Germaine Mason honored with scholarship

first_imgMason…scholarship named in his honor The Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA) has announced a scholarship to the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, in honor of high jumper Germaine Mason, who died on April 20 in a motor accident.The Germaine Mason Scholarship will be awarded to a high school high jumper who excels academically, JAAA president Dr. Warren Blake announced on Wednesday.Blake spoke at the launch of the Jamaica International Invitational meet which takes place May 20 at the National Stadium in Kingston.Mason, who died in East Kingston where he grew up,  represented Jamaica at the youth and senior levels, before switching allegiance to Great Britain in 2006. He won that country’s first high jump medal in 80 years by copping silver at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.He cleared 2.34 meters, which is also Jamaica’s national record.last_img read more

Immigration Q&A

first_imgIMMIGRATION – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Question: I am married to my American husband and we filed for my immigration papers recently. We don’t have a scan machine, so we took pictures of our marriage certificate, past divorce certificates, tax returns, etc. from our cell phones, printed and sent them in to the immigration office with our application. We could clearly see all the documents, and  were really surprised last week when we got a letter from immigration requesting that we send legible copies of all supporting documents. We don’t know which documents they are referring to as illegible. We did an Infopass appointment and the officer said to resend everything again. Is that true?Answer: Easy answer, yes! Make a very clear copy on a copy machine of every single document you originally included in your application and send back to the USCIS along with a copy of the Request For Evidence on the top. Immigrants should NEVER  send a copy of documents taken as an image on a cell phone, since they do not qualify under USCIS requirements. Make a copy of the entire package for yourself for your records and send to the USCIS using U.S. Priority or Express Mail as soon as possible, but no later than 10 days before the deadline, just to be safe. Good luck! Question: I got my residency through marriage and recently got naturalized to be a U.S. citizen. My 16 year-old unmarried daughter, who lives in Jamaica had a baby last year, my first grandchild. I want to know if I can sponsor my daughter for a green card as a minor or does she not qualify because she has a child? If I can sponsor her, can my grandchild immigrate along with her at the same time?Answer: Sorry to tell you this, but unfortunately, “no”, your grandchild will not be able to immigrate to the U.S. along with your minor daughter.  This is due to a very heartless provision in immigration law which does not allow certain family members to bring their dependents (called “derivatives”) to the U.S. with them when they immigrate. Under this law which applies to “Immediate Relatives”, (spouses, minor children and parents) of U.S. Citizens, only the individual “immediate relative” can immigrate and no dependent family members can come along. However, once the “immediate relative” has immigrated to the U.S., they can then in turn sponsor their spouse and or children. Children are considered to be “minor” until they reach age 21 or get married.In this case, your daughter remains a minor until age 21 since she is single. You can sponsor he,r and it will take about 8-12 months for her to immigrate to the U.S. under current processing times. Once she enters the U.S. and obtains her Green Card within a month or so, she can sponsor her child (your grandchild). The process for a minor child of a U.S. Resident take approximately 1 ½ to 2 years. During that time, your daughter would need to maintain residency here and can come and back and forth between the U.S. and Jamaica during that time for limited periods so as not to lose residency status. The other option is to wait until your daughter reaches age 21, then file for her in the F1 immigration category for single adult children of U.S. Citizen and their children. This will include your grandchild. However, the waiting time in this immigration category is about 7 years. Let me know if you would like us to represent you in your daughter’s residency case.Q&A provided by Attorney Caroly Pederson.last_img read more

Bilateral trade between Jamaica and China expanding

first_imgBilateral trade between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China increased from US$58 million in 2000, to US$382 million in 2017. This is according to Commercial Counsellor, Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s Office, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Jamaica, Jianghong Fan.He notes that Jamaica remains the country’s largest trading partner in the English-speaking Caribbean.Fan, who was speaking at the recent launch of  Chinese heavy-duty truck manufacturer Shacman’s operations in Jamaica, pointed out that besides alumina, Jamaica will shortly commence lobster exportation to China, whole adding that his country is the third largest source of local imports. He also said that China is now the biggest source of foreign direct investments for Jamaica.This, he noted, is evidenced by the many projects that have been completed or are under way involving about 16 Chinese entities, whose activities have generated nearly 10,000 new jobs.last_img read more

Haiti’s death toll from earthquake continues to climb

first_imgHaiti said 18 people have now been confirmed dead following the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked the country on October 6.The Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) in its latest revised statement said that 580 people were injured up from the last figure of 333. The last assessment had indicated that 17 people had died.The authorities said that the civil protection teams and the National Laboratory of Building and Public Works are completing the damage assessment, with the help of several partners.Free hospital care provided In Port-de-Paix, which bore the brunt of the quake and the several aftershocks, the authorities said that hospital care is now being provided to residents free of cost and that the Immaculate Conception Hospital received a generator with a capacity of 125 kilowatts, a gift from the presidency.It said that the distribution of food aid continues, a treated water storage tank and a hand washing point have been installed in an accommodation site with support from Action against Hunger.“These initiatives complement the implementation of hygiene awareness actions in shelters, with a view to preventing cholera outbreaks,” the statement said.Multiple homes destroyed According to the latest evaluations, 11,497 houses, up from 7,430, were either destroyed or damaged and that 90 per cent of them were in the communes of Bassin-Bleu, Port-de-Paix, Saint-Louis, north-west and Gros-Morn.The most affected commune in the north is Pilate where at least 533 homes were affected.last_img read more

