially those of tourism and fisheries.”The Damage and Loss Assessment (DaLA) team of external experts, ECLAC, IDB and PAHO staff started in early October the complex task of collecting relevant baseline and post-disaster data to assess the effects and impacts of the disaster. The results are divided into damage, losses and additional costs. Damage is a monetary estimation of the value of the physical assets partially or totally destroyed in each sector. Losses are a monetary estimation goods that go unproduced and services that go unprovided during a period running from the time the disaster occurs until full recovery and reconstruction. Additional costs are outlays required to produce goods and provide services that represent additional spending by the public and private sectors.The $3.4 billion impact was divided as 72 percent in damage, 21 percent in losses and 7 percent in additional costs with the private sector absorbing almost 90 percent of total losses. Abaco suffered 87 percent of the losses and 76 per cent of the damage.The housing sector suffered the highest damage, while tourism sector bore most of the losses.Post-disaster the economy is expected to grow 0.9 percent. The impact of Hurricane Dorian is percentage point of GDP, resulting in a decrease in salaries of $51.3 million and of capital income of $60.9 million.last_img read more

Stern Test For Top Challengers As Hamilton Start Japan GP in Pole

first_img“I was very much on it,” said Hamilton. I didn’t make one mistake and each lap got better and better. It’s been 10 years trying to get that pole position!” Lewis Hamilton was fastest in qualifying this morning in Suzuka and that ensures that he will Start tomorrow’s race in Pole position for the first time in his career.The Briton also posted a record lap time of 1:27.319 which is 1.5 seconds quicker that Micheal Schumacher’s record lap 11 years ago to set a new fastest lap record in Formula 1.Pole position in Suzuka also means Hamilton has now claimed pole position at least once in his career on every circuit presently on the Formula 1 calender. “I tried everything on that last lap as I knew I had to take a bit more risks, it didn’t work,” said Vettel, who trails Hamilton by 34 points in the standings. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will start the race tomorrow alongside his Mercedes rival despite finishing almost half of a second behind the W08.Mercedes Valterie Bottas actually finished second in qualifying but will start from seventh as he was one of five drivers who were handed grid penalties. The Red Bull pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen also benefit from Bottas’ demotion and will be on the second row with Ricciardo slightly edging the young Dutchman who was champion in Malaysia last weekend.McLaren’s Fernando Alonso finished in tenth just above his team mate Stoffel Vandoorne but he was also handed a grid penalty after his car was massively overhauled on Friday night leaving the youngster as McLaren’s major hope of scoring points on Sunday.The Japanese zooms off in Suzuka 6am Sunday morningRelatedlast_img read more

LeoVegas marks fifth birthday by reaching €800 million deposits

first_img LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Mobile casino LeoVegas is celebrating its fifth birthday by reaching €800 million in deposits from over 600,000 customers.Having launched in 2012, LeoVegas.com generated €39.7 million in Q3 2016, and has experienced a 76% growth in revenue over the last nine months.LeoVegas was the first operator to launch in-game deposits across all markets, and became a listed company in March 2016, before expanding into sports betting with the introduction of LeoSport ahead of Euro 2016. Last year also saw the launch of LeoVegas’ unique NetEnt Live Casino product.The company has picked up accolades at the EGR Operator Awards, EGR Nordic Awards, SBC Awards, Gaming Intelligence Awards and GA Gaming Awards. In January 2017, the company signed its biggest sponsorship deal to date by becoming the Official Betting and Gaming Partner for Leicester Tigers.Shenaly Amin, UK Country Manager at LeoVegas.com, said: “We’ve been on a great journey since LeoVegas launched back in 2012, and it feels great to have achieved so much in such a short space of time. The awards won reflect the hard work that everyone has put in over the years and are a credit to the whole LeoVegas team.“We’ve beaten our own expectations in terms of growth over the last half a decade, and we’re extremely proud to now employ 363 people across two countries. The future is looking very exciting, as we continue to develop our Live Casino and Sportsbook offering and add even more games to our platform.” Submit Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020last_img read more

BtoBet: Making an impact by building a unique brand

first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon Share BtoBet believes that building a strong and unique betting brand requires exclusivity of offers, and an identity that expresses special values. For BtoBet, this has been achieved through the adoption of technology which allows scalability and compliance with any jurisdiction and business model.The environment is constantly changing as technologies improve and companies battle against each other to win a greater share of the market. In this perspective, the priority for gambling operators is to differentiate brand offering from their competitors.The industry is also witnessing the blooming of white-label solutions, software house or suppliers offering a turnkey service, but what strategies should iGaming operators and bookmakers be adopting to make their brand unique?Writing in the latest white paper report, the company’s Chairman Alessandro Fried cited all the crucial elements and aspects needed to drive game or sportsbook providers in the right direction.Having kicked off 2018 by securing new partnerships with Spinomenal and Betsoft, BtoBet is working hard to provide a complete range of offers to its clients, with over 3,000 games, more than 330,000 pre-match events per year and 20,000 live matches each month.Are you a brand or a bland?Using new technology to achieve competitive advantage is one of three factors that BtoBet CMO Sabrina Solda considers in her company’s quest for brand personality and uniqueness.As technology continues to develop at pace, bookmakers and operators must understand its evolution and the importance of using it to stay “in line with the trends”.The other two key factors are providing customer insight, by adhering to needs, wants and problems, and by maintaining authentic value to “keep things fresh in the public eye”.To clarify to non-marketing experts, Solda simplified the concept: “What makes a brand unique? Personality. And personality consists of values in the first place. Not some ordinary values but really deep and crucial values. Things that are really important to you. That characterise you.”“Only when you’re clear about the values you can find in the product should you seek consumer insight and ask what competitors do not offer.”To download the BtoBet white paper report on achieving brand uniqueness, titled ‘Leaving an impression – how to achieve brand impact’, click here.If you wish to discover more, don’t miss the opportunity to meet BtoBet at ICE Totally Gaming 2018 (6-8 February), stand S1 -320.last_img read more

