Extending TPS to Haitians by 6-months won’t do

first_imgOn Monday, in response to appeals from local and national advocates, the Trump administration extended Temporary Protective Status (TPS) by six months to Haitians living in the US.TPS is a special humanitarian program approved by the US Congress in 1990 to provide people fleeing countries experiencing civil war, natural disasters and other extraordinary circumstances with temporary legal immigration status to live and work in the US.While since 1990, TPS was granted by successive US presidents to a limited number of Haitians fleeing political upheaval, the privilege increased significantly following the devastating January 21, 2010 earthquake. Following the earthquake, President Obama extended TPS to Haitians fleeing the damaged country, and those already residing in the US under the program, for an 18-month period to July, 2011. With recovery from the earthquake proceeding agonizingly slow, compounded by a cholera epidemic, the status was renewed several times by the Obama administration.In August, 2016, the administration contemplated cancelling TPS for thousands of Haitians and began deportation proceedings. However, around that time Haiti was impacted by another natural disaster in Hurricane Matthew which brought more death and destruction to the country. As a result, the Obama administration cancelled deportation plans, but that administration’s latest TPS extension was due to expire on July 22.Although the Trump administration has extended TPS, six months is insufficient.  Previous extensions by the Obama administration were for a minimum of eighteen months. The new extension is basically a notice for over 50,000 Haitians to leave the US in six months. In announcing the extension, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said it gives Haitians time “to attain travel documents and make other necessary arrangements for their ultimate departure from the United States,” and “provide the Haitian government with time it needs to prepare for the future repatriation of all current TPS recipients.”Indications from Haiti are deplorable conditions in the country from the 2010 earthquake, annual floods, Hurricane Matthew, the cholera epidemic, and frequent political instability, will not sufficiently improve by January, 2018.Although successive Haitian administrations since 2010 made progress in improving security and quality of life following the earthquake, Haiti continues to lack the adequate infrastructure, employment and educational opportunities and basic services to absorb the return of thousands of Haitians currently living in the US.Haiti needs more time to complete rebuilding of schools to strengthen the educational infrastructure; improving unemployment and wages from a situation where over seventy percent of the population, earn less than $2 daily, and improving the poverty level in rural areas where some eighty percent of the population live below poverty level; build resources to resist a re-occurrence of the cholera epidemic; continuing efforts to rebuild the nation’s residential, transportation, and agricultural infrastructure; and strengthen the nation’s security force to combat a threatening crime rate.This isn’t a situation conducive to deporting thousands of Haitians many of whom are also contributing to the Haitian economy through financial remittances to relatives still living in Haiti. It’s obvious Kelly isn’t sufficiently apprised of the current conditions in Haiti. On Monday, he also said limited TPS extension is justified since Haiti has “made progress across several fronts since the devastating earthquake in 2010… the Haitian economy continues to recover and grow.”Whatever growth that has taken place since 2010 is still insufficient to justify returning 58,000 people by January. Why not just make the extension to December 2018? This would give the Haitian government supported by US and others in the international community more time to implemental infrastructural and social service development. So, the efforts for further extension of TPS must continue stronger than before. It’s imperative that members of the Trump administration be provided empirical evidence of the prevailing conditions in Haiti and invited to Haiti to witness these conditions firsthand, in the attempt to obtain the additional extension.Extending TPS by six months is simply not enough.last_img read more

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Amazing new Milestone Tracker app for parents

first_imgIs your child’s development on track for his or her age? Now you can find out with CDC’s new free Milestone Tracker app. The app makes it easy for parents to track, support, and celebrate their young child’s development.“Skills like taking a first step, saying those first words, and waving ‘bye-bye’ are developmental milestones all parents anticipate and celebrate,” said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. “This CDC Milestone Tracker app gives parents tips to help their child learn and grow, a way to track developmental milestones, recognize delays, and the ability to share this information with their healthcare provider.”The new Milestone Tracker app offers:Milestone checklists for children ages 2 months through 5 years, illustrated with photos and videos.Tips and activities to help children learn and grow.Information on when to act early and talk with a doctor about a developmental concern.A personalized milestone summary that can be easily shared with the doctor and other care providers.Reminders for appointments and developmentalAvailable in IOS and Android devicesThe Milestone Tracker app, available in iOS and Android devices, was developed by CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early” program to help parents, early care and education providers, and healthcare providers track developmental milestones in young children.Through this app and its many other parent-friendly tools, the program aims to improve the early identification of children with developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, so children and families can get the support and services they need as early as possible.In addition to the app, CDC offers free children’s books, milestone checklists, and other resources that can be downloaded or ordered online. Most materials are available in English and Spanish, and some are available in other languages. For more information on the Milestones Tracker app, visitwww.cdc.gov/MilestoneTracker. For more on CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program and other free tools for parents, visit www.cdc.gov/ActEarly.For recent news on the CDC, click the link: CDC reports rising death rate from drug overdoselast_img read more

