Month: August 2020

Barbuda marks boundaries of coastal sanctuaries

first_imgIn an effort to manage and protect its marine resources, fisheries officials in Barbuda have completed the demarcation of the island’s coastal sanctuaries.Over the last three months, a team consisting of Barbuda Fisheries, the Codrington Lagoon National Park, Maurice Underwater Services and the Waitt Institute installed 27 buoys and 15 signs on water and land to mark the boundaries of Barbuda’s marine protected zones. These zones stem from a law passed in 2014, when the Barbuda Council established coastal sanctuaries, no net zones, and anchoring zones around the island.The Barbuda Council established the protected zones to sustainably manage important marine habitats. The reserves allow fish and lobster populations to replenish and spillover into nearby areas that remain open for fishing.“By designating protected areas, Barbudans have taken a bold step in managing their natural resources. They have protected critical habitats such as the Codrington Lagoon that is home to an immense fish and lobster nursery as well as significant area of coral reefs including Palastar Reef. We look forward to seeing the ecological and fisheries benefits in years to come,” says Andy Estep, Waitt Institute Science and Field Manager.In order for sanctuaries to protect the marine environment, complying with the Barbuda’s coastal zones is key.The team surrounding Barbuda Fisheries installed buoys and pilings to ensure that no fishing areas, no net zones and anchoring sites are clearly marked.Sanctuary areas where no fishing can take place are marked with a yellow buoy with blue bands. Areas where no mooring or anchoring are allowed have yellow buoys with a green band, and areas where nets are prohibited have yellow buoys with a red band. Additionally, shipping lanes are marked with red/green buoys.last_img read more

T&T refutes being designated a tax haven

first_imgThe government of Trinidad and Tobago says its inclusion by the European Union in the list of countries who are tax havens is wrong. The Trinidad and Tobago government says it is moving to have the oil-rich twin island republic removed from a global tax haven list issued by the European Union last week, after indicating the information contained in the document was wrong.Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St. Lucia and Barbados are the four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries named by the EU among 13 other countries worldwide.Trying to get off the listPrime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley told the TT Parliament that Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi is undertaking efforts to get the country off the list. He blamed the last People’s Partnership administration for the current situation. “This is the outcome of inactivity by the (then) government in Trinidad and Tobago, but let me just say also that these (EU) are all members of Global Forum. We in Trinidad and Tobago currently do not report to Global Forum.“For clarity, Trinidad and Tobago chose in 2011 to subject itself to Global Forum oversight. In 2014 we reinforced that position but did nothing to  execute that commitment,” Rowley told legislators.Ten months of investigationEU finance ministers who met in Brussels on Tuesday said the new list was drawn up after 10 months of investigations by EU officials. The finance ministers also named American Samoa, Bahrain, Guam, South Korea, Macau, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Namibia, Palau, Panama, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates as tax havens.The ministers said the countries on the blacklist were not doing enough to crack down on offshore avoidance schemes. Potential sanctions that could be enforced on members of the list are expected to be agreed in the coming weeks.The EU said that the new list was compiled through a three-step process including the pre-selection of 216 countries worldwide using more than 1600 indicators and all jurisdictions chosen for screening were formally contacted, to explain the process and invited to engage with the EU.last_img read more

Jamaican Jockey Vassell Najair dies after Caymanas Park mishap

first_imgJamaican jockey Vassell Najair, passed away on Monday, following  mishap at the Caymanas Park racetrack late last month.The horse Perfect Asset struck Najair on Wednesday, September 26, prior to the start of the seventh race. Three five-year-old mares bolted from the starting gate and ran onto a narrow walkway leading from the grandstand area to the winners’ enclosure.Najai tried to block the runaway horse but suffered head injuries. He was rushed to the Spanish Town Hospital but failed to recover and passed away on Oct. 8th.News of his death has shaken the Caymanas Park racing community.Najair began his racing career on July 29, 1967, winning a double on his first day. He partnered Gold Spoon to victory in the third race and then returned to land the ninth with Chantrelle.During his career that saw him land 278 winners, Najair recorded his last win on August 7, 2017, aboard Peter McMaster’s Ras Emanuel.last_img read more

