Bartlett meets Florida cruise ship operators

first_imgJamaican Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett traveled to Miami, Florida in an effort to advocate for increased cruise shipping business for Jamaica.Bartlett attended several meetings with tourism interests including representatives of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) and the Mayor of Miami Beach, Philip Levine.While in Florida, the Minister met with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) new President, Adam Goldstein.Miami Beach Mayor Phillip LevineThe meeting focused on ways to facilitate the hiring of more Jamaican crew-members, improving the guest experience at the Falmouth Port, as well as methods to strengthen the relationship between RCL and Jamaica. “We have been working very hard to improve and increase the capacity of the country’s cruise industry. The results of which have been spectacular. We recently entered the record-books when the ports of Falmouth, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Kingston hosted a combined six cruise vessels in one day. We also welcomed the world’s largest cruise ship in Falmouth and Kingston received its largest cruise ship ever. So, I am very excited to meet with Royal Caribbean’s new president, so that we can build on our successes and strengthen our relationships with this and other major cruise-lines,” said Bartlett.The Minister also advocated for increased cruise business in Jamaica not only in his discussions with RCL but also with Mayor Levine.This trip forms part of cruise marketing efforts being undertaken by the Ministry through the Jamaica Tourist Board. Minister Bartlett previously met with RCL representatives in December 2016 during the FCCA’s reception for Prime Minister, Andrew Holness in Doral, Florida.Bartlett was accompanied by Delano Seiveright, Senior Communications Strategist, Tourism Enhancement Fund.last_img read more

Jamaica, Pakistan score wins in Lauderhill T20

first_imgDanza Hyatt Jamaica and Pakistan registered contrasting victories in the third round of the 2017 City of Lauderhill Internalional T20 Night Cricket Tournament at the Lauderhill Sports Park on Saturday.The Jamaican team trounced the Trinbago Red Force by nine wickets while the Pakistanis defeated arch-rivals India by six runs.The large crowd on hand, were well entertained.The Red Force won the toss and elected to bat, but could only muster 130 in the allotted 20 overs with captain, Timothy Surujbally scoring 43 including five fours and three swashbuckling sixes to the delight of the Red Force spectators.The remaining Red Force batsmen failed miserably against the penetrative Jamaican’s bowling attack with former Jamaica and West Indies player, Danza Hyatt claiming 3 for 13 from his allotted four overs. Keyonie Gayle 3 for 18 and Elvis Watson 2 for 20 were the other wicket takers for the Jamaicans.In reply, Jamaica opening paired of Omari Williams and Sherwyn Powell raced to 94 for the first wicket within 6.5 overs before Powell was caught for 46. Williams stroked a delightful unbeaten 62 including six fours and four sixes.In the other India suffered lost to Pakistan in a thriller by six runs.Batting first, Pakistan piled up 195 from its allotted 20 overs, after Syed Hassan and Sunil Kumar shared a 136-run second wicket partnership. Hassan blasted 74 from 43 balls including seven fours and four sixes, while Kuman smashed 72, featuring eleven fours and one six.Bowling for India, A. Pareekh grabbed 3 for 33, S. Nandina took 2 for 29 and S. Nimmala 2 for 31.In reply, India suffered a dramatic collapse after being 103 without loss at the end of the ninth over. S. Siddique got off to a blistering start, slamming 69 from 38 balls including ten fours and two sixes. Other useful contributions came from D. Persaud 25, R. Chandran 20, S. Nandina 17 and M. Diwan 17. Bowling for Pakistan, Ayud Tanveer claimed 2 for 15, Usman Malik 2 for 35 and Rehan Baig 2 for 50.The tournament continues on Saturday, March 18, 2017 with Guyana playing the Combined Islands, followed by Jamaica versus Pakistan.last_img read more