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Guyana calls on Venezuela to withdraw from Ankoko island

first_imgGuyana has asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to order Venezuela to “immediately remove from and cease occupation” of the eastern half of the Island of Ankoko” the ICJ has announced.In a statement, the Hague based court confirmed that Georgetown had filed its application regarding the decades old border dispute with Venezuela.Last week, Caracas said it wanted a “practical and satisfying” solution to the border dispute and that it “objects to the judicial settlement as a means of resolving the territorial dispute over Guyana’s Essequibo, since it violates the preamble of the 1966 Geneva Agreement, which establishes, exhaustively, that the controversy must be “amicably resolved in a way that is acceptable to both parties.”The Geneva Agreement of 1966 was signed between Venezuela and the United Kingdom regarding steps for a future resolution of the border controversy. Venezuela had rejected the Arbitral Award of 1899 between both countries as “null and void,” claiming sovereignty over a portion of what was then British Guiana.In the statement, the ICJ said that Georgetown also wants Venezuela to “immediately withdraw from and cease occupation every other area recognized as Guyana’s sovereign territory in accordance with the 1899 Arbitral Award and the 1905 Agreement.”The Venezuelan army occupied the eastern side of the Ankoko Island in the Cuyuni River which is the western border between the two states; five months after independence, in October 1966 and has remained in illegal occupation ever since.The ICJ said that Guyana is also calling for Venezuela to “refrain from threatening or using force against any person and/or company licensed by Guyana or engage in economic or commercial activity in Guyanese territory as determined by the 1899 Award and 1905 Agreement, or in any maritime areas appurtenant to such territory over which Guyana has sovereignty or exercises sovereign rights, and shall not interfere with any Guyanese or Guyanese-authorized activities in those areas.”last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua To Fight In The MMA

first_imgIBF and WBA world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua has declared his willingness to square up against UFC fighters.27-year-old Joshua, who knocked out now retired Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round at Wembley last April, have been linked with a fight with UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.Asked if he will ever fight in the MMA, Joshua told Sky Sports: “I like fighting, I’d do whatever,”“I’d probably get beaten. The only thing that they can’t do is submissions, but they can kick, elbow, bite – whatever they want. Just no submissions.”“I can’t beat a guy (via submission). That takes a lot of time to learn the skills and submissions, which I don’t have the time for, but when it comes to pure aggression and fighting rules, I can definitely fight, so I don’t mind that.”“It wouldn’t be a problem. If you look at most boxers who’ve crossed over to MMA, they get beaten on the ground. James Toney, Roy Jones, they were phenomenal boxers but they just couldn’t compete in the cage because of the ‘ground and pound’ game.”On Saturday, former UFC fighter, Conor McGregor will make his professional boxing debut against undefeated American, Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.Although Joshua won’t be attending the bout, he has predicted the fight to be “a landslide” victory for Mayweather.“It’s probably (going to be) a landslide,”“Look at the great fighters Mayweather’s fought, and he’s made them look average.”“Some of the fighters Mayweather’s fought would probably beat Conor McGregor as well; Conor can’t really compete.” Joshua added. RelatedAnthony Joshua Ready to fight Deontay Wilder on April 13December 14, 2018In “Boxing”Anthony Joshua To Face Tyson Fury In December – Eddie HearnFebruary 27, 2020In “Boxing”UFC 248: Israel Dares The Soldier Of GodMarch 7, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

