Gay people are not abused in Barbados says Attorney General

first_imgGays in Barbados Barbados’ Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has moved to dispel a notion that homosexuals and lesbians were being targeted for abuse across the island.Speaking during a courtesy call with Canadian High Commissioner Marie Legault at his Wildey, St Michael office, Brathwaite maintained that although buggery was still illegal in Barbados, this did not impact two consenting adults.He pointed out that Barbados remained one of the Caribbean islands where gay persons could exist without fearing for their lives and  stressed that citizens have always been aware and very “tolerant” of same-sex relations within the society.However, Brathwaite noted that he did not expect to see a “Caribbean consensus” on same-sex relations any time soon, given the wide-ranging viewpoints of each island nation.While acknowledging that Canada “thrives on diversity”, High Commissioner Legault stated that she hoped Barbados would eventually come to a place where it was “different from the rest of the Caribbeanlast_img read more

Revised Florida Stand-Your-Ground law is unconstitutional

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Google On Monday, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch ruled that Florida legislators reached beyond their authority by amending the state’s Stand-Your Ground-Law earlier this. The change in the law would give prosecutors authority to disprove a defendant’s self-defense claim in attacking someone during a pre-trial hearing. According to Judge Hirach only the Florida Supreme Court has the authority to effect changes to the law. The law “cannot be legislatively modified” the judge wrote in his ruling.Since its inception under the administration of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 2005, the law which gives residents in the state the right to defend themselves by deadly force, usually by the gun, if they believe they are being attacked in or out their home has been controversial.The controversy peaked in 2013 when community watchman George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of North Miami teenager Trayvon Martin. Martin was on his way from a convenience store and walking to his father’s home in a Sanford, Florida, residential community when he was accosted by Zimmerman who assumed he was a criminal. Zimmerman’s defense claimed he shot Martin in self-defense because he felt his life was threatened by the teenager.Most state prosecutors opposed the law seeing it as a means for those accused of murder and other gun-related charges to be acquitted by claiming they were defending their lives by the act of violence.It is believed by the opponents of the law that the ruling by Judge Hirsch’s could be the beginning of other courts in Florida ruling likewise resulting in an appeal for the revised law to be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court.Since the Travyon Martin shooting, and Zimmerman’s acquittal several attempts have been made by Florida Democratic legislators to repeal or change the law, arguing that it gives people with guns the right to shoot a victim indiscriminately, with a chance to be acquitted. However, Governor Rick Scott has remained adamant in not repealing the law.The Florida Supreme Court previously ruled that defendants in shooting cases who seek immunity from criminal prosecution under the law must offer solid proof they were acting in self-defense.Despite strong opposition from prosecutors and gun-control advocates, the Florida Legislature amended the original law to place the burden on state prosecutors to prove through convincing evidence that a defendant was not acting in self-defense. If prosecutors succeed in disproving the self-defense claim at the pre-trail hearing they would need to do this again at the actual trial.last_img read more

Barbados records over 2% economic growth so far in 2017

first_imgSustained tourism activity Could dampen consumption The bank said preliminary data suggest that the expansion in real economic output continued into the second quarter. Contributing to the growth was sustained growth in tourism activity. The fiscal deficit narrowed moderately in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017/18. That was partially the result of the fiscal consolidation measures implemented in the previous fiscal year. International reserves fall “However, the stock of international reserves fell below 10 weeks of import cover. Expected external debt service obligations and on-going delays in securing planned foreign investment inflows partially contributed to the reserve drop.” In its release of the “Barbados Current Economic Performance,” the CBB said the short to medium-term outlook is for a sustained stabilization effort by government. This is needed to facilitate the restoration of public finances, rebuild international reserves and provide the platform for long-term growth. The bank Gadding that tighter fiscal policy will remain at the center of the adjustment effort. A stronger adverse impact on consumption is anticipated for 2018, according to the central bank. A more positive outlook for growth is feasible if the implementation of foreign-funded projects is accelerated. The Barbados economy registered an estimated 2.2 per cent growth during the first six months of this year. The Central Bank of Barbados (CBB) on Friday described the growth as “an uneven performance.” Given the size of the tax adjustment and the expected impact on prices, the fiscal measures are likely to dampen consumption, particularly for imported goods, towards the end of 2017 and into 2018. The bank said that the average 12-month unemployment rate for the four quarters ending March 2017 was recorded at 9.7 per cent. Down from 10.2 per cent in the previous year, the stronger rate is mainly due to job gains in the construction, wholesale and retail trade, business and other services, and tourism industries. The rate of inflation stood at 3.2 per cent at the end of April 2017, compared to a general reduction in retail prices of one per cent as at end April 2016. In addition, the labor force participation rate grew moderately to 65.5 per cent for the first quarter of 2017. The CBB said the Barbados economy has underperformed in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, evidenced by low growth and significant fiscal and external imbalances.last_img read more

