31 Aug

EDITORIAL – Politics without compassion

first_imgLast week the Broward County School Board took a bold step by unanimously passing a resolution to protect  students being sought by immigration agents for detention, and possibly deportation. The resolution states that if agents want to enter a county school for information, on, or remove a student, they must be authorized by a county judge.The school board and the Palm Beach County School district, have also taken steps to protect students from immigration officers, and the Miami-Dade School Board that is scheduled to vote on a similar measure as adapted by the Broward School board, must be commended for their courageous actions.The respective school officials will likely attract criticism from proponents of the recent harsh federal immigration policies. They’ll likely be criticized for impeding the work of immigration authorities. These critics could argue that it’s against recently declared federal policy for these schools to protect, or offer sanctuary, to undocumented students. The critics could base this argument on policies of the  new administration in Washington DC, that implicitly make it illegal for the cities were these schools are located to be sanctuary cities that shelter undocumented immigrants from detention and deportation.However, these school officials have shown the kind of compassion often lacking from the policies of the politicians now leading all sectors of government in Washington.Compassion is a quality that’s never lost by most migrants from the Caribbean. Caribbean people are accustomed to sharing food and even their last dollar with their poorer neighbors; assist those neighbors when they are sick, and hold their hand in the midst of tribulation.This could be the reason why most of these migrants register as Democrats when they become US citizens. In the Democratic Party, they tend to recognize politicians who concerned with treating their constituents with compassion.Most Caribbean-Americans cannot relate or even understand a party that is based on an ideology called Conservatism. Most find it difficult to fathom how Conservatives –  people who readily profess their Christian faith, seek to impose policies devoid of compassion, and oppose policies with inherent compassionate component.It’s the Conservatives who are opposed to Social Security and Medicare, policies implemented by governments led by the Democratic party to provide for seniors after they retire. It’s Conservatives who oppose food stamps to help the poor purchase food; who oppose government funded milk for mothers and babies; who oppose clinics providing healthcare to poor women; who oppose quality public schools; who oppose a federal  programs that assists low-income people to purchase a home for the first time; and it’s Conservatives who want to deny millions of Americans the means of affording much needed healthcare.Conservatives interpret compassion as a social weakness they have labelled as Socialism. Conservatives believe the state has no right to help those in need because the poor also live in an open capitalist society, which theoretically offers opportunities for everyone to become self-sufficient. But these Conservatives do little to make this theory become reality.And now, Conservatives find little wrong with immigration agents targeting undocumented immigrant families across South Florida, and the rest of the United States, for detention and deportation even if they are otherwise law-abiding. Conservatives see nothing wrong with immigration agents snatching parents in the presence of their child or children, carting the parents away to be deported. Conservatives see no wrong in students returning home to find their parents are gone, detained for deportation. Conservatives don’t even care about the welfare of these sudden parentless children. Where is the compassion? There seems to hardly any, because they are Conservatives.One hopes more organizations will act similarly to the Broward School Board in having compassion for undocumented children and families. One hopes those responsible for making laws and policies find compassion to consider the pain meted out to low-income families, those trying to help themselves, and to undocumented immigrants striving to be legally documented, in creating these laws and policies. A little compassion could make a real difference in this “land of the free.”last_img read more

31 Aug

Jamaican Consulate to suspend passport applications in Miami until January

first_imgJamaican Consulate announces temporary suspension of passport applications at Miami officeAs of Monday, December 18, the Consulate General of Jamaica, Miami will temporarily suspend the collection and processing of Jamaican passport applications at its location in downtown Miami.Regular passport processing services will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.During that period, persons travelling in emergency situations should contact the Consulate General at telephone 305-374-8431 or via email at  contactus@jamaicacgmiami.org or consularinfo@jamaicacgmiami.org or info@jamaicacgmiami.org.Please note, however, that the Jamaican Consulate remains open for all other consular services. Those seeking to do other business with or at the Consulate may visit the office Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.As a reminder, the Consulate will be closed to the public on 25th and 26th December, 2017, and 1st January, 2018.last_img read more

