Jamaica needs stronger European partnership says Kamina Johnson Smith

first_imgJamaican Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, has called for strengthened partnership with the European Union (EU). She also wants more engagement of private sector investors by EU Member States  to facilitate increased trade and investment with Jamaica and the wider ACP group of countries.Participation in Brussels RoundtableThe Minister was delivering remarks at the ACP-EU High-level Roundtable,  under the theme,  “Putting Partnership into Practice: Making the best of the toolbox (EPA and EU development support)  to help ACP attract investment, connect to value chains and industrialise”. The Roundtable was held in Brussels on Friday, October 20, 2017 and included ACP Trade Ministers, representatives of the European Commission, and EU private sector representatives.Distinguished panelSenator the Honorable Kamina Johnson Smith joined a distinguished panel of speakers, including: Cecilia Malmstrom, EU Commissioner for Trade; Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development; the Trade and Consumption Minister of Madagascar, and a senior representative of the European Investment Bank (EIB), who also made presentation on how the EPA can support increased investment in ACP countries.Foreign investment criticalMinister Johnson Smith emphasised that foreign direct investment (FDI) was critical to Jamaica’s growth and could facilitate the country’s full participation in regional and global value chains. She also emphasized the importance of Jamaica’s services exports to the EU, including cultural and entertainment services and urged the EU to facilitate services exports, through a special visa arrangement for CARIFORUM services suppliers.The minister indicated that the CARIFORUM-EU EPA provides a good framework for greater EU investment in Jamaica and the expansion of Jamaica’s services exports to the Union. In that regard, she also called for the establishment of a bi-regional Chamber of Commerce to help drive trade and investments on both sides.The presentation was well received by participants who acknowledged Jamaica’s representation of regional concerns and its clear commitment to the promotion of enhanced trade and investment opportunities with the EU.For more news on Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, click the link: https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/caribbean-breaking-news-featured/jamaican-government-urges-us-retain-daca/last_img read more

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New performance director for Cricket West Indies

first_imgEnglishman Richard Pybus has made a shock return to West Indies cricket as high-performance director, just over a year after leaving the post of director of cricket.In the new role, the 53-year-old will be tasked with working with chief selector Courtney Browne, director of cricket, Jimmy Adams and regional coaches to “improve the high-performance programs and standards within franchise cricket.”Talent identification program“His role will also include, but not limited to standardizing coaching and preparation for regional teams and overseeing a talent identification program from the Under-19 level all the way to the Windies international level,” Cricket West Indies said in a statement.Happy to be rejoiningPybus, who has signed a two-year contract, said he was excited about the task of helping to develop the region’s cricketing resources. “I am delighted to be re-joining Cricket West Indies in this newly created role,” Pybus said.“I am looking forward to working with Jimmy Adams and the rest of the cricket department to improve standards within a system that I know well.“My focus will be on developing our high-performance programs and helping to identify and coach the most talented cricketers in the Caribbean.”Pybus was appointed director of cricket in November 2013 and spent three years in the role before being replaced by former Test captain Adams in January last year.Overlooked Since then, Pybus was overlooked for vacant head coach positions with the India, Bangladesh and South Africa national teams. He was in Dhaka last December for an interview with the Bangladesh Cricket Board after being short-listed but was unsuccessful in the end.Pybus has in the past coached Pakistan and also had a short stint with Bangladesh. He has, however, coached extensively in South Africa at club level.He was instrumental in overseeing the implementation of the Professional Cricket League in the the Caribbean four years ago.last_img read more

