Wyclef celebrates Haitian Flag Day in Little Haiti

first_imgWyclef Jean shares a light moment with Mecca aka Grimo BY Megan SmallThe month of May is Haitian Heritage Month.For 31 days residents of South Florida who are of Haitian descent celebrate their culture. On Friday May 19th, the day after Haitian Flag Day, hundreds gathered at the The Little Haiti Cultural Complex to celebrate the one year anniversary of Sounds of Little Haiti. The organizers did it in a huge way by getting the hip-hop music artist Wyclef Jean to perform, “It’s definitely historical, it feels good to be back home in Little Haiti” said Wyclef Jean in an interview with Host/ Performer Mecca Grimo Marcelin. Sounds of Little Haiti is the monthly event where locals and tourists celebrate authentic Haitian culture. Every third Friday, an outdoor concert along with vendors gather at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex to provide an immersive experience. Sounds of Little Haiti is the revival of Big Night in Little Haiti which ended in April 2016. The One Year Anniversary concert also had the Carnival band Rara Lakay, We Them Zoe’s and The Nancy St. Léger Danse Ensemble performing that night. “We’re going to start in 1996 and end in 2017. Kompa, Zouk, hip hop… I’m going to play the guitar, we’re going to turn up! But I have to keep in mind there’s a curfew,” Wyclef laughs talking about his performance before the concert He has a new EP entitled “J’ourvet” currently available for streaming and is working on a Carnival 3 album, to be released soon.Haitian heritage Month celebrations underway Having reached international success for his music since the mid-1990s, Wyclef recently took time away from the music space to work a public servant. He made a plea to those present to continue to fight towards policy and legislation that are affecting Haitian Americans, including TPS. center_img Wyclef spoke with CNWeekly and told us that Haitian Flag Day and Haitian Heritage month has cross-cultural importance. Wyclef Jean explains “This is African History, This is black history. As the first black republic, Haiti took a chance and other Caribbean islands knew that they could do it too.”last_img read more

CDC reports increase in the flu nationally

first_imgMortality Surveillance:The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was 6.7% for the week ending December 16, 2017 (week 50). This percentage is below the epidemic threshold of 6.9% for week 50 in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Mortality Surveillance System. The Center for Disease in Atlanta has reported that Influenza activity increased sharply in the last week of December. The number of jurisdictions experiencing high activity went from 21 states to 26 states and New York City, and the number of states reporting widespread activity went from 36 to 46. Influenza-like illness went from 4.9% to 5.8%. ‎These indicators are similar to what was seen at the peak of the 2014-2015 season, which was the most severe season in recent years. Typically, severity indicators (e.g., hospitalization rates) lag behind activity indicators (ILI and geographic spread). CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination as flu viruses are likely to continue circulating for weeks. In addition, in the context of widespread influenza activity, CDC is reminding clinicians and the public about the importance of antiviral medications for treatment of influenza in people who are severely ill and people who are at high risk of serious flu complications.Below is a summary of the key flu indicators for the week ending December 30, 2017 (week 52):Influenza-like Illness Surveillance: For the week ending December 30, the proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 5.8%, which is above the national baseline of 2.2%. All 10 regions reported a proportion of outpatient visits for ILI at or above their region-specific baseline levels. ILI has been at or above the national baseline for six weeks so far this season. During recent seasons, ILI has remained at or above baseline for 13 weeks on average.Influenza-like Illness State Activity Indicator Map: New York City and 26 states experienced high ILI activity (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia). Puerto Rico and nine states (Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wyoming) experienced moderate ILI activity. The District of Columbia and six states (Florida, Minnesota, New York, South Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin) experienced low ILI activity. Nine states experienced minimal ILI activity (Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Vermont).Geographic Spread of Influenza Viruses: Widespread influenza activity was reported by 46 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming). Regional influenza activity was reported by 4 states (Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, and New Jersey). Local influenza activity was reported by the District of Columbia. Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands did not report. Geographic spread data show how many areas within a state or territory are seeing flu activity.Flu-Associated Hospitalizations: Since October 1, 2017, 3,927 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations have been reported through the Influenza Hospitalization Network (FluSurv-NET), a population-based surveillance network for laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations. This translates to a cumulative overall rate of 13.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 people in the United States.The highest hospitalization rates are among people 65 years and older (56.6 per 100,000), followed by adults aged 50-64 years (15.4 per 100,000), and children younger than 5 years (9.9 per 100,000). During most seasons, children younger than 5 years and adults 65 years and older have the highest hospitalization rates.last_img read more