William Hill to act as FTSE Pacemaker as industry enters crucial 2018

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 City eyes eagerly await the publication of FTSE bookmaker William Hill Plc’s Q4 2017 trading update on Thursday 18 January.The first of the UK legacy bookmakers to publish its closing 2017 statement, City analysts expect a strong trading update from William Hill, following favourable Premier League results recorded during the Christmas period.The FTSE bookmaker is expected to be the industry pacemaker, as sector incumbents enter a defining 2018, awaiting regulatory changes to FOBTs wagering levels alongside stricter advertising standards.Led by new CEO Philip Bowcock, 2017 saw William Hill restructure its governance and leadership teams. Closing the year, William Hill confirmed the appointment of UK leisure and gambling guru Roger Devlin as new Group Chairman.Taking over William Hill leadership in 2017, Philip Bowcock implemented a ‘£40 million cost efficiencies’ strategy, with the bookmaker seeking to reinvestment funds in new marketing channels and operational initiatives.Industry analysts will continue to monitor William Hill closely, as the only FTSE-listed gambling firm not to partake in any M&A activity.Throughout 2017, a new William Hill leadership team emphasised that the company was focused on its market recovery outlining ‘three strategic priorities’: 1) growing group UK market share, 2) expanding William Hill’s international footprint and 3) delivering on group technology transformation.Though William Hill has recently fended off M&A suitors, the company concedes that it is competing in a tougher UK marketplace against enlarged FTSE rivals. Sector analysts await to see whether 2018 will be the year in which ‘Hills finally get hitched…’ Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

Tennis ace Wilander unveiled as Pinnacle ambassador

first_imgShare As it begins its landmark 20th year of operations, online bookmaker Pinnacle has reached a new milestone with the announcement of former world no.1 tennis star Mats Wilander as its first ever brand ambassador.After an illustrious 16-year career as a professional, Wilander will produce educational content for Pinnacle’s Betting Resources portal – providing readers with unique insight into the game.The Swede is a multiple Grand Slam winner, with three Australian Opens, three French Opens and one US Open to his name – as well as just short of $8 million in career prize money. Now aged 53, Wilander retired from playing in 1996, and has coached a number of high-profile players since then.Paris Smith, Pinnacle CEO, said: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Mats. This move encapsulates Pinnacle’s emphasis on high performance. Whether it’s our product or the people that represent our brand, we want the best of the best.”Wilander has already settled into his new brand ambassador role and written an in-depth 2018 Australian Open preview.Wilander added: “Having spent my fair share of time on the tennis court, I have developed unique insights into the nuances of the game. I’m very excited to be able to share some of those with Pinnacle customers for this year’s major tournaments, starting with the Australian Open.” Pinnacle has celebrated the announcement with the launch of their “The €8,000 Slam” competition – giving customers the chance to win €8,000 for predicting the winner of Men’s and Women’s Australian Open singles tournament. Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Submit Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

BetGames.TV secures Italian channel through SNAITECH GAN platform

first_img Industry live games developer BetGames.TV expands its presence within the Italian gambling sector having agreed terms to distribute its live content through the SNAITECH’s Global Adaptation Network (GAN) platform.BetGames.TV was recently accredited by Italy’s Amministrazione Autonoma dei Monopoli di Stato (AAMS) as a developer of games for the Italian licensed market.Securing distribution of its live content through Snaitech’s GAN Platform, the leading system for the licensed Italian online gambling market, BetGames.TV is set to initially launch six games; Bet on Poker, Bet on Baccarat, Wheel of Fortune, War of Bets, Dice and Dice Duel.Further to its agreement, BetGames.TV stated that it would seek to develop unique live gaming propositions for its Italian market  expansion.“We are incredibly thrilled to have completed a deal with Snaitech – said Christian Maglia, BetGames.TV Head of Sales.“The agreement will give Snaitech access to our full range of AAMS certified live presented games via the GAN platform. The collaboration with one of the most important operators in Italy is a very important step for and in our growth in the Region and a compliment to the award-winning BetGames.TV brand.”“The partnership with BetGames.TV shows once again that SNAITECH’s strategy, even in 2018, is deeply linked to entertainment,” said Alessandro Allara, SNAITECH Sportsbook and Online Director. “We are going to implement our offer with a suite of innovative live products characterized by a strong emotional engagement, as they are based on games appreciated by the Italian public.” StumbleUpon Related Articles Share SBTech boosts platform offering with BetGames.TV deal April 14, 2020 Submit SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience  April 27, 2020 Share New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020last_img read more