31 Aug

Submerged cable to link DR to other Caribbean countries

first_imgA two-year project to lay a submerged cable of over 10,000 kilometers, connecting the Dominican Republic to several countries in the region, was unveiled in Santo Domingo on Wednesday.The global telecom Deep Blue Cable Ltd and local partner Northern Caribbean Fiber (NC Fiber), made the presentation to president of the Dominican Telecom Institute José Del Castillo.The cable will link a dozen countries in the region, including Jamaica, Haiti and Puerto Rico, to the Dominican Republic. Eric Santiago, regulatory manager of contractor TE SubCom, which installs the underwater cable, and NC Fiber president Manuel Lora, and Deep Blue executives, met with Del Castillo to present the project, whose first phase is projected be operating by the last quarter of 2019.The cable’s route seeks to form a ring of eight pairs of fiber among the Caribbean islands, with a six-terabit per second (Tbps) capacity and capable of 20 Tbps, with two landing points in the Dominican Republic.The executives said the first phase will take place in the province of Puerto Plata province and the second in Santo Domingo.last_img read more

31 Aug

Jersey College’s, Ft. Lauderdale campus is accredited for nursing associate degree…

first_imgThe Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has granted initial accreditation to the Professional Nursing (Associate Degree) programs at Jersey College’s Tampa, Jacksonville, and Ft. Lauderdale campuses. This accreditation means Jersey College has met the standards of a programmatic accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.“Jersey College is honored to have been awarded accreditation by the ACEN,” said Greg Karr, CEO of Jersey College. “This distinction is another indication of our success as a leading provider of nursing education and highlights our commitment to our students.”ACEN accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process intended to enhance quality improvement in nursing education as well as assist in the further improvement of the institutions or programs as relates to resources invested, processes followed and results achieved. The ACEN may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404) 975-5000. About Jersey College:                          Jersey College is a nationally accredited private institution of higher learning specializing solely in nursing education. Jersey College currently enrolls more than 2,500 nursing students and has graduated more than 5,000 nurses across its six campuses located in Florida and New Jersey. The school of nursing at Jersey College offers both Practical and Professional nursing programs that allow an individual to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse. The nursing programs have been designed to support the adult student in accomplishing their educational and professional goals, and to foster the diversification of the nursing workforce to better serve the area’s multicultural communities.last_img read more

31 Aug

Help Kids Be Safe And Be Seen On Halloween

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – On Halloween, twice as many kids are hit and killed while walking than on any other day of the year. The sugar rush, yard-to-yard running and sense of community make it easier for a “rules no longer apply” mentality when trick-or-treating.Because of this, each year Federal Express prepares its drivers with tips for safe driving on October 31. As an expert behind the wheel, FedEx has teamed up for 20 years with Safe Kids Worldwide to make sure everyone on the road is as safe as possible on Halloween. The work between FedEx and Safe Kids coincides with the FedEx Cares 50 by 50 initiative, a new journey to positively impact 50 million people around the world by its 50th anniversary in 2023.Below are safety tips from both organizations that encourage safety.FedEx’s Safe Driving Tips:●Pay close attention to stopped or parked vehicles on the road in case they’re dropping off or picking up young children.●Use headlights and hazard lights, turn signals and your horn if necessary to communicate with other drivers and pedestrians.●Watch for children and yield to pedestrians as they might not see you, or maybe distracted.●Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully and wait until you’ve arrived at your destination to use your cellphone.Safe Kids’ Safe Walking Tips:●Carry glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags.●Always walk on sidewalks or paths, and if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.●Cross the street at corners; use traffic signals and crosswalks and make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.●Put electronic devices down and keep heads up as you walk across the street.●Watch for cars that are turning or backing up, and don’t cross between parked cars.●Make sure costumes aren’t too long so kids don’t trip on curbs or stairs. Masks can make visibility tough for kids, so choose face paint instead.●Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, tell them to stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.Also note that some states have made it illegal for kids over the age of 12 to go trick-or-treating, while others have banned the wearing of masks. Florida has not adopt any age law, but law enforcement officers are discouraging wearing masks, as teens could be confused with criminals who use Halloween as an opportunity to carry out masked robberies.last_img read more

