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Barbadian teachers on edge

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first_imgTensions between the Ministry of Education and the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) are set to boil over.The disgruntled teachers are not ruling out industrial action over the recent “unfair dismissal” of several teachers. A meeting had been scheduled for last Friday between education officials and the teachers’ union to discuss the contentious matter was reportedly cancelled, without a new date being set.Another meeting was set up on Tuesday which lasted for more than three hours but no official word has been forthcoming if any amicable agreement was reached.The teachers were angry that one female teacher was recently sacked without ever seeing any reports relating to her performance.last_img

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Smart street lights installed in Jamaica

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first_imgThe Jamaica Public Service company (JPS) has extended its relationship with Silver Spring Networks to add 110,000 street lights to its multi-application IPv6 platform.The country-wide smart street light control program will connect up to 110,000 smart LED street lights in population centers around the island including Kingston, Spanish Town, Negril, and Falmouth serving more than 600,000 customers.Silver Spring’s Streetlight.Vision central management system (CMS) will also be deployed for JPS through a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model to control and manage the networked street lights.“We are undertaking a major transformation that is redefining lighting and energy service delivery by modernising Jamaica’s infrastructure, and we are pleased with how Silver Spring Networks’ technology is facilitating this change,” said Gary Barrow, chief technology officer, JPS.“We see Silver Spring as a crucial provider for not only smart grid innovation but also as a platform for new smart city applications, that will bring new and relevant applications quickly to the cities of Jamaica.”According to Silver Spring, its smart street light controls will help drive additional energy efficiency, which is crucial for high-cost, petroleum-based island energy grids like those found in Jamaica. Smart street light controls can help increase citizen safety by alerting a utility to light failures and allowing for speedier repair.Furthermore, smart street light controls can help increase safety and energy efficiency through adaptive dimming and brightening capabilities based on pedestrian and vehicular traffic. JPS’ three-year program to upgrade the lighting infrastructure with new LED street lights and smart controls will begin this summer.“We are excited by how rapidly JPS was able to realize the value of our platform to connect multiple services,” added Don Reeves, CTO, Silver Spring Networks. “We believe our success with JPS demonstrates how effective our technology is in not only meeting a customer’s initial deployment objective, but how we can set them up for success in the future.”Silver Spring said it works with some of the largest utilities in the US for networked street light deployments, including Florida Power & Light Company for what is thought to be the largest connected street lighting project in the world consisting of 500,000 networked street lights across Miami.South Florida, and Oklahoma Gas & Electric boosts the tally up to 250,000 networked street lights across its service territory. In addition, Silver Spring connects smart street lights in other locations around the globe such as in Bristol, Copenhagen, Halifax, Glasgow, London, Paris and in Providence.last_img read more

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President Moise wants “credible honest and transparent elections” in Haiti

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first_imgJovenel Moise PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – President Jovenel Moise says 2019 must result in Haiti achieving “credible, honest, democratic and transparent elections” and his administration will provide the necessary resources to accomplish that feat.Addressing the opening of a new Parliament session, Moise, whose victory in January 2017 ended an election process that stretched on for 14 months, said that Haiti is going through a “decisive period” as this is the fourth and last year of the 50th legislature.The bicameral National Assembly of Haiti consists of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. The Chamber of Deputies has 99 members, who are elected by popular vote for a four-year term, while the 30 members of the Senate are elected to serve six-year terms, with one third elected every two years.Moise told legislators 2018 had been characterized by economic, political and social challenges and this year “should allow us to be more concerned about the respect of the constitutional prescriptions, to strive, in the patriotic spirit, to overcome crises that threaten the survival of the nation.”But he told legislators that at the same time, this year his government intends to strengthen its structural recovery program. He said the political turbulence has had a negative impact on the local economy, leading to unemployment that is likely to continue.“Also, all of us: State authorities, civil society, the private sector, we are obliged to undertake more initiatives that will enable the country to attract domestic and foreign direct investment, create jobs and increase agricultural production and industrial national.”He said it is with the aim of achieving these objectives that the government will urgently undertakes the strengthening of measures to combat corruption and impunity, reduce the State’s lifestyle and clean up public accounts.The opposition parties have been staging street demonstrations in support of their calls for President  Moise to step down, after accusing him of not investigating allegations of corruption in the previous government over PetroCaribe, an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.Several people have died as a result of the protests.last_img read more