Dominica police issue warning to curfew breakers

first_imgThe police in Dominica on Wednesday issued a warning to residents who break the curfew imposed on the island following the passage of Hurricane Maria last month. The warning noted there would be an increase in law enforcement officials in the capital to “prevent any possibility of lawlessness.”102 arrested Acting Police Commissioner Davidson Valerie, speaking at the daily news briefing on the progress being made following the passage of the Category 5 storm on September 18, said that 102 people have been arrested for breaking the curfew and will be prosecuted.Up to six months in jailHe said on conviction, a person risk facing a fine of up to EC$5,000 and up to six months in jail.On Tuesday, the Ministry of Justice, Immigration and National Security said that based on the advice of the Chief of Police, the curfew hours had now been changed 10.00 pm to 5.00 pm instead of the previous 6.00 pm to 6.00am (local time).It said that the change, which goes into effect immediately, is “to facilitate economic activity.Roseau returning to normalcy“The city of Roseau is returning to a state of normalcy and security in the city is becoming more stable. There is, however, still a need for enhanced security and vigilance. All citizens are advised to comply with the curfew hours as stated,” the government said, after it had earlier this month announced a relaxation of the curfew in outlying areas.The storm killed at least 28 people and left billions of dollars in damage when it made its way through Dominica last month.For more on the on the Dominica curfew, visit the link: Curfew revision announced by Dominica’s PMlast_img read more

Cooperation between Jamaica and Belgium to be strengthened

first_imgJamaican Minster of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson-Smith Increased cooperation on criminal matters between Jamaica and the Kingdom of Belgium is to be strengthened. This follows approval of the Mutual Assistance (Criminal Matters) (Foreign States) (Kingdom of Belgium) Order, 2018 Resolution by members of the Jamaican Senate during its recent sitting.Leader of Government Business Kamina Johnson Smith, said mutual assistance can also be used to identify and recover the proceeds of crime, and is particularly important in preventing criminals from evading prosecution because evidence or proceeds are in different countries.Johnson Smith, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, said the Order refers to two conventions to which both Jamaica and Belgium are parties – the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) 2005 and the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime 2000.“The UNCAC requires parties to the treaty to implement measures that focus on areas such as prevention, law enforcement, international cooperation, asset recovery, technical assistance and information exchange. The Order before us today would implement chapter four of the UNCAC international cooperation.”Acting against transnational organized crimes She said as a party to the Palerma Convention and the Palerma Protocols, Jamaica has committed to taking a series of measures in relation to transnational organized crime, including the adoption and revision of frameworks relating to extradition, mutual legal assistance and law-enforcement cooperation.Satisfying international obligations “By affirming the Order by resolution, we are not only safeguarding our relationship with Belgium, but we are also ensuring that our international obligations are satisfied,” she said.Meanwhile, leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Donna Scott-Mottley, said the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), fully supports the Resolution.“We expect that our country will accede to these international requests, especially because the focus is on transnational crime and unearthing any kind of corruption which cuts across all borders,” she said.last_img read more

Government Denies Salary Increase For President Granger

first_imgCurrent President of Guyana, David Granger GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The Guyana government Wednesday (January 15) labelled a media report that President David Granger had awarded himself a salary increase as “patently false”.The Ministry of Finance in a statement said that the report by the on-line publication, Citizens Report, on Tuesday, was false.The statement said that had there been an increase in the President’s salary, there would have been a corresponding increase in the pensions received by the three ex-presidents, namely Bharat Jagdeo, Samuel Hinds and Donald Ramotar.“If Citizen’s Report was not so bent on causing public mischief, a quick check of the pensions of any of the three ex-Presidents would have shown that they have remained the same since 2015.“The Ministry wishes to remind readers that it is Mr. Jagdeo who caused the law governing Presidential pensions to be changed to 7/8 of the salary of the current President, instead of 7/8 of the salary of the President at the time he demits office,” the statement said.The Ministry of Finance said it is unfortunate, that as the country enters the elections season, “the issue of a well-deserved increase in wages and salaries for public servants, who, under the PPP/C (People’s Progressive Party/Civic) administration, were financially impoverished and subjected to poor working conditions, should be twisted into a blatantly false claim.“It is worth recapping that this latest increase in the minimum wage represents an overall increase of 77 percent the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) coalition took office in 2015. This is a tangible demonstration of the government’s commitment to building a Good Life for All Guyanese, as we enter the Decade of Development.”The statement said that it is also unfortunate that attempts were made to impugn the Constitutional Order, which was signed by Minister of Finance Winston Jordan, on December 2 2019, well within the life of the Parliament, which was dissolved on December 29, 2019.“The Ministry wishes to exhort the reporters of Citizens Report to become more acquainted with the tenets of good reporting, rather than pander to their handlers and do a disservice to their readers,” the statement added.Guyanese go to the polls on March 2 to elect a new government.last_img read more