Former Barbados Central Bank governor makes case for adopting US currency

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – A former central bank governor is calling for Caribbean countries to give up their individual currencies and adopt the United States dollar.Would eliminate domestic currency depreciation Dr. DeLeslie Worrell, the former governor of the Central bank of Barbados, told a conference organized by the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) earlier this week that switching to the US currency would essentially eliminate the threat of domestic currency depreciation and with it, the resulting possible disruptions to economic stability.He said there was no time like the present to switch to US currency, noting that the process is not as difficult as some people may imagine.Two-prong processWorrell suggested a two-prong process, which involves physically purchasing US notes and coins as well as digital frameworks.“The local currencies can be entirely redeemed by the Central Bank by purchasing and importing US currency notes and coins using their existing foreign reserve balances. Central banks and monetary authorities in the Caribbean all have foreign reserves sufficient to purchase US notes and coins to replace the full issue of local currency at the prevailing exchange rate,” he said, adding that most Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries  have the requisite foreign reserves to facilitate the recommended dollarization process.“All deposits and other liabilities of the banking system are held in digital record and that an equal amount of credit and other assets would also be held in digital record. All that would be required for these balances, is to convert both sides of the balance sheet from local currency to US currency at the prevailing exchange rate.”There has been widespread speculation here that the Barbados dollar could be devalued and in his presentation, Worrell addressed the situation.“Domestic currency depreciation brings challenges that inhibit the country’s economic development prospects. It undermines investor confidence. It undermines investor confidence because prospective investors know that devaluation would be inflationary and would trigger increases in import cost as well as unease and unrest in the labor force.“The threat of devaluation also leads to capital flight as businesses and wealthy individuals switch to the US dollar value system,” said Worrell, arguing that the recurring threat of domestic currency depreciation also widens the disparity in income distribution.last_img read more

Screen Fatigue? Here Are Some Top Board Games To Pass The…

first_imgPictionary Ludo Snakes and Ladders Monopoly Scrabble Ludo (known as “Ludi” in Jamaica) is one of the most popular board games played by Caribbean nationals and Caribbean-Americans. The basic goal of the game is to guide your tokens from “home” (by rolling a dice) clockwise around the board along the game track to the finish center square. The first person to get all their tokens to the square wins the game. This classic game sees two to six players make their way around a board as they buy, sell and trade properties to win. With only one winner of Monopoly, players collect rent from their opponents, with the goal being to drive them into bankruptcy. Money can also be gained or lost through community chest cards and tax squares. Players can also end up in jail, which they cannot move from until they have met one of several conditions. Movies, TV shows and video games are a great and entertaining way to pass the time, but it is ideal to take a break from sitting in front of a TV or computer. Board games are a great way to keep you and your family entertained while in quarantine. Many board games are also educational and are a great way to keep your mind sharp and test your skills. Chess Chess is one of the oldest known board games still played to this day. The objective of the game is to move around the chess pieces on the board with the hope of capturing the other player’s pieces and scoring checkmate. Chess is considered a game for thinkers and strategists.center_img Players attempt to gain points by making high scoring/unusual words from the letters on the tiles. The tiles show the points they are worth. Each player picks seven unseen tiles from a bag and hides their letters from opponents. When it’s your turn, you have to try and form a word. Inspired by the family-friendly 90s movie, the aim of the game involves making your way through a jungle. Players roll the dice with the aim of being the first to get to the center of the board and win the game. However, on the board are “jungle” animals for players to get past. They use the deck of danger cards to reveal and decode the secret message in order to move on. This board game is for two players, played on a draughtboard. Each player starts with twelve disc-shaped pieces in three rows along one side of the board and moves them diagonally with the aim of capturing all the opponent’s pieces. Draughts is similar to another popular board game, Checkers. Pictionary is a classic game of drawing and guessing pictures. The game includes a game board, four playing pieces and category cards, a one-minute sand timer and a die. Each board square is coloured and corresponds to a category of cards with various words. Players have to attempt to draw (usually scribble) an image that illustrates the word on the card. While the United States, parts of the Caribbean and much of the rest of the world have been forced to stay at home due to the coronavirus, pandemic, many people are looking for ways to enjoy their free time. Jumanji Draughts This is one of the less competitive, classic board games. Each player throws the dice, working their way around the board looking for ladders and trying to avoid sliding down the slippery snakes.last_img read more