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Reggae Boyz Boost Chances for Qatar World Cup

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first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz served up a much-improved performance by slamming Aruba 6-0 in their CONCACAF Nations League Group C return-round encounter at Stadion Ergilio Hato in Curacao on Tuesday night.That result followed an unconvincing 2-0 win by the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at their home base at Kingston’s National Stadium three days earlier over a nation ranked closer to 200 on FIFA Coca-Cola list.Despite taking an early 13th-minute lead on a strike from Devon Williams, his first for Jamaica, the Boyz struggled to break down a solid and disciplined Aruban outfit which relied solely on counter-attacks.Shamar Nicholson missed a chance to add to the lead on 77 minutes when he blasted a penalty kick wildly over the crossbar, but he made amends two minutes from full time when he made the game safe with a cute finish.Aruban captain and goalkeeper Eric Abdul had promised much of the same for the return game, being played in Curacao instead of Aruba, as their home field was not approved by FIFA.According to Abdul, Aruba was the underdog and it was their plan to make the game as difficult as possible for the more established Jamaican team, so they weren’t going to play an open attacking game and make it easy for the better team.But Jamaica’s head coach Theodore Whitmore had other ideas and he employed a more attacking formation, employing a 4-1-4-1 system instead of the 4-2-3-1 he used on Saturday. In essence, what he did was to withdraw one of his two defensive midfielders for a more attacking midfielder to guarantee more numbers in Aruba’s final third of the field.Whitmore also tested the depth of his squad by making six changes to the starting team, and he was vindicated with a more fluent display which resulted in goals and much-needed confidence boost for a number of players, as four of them—Chavany Willis, Maalique Foster, schoolboy Lamar Walker, and Junior Flemmings—scored their maiden goals for Jamaica. In fact, Foster had a double to add to another by Nicholson. Jamaica led 4-0 at the half-time break and added two within eight minutes of the restart.The result left Jamaica firmly on top of the group of four teams with maximum 12 points, with 18 unanswered goals, followed by Guyana and Antigua and Barbuda with six points, and Aruba rooted at the foot of the table without a point. All teams have played four games.Jamaica needs just one point to guarantee top spot from the remaining two games, and automatic qualification to the next CONCACAF Gold Cup Tournament.The Jamaicans have also further cemented their place in the top six of CONCACAF ranking, which would secure them a place in the hexagonal of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, a significant boost to their chances for the 2022 Qatar World Cup Finals.So when all is said and done, Whitmore and his technical staff are making progress with this Reggae Boyz squad, and they are doing it without a lot of fanfare.Whitmore is fully aware of the necessity to have a team with flexibility where different combinations can be employed, and so he thought Tuesday’s contest was as good as any to experiment and it paid off in the end with both the performance and the result.Substitute goalkeeper Amal Knight was given a chance between the sticks and though never tested often, was alert when he needed to be, while the top five attacking players played together for the first time and the level of chemistry displayed was admirable.It was also refreshing to see the introduction of Clarendon College schoolboy star Lamar Walker in only his second game, dictating proceedings from midfield.The little player was energetic, thoughtful, cheeky, and confident, and his teammates gifted him with the ball whenever he presented himself, which was often.And the fact that he notched a decent goal, bursting forward on a counter-attack and displaying the composure of a seasoned player to glide past the advancing Abdul in goal before slotting into an empty net, speaks volumes for his potential for what lays ahead if he is able to keep grounded and properly counseled.But experience has taught us that as a people we always find a way to disrupt a good thing, and it is the hope that the players and the local governing body, the Jamaica Football Federation, will continue to enjoy a good relationship. Whitmore has done a good job trying his best to keep the players focused on the field—while being as accommodating as possible with the “off the field” issues, as they keep their eyes on the big picture of World Cup qualification.last_img read more

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Christian Gruber departs as Tipico Deutschland marketing lead