Governor DeSantis Announces Phase 2 Reopening; South Florida Excluded

first_img“Today as we take another step, we’re applying this to the 64 counties, and obviously going to work with the three southeast Florida counties, as we go forward,” DeSantis said. Similar to the announcement of the phase 1 reopening in May, DeSantis has excluded the South Florida counties, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, which is still ground zero. The governor will also allow movie theaters and entertainment venues to open with 50% capacity. Under phase two, bars and pubs may operate at 50% capacity inside and full capacity outside for dine-in service. Phase two includes allowing movie theaters, bars, nightclubs and concert venues to reopen. “Movie theaters, and bowling alleys, they have a 50% capacity appropriate social distancing and sanitation protocols. Those have not been operating up to this point, you know they now have a pathway to do that,” DeSantis said. “Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach may seek approval to enter Phase 2 with a written request from the county mayor,” a post by DeSantis read. “In our phase two, we will be going with bars being able to operate consistent with this guidance diminished standing room occupancy so basically outdoor seating with social distance, a certain amount indoors, but you’re seated to get served. I mean … go enjoy. Have a drink. It’s fine,” DeSantis said. “We want to kind of not have huge crowds piling in.” Additionally, gymnasiums, restaurants and stores will be allowed to expand their capacity. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced plans for the state to move into phase 2 reopening beginning on Friday, June 5. Pari-mutual facilities, which typically house events like slots, racing wagers and cardrooms, will also be able to reopen with strict health and safety guidelines under phase two.last_img read more

Cilic Qualifies For First Wimbledon Open Final With Querrey Win

first_imgMarin Cilic has reached the final of the ongoing 2017 Wimbledon Open after he saw off the challenges of American Sam Querrey in their semi-final clash.The Croatian defeated his 24th seeded opponent 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 in 2 hours and 56 minutes to seal a first final appearance at SW19.The 28-year old, who has now qualified for a second major final after his 2014 US Open triumph, will next face Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych in Sunday’s finalSpeaking after the match, a delighted Cilic said: “It’s unbelievable,”“The way this tournament has unfolded I’ve been playing really great tennis.” he added.With the win over Sam Querrey, Cilic becomes only the second Croatian to qualify for a Wimbledon Open final after Goran Ivanisevic’s triumph in 2001.RelatedAgeless Federer To Face Cilic In Wimbledon Open Final After Berdych WinJuly 14, 2017In “Sports”Wimbledon Open Day One (Men’s Singles Recap): Federer Progresses As Wawrinka Dumps Out Sixth Seed DimitrovJuly 3, 2018In “Sports”Top Seed Nadal Retires Against Cilic As Croat Setup Last Four Australian Open Meeting With In-form EdmundJanuary 23, 2018In “Sports”last_img read more

Monaco Threaten “Important European Clubs” Over Mbappe

first_imgLigue 1 champions, AS Monaco, have released a statement condemning the actions of top European clubs that are after superstar youngster Kylian Mbappe.Mbappe was a revelation for Monaco last season as they won the French league title and reached the Champions League semi-final, and is being coveted by the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal, and Juventus.In their statement, Monaco didn’t mention any club, but only disclosed that they were “important European football clubs”.The statement read: “AS Monaco regretfully notice that important European football clubs made contacts with Kylian Mbappé (and his entourage) without its authorization.”4 – Kylian Mbappé is the sixth player to score in his first four Champions League starts and the first since Diego Costa in 2014. Talent. pic.twitter.com/MCRQultSmE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 19, 2017“AS Monaco want to remind these clubs that such actions are contrary to the article 211 of the Administrative regulation of the French Football League (Ligue de Football Professionnel) and to the article 18.3 of the Regulation of the Status and the Transfer of the Players of FIFA.”The French side also threatened to ask the French Football League (Ligue de Football Professionnel) and FIFA to take disciplinary actions against the offending clubs.RelatedThree Nigerian Players Make List Of Top 100 TeenagersNovember 16, 2017In “National Team”Struggling Lille Handed Transfer Ban As PSG, Monaco And Metz Escape PunishmentDecember 13, 2017In “Europe”Ligue 1 Review: Mbappe Brilliance Leads PSG Past GuingampAugust 19, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

