The British government says Commonwealth nationals, including those from the Caribbean, who came to Britain between 1948 and 1973 will have their status formalized following the controversy that erupted over the so-called undocumented United Kingdom (UK) immigrants.ApologyHome Secretary Amber Rudd in a statement to Parliament on Monday apologized for the change in immigration rules even as opposition legislators called for her resignation.“This should never have happened. We need to show a human face to how we work and exercise greater judgement where it is justified,” Rudd told Parliament , adding that all Home Office records dating back to 2002 would be checked to see if anyone had been wrongly deported.State let immigrants down“The state has let these people down, travel documents denied, exclusions of returning to the UK, benefits cut and threats to deport. This has happened for some time. I will put this right and where people have suffered loss, they will be compensated,” she told law makers.Last week, Prime Minister Theresa May publicly apologized to Caribbean countries as she met with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders to discuss the situation of pre-1971 Caribbean undocumented UK immigrants.“I want to apologise to you today. Because we are genuinely sorry for any anxiety that has been caused,” she said, adding “I want to dispel any impression that my government is in some sense clamping down on Commonwealth citizens, particularly those from the Caribbean,” May told the regional leaders.“Those who arrived from the Caribbean before 1973 and lived here permanently without significant periods of time away in the last 30 years have the right to remain in the UK.Compensations to speed upRudd has promised to speed up the compensation for anyone who had “suffered loss” and that the citizenship offer would apply not just to the families of Caribbean migrants who came to the UK between 1948 and 1973 but anyone from other Commonwealth nations who settled in the UK over the same period.Labour’s David Lammy, a leading campaigner for justice for Windrush families, said they were being offered something which was already their right.He called on the government to help others who also made their life in the UK after World War Two but who might not get equal treatment.“They are from countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Ghana and Uganda. Many of these people have temporary leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain. It is unfair. They were born under Empire,” Lammy added.
West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite will turn out for Kent Spitfires in the England T20 Blast, after penning a four-match contract.The 29-year-old will play the County’s opening four fixtures of the tournament which runs from July 4 to September 15.Brathwaite, currently with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, said he was looking forward to the stint.“I have a good relationship with Sam Billings, having played in the same team at the IPL and BBL,” the Barbadian said.“Sam chatted to me about the opportunity to join and has told me a lot about the great support and atmosphere on T20 nights.“I hope I can entertain the supporters and am looking forward to joining up with the Spitfires squad.”Brathwaite shot to prominence in the final of the T20 World Cup in India when he blasted sixes off the first four balls of the last over from England’s Ben Stokes, to lift the Windies to a dramatic win.He is a big-hitting right-hander who bowls steady medium pace, and captains the West Indies side.Kent’s director of cricket, Paul Downton, said Brathwaite’s skills set would be asset to the club’s campaign. “Carlos is a proven match winner. He is an explosive ball striker and a skillful white-ball bowler with good variations and extensive experience in the 20-over format,” Downton explained.“We are excited that Carlos will be with us for the start of our Vitality Blast campaign. I’m sure he’ll make an impact in his brief spell with the Spitfires.”Brathwaite will link up with the Spitfires side ahead of their opening group fixture against Surrey on July 6.
In sparse recognition of the Jamaica Diaspora, City of Miramar Commissioner and Radio WAVS veteran broadcaster, Winston Barnes, is one of only two Jamaican Americans who are among 130 recipients of hors and awards announced by the Jamaican government on August 6, the 56th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence.Barnes was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander, for “dedication to the Jamaican music industry and media.”Congresswoman Yvette Clarke Caribbean American Congresswoman from New York, Yvette Clarke was also honored with the Order of Distinction – Commander. The congresswoman was honored for “Distinguished contribution in safeguarding the Interests of Jamaican nationals in the USA Diaspora on immigration matters.”Belafonte receives highest honor The highest honor awarded, the Jamaica Order of Merit went to the perennially popular Jamaican-American entertainer Harry Belafonte and civil rights activist for “outstanding contribution in the field of music.” The Jamaican honors and awards will be presented to the recipients at a special ceremony on the grounds of Kings House, the residence of Jamaica’s Governor General on National Heroes Day, October 15. Order of Jamaica The second highest honor, the Order of Jamaica, was awarded to:Godfrey Dyer, Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund, for “exceptional contribution in the field of tourism”; Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica National Group Earl Jarrett, for “exceptional contribution to the banking and financial sectors, public service and volunteerism”; singer/song writer and actress Grace Jones for “exceptional contribution in the field of Entertainment internationally”; and Giuseppe Francesco Maffessanti for his “exceptional contribution to the construction industry, social development, welfare and philanthropy.”Other recipients of OD-Commander Among those have been also honored with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander are Michael Ammar Junior; Olympian swimmer Alia Atkinson; Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis; Justices Courtney Daye and Leighton Pusey; Trade Unionist Senator Kavan Gayle; politician Maxine Henry-Wilson, business woman Jean Lowrie-Chin,and Jamaica’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom Seth George Ramocan.Recipients OD – Officer Some of the recipients of the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer include entertainer Winston “Yellowman” Foster, broadcaster Dermot Hussey; cultural commentator Barbara Blake-Hannah; writer/storyteller Joan Andrea Hutchinson, former Deputy Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant and Chief Education Officer in the Education Ministry Dr Grace McLean.