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first_imgShare Christian GruberMalta-based European sports betting operator, Tipico Group (Tipico) has confirmed that Deutschland Marketing Director Christian Gruber has resigned from his executive position.Updating stakeholders, Tipico governance informed that Gruber would leave the company on 15 April, to pursue ‘new career challenges’. Gruber has served as marketing and communications lead for Tipico’s German division since April 2014.During his tenure, the German language focused sportsbook has grown its market presence, by undertaking a number of high coverage football betting partnerships including Bundesliga football clubs’ Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Hamburger SV.Tipico’s Chief Executive Joachim Baca thanked Gruber for his services to the firm, stating that he had played an ‘instrumental part’ is establishing Tipico as a leading betting brand for Germany.“We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Christian Gruber for his tremendous achievements over the past three years,” Baca said. “We wish him and his family all the best and success in his future endeavour.”Tipico governance has yet to confirm a replacement for Christian Gruber’s leadership position. Related Articles Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

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No Grand National cheer for bookmakers as One For Arthur brings Scots glory

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first_imgShare It appears that bookmakers will be counting the cost of One For Arthur’s Grand National win this Saturday, as Scotland gains its first Aintree champion stud since Rubistic in 1979.Updating the media, William Hill detailed that it had taken circa £25 million in Grand National bets, however the company will likely be paying out to Scottish punters who cashed in on 14-1 priced One For Arthur.UK bookmakers were hoping for a strong Grand National, to follow up on a highly successful Cheltenham Festival this March, deemed to be ‘the best Cheltenham ever’ by numerous industry stakeholders.However, Lucinda Russell-trained One For Arthur broke bookmakers scripts, as the heavily backed horse won the Aintree showpiece.Adding further damage to bookie balances will be the ‘Top 5’ finishes of race favourite Blaklion and popular runners Cause of Causes and Saint Are, with a number of bookmakers paying-out on the first five finishers.Speaking to the BBC Paul Petrie, McBookie.com spokesman, said: “It was a bad day for Scottish bookmakers but a great day for punters and more importantly for Scottish racing.“It has been a long time since we have celebrated a Scottish winner and although it has cost us a fortune, we couldn’t be more happy for Lucinda Russell.” Related Articles StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 BGC – Scotland and Wales must come clear on casino reopenings July 28, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

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Arena Racing strengthens Greyhound position acquiring Newcastle & Sunderland properties from William Hill

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first_imgShare SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share UK racetrack operator Arena Racing Company (ARC) has acquired Newcastle and Sunderland greyhound stadiums from FTSE-listed bookmaker William Hill.Updating the market, ARC governance snatched the deal from racing and greyhound media rights provider SIS who had agreed to purchase the assets from William Hill last February.Newcastle and Sunderland greyhound races will now be added to the Greyhound Media Group content which now represent close to 70% of the greyhound fixtures shown in Licenced Betting Offices (“LBOs’’), through the Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service (‘BAGS’).Races from the historic Newcastle and Sunderland venues will be distributed to UK betting shop’s via ARC’s racing channel The Racing Partnership (TRP).Speaking to investors Martin Cruddace, Chief Executive of ARC commented on the acquisition “We are really delighted to have moved at pace and acquire the tracks and join our new partners at GMG as part of a long-term deal. We very much look forward to working with the great teams at both stadiums and developing our relationship with the greyhound industry.”Brent Dolan, Director of Operations at GMG backed ARC as new owners “We are very pleased to welcome ARC and are delighted that they see the merit of working closely together in producing what we aim to be the best greyhound racing available anywhere in the world. We look forward to working with BAGS to continue to produce a cost effective and value product for the UK LBO market and to export GMG racing worldwide.” StumbleUpon Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Submit ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020last_img read more

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Kindred Group commits to Stockholm ‘Urban Escape’ office migration

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first_img Related Articles Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Submit European online gambling firm Kindred Group Plc has confirmed that it will move its ‘home’ Stockholm office to new premises within the ‘Urban Escape Project’ in central Stockholm, a business property currently being developed by AMF Fastigheter.Updating stakeholders, Kindred details that it has agreed to terms with AMF Fastigheter with a view to move its Stockholm operations to the ‘Urban Escape Project’.Its future office migration will see Kindred Stockholm double its office space from the current 3,000 sqm to 8,000 sqm. Furthermore, Kindred gains a state-of-art working environment for its current and future employees.At present, Kindred employs approximately 1,400 staff globally, of which around 250 are currently based in Stockholm. Updating the media, Kindred governance states that it will likely double its Stockholm in the coming years.Commenting on the corporate update, Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group detailed”I am delighted to be able to announce Urban Escape as Kindred’s next home in Stockholm. We are a company at the forefront of our industry with high growth in a market where competition for skilled and ambitious employees is tuff. Through our new base in Stockholm, we will be able to continue our exciting journey and be regarded as one of Stockholm’s most attractive places to work”.Closing is expected to take place during Spring 2019. Tenant & Partner have acted as advisors to Kindred Group.last_img read more