South Florida Implements Several Curfews Amid COVID-19 Spread

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – As coronavirus continues to spread across the state of Florida, several curfews have been implemented across South Florida in addition to the statewide State of Emergency.Schools across the state have been closed till further notice, in addition to bars, entertainment venues and restaurants. In Miami, all commercial lodgings including hotels, motels and short-term rentals were shut down and guests ordered to leave. In smaller counties like Broward County, other measures have been implemented, like closing all non-essential businesses. As of March 22, Florida has 830 confirmed cases of COVID-19.Below is a list of current curfews in South Florida:MIAMI-DADE:City of Miami Beach:  11:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the city’s entertainment district. On March 24, the city-wide curfew will take effect from 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m daily. The public beach from 5th to 15th streets, including Lummus Park is closed.Village of Key Biscayne: Curfew is 10:00 p.m. TO 5:00 a.m.North Miami Beach: Curfew is 10:00 p.m. TO 5:00 a.m.Hallandale Beach: Curfew is 11:00 p.m TO 5:00 a.m. nightly. All beaches and city parks are closed.Sunny Isles Beach: 11:00 p.m to 5:00 a.m. until further notice.BROWARD:Coconut Creek: 11:00 p.m to 5:00 a.m. until further notice.PALM BEACH:Palm Beach: 9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova Handed Wild Card Entry Into This Month’s US Open

first_imgFive-time Grand Slam champion, Maria Sharapova, have been handed a wild card entry to the 2017 US Open.Sharapova, who tested positive to heart disease drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, will participate in her first grand slam since her 15 months doping [email protected] is part of the field that will receive a wild card for the 2017 #USOpen. See entire women’s list:— US Open Tennis (@usopen) August 15, 2017The 30-year-old Russian pulled out of the Cincinnati Masters as “a precaution for the US Open”, and was also eligible to play at last month’s Wimbledon due to her world ranking but missed out through injury.A delighted Sharapova thanked the US Open for the opportunity, describing it as “special”.Thank you, @usopen. This is so so special. #goosebumps— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) August 15, 2017The US Open will commence from 28 August until 10 September at Flushing Meadows.RelatedCincinnati Open: Maria Sharapova Pulls Out Due To InjuryAugust 13, 2017In “Sports”Maria Sharapova: Five-time Grand Slam Champion Retires From Tennis At 32February 26, 2020In “Featured”2019 US Open: Williams vs Sharapova In Mouthwatering First Round ClashAugust 23, 2019In “Sports”last_img read more

Exclusive: FC Ifeanyi Ubah Are Yet To Receive Prize Money For Winning 2016 Federations…