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EPL Wrap (Sunday): Rooney Penalty Rescues Everton As Southampton Peg Back Newcastle Twice

first_imgBoyhood Everton fan Wayne Rooney rescued the club from the jaws of defeat as he converted a pressure penalty in the dying moments of the Merseyside club’s 1-1 draw at Brighton.French winger Anthony Knockaert had earlier given the home side the lead from a few yards out before their Spanish captain produced a moment of madness to give Everton a lifeline which they grabbed with both hands through former Manchester United star Rooney.The draw was able to lift Everton one place up to 16th with 8 points, the same point tally by Brighton but they have a better goal difference and are in 14th having moved up by two spots.In the other game on Sunday, Newcastle United were pegged back twice by hosts Southampton in what was an entertaining 2-2 draw at the St Mary’s Stadium. Former Arsenal midfielder Isaac Hayden gave the Geordies a first half lead from long range. .Southampton responded strongly after the break and they soon equalised through Italian international striker Manolo Gabbiadini but that joy was shortlived as Spanish player Ayoze Perez restored the lead again within two minutes. The South Coast club levelled proceedings for the second time in the game from the spot after new summer signing Florian Lejeune brought down Shane Long paving the way for Gabbiadini to complete his brace with 15 minutes left on the clock.The draw took Southampton into the top 10 with 9 points while Newcastle United have two more points and they stay just ahead of the Saints in 9th position.RelatedFA Cup: Liverpool’s Youngest Team Sets Up Chelsea Tie, Rooney Set For Man Utd ReunionFebruary 5, 2020In “England”Premier League Review: Manchester Is Blue As Liverpool, Arsenal Falter In Top Four RaceDecember 11, 2017In “England”Premier League; Week Eleven PreviewNovember 4, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

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NBA Results: Lakers, Thunder, Pacers Pick Up Impressive Wins On Halloween Night

first_imgNBA players and fans were in full Halloween flow as they prepared for the games.Julius Randle inspired the Lakers to a bounce-back win, Russell Westbrook was an assist shy of yet another triple-double while Giannis Antetokounpo continued his impressive form.Indiana Pacers 101 – 83 Sacremento KingsPacers improved their record to 4-3 win an impressive win against a dismal Sacremento side who continued their porous run in the league this season. Pacers had seven players in double figures led by Domantis Sabonis’s 12 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Rookie De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 18 points, 5 assists.Brooklyn Nets 114 – 122 Phoenix SunsIt was a duel between Suns Devin Booker and Nets De Angelo Russell but Booker came out tops as his 32 points, 4 assists and 7 rebounds led the Suns to a third consecutive victory. Mike James also scored 24 points for the Suns. De Angelo Russell’s 33 points, 4 assists and 6 rebounds weren’t enough to salvage anything for the Nets.Bucks 91 – 110 ThunderCarmelo Anthony scored 17 points, Paul George scored 20 points and Russell Westbrook messed around and nearly got a triple-double with 12 points, 9 assist and 10 rebound as OKC got an impressive win against the Bucks. Giannis Antetounpo scored 28 points to improve his personal record in the loss.Lakers 113 – 93 PistonsLakers had seven players in double figures, led by Julius Randle’s 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists off the bench. Ingram, Larry Nance, Lonzo Ball, Pope, Clarkson, Kuzma were the other players in double figures. Reggie Jackson led the Pistons with 18 points.RelatedNBA Round Up On Halloween Night; We got some cheering – Pacers Guard Victor OladipoNovember 2, 2017In “BasketBall”Camilo ZunigaJune 30, 2017Similar postHull City vs Leicester CityJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

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Seven key reasons to attend Betting on Football 2017