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Operators ‘must use all tools available’ to prevent ads appealing to kids

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first_img ASA bans Sky Bet ad after deeming it irresponsible March 13, 2019 Share StumbleUpon Share Submit ASA’s new guidelines set to protect problem gamblers March 29, 2019center_img New guidelines published by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have urged gambling operators to use “all the tools available to them on a social network platform” to prevent their ads from targeting children.Published with the aim of protecting children from online gambling, the 17-page report insisted that this includes both ad targeting facilities provided directly by the platform, and tools that restrict under-18s’ access to marketers’ own social media content. It set out four key points:  prohibit online ads for gambling products being targeted at groups of individuals who are likely to be under 18 based on data about their online interests and browsing behaviour;extensively list unacceptable types of content, including certain types of animated characters, licensed characters from movies or TV and sportspeople and celebrities that are likely to be of particular appeal to children, and references to youth culture; andprohibit the use in gambling ads of sportspersons, celebrities or other characters who are or appear to be under 25; andadds to existing guidance on the responsible targeting of ads, covering all media (including social networks and other online platforms). Related Articles Profit Accumulator Instagram posts fall foul of ASA March 11, 2020 The report also insisted that the responsibility lies with gambling operators to ensure that affiliates acting on their behalf comply with advertising rules. The affiliate section explained: “Responsibility lies with gambling operators to ensure that affiliates or other third parties acting on their behalf to publish or otherwise disseminate marketing communications comply with the Codes. Marketers should ensure affiliates comply with CAP’s gambling specific guidance as well as its more general targeting guidance.” There was also guidance on the topic of influencers, with the ASA arguing that marketers should take particular care when identifying someone to promote their products or brands. “They should identify the influencer’s likely appeal and obtain audience data (for instance, the age breakdown of a follower or subscriber-base) to ensure that under-18s are not likely to comprise more than 25% of the audience,” they continued. “Where such data is not available or incomplete, marketers should exercise caution.” The new standards will come into force on 1 April.Read the full report here.last_img read more

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Kindred Group strengthens EFDN partnership

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first_img Submit Share Kindred Group has been named as the first commercial Community Partner of the European Football Development Network (EFDN), which will see the two ‘promote the power of football as a tool for social development.’The announcement comes as the betting and gaming group builds upon its initial agreement made in Spring 2019, which saw Kindred sponsor EFDN’s ‘Active Fans’ programme. The enhanced partnership has been seen as a ‘natural step forward’ for Kindred.Henrik Tjärnström, CEO of Kindred Group, commented: “We are very proud and excited to be a part of the EFDN network. We feel that the work EFDN do is very important and aligns well with Kindred values.“We truly believe that this will be a successful partnership where we will be able to build great things together. For example, we will share our knowledge and experience by developing and implementing an anti-match fixing programme to the extensive network of EFDN member clubs.”EFDN consists of a network of professional football clubs, leagues and Football Associations across Europe who collaborate in promoting community-focused and social responsibility initiatives.Hubert Rovers, CEO of EFDN added: “We are proud to present Kindred as our first commercial Community partner. There is a natural fit between EFDN and Kindred as we both share the love for football and are leaders in our industries in terms of taking responsibility for the community and in contributing to sustainability.“Kindred uses a new sustainability-driven framework for sponsorships and promotes community initiatives through its partnerships with clubs and leagues. At EFDN, we strive to raise the quality and impact of community programmes through knowledge exchange and collaboration.“Together with Kindred, we will further develop the social power of football and will not only promote values like Fair Play and respect, but also education, diversity, social cohesion, and physical activity.“Through our partnership, we are certain that we can make a long-term contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and inspire other stakeholders in football to become more sustainable.” Share Related Articles Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020last_img read more

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