NWPL Board Sanctions Bayelsa Queens

first_imgMatchday 12 of the Nigeria Women Premier League was on Wednesday marred by distasteful reports from two match centers; Nembe City Stadium – where Bayelsa Queens defeated Sunshine Queens by a lone goal – and the Atiku Abubakar Stadium in Fofure – where the match between Adamawa Queens and Osun Babes was inconclusive at 2-1 in favour of the hosts.Sunshine Queens FC player, Elizabeth Johnson was a victim of assault in Nembe, and a photo of her shared across social media revealed a bleeding cut on her face.In Fofure, Osun Babes claimed they were protesting a controversial call by the referee when Adamawa Queens fans started throwing objects at them hence they could not continue the game.Below is a press release from the NWFL board stating its decision on both cases.Following the emergency meeting of the Ad-hoc Committee formed by the Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League in a sitting on the 20 – 21st July, 2017 at the Nigeria Women Football League Secretariat Abuja, the following decisions were arrived. Adamawa Queens FC vs. Osun Babes FCFrom the available match reports received from Match Commissioner and Referee of the match, it was established that the match was abandoned because Osun Babes FC refused to continue play of the game at the 13th minute.The above act of Osun Babes FC is an infraction of article 15.9 of rules book which emphasize on the duration of each game.Consequently, in exercise of article 15.10.2 of the rules book, the match shall count as a complete fixture and award a fine of N500,000.00 to Osun Babes FC as enshrine in article 16.2 for discontinuation.RelatedNWPL Matchday 12 Review: Charity Reuben Back Atop Goalscorers’ ChartJuly 20, 2017In “Nigeria”AITEO Cup Roundup: Big Guns Rain Goals On AmateursSeptember 14, 2017In “Nigeria”NWPL Matchday 11 Review: Three Away Wins Recorded As Super Four Takes ShapeJuly 13, 2017In “Nigeria” Bayelsa Queens FC vs. Sunshine Queens FC– The result of the match which started and ended with one goal in favour of Bayelsa Queens FC stands.– From our findings, security provision was ineffective at the match, thereby resulting in assault at the end of the match. Therefore, State Football Association is hereby called to live up to expectation in their responsibility in providing adequate and effective security in their subsequent matches as provided in article 1.7.1 of the rules book.– Because clubs shall be held responsible for the behaviour of their supporters before, during or after any match as enshrine in article 22.9 of the rules book. The Bayelsa State Football Association in conjunction with Bayelsa Queens FC are to identify and produce the assailant(s) on or before 28th of July, 2017 to the Nigeria Women Football League Secretariat. Failure of which the league will have no option other take drastic measures on Bayelsa Queens FC.– The assault on the Sunshine Queens FC player, Elizabeth Johnson was established as a result of fans encroachment into the field immediately after the final whistle of the game. This act attracts a fine of N2,000,000.00 (Two Million Naira) only to be paid by Bayelsa Queens FC before their next home game. The Nigeria Women Football League invokes article 27.1.3 of the rules book for this fine.– That Bayelsa Queens FC should make a payment of N200,000.00 for continuous medical treatment of the injured player via Nigeria Women Football League.– That Bayelsa Queens FC should pay the sum of N50,000.00 for the damaged video camera repair via the Nigeria Women Football League.– The Match Commissioner failed in his responsibility in ensuring the security and safety of the away team as the team suffered total neglect after the match. Therefore, the Match Commissioner is being recommended to appropriate committee for appropriate sanction.last_img read more