first_imgWith just hours to the kick-off of the 2017 AITEO Cup, defending champions, FC Ifeanyi Ubah, are yet to receive their prize money for winning the competition last year, the club’s chairman, Chukwuma Ubah, has informed, exclusively.“The truth is that as the defending champions you would be surprised to know that we’ve not been given any prize till date,” Ubah said in an interview late on Tuesday. “We have asked questions but till this moment we haven’t gotten an answer.”FC Ifeanyi Ubah were crowned champions after they beat Nasarawa United 5-4 on penalties, as regulation time ended goalless. The competition was then called Federation Cup.The Nnewi-based club were entitled to receive two million naira from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as prize money for lifting the trophy, but as they prepare to start their title defense, the “Anambra Warriors” are still waiting to be rewarded for last year’s success.“It’s quite discouraging,” Ubah said. He equally admitted that it’s painful “to have gone through those stages and played so many games last season and having to even lift the cup, and till this moment nothing has been given as the so-called prize money”. A total of 64 teams would start the race for the AITEO Cup, with 32 matches billed to take place across the country. There are a few changes to the format for this year’s competition.Unlike previous editions where a neutral venue was picked to host a fixture, the NFF have decided that this time, for the early rounds, one team would have the opportunity of playing on their home-ground, with a winner having to emerge either in regulation time or through penalties.It’s a system that has thrived for decades in European football, but Ubah disagrees with its adoption in Nigeria, claiming the country’s football “hasn’t matured up to that.”“Definitely, the officials could try to be fair, but we all know what’s happening here – intimidation and all what not,” he said. “Even if it comes to my side (playing at home) I won’t support that.” FC Ifeanyi Ubah start their title defence away from home against FC Yarma Light of Gombe. The final of the competition is billed for October 8, with the prize money now 25 million naira.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Relatedlast_img read more

Amaya restructures deferred Rational Group payments for 2017

first_img Related Articles Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Share BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Rafi AshkenaziFollowing a review of its financing options, the governance of Toronto TSX-listed Amaya Inc has confirmed that it will pay its $197.7 million balance relating to the deferred purchase price for acquired Rational Group assets (2014) throughout the course of 2017.Updating investors, Amaya governance detailed the changes to its payment plan which was due for 1 February 2017. The operator has moved to pay its balance throughout 2017, using its ‘unrestricted cash’ and ‘cash-flow generated from operations’.Having reviewed financing options available for the payment, Amaya governance detailed that its staggered payments would be ‘the least expensive and most flexible financing option at this time as it avoids, among other things, incurring additional term debt, amendment fees and associated costs and expenses’.Amaya Chief Executive Rafi Ashkenazi commented on the corporate update “Based on our operations and performance in 2016, we are confident in our ability to repay the balance of the deferred purchase price in a timely manner.”“We believe that our current plan speaks to the strong cash flow generation of our business model and will allow us to continue investing in the success of our business while meeting our pre-existing contractual obligations to the former owners,Updating the market, Amaya disclosed that former Rational Group owners had agreed to the new payment structure for 2017. Last year Amaya paid approximately $200 million in deferred payments by November 2016, resulting in approximately $2.3 million in savings towards the outstanding balance.last_img read more

Paysafe appoints Oscar Nieboer as group marketing lead

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles PaySafe launches ‘US Rapid Transfer’ seeking to deliver instant conversion dynamics June 28, 2019 SBC’s Year In Review: September’s big betting news December 27, 2019 Share Submit Updating the market, FTSE-listed digital payment services provider Paysafe Group Plc (Paysafe) has confirmed the appointment of Oscar Nieboer as its first group Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).An international technology marketing veteran, Nieboer joins Paysafe leadership team from Amazon UK where he served as marketing lead for the firm’s video content division (CMO 2015-2016).Nieboer has prior industry experience having served as Global Brand Director of Betfair (2007-2012) and having formed part of the Virgin Games executive team (Managing Director  2005-2007).Nieboer joins Paysafe as the firm seeks to aggressively expand its commercial footprint, commenting on Paysafe’s new senior hire, CEO Joel Leonoff stated“While our business with its growing portfolio of payment products and services has been at the forefront of change and innovation for many years, 2016 marked the first full year under our new Paysafe brand identity. With our ongoing growth and bold ambitions in the payments space, we welcome Oscar to the team with great enthusiasm and anticipation as we take our business and brand to the next level.”As new CMO Nieboer backs Leonoff marketing ambitions commenting;   “This is an extremely exciting time for Paysafe and the wider payments industry, which is rapidly growing and changing. I am joining such a talented team on the back of an exceptional year for the business. Paysafe has such a great culture of innovation in payments and I look forward to driving the brand’s growth as we continue to help our customers and consumers benefit from faster and simpler ways to send and receive money internationally.” Share Paysafe hires former Barclays UK platform lead Sujit Unni as new CTO February 14, 2020last_img read more