31 Aug

German Journalist Tears Into Nigerian-Born Defender Over Eagles Snub

first_imgRelatedAKPOGUMA: Nigeria Will Be My Second OptionNovember 2, 2018In “National Team”Akpoguma Must Decide If He Wants To Play For Nigeria Or Not – RohrNovember 21, 2017In “Europe”Eagles Target Akpoguma Pens New Deal With ClubDecember 19, 2017In “Europe” Respected German journalist Roland Mark has slammed Nigerian-born German defender Kevin Akpoguma after the 22-year old snubbed Nigeria’s overtures in favour of Germany.In a chat with Own Goal, Mark said Akpoguma would be better served representing Nigeria instead of waiting on an invitation that may never come from Germany.He has played for different Germany youth teams but is presently a long way away from the senior national side.In his words, Mark said: “It’s scary how some players think they can have a future at a team that doesn’t even know if they exist at all. I think Akpoguma is trying to get Germany to notice him by turning down Nigeria.”Speaking further, Mark said: “This is the first time he is having a taste of the Bundesliga, and he is already 22. In the Germany national team there are about 8 players ahead of him, and a further 7 waiting in the wings. Among them he is by far the oldest among all and the least rated.””If not for injuries he wouldn’t have been in the team of Hoffeinheim. Credit to him he has taken the chance to make an impression but in just few games, and one of the games was the one Rohr watched.”He has to reconsider and play for Nigeria, that is his surest way of going to the World Cup. He need to take a cue from Leon Balogun who is now considered by some in Germany as one who got away from them, thanks to his display for Nigeria.” he concluded.last_img read more

30 Aug

TLCBET nets ASIA betting partnership with Southampton FC

first_img David Silva top of the shop for fantasy managers December 14, 2017 Submit Share English Premier League football club Southampton FC has announced Asian-focused online bookmaker TLCBET as its official Asia Betting Partner.The deal begins immediately and will further cover the next two English football seasons.  TLCBET will additionally hold the title of Global Casino partner for Southampton FC.We are proud to be supporting Southampton as their official Asia betting partner and official global casino partner,” said Mike Chong, brand director for TLCBET. “The Saints have a massive fanbase in Asia and we are excited to be working with them.”TLCBET has prior experience marketing within English football, having formed an Asian-focused betting partnership with Middlesbrough FC in 2016 and having been shirt sponsor of West Bromwich Albion for the Premier League  2015/16 season.David Thomas, Commercial Director at Southampton, added: “We’re looking forward to working closely with them [TLCBET] through the coming seasons to further enhance our growing reputations across Asia.” Kane keeps firing to delight of fantasy managers January 16, 2018 ECB proposals “another addition to an already packed marketplace” April 23, 2018 Share StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

30 Aug

GVC Holdings eyes Bwin Russia market entry

first_img Share Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws  July 23, 2020 Russian business news sources are reporting that GVC Holdings’ European sports betting subsidiary Bwin is preparing to launch a licensed Russian sportsbook property Bwin.ru in partnership with Digital Betting LLC.The Bwin project is said to be supported by Russian billionaire financier Alexander Mamut, whose investment firm owns Russian bookmaker Digital Betting LLC which will act as licensing partner in the arrangement.The partnership will see FTSE-listed GVC supply Bwin.ru with its proprietary platform and software provisions. Bwin.ru will be further supported by Mamut’s technology and marketing firm Rambler & Co which has multiple media assets withing the Russian market.Russian news sources report that Digital Betting LLC CEO Dmitry Sergeyev will serve as a GVC market advisor, as stakeholders look to quickly establish Bwin.ru as leading Russian betting brand.Jay Dossetter Head of Media Relations is reported to have confirmed the firm’s project for the Russian market, but as yet GVC governance has made no official comment regarding the firm’s market ambitions.Under the supervision of media regulator Roskomnadzor, Russia has one of the strictest regulatory environments, in which a number of international betting operators have been blacklisted and banned from the country.At present, Russia has only six licensed online betting operators,Liga Stavok, Winline, 888.ru, 1XBet, Leon.ru and BKfon.ru who have agreed to comply with all Roskomnadzor and government regulations. StumbleUpon Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant July 7, 2020last_img read more