Us Open: Rafael Nadal Defeat Del Potro To Set Up Final Clash Against South…

first_imgElsewhere, Kevin Anderson fought back from a set down to beat Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6 7-5 6-3 6-4 to become the first South African to reach a Grand Slam singles final for over three decades.Speaking after the historic win, Anderson said: “It was an unbelievably tough match on one of the biggest stages in tennis. My emotion at the end kind of summed it up.”The 32nd seed South African also becomes the first lowest ranked singles player to reach the Us Open final since the ranking system began in 1973.RelatedUs Open Roundup: Roger Federer Knocked Out As Nadal Cruise Into The SemisSeptember 7, 2017In “Tennis”Rafael Nadal Beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson To Win 2017 US OpenSeptember 10, 2017In “Tennis”US Open Update: Del Potro Wins Thriller As Nadal & Federer Move Closer To Semis ClashSeptember 5, 2017In “Tennis” World number one, Rafael Nadal comfortably defeated Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro to reach his 23rd career Grand Slam final.31-year-old Nadal, who won the 2010 and 2013 US Open, dispatched Del Potro 4-6 6-0 6-3 6-2 in front of a sonorous crowd at Flushing Meadows.“It has been an amazing season of course after a couple of injuries and troubles,” Nadal said after the victory.“To be back here in front of this amazing crowd, on this amazing court, and to have the chance to fight for another title is so important to me.” he added.last_img read more

Paulo Guerrero Fails Drug Test

first_imgThe Peruvian Footballer who plays as a striker for Brazilian club Flamengo and Peru national team will miss the world cup play-off against New Zealand as it has been confirmed that he tested positive for banned substances.After Peru’s 0-0 World Cup qualifying draw with Argentina on the 5th of October, the Peru Captain who was selected for a doping test was confirmed positive.Flamengo, been involved in the semi-finals of the Copa Sudamericana against Junior Barranquilla of Colombia and Paulo, been served with a suspension of 30 days by FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee will definitely be missing several matches at club level and of course, the New Zealand world cup play-off on the 11th and 16h of November. RelatedRespite For ‘Drug Cheat’ Guerrero! Peru Captain Set To Feature At Russia 2018December 21, 2017In “FIFA”CWC: Brazil Legend Tips Flamengo To Defeat Liverpool In FinalDecember 21, 2019In “Competition”Paolo Guerrero: Court Lifts Provisional Suspension On Ban, Striker Banned Until April 2019August 23, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Year 2…Sky Betting & Gaming reopens graduate program

first_img William Hill closes Stockholm Gametek office July 1, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles Flutter maintains confidence in Stars Group agenda  March 27, 2020 Submit Flutter finalises TSG merger agreement May 5, 2020 The governance of Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) will continue its commitment to Yorkshire talent development by confirming a £500,000 investment in its ‘graduate program’ for a second year running.   SB&G which services offices in Leeds and Sheffield is currently one of Yorkshire’s biggest technology recruiters. Following the successful implementation of its 2016 graduate recruitment scheme, SB&G governance is seeking for a further twenty young recruits to fill positions within the bookmaker’s core operational divisions.Confirming its investment, the SB&G HR team is now seeking graduate applications for full-time roles within its commercial, finance, marketing and operations divisions.SB&G HR further states that the graduate roles will be supported with ‘competitive salaries’, full employee benefits and a guaranteed SB&G placement upon graduate completion of the program.All selected graduates will be trained throughout SB&G’s core divisions, with training development undertaken in both Leeds and Sheffield offices.Speaking to Yorkshire media outlets, SB&G CEO Richard Flint praised his firm’s commitment to developing young tech and commercial talent, stating that his firm had ‘really benefitted from growing its business in Yorkshire’.last_img read more