CARICOM’s Marijuana Commission to present report

first_imgThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Regional Marijuana Commission established to investigate the issue of marijuana use in the region has submitted a status report, the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat has announced.It said the 10-member Commission, which is chaired by Professor Rosemarie Belle-Antoine of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies, is expected to present its findings and recommendations to the CARICOM summit to be held in Jamaica in July.Regional consultationsThe Commission had undertaken consultations in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, The Bahamas, Guyana, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname over the past two years. The consultations in Dominica were cancelled because of the passage of Hurricane Maria in September last year.According to the status report marijuana has emerged as an issue of social significance across the region.Several complex dimensions“It embraces several complex dimensions, including the scientific, economic, social, religious and legal…. and there [are] many commonalities in the discourse….” These include “… vital information and strong opinions about marijuana and its use, including strong lobbying for use for medical reasons from a group of persons living with disabilities and in wheelchairs…”the report states.Call for more public educationSome states in the Community have already initiated action on the issue; and in those states where decisions have already been taken to engage in law reform, the call for more public education and a more coherent regional approach was made.Field of expertsThe Commission comprised of experts in the scientific, medical, legal and social science fields, and a representative each from the religious community and youth. It was required by regional leaders to “conduct a rigorous enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding marijuana use in the Caribbean and determine whether there should be a change in the current drug classification of marijuana. This would therefore make the drug more accessible for all types of usage (religious, recreational, medical and research).” The CARICOM Secretariat said information gathering is ongoing and towards this end, data are being collected from adolescents and youth and the Commission is inviting the public, researchers and other interested persons to submit written material on marijuana for use in its work.last_img read more

T&T mechanic charged with kidnapping and buggering young boys

first_imgA 21-year-old mechanic will re-appear in court on Wednesday charged with kidnapping and buggering two boys last month.Magistrate Adia Mohammed denied bail to Joseph Kyle Nicholas, 21, who is also accused of driving without a driver’s permit or insurance, and possession of a firearm on April 28.He is also facing charges of common assault, robbery with aggravation, kidnapping, false imprisonment, sexual touching and the buggery of a 12-year-old boy.Nicholas is also accused of grievous sexual assault, kidnapping, robbery with aggravation, and buggery involving a boy in the community of Arima, on April 8.The court was told that he has a pending charge of robbery with aggravation dating to 2012, and details of this charge with be presented on Wednesday when Nicholas reappears  in the Port of Spain Seventh Court.last_img read more

Nemanja Matic Move To Old Trafford “Strange” – Manchester United Legend

first_imgRelatedMourinho Rules Out Fellaini Exit, Confirms Matic DealJuly 30, 2017In “England”Photo – Nemanja Matic Wears Manchester United Kit After Undergoing MedicalJuly 30, 2017In “England”Manchester United Sign Serbian Midfielder Matic In £40m DealJuly 31, 2017In “England” Manchester United legend and Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville, has labelled Nemanja Matic’s £40m move to United as “strange”.29-year-old Matic, who was an integral part of Chelsea’s Premier League winning squad last season, moved to Manchester United in July after three years with the Blues.Speaking to Sky Sports, Gary Neville said: “When a player leaves a club, you do not normally see a manager speak so glowingly about them,”“Usually they would say it is time for them to leave, it was the right move for both parties.”“I have to say that it is a strange move, it really is, to sell to one of your main rivals. Sometimes transfers can get forced through, but it did not seem to me that Matic was forcing it through. Maybe he was behind the scenes, but it did not seem he was publicly.”Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has recently expressed his shock at Matic’s departure, declaring that it was Chelsea board decision to sell the Serbian.“There is very rarely such big transfers between champions to clubs that are challenging them and it is a strange move.” Neville added.last_img read more

CAF Set To Collaborate With CDES For Ex-African Players

first_imgThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) are in advanced talks on a partnership arrangement with the Center for Law and Economics of Sport (CDES) in France.The partnership is in a bid for former African players to receive training in football administration and governance.The proposed collaboration between CAF and the renowned CDES of the University of Limoges was made known via a statement which read as follows: “The Confederation of African Football (CAF) wants to collaborate with the Center for Law and Economics of Sport (CDES) in France, so that former players in Africa can benefit from training in football administration and governance.The African Football Confederation (CAF), which its new president, Ahmad Ahmad, wants to modernize, has moved closer to the well-known Center for Law and Economics of Sport (CDES) of the University of Limoges.The objective: to form a partnership so that former African players receive training in football administration and governance (management, stadium management, match organization …).Seeking to involve more former champions in the development of this sport on the continent, the Confederation would like these courses to be taught in English and French.” the statement concluded.RelatedSouthampton FC vs Manchester UnitedJune 30, 2017Similar postFIFA Ends Six-Month CAF TakeoverFebruary 3, 2020In “Africa”Audit Report Finds Possible Embezzlement Of $4.6m CAF FundsFebruary 8, 2020In “Africa”last_img read more