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Victoria Mutual Building Society: Own your home in Jamaica

first_imgThe Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) – Florida Representative Office, in partnership with renowned Jamaican Developer, Richmond St. Ann, invites South Florida residents to meet the Richmond Estates Sales Team and VMBS Mortgage Specialists in the City of Miramar later this month.The real estate experts will assist and guide persons on their journey towards owning their dream home in Jamaica. A series of one-on-one meetings will be held on Thursday, February 22, and Friday, February 23, 2018, at the VMBS Florida Representative Office, located at: 2600 S University Drive, Miramar, FL 33025 between 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.Luxury properties in Richmond, St. AnnThe Richmond Estates Sales Team will interact with the Jamaican and Friends of Jamaicans Community in an effort to provide well needed information on Richmond, St. Ann’s luxury properties and gated communities, namely “The Crest”, and “Fern Court”. These properties include townhomes, grand-farm houses on 5-acre lots, and apartments, which are being developed in phases, all with amenities including brick paved driveway; quartz counter tops in kitchen and bathroom; and solar water heaters, just to name a few. Step-by-step guidanceDuring the two (2) days, the VMBS Mortgage Specialists will meet and provide step-by-step guidance on the mortgage loan process, as well as provide pre-qualification opportunities to purchase any of the units available in Jamaica. One other important feature of the VM Mortgage Loan process is the Society’s Mortgage Portal which will allow mortgagors the ability to track their mortgage loan approval process on-line, from commencement to the disbursement of the mortgage loan.Opportunity to purchase first or second Ja. homeAccording to VMBS Florida representative Suzette Rochester Lloyd, “the Society, through its Florida Representative Office provides our Members the opportunity to purchase their first or second homes in Jamaica, with a VM Mortgage loan which boasts an interest rate as low as 4.25 percent p.a. on United States (US) Dollar mortgages. Therefore, we do encourage persons who are thinking of acquiring their homes in Jamaica to contact our Office at 305-770-2643 for further information, as well as to reserve their space for a one-on-one meeting, along with light refreshments with the Richmond Estates Sales Team and Victoria Mutual Representatives”.last_img read more

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Alia Atkinson honored with the Order of Distinction by Jamaica

first_imgJamaica’s swim sensation, Alia Atkinson was named yesterday, Jamaica’s 56th anniversary of independence among 130 recipients on national honors and awards. Atkinson has been honored with the Order of Distinction (OD) in n the Rank of Commander for outstanding representation of Jamaica in the field of swimming and being the first black woman to win a World Championships Title.Atkinson, recently snatched five medals at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia.last_img

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Bermuda’s first black Police Commissioner Frederick “Penny” Bean dies at 82

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC  – Police Commissioner Steven Corbishley has led tributes to one of his predecessors, Frederick “Penny” Bean, who has died at the age of 82.Appointed in 1981, Bean was the first black Bermudian to hold the post and remained in charge for nine years.Bean joined the force in June 1956, aged 19, and  endured discrimination even as he climbed the ranks.“When I received the call last evening alerting me on the passing of our late commissioner, I immediately began to reflect on all of the powerful sentiments that were expressed to me in the short time I have been on the island about the character of Mr. Bean by serving and former officers,” said Corbishley.“What was evidenced by all of the positive comments I have had the honor of hearing was the profound impact he had on the development of officers and his love and unwavering support of the Bermuda Police Service.On February 21, 1981, Mr. Bean made history when he became the first Bermudian born officer to rise from the rank of constable to commissioner.”Bean rapidly moved through the ranks and was promoted to chief inspector in 1971, and two  years later he was promoted to the rank of superintendent and transferred to the Special Branch.“During his time, he oversaw many advances such as police communications and computerisation,” said Corbishley.Corbishley added that Bean was also a believer in the parish constable concept of policing.Added Minister of National Security Wayne Caines: “As the first Bermudian to hold the post of Commissioner of Police, Mr Bean leaves a legacy that will for ever be etched in history and our memories. Bermuda will be ever grateful for his life and contributions, and we will all mourn his passing.”During an illustrious 35-year policing career, Bean received several letters of good work and police commendations, culminating in him receiving the OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1991.last_img read more

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness Sends “Fake News” Warning