first_img SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 CEOs to share post-COVID-19 vision at industry’s biggest online conference March 26, 2020 Betting on Football 2017, the fourth incarnation of the largest international football and betting trade conference, will take place at Stamford Bridge from 3-5 May.With no less than 130 leading industry speakers, #bofcon2017 is set to deliver the most senior speaker line-up of any betting conference to date.SBC Events Director Lizzie Blake explained that there is something for everyone at this multi-faceted event and highlighted seven key reasons for people to attend.                       Access to the betting industry’s key decision makers“You get 1-on-1 access to 800+ senior executives from operators, affiliates, football clubs, and key suppliers from Europe and beyond,” Blake explained.The extensive list of executives confirmed for Betting on Football includes: Chairman of 888, CEO of Oddset.de; CEO of BetBright, CEO of Favbet, COO of BetOlimp, Director of Codere Apuestas, Executive Director of SBOBET, Managing Director of EnergyBet, Group VP of 500.com, Co-founder of Comeon!, CEO of BetOnBrazil, Sports Director of BetVictor, CEO of Betcart, CEO of 12BET, COO of FUN88 / TLC BET, Sports Director of Betway, Head of Performance Marketing of bet365, CEO of Novibet, CMO and CPO of Mybet, COO of OddsRing, COO of Smarkets, Co-founder of Vbet, Invest Manager of Penta Investments, COO of Luckia.es, Director of Livesport Media, CEO & Co-founder of Squawka, CCO of AC Milan, MD of AS Roma and Director of Manchester City.Unrivaled source of industry expertise and knowledge“You, your company and team members will hear and learn from the absolute best and brightest in the sports betting industry. In fact, we have 130 expert speakers to make sure of this!”The list of confirmed speakers includes:Shay Segev, COO, GVC HoldingsJohn O’Reilly, Non-Executive Director, William HillFabio Schiavolin, CEO, SNAIPer Widerstrom, CEO, Fortuna Entertainment GroupBritt Boeskov, CPO, Kindred GroupZeno Ossko, Managing Director, BetstarsMarkus Peuler, CEO, MybetJim Humberstone, GVC Holdings, Group Trading & B2B DirectorNiels Erik Folmann, CEO, Danske SpilJesper Kaarbrink, CEO, Mr GreenJohan Styren, CEO, Leo VegasAlexander Martin, Board Member, Merkur / CashpointDavid Bazak, CEO, 10BetSergey Portnov, CEO, ParimatchGive your business a boost “You can easily convert your new acquaintances and meetings into business leads and bring back plenty of ROI from the event.”Network at some of London’s leading event venuesKensington Roof Gardens, the famous restaurant and club owned by Richard Branson, is the location for the official networking party Wednesday 3rd May.‘Under the Bridge’, a famous club below Stamford Bridge, is the venue for the closing party on Thursday 4th May. Roman Abramovich’s favourite venue was recently refurbished for £30 million.Check out the latest products to shake up the industry“You can discover new products and business opportunities from the 40 exhibitors in the 1,400 sqm large exhibition area, which also includes two large networking areas for sit down meetings.”Organise high-level meetings before and during and the event“We have made sure that you can use the Conference App (iOS and Android Stores) to access a list of all attendees. You have the option to message everyone to arrange meetings before and during the event.”Leave your purses and wallets at home“Once you have paid for your conference ticket, everything is free! This includes breakfast, lunch, exhibition, conference sessions, networking drinks, networking events and parties, and much more.“On top of that we have deliberately kept the ticket costs to an absolute minimum considering the value provided by top speakers, sessions, networking and high level business opportunities,” Blake concluded.____________________________________Download the agenda and book tickets here: http://sbcevents.co.uk/betting-on-football-2017/Not convinced yet? Have a look at this video from last year’s event: https://youtu.be/wFuXtiEk8aA StumbleUpon Share SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital unveils unrivalled speaker line-up August 19, 2020 Submit Share Related Articleslast_img read more

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Bede Gaming powers up The Rank Group’s digital performance

first_img Related Articles Michael Brady, CEO of Bede Gaming, commented: “Our company’s mission is to become the first-choice gaming platform in regulated markets and Rank’s digital growth is proof that we can achieve this goal. We take our client’s needs and requirements seriously and look to work in partnership to achieve these successes.“The Rank Group is a forward-thinking company that wants to use innovation to push the industry upwards, which is exactly the sort of attributes we look for in a partner. The strength of our platform, both in terms of security and flexibility, is second to none and we look forward to using it to continue Rank’s success.” Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 StumbleUponcenter_img Share Share Michael Brady – Bede GamingThe Rank Group recently reported 13% digital revenue growth, with a 35% uplift in its Grosvenor Casino brand’s digital performance, and credited Bede Gaming with enhancing its digital platform to generate these significant gains.Having switched to Bede in 2016 from OpenBet, Rank has not only seen strong growth in the digital field but has also achieved greater operational efficiency, due to Bede’s front line operator tools. The multi-brand operator needed a solution to fit with its ambitious online plans, and one which provided the group with flexibility and efficiency to control their own digital objectives.After migrating to Bede’s gaming solution, the operator looked to introduce a sportsbook to its other successful offerings. Bede completed the integration of the Kambi sportsbook in just 10 weeks. The speed of the integration, combined with the quality of Bede’s live data, enabled Rank to have a particularly successful Cheltenham Festival.Adam Joseph, Director of Digital Operations at the Rank Group Plc, said: “We are extremely pleased with how we’ve been able to work with Bede to deliver such a successful outcome.“The perceived risk of moving to newer technology was unfounded. Bede allows us the flexibility, speed and control we need to transform our digital plans and we look forward to continuing our work with them to see how much they, and we, can grow in the future.”Rank, who reported substantial benefits to their digital casino brand following the migration to Bede, continues to make use of Bede’s robust platform, and has already reported positive numbers for this year, sustaining its upward trajectory in the digital arena.The operator attributes much of its strong growth to Bede’s powerful back office software, which includes comprehensive campaign management, advanced bonusing and detailed player management. The hugely successful partnership between the two companies is seeing further collaboration in more innovative projects, with releases due throughout the year. Submitlast_img read more