30 Aug

New Bookmaker Alert! BetRegal launches on EveryMatrix platforms

first_img MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 New Bookmaker BetRegal (BetRegal.com) has launched today, powered by EveryMatrix platform and software provisions.Operated by The Regal Group Ltd, BetRegal seeks to quickly establish itself as the market leader in low-margin betting odds for seasoned punters in both in-play and pre-match sports markets.The new bookmaker further states that it will offer betting customers the best value incentives for play, beyond simply using bonuses as player acquisition and retention tool.Led by CEO Michael Mirtl, the ambitious BetRegal seeks to clearly mark a point of difference in the saturated online betting sector.“Our research has told us that customers are evolving. Gone are the days of attracting new acquisition by simply offering a bigger bonus or free bet. The onus is now on operators to ensure we are providing a high- quality product, offering significant value and a great user experience. This is where we feel we can differentiate BetRegal.com.” Mirtl detailed.Partnering with EveryMatrix, BetRegal will gain full sportsbook and casino platform provisions. The new bookmaker launches on EveryMatrix sports betting platform which has recently undertaken an overhaul to improve all-round performance and partner scalability.“The EveryMatrix platform allows us the control and flexibility to manage the value in our product to a very granular level,” Mirtl continued. “It’s something no other provider we evaluated could offer.”Ebbe GroesBetRegal.com has gained operator licences in the UK, Denmark, Malta and Curacao and will initially function under the EveryMatrix licensing structure.EveryMatrix CEO Ebbe Groes, backed the new betting market upstart, stating that his company would help the ambitious enterprises realise its potential:“BetRegal’s core desire to deliver the best experience from both sports and casino resulted in a value driven product offering and we are excited to bring on an operator with a management team that has a significant degree of experience in the iGaming space. Choosing EveryMatrix as their provider of choice is a positive indicator of our solutions’ excellent granular functionality and we trust our modern integration methods and our flexible front-end design will be highly appreciated by BetRegal’s customers.”last_img read more

30 Aug

Cardiff City announces K8.com as new betting partner

first_imgShare EFL set to broadcast remaining games whilst behind closed doors April 17, 2020 Submit GLMS calls for increased vigilance regarding betting sponsorships July 23, 2020 Related Articles EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Cardiff City  has announced that the club has agreed a partnership with international online betting operator K8.com. The partnership means K8.com will have betting booths around The Cardiff City Stadium for fans to utilise on match days, furthermore K8.com will also provide exclusive odds and promotions for fans of the Championship club to enjoy.As part of the partnership, K8.com will run match day competitions throughout the season  giving fans the opportunity to win tickets, hospitality and ‘money can’t buy’ Cardiff City experiences.Cardiff City executive director & CEO, Ken Choo, said: “We’re delighted to have K8.com on board as our official betting partner for the 2017/18 season.“I’m sure Cardiff City supporters will enjoy the competitions and ideas that they have lined up for them.”Luke Gilsenan, K8.com head of marketing, added: “We are delighted to become the official betting partner of Cardiff City Football Club.“With a loyal and passionate fan base and with the drive and ambition for promotion, this partnership will bring fantastic brand awareness for K8.com which is crucial for a new brand like ourselves.”The Bluebirds have made a flying start to the Championship season, and are currently top of the league having won seven out of their first ten games.last_img read more