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – With Jamaica’s general election date inching closer, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is sending a warning to people that spread “fake news” on social media, saying that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will take legal action against individuals.At an Area Two Council Meeting in Portmore, St Catherine on Sunday, February 9, Holness spoke out against people who spread propaganda on social media and slander party officials.“We have started to invest in the capacity in our party to detect and expose all the fake news that is being created and shared on social media,” he said.“We know where they are coming from, and we know who are the people doing it, and as they put them up, we respond. Where they cross the lines to be slanderous or libellous we will take legal action,” the JLP leader warned.He also cautioned members of his party to refrain from indulging in such practices.“There is a sense that this fake news can influence how you think and how you vote; and you have to ask yourself, is it right for people to tell lies and parade lies as truth to trick you to vote a particular way.“We don’t need to spread fake news; we don’t need to trick voters to vote for us. We don’t need to be the purveyors of bad news and fake news. In just four years we have so much good news. When they go low, we will go high,” he said, alluding to the main opposition, People’s National Party (PNP).In the meantime, the JLP is gearing up to contest the by-election on March 2, for the constituency of South East Clarendon. The seat was vacated by JLP deputy leader and Member of Parliament for Clarendon South Eastern Rudyard Spencer last week after he announced his sudden retirement.At the council meeting, Holness thanked Spencer for his years of service in the JLP.“Let me thank my good friend for the many years of service to the trade union movement and the Jamaica Labour Party and the people of Clarendon. As part of the democratic process, whenever a seat becomes vacant… the Government of the day has the duty to ensure that vacant seat is filled,” Holness said.Following Spencer’s retirement announcement, the PNP said that they would not contest a by-election to fill the seat is based on the fact that it would be taking place close to the next general election, constitutionally due next year.Nomination day for the by-election is Wednesday, February 12.last_img read more

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Birmingham City Sacks Harry Redknapp

first_img“We thank him for all his efforts and wish him good luck for the future. There will be no further comment at this time.”The former Portsmouth and Tottenham manager becomes the first managerial casualty of the Championship this season with barely five months in charge of Birmingham City.RelatedSamuel UmtitiJune 30, 2017Similar postAguero, Klopp Set Premier League Awards RecordFebruary 7, 2020In “England”Manchester United Name Harry Maguire Permanent CaptainJanuary 17, 2020In “England” Birmingham City have sacked manager Harry Redknapp after losing six straight games in all competitions.70-year-old Redknapp, who signed 14 players during the summer transfer window, joined the club three games to the end last season, saving the Blues from relegation with victories in the last two matches.“Unfortunately due to the poor start to the campaign which sees the club second from bottom of the Championship, we are left with no choice but to terminate the contract of the manager with immediate effect.” An official statement from the club read.last_img read more

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Kindred Group: Why Responsible Gambling is a key part of sustainable business