Alan Jackson – Successful M&A and integrations will keep Playtech ahead of the pack

first_img Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Ahead of today’s Annual General Meeting of Playtech Plc shareholders, company Chairman Alan Jackson has stated that he is confident that the FTSE firm will maintain its strong momentum and meet its full-year expectations.As Chairman, Jackson notes that the company has added a significant number of acquisitions which must now be integrated within Playtech’s core business divisions in order to add further corporate value.Jackson backs Playtech governance to maintain and grow the firms position as outright industry leader in technology, platform and omni-channel systems and provisions.Today, Alan Jackson issued the following statement: “I am delighted to say that Playtech is delivering a strong performance in 2017 driven by organic growth and recent strategic acquisitions.“Growth in daily average revenues in the Gaming division in the year to date remains strong with organic growth supplemented by acquisitions made in 2016 and 2017 including BGT, Quickspin, ECM and Eyecon. As previously indicated, the initial phase of our contract with the Sun Bingo has been more challenging than anticipated and we have recently taken further steps to address the issues, including significantly strengthening the management team, resulting in an improving performance.“The Financials division has performed in line with our expectations, with continued growth in the B2B business and improved B2C customer KPIs. CFH continues to perform well following the acquisition in November.“Our M&A pipeline remains strong and we continue to have active discussions with a range of businesses in the Gaming division as well as discussions for selective bolt-on acquisitions in the Financials division.“The Board has confidence in the continued success of Playtech and of the business meeting its expectations for 2017.” Related Articleslast_img read more

Assessing the World Cup’s importance to football trading

first_imgShare The Russian World Cup has been nothing short of enthralling, and with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi exiting the tournament early, it’s provided a stage for emerging talents to establish themselves as stars of world football.Football INDEX Chief Marketing Officer Mike Bohan spoke to SBC about how the World Cup and Football INDEX can provide an innovative platform for fans with an eye for an emerging talent, as well as what advice he’d give to football traders looking to maximise the tournament.SBC: Can you tell us a little bit about how big an opportunity the World Cup is for football traders?Mike Bohan: The first thing to say is that Football INDEX is the only place you can bet on football 24/7- 365 days a year; so whilst the sunshine and World Cup has of course been a glorious time for us there is never really a bad time to get involved in Football INDEX.Our platform has shares available in every single player who has participated at the World Cup. There have been some surprises both in the risers and fallers, both of which present opportunities to our traders. We’ve seen a huge volume of trades, high influx of new customers and great social media engagement during the tournament. With England’s involvement in the latter stages of the competition it’s a trend expected to continue. SBC: How much can a big World Cup performance or crucial tournament goal help increase a player’s value?MB: Ronaldo’s crucial last minute free kick equaliser against Spain is a good example. Though he’s a relatively expensive player on the Football INDEX platform he shot up 5% in a matter of minutes after the goal. Players with a lower share price obviously see more dramatic rises in value. However, it’s not just about players buy/sell value, we pay out dividends to shareholders of players who top our Media and Matchday rankings every single day of the year. These range from 12p per share held down to 2p depending on the volume and importance of the games each day. When you consider the potential capital growth, plus dividends, and factor in that players shares are available for as little as 25p, the World Cup has seen traders pocket a very tidy return all round.  SBC: Can you tell us more about how the World Cup can give lesser known players an unrivalled opportunity to emerge and become household names in world football, and what does this mean for football traders? MB: For recreational fans in the UK who may not watch the Spanish, German or other leagues week-in-week-out, the World Cup is such a big stage. Of course everyone knows the big names, but there has been lots of value to pick up lower down the market particularly in the African players. SBC: Can you give us some examples of players who’ve seen their stock rise substantially after key World Cup moments?MB: Kylian Mbappé’s brace of goals against Argentina saw his share price rise 70p to £6.23 and 11% increase in a matter of minutes, plus those who bought him were also paid out dividends that day. Put in perspective if you owned 500 shares in Mbappé’ before kick off you could’ve cashed out £350 profit on the day, or hung on for an even bigger cash out price. At the time of writing he’s trading at £6.78 a 23% increase in just a matter of days.SBC: What advice would you give traders looking to maximise the opportunity that the World Cup brings?MB: My advice would be to look beyond the World Cup and into next season. Traders who take a medium to long term view tend to trade more profitably than those who are in it for a day trading experience, but of course there are opportunities in both. A blend of short term speculation and longer-term positions to hold make the ideal portfolio. Ultimately, it’s up to each individual trader and that’s the beauty of Football INDEX – there really is nothing else like it in the market which provides such an extended entertainment value, intellectual satisfaction, and of course those all-important cash profits. StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit Neil Banbury: 32Red – Gambling operators can do more than just support a club’s performance on the football pitch April 17, 2019 Golden Race launches La Libertadores virtual football cup April 30, 2019 Interwetten targets €100 million GGR mark for 2019 August 5, 2019last_img read more