Major clubs could tussle over Jamaican winger Leon Bailey

first_imgJamaican-born Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey will reportedly be the subject of a three-way transfer tussle between giants Premier League giants Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal in the summer transfer window.  According to Adrian Kajumba in the Mirror, the three clubs have all watched the 20-year-old this season and while Leverkusen are determined to hold on to their £40 million-rated star in the current transfer window, they are prepared for summer advances from the Premier League trio. Bailey joined Leverkusen from Belgian outfit Genk last January but only played 133 minutes in the German top flight in 2016-17, scoring no goals and providing no assists. In 2017-18, though, he has made 14 appearances in the league and contributed six goals and four assists.last_img

US Legislators Want Declaration Made Regarding Guyana’s Election

first_imgCMC The CCJ, which is Guyana’s highest court, also indicated that it wanted to re-assure the entire world and specifically the people of Guyana that it “will treat with this matter on the basis of what is submitted. “We extend our support and solidarity to the people of Guyana, who have borne more than their fair share of patience during this process. For their sake, the future of democracy and the rule of law in our hemisphere, the ongoing uncertainty and gamesmanship must end.,” they said in their statement. “We share in the frustration expressed by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organization of American States (OAS), and other international stakeholders, and call on the Guyanese authorities to issue an official election declaration that reflects the results of the March 2nd election which were confirmed in the official recount by CARICOM’s observer mission.” They are calling on President David Granger to “honour the will of the Guyanese people and concede. The statement issued by Jim Risch, Bob Menendez, chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Marco Rubio and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), chairman and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues, comes even as the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is yet to rule on an appeal filed by two members of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C). But in their statement, the US lawmakers said “nearly four months since their national election, the Guyanese people are still waiting for an official result following the general and regional elections in their nation. This is unacceptable. They said that recent reports suggest “questionable manoeuvres by interested parties designed to continue forestalling a final declaration of results, which members of the press say indicates a defeat for the incumbent government”. GEORGETOWN, Guyana –Four members of the United States Foreign Relations Committee Friday described the non-release of Guyana’s official election as “unacceptable”. The CCJ has said it has given no indication as to whether or not it has jurisdiction to hear the appeal filed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo and the party’s presidential candidate, Irfaan Ali in relation to a Court of Appeal ruling. The CCJ will begin hearing arguments on Wednesday next week. ‘We are not going to have regard to anything outside of this Court,” Justice Adrian Saunders told the parties on Thursday.last_img read more