first_img Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 GAMING1 uses AI to combat problem gambling August 4, 2020 Share Alexander Westrell – Kindred GroupOne of the key aims of the week was to ensure that consumers are aware of the tools that are available to keep gambling safe, initiatives like the ‘Gambling Therapy app‘, that Scandinavian operator Kindred recently revealed that it was going to fund.Alexander Westrell, Head of Communications for Kindred, told SBC: “Responsible gambling is a key part of our sustainable business approach and has been from the very beginning 20 years ago. Over the years, we have developed tools such as PS-EDS (Player Safety Early Detection System) to ensure we can help our customers as early as possible.”Westrell added: “This is a  risk based data driven preventive tool as once a customer shows any signs of problem gambling, the customer is contacted by our Responsible Gambling department and is helped to stay in control of his/her behaviour to regulate his/her gambling. It is important that this self-regulation is done based upon the customers informed choice and buy-in to the solution.”“We also offer other tools, initiated by our dedicated staff, that help our customers change their gambling behaviour at an early stage and thereby avoid potential problem and minimise self-harm, such as product blocking and additional self-exclusion periods.“As technology improves so does our ability to detect problematic gambling behaviours and help customers maintain a sound and health gambling experience. Developing our current tools and adding new ones is a constant process within Kindred. Supporting other organisations in their work is equally important and the Gambling Therapy App is one such initiative. Giving gambling customers clear, concise and easily accessible information about gambling behaviour is crucial in preventing problem gambling from occurring.”Kindred also recently co-hosted the Responsible Gaming Conference in Malta, an event that welcomed over 270 delegates to discuss how the industry can improve methods of safeguarding players at risk of becoming problem gamblers.Westrell commented: “One of the key takeaways from the Responsible Gambling Conference in Malta was that collaboration is one of the most important factors to prevent problem gambling. Digital operators have access to great amounts of data which we can use to learn more about gambling behaviours. He went onto highlight positive impact that access to data can have, with regards to research about responsible gambling measures. Westrell underlined a speech given by Professor Mark Griffiths during the conference in Malta, where Griffiths stated that having access to operator data has added ‘significant value’ to his recent research compared to his previous research, adding that this is one of they key reasons why Kindred supports Professor Griffiths by granting him access to anonymized customer data.However, Westrell went onto state: “It is not only collaboration between operators and researchers that is important, having discussions between academia, regulators, operators, industry associations and treatment centres is critical, which the RG Conference also proved and Kindred will continue to push for more collaboration. By the same token, and acknowledging that we as regulated operators have a responsibility towards society, also all other stakeholders have an active role to play, including regulators and customers themselves.”Looking ahead to the future, Westrell continued by emphasising how for Kindred responsible gambling “is critical to business sustainability and our own success. He said: “We have held trust and responsible gambling at the very heart of our business from the beginning 20 years ago and continue to see each individual customer instead of a collective group. By ensuring that each customer has a safe, healthy and great gambling experience, we can retain them as customers over a long period of time. This is how we view a sustainable business.” Share StumbleUpon Submit Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020last_img read more

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Susan Ball departs Kambi Group governance

first_img StumbleUpon Submit GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Issuing a corporate update, Stockholm-listed betting technology supplier Kambi Group Plc has disclosed that Susan Ball has resigned as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors with immediate effect.The technology firm reports that has Ball departed Kambi Group governance to ‘pursue other business opportunities’.The former Unibet Plc Chief Financial Officer and ex-senior partner at Ernst & Young had been part of Kambi Group’s governance team which floated the company on the Stockholm Nasdaq in 2014.A seasoned finance executive for technology and digital enterprises, Ball advised Kambi leadership on a number of growth initiatives and corporate directives following the firm’s IPO.Commenting on the departure of Ball, Lars Stugemo, Chairman of Kambi, said:“Sue has played an invaluable role on our Board over the last four years. Her judgment, financial acumen, sector experience and deep interest in the culture of our business have benefited our people and our shareholders.“Whilst we are sorry she can no longer serve on our Board, we wish Sue all the best for her future endeavours.”last_img read more

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Optimove launches free-to-use benchmark platform

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Share Optimove expands real-time dynamics to help betting meet new marketing demands August 27, 2019 Optimove upgrades customer journey ‘self-optimisation’ capacities August 6, 2020 Related Articles Pini Yakuel: Optimove – Betting Industry’s altered marketing agenda requires a real-time rethink September 9, 2019 Optimove has announced the launch of iGaming Pulse, an industry benchmark platform for the gaming sector which enables operators to assess their overall performance against industry-wide key performance indicators.The free-to-use platform helps operators to gain a clearer understanding of how their KPIs compare against the rest of the industry, broken down by geography and game type. This type of data, which is made publicly available for the first time, provides operators with the ability to conduct comparative analysis and derive insight into how their performance compares with industry averages.It comprises of data collected from over 200 online casinos and sports betting companies, including industry giants and boutique operators, providing an accurate, statistically significant sample of the industry. Pini Yakuel, Founder and CEO of Optimove, said: “At Optimove, we have the privilege of working with a very large range of companies in the gaming space. “We saw that there was a lack of information available to operators that were trying to assess their performance. iGaming Pulse arose from the desire of companies to gain comparative insight for their business.“By adding this cross-industry benchmark capability as a fully integrated part of Optimove, our users are now able to take direct action based on the comparative insight, and make better strategic decisions, in context of the entire industry.”last_img read more

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