RMG secures £110m in media & data rights payments in 2018

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon BHA and HRI to carry out non-standard race times trial December 19, 2019 Jim Mullen returns to business by taking on Reach publishing July 30, 2019 Share Roger Lewis – RMGRacecourse Media Group (RMG), the media rights manager and distributor for 37 UK/IRE racetracks has generated 2108 media-data rights payments of £109.7 million.The figure represents an 18% increase on 2017 results, with RMG governance confident of future prospects having absorbed the content of all 26 Irish racecourses plus Chelmsford City in 2019, and rebranding Racing UK to Racing TV.Roger Lewis,  Chairman of RMG, said: “Racecourse Media Group has enjoyed another productive year, not only by generating record financial results for our shareholder racecourses, but also by forging many exciting new partnerships and relationships.“We have completed the first full year of our new LBO contract with SIS, which replaced Turf TV. The new arrangement has led to a closer collaboration between our racecourses and the gaming sector.”In its update, RMG details that £110 million payments, were derived from, seven verticals;In the update, Roger Lewis confirms that in 2019, RMG will look to broaden its international network, distributing media rights for UK and IRE races at a global scale.“This new content set is included in Racing TV’s streaming service for online bookmakers in the UK and Ireland, and also forms part of our international TV sales, which distributes to direct-to-home broadcasters worldwide” – Lewis adds“We also launched Racing TV International, our global betting TV channel, replacing GBI Racing, which serves betting operators in more than 40 countries across the globe”.In 2019, the RMG has moved to bolster its governance capacity, in light of preparing for a number of regulatory challenges with regards to FOBT legislations and its impact on UK LBO estates.Seeking better coordination and knowledge of the UK betting sector, this April, RMG confirmed Jim Mullen, the former CEO of Ladbrokes Coral, and Britt Boeskov of Kindred Plc, as independent non-executive directors to its Board. “There is also political and regulatory uncertainty, not only in our country but across our global territories. However, we feel together, we are well placed to meet these challenges and create the best outcome for our racecourses.”“RMG is actively considering a wide range of new opportunities to significantly benefit all of our shareholder racecourses over the coming years. This work is firmly in hand.” Submit Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Codere appoints ‘transformation pro’ Luis Sanchez Serrano to lead digitisation strategy

first_img Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 Share Bolsa Madrid gambling group Codere SA has confirmed the appointment of Luis Sanchez Serrano as new Corporate Director for Technology and Digitisation.A fresh face to the gambling sector, Sanchez Serrano is a 23-year veteran of the Spanish financial services industry, having led technology and innovation divisions for Liberbank, Bankinter and Banco Espirito Santo Portugal.Moving forward the executive will be a key stakeholder in Codere’s planned ‘corporate transformation programme’, which sees the legacy Spanish gambling group move to overhaul its technical and operating capacities for Spain and LATAM markets.Sanchez Serrano will report directly to Codere Group CEO Vicente Di Loreto who underlined the importance of the appointment, with Codere’s executive team securing an expert in leading large-scale multi-national digitisation and innovation programmes.“Luis strengthens our team and consolidates the strategy of change and transformation undertaken in our group to continue fulfilling our commitment with the client and with the creation of value,” said Di Loreto.The Spanish tech executive joins Codere leadership at a ‘critical time’ for the embattled Bolsa Madrid gambling group, which seeks to raise €200 million in working capital to fund its corporate recovery initiatives.This June, Codere governance appointed investment bank Credit Suisse to lead its corporate refinancing options and further reviewing South American options with the aim of funding expansion projects within Mexico. StumbleUpon Submit Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020 Related Articles Share Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020last_img read more