New look William Hill welcomes Ruth Prior as Group CFO

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share Submit Share Updating the market, FTSE bookmaker William Hill Plc has confirmed that Ruth Prior has officially taken the corporate leadership position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO).Last March, William Hill governance had confirmed that it had headhunted Prior from leading global payments provider WorldPay’s executive team where she had served as Chief Operations Officer and Deputy CFO (2013-2017).A seasoned finance executive within entertainment and technology sectors, Prior joins William Hill leadership taking over the group’s controllership and treasury duties. Prior joins William Hill leadership team as the company focuses on its three-point recovery plan – recovering UK traction, growing its international services and delivering a new Openbet platform for its digital divisions.Despite reporting an 11% decline in corporate profits for its H1 2017 interim results, William Hill leadership remains positive of the bookmaker’s future performance, stating that the company has successfully executed the ‘turnaround’ of its declining digital division.Under the guidance of new CEO Philip Bowcock, William Hill has detailed that it will ramp-up its marketing activity having secured group-wide £40 million in savings. Bowcock has detailed to investors that the William Hill brand has to be aggressive in a saturated marketplace.From an investor perspective, London private equity firm Silchester acquired a 5% stake in William Hill Plc, becoming the FTSE bookmaker’s fourth-largest shareholder. Silchester a specialist in ‘long-hold’ investments, believes that at present William Hill is an undervalued asset within the global betting sector.last_img read more

Second jackpot drop of the year for Yggdrasil’s Empire Fortune

first_imgShare Share Submit StumbleUpon Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 Related Articles GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 Yggdrasil Gaming has paid out another significant jackpot, with one lucky punter scooping almost €1.12m on its progressive jackpot slot Empire Fortune.The prize pool was won by a 32-year old from Norway, who was gaming on Betsson’s mobile site on Saturday evening.Andy Broughton-Braithwaite, Director of Games at Betsson, said: “Yggdrasil’s games are perfectly tailored towards our players who love the combination of life changing Jackpots and innovative gameplay.”All of the Yggdrasil progressive jackpot pay outs in 2017 have been won via mobile channels, with the pools slots proving popular on the smaller screen amongst consumers.This latest jackpot triumph follows a €5.2m prize won on the same slot in July of this year, in addition to a €3.5m jackpot being won on Joker Millions, an Yggdrasil title which shares the progressive jackpot pool with Empire Fortune, just last month.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil Gaming, said: “Our jackpot pools have been very generous of late and it’s great to see one of our players winning a life-changing sum of money on Empire Fortune.“Our progressive jackpots have now paid out almost €10m in their last three drops, but with their popularity, I’ve no doubt there’ll be paying out big wins again soon.”This latest jackpot win come days after news that Yggdrasil has agreed a deal with Tabcorp for its slots to be features on the Sun Vegas platform.last_img read more

Britbet unveils fresh approach to pool betting

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Kenneth Alexander: Industry’s regulatory future is in-play as live sport resumes June 15, 2020 HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 SBC Digital Summit Latinoamérica’s Land-Based 2.0 track to focus on casinos, lotteries & payments June 11, 2020 Britbet has revealed details of some of its new bet types which will arrive on British racecourses this summer when the new pool betting operation launches.The pool betting operation has also outlined its ambition to deliver a flexible approach to take-out rates across their bet types for online Britbet customers.As well as the familiar win and place pools, Britbet are introducing a range of ‘correct order’ pools called the first two, first three, first four and first five in an attempt to grow the value of the existing pool betting options in the market.The latter two pools are completely new bet types in the British market, and will be supported by guaranteed pool sizes designed to appeal to customers. Multi-million pound prize guarantees will be available for some of the new pools on the biggest races, such as the Grand National first five bet.Customers will benefit from significant pool guarantees, funded from the take-outs which will be broadly in line with existing industry norms. In effect, britbet will be reinvesting a proportion of the money from the take-out back into dividends for customers, making the ‘effective’ take-out lower than the headline advertised take-out. In addition, a ‘cashback’ programme will be offered to online customers which will see many pool bettors benefit from britbet’s policy of rewarding loyal, consistent players over time.  David Williams, Director of Communications at Britbet commented: “We’re introducing some much-needed innovation to the pool betting landscape. Some of our new bet types are popular in other countries and we’re confident that they will appeal to customers who have been crying out for fresh bet types to embrace in the UK. Our technology allows us to roll these out at launch and identify those customers who find them engaging. It’s an exciting development that we’re proud to be offering.“Our ‘cashback’ facility, coupled with the significant pool guarantees we are going to be able to offer, will ensure we are able to reward specific customers and groups of customers with rates that are both preferential and competitive. There are circumstances when regular pool players will – effectively – be betting at rates that are markedly superior to the existing industry standard.” He added: “We’ve got more plans for our exotic multi-leg bets rattling down the line and are looking forward to sharing the details of how our product innovations can enhance our soon-to-be-announced full range of bets.”“Ultimately, we believe our blend of offering a competitive and appealing product and brand to customers alongside our commitment to being a “by racing, for racing” operation will prove popular.”last_img read more