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Competing with the key players in the online casino space

first_img Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Share YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Emerging as a new online casino comes with a variety of challenges, not least of which is competing in a space filled with operators that have a headstart when it comes striving to stand out. Thomas Jones, founder of new online casino brand PlayUK.com, spoke to SBC about some of the challenges that are faced when competing with established brands upon entering the online casino space.SBC: Can you outline some of the challenges that a new casino faces when looking to compete in a market with established brands? Thomas Jones: There is a long list of challenges from design to technology via games and marketing. Assuming you can design an attractive and intuitive site, powered by a modern platform and with a good selection of games – easier said than done – the biggest challenge is building brand equity and then trust among players. With hundreds of casino sites available to players, you have to make plenty of noise – and the right noise at that – to be heard above the chatter. Of course, for a new online casino brand this often has to be done with a much smaller budget and more limited resources than the big-name brands have at their disposal just to maintain their position at the top of the tree. It’s a challenge, but with the right approach it is certainly not an impossible one. SBC: When looking to maximise customer acquisition as a new casino brand, how important are sign-up bonuses and how do you ensure you guard against bonus abusers? TJ: Sign up bonuses are incredibly important as a new casino. There are many players on the lookout for new sites to test and having an attractive welcome bonus is paramount to capturing their attention and bringing through the digital doors of your casino. That said, we have to ensure the promotions we offer are within the guidelines set by the regulator, and we also have to be mindful of bonus hunters. For this reason, we have a dedicate compliance team. SBC: What methods can you take to ensure that you build trust with players as a new operator on the online casino market? TJ: It starts with your brand ethos, and at PlayUK we are honest and transparent with our players. We provide them with all the information they need to know about the brand, the technology that powers it, and the games that we offer. We are proud to hold a UK Gambling Commission licence, and display it’s logo prominently on the site along with other advisory bodies and responsible gambling organisations such as GambleAware. We have also found social media to be a powerful platform for trust building. Being able to communicate with our players and answer any questions they may have almost instantly adds a human touch that consumers new and old really appreciate. SBC: As a casino operator, how important is it that you have a varied games portfolio, and how import is it that you ensure you have the most renowned games in your portfolio? TJ: Modern casino players now expect a widely varied portfolio of games so providing this is crucial. Having the most popular games is also critical as some players will visit a new casino specifically looking for a certain game and should an operator not have the game then the player will simply go elsewhere. That said, it is important to strike the right balance between quantity and quality – operators should only stock the very best games. SBC: Can you utilise affiliates to grow your brand, and how can you ensure that they portray the brand in the way you want them to? TJ: It is vitally important to take a multi-platform approach. Affiliates make up a large part of our overall strategy and drive significant traffic to our brand. In terms of the actual affiliate review, we want them to write honestly about their experience and only recommend us to their players if they like the experience they receive. We have gone to great lengths to ensure a superior player experience, so are confident that the affiliates reviewing our site will do so positively. Share GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020last_img read more

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Playtech reaches £25 million deal with Israeli tax authorities

first_img Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Share Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Playtech has agreed to pay Israeli authorities approximately £25 million following a civil tax audit assessing its activity in the country between 2008 and 2017.The gambling software company confirmed this morning that it had reached a settlement on 31 December 2018, after acknowledging that the Israeli tax authorities had made “transfer pricing adjustments in relation to certain functions”.The payment, expected to be made in the next 30 days, will be reflected as an exceptional item in the firm’s 2018 accounts. No further penalties are to be imposed as a result of the audit. The news closes a turbulent year for Playtech, who now expect to take an earnings hit of up to €25 million (£22.5 million) in 2019 due to changes in Italy’s gambling taxes. Online casino revenues will be taxed at 25% (up from 20%), while online sports betting will be subjected to a 2% increase from 22 to 24%. This is on top of the advertising ban, announced as part of the Lega-5 Star government’s ‘Dignity Decree’.Playtech had moved to offset falling revenues in Asia by completing the acquisition of Italian betting group Snaitech for approximately €850 million in June of last year.last_img read more

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