French Ligue 1: PSG Misfire Without Record Signing Neymar

first_imgRelatedFrench Ligue 1 Review: Monaco Fail To Close Gap On Leaders PSG With Montpellier DrawJanuary 14, 2018In “Europe”Ligue 1 Review: PSG Extend Lead With Convincing Montpellier WinJanuary 28, 2018In “Europe”French Ligue 1 Review: PSG Annihilate Dijon As Lyon Beat Guingamp To Go SecondJanuary 18, 2018In “Europe” Paris Saint Germain (PSG) failed to win for the first time this season after they played out a goalless draw with hosts Montpellier in their Matchday 7 clash.The French giants were missing Brazilian superstar and the world’s most expensive player, Neymar, due to a minor foot injury and they struggled to break down a resolute Montpellier side.The team still retain their top spot status in the league ahead of rivals AS Monaco despite the disappointing draw with Montpellier.French Ligue 1 Table (Top Two):PSG 19 pointsAS Monaco 18 pointslast_img read more

#bofcon2017 – Looking Good…What do investors want to see in market enterprises?

first_img Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Share Submit Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Following a period of mass consolidation and sector realignment, is the betting industry still an attractive proposition for enterprise investors? A Betting on Football expert panel assess current market conditions and challenges awaiting investment and enterprise stakeholders.Professional venture investor Christian Elder Founder of Dreamworx Online, tells the audience that value may have diminished in the betting sector as market has become consolidated and stakeholders look solely for proven revenue generating assets.Elder backs his statement, detailing that pro-investors may look to ‘fresher ground’ within new digital markets such as e-sports, where enterprises and products can prove to be more disruptive. He further states that at present it feels like ‘betting stakeholders are not pushing for innovation’ creating a stagnant marketplace.Mark Blandford founder of industry Venture Capital firm Valhalla Investments, counters Elder’s point of view. From a VC level he states that he is propositioned regularly by entrepreneurs wanting to disrupt the market and bring new innovation into play.Blandford details that Valhalla will only review start-ups with a proven point of concept. As expected standards will vary in enterprises seeking investment, but Blandford is adamant that innovation can thrive in betting pointing to consumer engagements in other  markets through personalisation and mobile delivery that have yet to impact the sector.As COO of FTSE-listed GVC Holdings, Shay Segev is well aware of the pressures facing executive teams of leading operators. Though the industry has seen mass consolidation, Segev adds cautions to stakeholders detailing that a poor acquisition can be costly and can lead to loss of market share.Segev states that stakeholders have to be diligent in their review of assets and targets, assessing whether an enterprise can really add value to a firm’s operations and future growth strategies.As investment manager in private equity group Penta Investments, Marek Smrha backs Segev comments on reviewing assets and undertaking diligence. However, he further details that investors have to be more intricate with the targets they wish to acquire or invest in.Whilst many investors place a high emphasis on technology and operational gains, Smrha states that in international market where betting stakeholders want to expand, investors must be able to gauge whether the target company really understands its regional consumer and local market, judging whether the target company has created a dynamic regional consumer proposition… John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020last_img read more

Currency impacts effect ‘debt focused’ IGT Group’s Q2 2017 performance

first_img Brazil to issue initial plans on Caixa Loterias sale August 17, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Share IGT ‘prudent on recovery’ as company absorbs H1 losses of $291m August 4, 2020 Related Articles Presenting its Q2 2017 trading update (period ending 30 June), New York-listed international lottery and gambling systems provider IGT Group Plc, has detailed that currency impacts have affected group wide metrics.Updating the market, IGT would declare period group ‘consolidated’ revenues of $1.2 billion down 5% on corresponding Q2 2016’s $1.285 billion.  The company detailed that the decline was mostly attributable to new lotto concessions gained during the period and the sale of social games division Double Down which was closed on 1 June.Despite the group slowdown in revenues, IGT was positive of its divisional performance which had recorded a continued growth in sales for Italy and its North American multi-state jackpots division.Closing a busy Q2 period The technology firm would report a period adjusted EBITDA of $424 million down 4% on Q2 2016’s $443 million, the firm stated that it had to make metric adjustments for the sale of Down Double and Italy concessions.As a result, IGT Would declare a group operating income of $192 million, compared to $171 million in the second quarter of 2016.“Our second quarter results reflect strong key performance indicators for both our global Lottery and Gaming businesses,” said Marco Sala, CEO of IGT.“Lottery growth is benefiting from innovation and effective sales and product marketing initiatives. In Gaming, the global installed base was up and unit sales of gaming machines were higher, as were average selling prices, all supported by strong demand for new cabinets. Overall, we are pleased with the results of the first half, and we expect a more robust product offer to support stronger sales and profit levels in the second half of the year.”Updating investors, IGT governance pointed to the firm’s ongoing commitment to significantly lower the firm’s corporate debt, which at present stands at $6.9 billion (2016: $7.83 billion)“We’ve made a lot of good progress on many levels so far this year,” said Alberto Fornaro, CFO of IGT.“We are lowering our debt and we are enhancing cash generation through disciplined asset and financial management. We are maintaining our outlook for adjusted EBITDA and net debt for the year, and have modestly reduced capital expenditures to account for certain timing shifts.”last_img read more