Sportradar seeks interactive content edge with Arkadium visualisations

first_imgShare Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Jonathan Earle – SportradarLeading sports data, insights and content supplier Sportradar has teamed-up with New York-based visualisation studio Arkadium, seeking to develop new immersive and interactive capacities for its sports output.Entering 2019, Sportradar will work with Arkadium on developing new viewer/audience experiences and engagements, focusing on driving interaction with its content from multiple sanctioned sources.In its update, Sportradar details that it has formed a multi-year partnership with Arkadium, a trusted development studio which has worked on developing interactive content with leading global publishers including USA Today, Microsoft, The Washington Post and LA Times.Jonathan Earle, Customer Director of Sports Media at Sportradar, backed the partnership, stating that Arkadium could deliver real-time sports content engagement, catering for new audience trends and disruptions.“Sportradar is obsessed with enhancing the fan experience and we are continually striving to create engaging and unique products that offer the best solutions for publishers and broadcasters to monetize,” he said.“The way in which sports fans are consuming content has dramatically changed and fans are looking for more interactive, visual stories to help keep them informed of the latest sports news. Partnering with Arkadium will help us to lead the next generation of sports engagement.”Kenny Rosenblatt –ArkadiumThe partnership will see Sportradar, media and content teams integrate Arkadium’s flagship inHabit programme, which delivers instant Ai-powered visualisation functions for marketing teams, currently reaching over 70 million US-based sports fans per month.“Our partnership represents the future of sports marketing,” said Kenny Rosenblatt, President & Co-Founder at Arkadium. “One where fans are deeply engaging with the players and teams they love, while providing publishers and advertisers the time, attention and relevant audiences that they’re looking for.” David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020last_img read more

Blackstone eyes ‘IPO on the horizon’ for CIRSA

first_imgShare Share Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 A year following its €2 billion acquisition of Grupo CIRSA, US private equity fund Blackstone Group, is reported to be assessing ‘future options’ for the Spanish market gambling group.Spanish business news source Economia Digital, reports that Blackstone eyes an ‘IPO on the horizon’ for its CIRSA vehicle.Blackstone, which maintains one of gambling’s biggest investment portfolios, is reported to be ‘accelerating’ CIRSA’s opportunity to go public, changing the firms reporting structures and by further ‘fattening its asset’.Supporting IPO movements, CIRSA governance is reported to have ‘adapted to stock market routines’, securing a new bond issue and eligibility with ratings agencies.Furthermore, this May, Blackstone acquired Spanish slot machine and gaming hall operator Giga Games, for an undisclosed fee, an asset that will be absorbed by CIRSA.Under Blackstone ownership, CIRSA has laid-out clearly its corporate ambitions of becoming the ‘leading global Spanish language gambling firm’, with CIRSA governance reported to have allocated ‘€180 million towards investments each year’.In its report, Economia Digital, details that CIRSA Chief Executive Joaquim Agut is overseeing an operating strategy to maximise the firm’s IPO value.In Spain, CIRSA seeks to aggressively increase its ‘24% market share’, expanding retail betting points across new provinces, and taking advantage of embattled competitor Grupo Codere’s weakening position.Meanwhile, In LATAM markets, CIRSA governance explores new opportunities in which to expand its casino network, targeting openings in the Dominican Republic, Panama and Mexico.Finally, Agut is detailed to have implemented a review of CIRSA’s Spanish bingo hall division, which has reported declines in recent years, assessing whether to sell or transform retail units. StumbleUpon CIRSA confirms Antonio Grau as inbound CFO July 17, 2020 Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more