Bookies’ Corner: Oscars 2017 – Looking beyond La La Land

first_img The 89th Academy Awards (26 February) awaits Hollywood with every bookmaker placing Damien Chazelle’s ‘La La Land’ as the firm favourite to win Best Picture. Nominated for a record 14 Oscar categories can anyone stop the La La Land juggernaut.Furthermore, will a Hollywood bashing President Donald J Trump dominate the awards’ night speeches and celebrations… SBC’ gets the bookies lowdown on Oscars 2017.___________________________Tim Reynolds –  Sun BetsSBC: With 14 Oscar nods, can La La Land a film which has been described as a ‘love letter to Hollywood’ break the all-time record of Oscar wins by a movie (title held by Titanic – 1997- 11 wins)?Tim Reynolds (Sun Bets): La La Land has already equalled one Oscars record with fourteen nominations- sharing the record with Titanic in 1997 and All About Eve which was released a couple of years after she ate a dodgy apple. Of course, there’s massive speculation about whether La La Land can break the record of eleven Oscar wins- most of which are for awards no one will remember the result of.”We’ve done the maths nomination-by-nomination and are happy to offer 20/1 that Gosling’s mob can get twelve or more Oscars- as there are a few banana skins lying in wait for the movie. Gosling himself is an 8/1 shot to win Best Actor for his role in this luvvie-fest and Jackie is the odds-on favourite to win Best Costume, plus the film is as big as 3/1 with us to win Best Original Screenplay. So I’m sorry folks, we don’t think it’ll break the record… maybe take 5/1 that it ties the record with eleven exactly?Anthony Cousins, UnibetSBC: Is there any room for an upset in the best picture Category which has seen bookmakers place La La Land as the firm favourite?Anthony Cousins (Unibet): Last year we were treated to three flip flopping favourites with Spotlight, The Big Short and The Revenant all vying for favouritism up until Oscar night itself. This year is the antithesis with La La Land primed for favouritism since it’s premiere in Venice and no other film coming close to gaining the same kind of momentum.La La Land had attracted over 56% of Best Picture bets before the nominations were even announced with only Moonlight 13% and Manchester By The Sea 16% the only other films in double figures.Looking at the odds and they have been plummeting – we opened at 2.50 in early awards season and have seen constant backing since new year with the odds down to 1.25 after the nomination.It isn’t really a question of will La La Land win but more how many awards will it pick up? Casey Affleck looks certain to win Best Actor at 1.25 while the Best Actress category is perhaps most interesting with Natalie Portman at 2.25 most likely to cause an upset to Emma Stone at 1.75.Dafni Serdari – PinnacleSBC: Following the Academy’s official announcement of 2017 contenders, which Oscars categories do you feel offer punters the best value for money?Dafni Serdari (Pinnacle): Betting on the Oscars is a totally different ball game to sports betting. When it comes to football, for example, nobody knows what the outcome is until the final whistle.With Oscars, however, voters submit their votes long before the stars walk on the red carpet for the glamorous ceremony. What this means in practice is that predicting an Oscar winner is an information race, a fascinating game of cat and mouse. As more information reaches larger audiences ahead of the ceremony, instead of random odds fluctuations, we tend to see the winners’ odds shortening significantly, with little exceptions.That is why, as a rule of thumb, the earlier you place your Oscars bets, the more value you will get. With Golden Globes, Critic’s Choice and SAG having announced their winners, the odds-on favourites are now clearly defined in Pinnacle’s markets. There is however one category that could surprise us this year. Considering last year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy and Moonlight’s odds currently at 3.79 with Pinnacle.com – hindering La La Land’s complete dominance – Best Picture might be the most interesting category for bettors to watch.Paddy PowerSBC: As an entertainment spectacle, how prominent do you feel Donald Trump will be at  Oscars 2017?Patrick ‘Paddy ‘ Power (Paddy Power): ‘This year’s Oscars is going to be yuge… Usually, people of colour don’t feature much, but Donald Trump will dominate the show. Though they do say that Orange is the new Black, so maybe talking about him will be seen as progress after all – unlike his policies. It’s appropriate that La La Land is the big favourite to win – as that’s, clearly, where the Donald lives._________________________ Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more