West Paw stalked from the break, leading the pack in chase of the pace-setter Silent Charity who pulled the field through fractions of 23.22 seconds for the quarter mile and 46.62 for the half-mile, opening up a three length lead. Woodbine opened on June 6 following a near two-month delay due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto. The six-year-old bay mare endured a rough trip under Husbands, boxed in early on along the rails as 11-1 bet Short Summer Dress produced the early splits under challenge from Miss Behave and La Chauffeur in a tightly bunched field. Piper’s Legacy was still squeezed in along the rails in fifth with a furlong to run but when fourth placed Miss Bobbit faded, a seam opened up and Husbands rallied the mare, split the two front-runners to catch Miss Behave on the line. At the half-mile run in 45.60, Piper’s Legacy remained trapped down on the inside in seventh, with heavy traffic ahead of her heading into the final turn. TORONTO, Canada – Veteran Barbadian rider Patrick Husbands tasted success for the first time in the new Woodbine season when he produced two winners on Saturday’s 11-race card. Silent Charity led into the stretch but Husbands brought West Paw with a storming run to grab the lead with a furlong to run and then hold off the fast-finishing Vespolina and Cool Society to reach the wire first. The seven-time champion, who turned 47 last month, scored with 4-1 chance West Paw in the CAN$60 200 race two before returning in the $101 200 race 10 to win with 7-2 bet Piper’s Legacy. Patrick Husbands in the winner’s enclosure with Piper’s Legacy. And Husbands had gone 19 rides without success until he paired with Mark Casse’s three-year-old roan filly West Paw to edge the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by a neck, in a 6-½ furlong sprint. Husbands’s second win came in another 6-½ furlong trip when he put on show every bit of his brilliance to carry the Donald MacRae-trained Piper’s Legacy to victory over the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares in a photo finish. CMC
Related Week 5 Results:Leganes 0-0 GironaBarcelona 6-1 EibarValencia 5-0 MalagaAthletic Bilbao 1-2 Atletico MadridReal Madrid 0-1 Real BetisSevilla 1-0 Las Palmas La Liga champions Real Madrid continued their indifferent start to the season following a shock 1-0 loss to less fancied Real Betis in a Matchday 5 clash at the Santiago Bernebeu.Zinedine Zidane’s men went into the game on the back of two successive draws (against Valencia and Levante) but were boosted by the return of star forward Cristiano Ronaldo but that didn’t help their finishing prowess in front of goal as they (Ronaldo inclusive) squandered the chances created against the well organised Real Betis team.The Los Merengues eventually paid for their lacklustre display as Antonio Sanabria scored for Quique Setien’s side in added time to hand his side the maximum points at stake.With the loss, Real Madrid lost further grounds to arch rivals Barcelona in the race for the La Liga title with seven points now separating them from the leaders. The European champions also failed to score for the first time in 74 games since the goalless draw with Manchester City during the 2015/16 season.
Bundesliga pacesetters Borussia Dortmund have extended their lead at the top of the table to two points after thrashing Borussia Moenchengladbach 6-1 at the Signa Iduna Park.Former African footballer of the year, Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang netted a hattrick either side of Maximilian Philipp’s brace and Julian Weigl’s goal while Lars Stindl got the consolation goal for the away side.The convincing victory over Gladbach takes the point tally for Peter Bosz’s side to 16 points ahead of TSG Hoffenheim (14 points), German champions Bayern Munich (13 points) and Augsburg (11 points) as the race for the title begins to gather pace. Related
Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles West Bromwich Albion FC (WBA) has teamed up with sports betting and casino brand 12BET for the club’s first ever shirt sleeve sponsorship deal.The deal will see the 12BET, an in-play focused operator formed in 2007, displayed on both the shirt sleeve for the playing shirts and on Baggies’ training wear.12BET Spokesman Rory Anderson commented: “We are excited to be the first ever betting company to partner with a Premier League club as both Shirt Arm and Training Wear partner.Simon King, WBA Chief Commercial Officer, added: “The sustained success of West Brom in the Premier League makes them a great fit for 12BET, who have a long-standing heritage as a recognisable Premier League brand. 12BET are a reputable brand with a rich history of working in the Premier League.“To have been identified as an exciting prospect by the company highlights the growth the club has made globally in recent years. With strong Asian links continuing to grow, this was instantly recognised as a perfect partnership.”Saturday’s Premier League opener against Bournemouth will put the sponsorship on show for the first time. It comes just a few weeks after 12BET became the ‘Official Sponsorship Partner’ of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) 2017 World Championships. Share Submit StumbleUpon Share Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020
StumbleUpon Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Brazil to issue initial plans on Caixa Loterias sale August 17, 2020 Share Jay GendronUpdating the market, New York-listed gambling technology supplier IGT Group has confirmed that it has secured a seven-year contract extension as lead systems provider for the Californian Lottery (Calottery).The agreement will see IGT continue to service player management and shop terminal provisions for the Calottery (flagship product), with its extension in place until October 2026.The Californian Lottery has been a partner of IGT since 1986. At present the Calottery is the second biggest US lottery, generating approximately $91.4 billion in sales, and contributing nearly $31 billion to public education since its inception in 1985.A pleased Jay Gendron IGT Group Senior VP of North America commented on the extension “IGT and the California Lottery have enjoyed a long and successful partnership for more than three decades. We have assisted the Lottery in increasing sales and funds for education exponentially over the past several years, including in its most recent audited fiscal year with lottery sales of $6.276 billion and $1.587 billion returned to education,”The extension will see IGT provide a number of upgrades for the Californian Lottery, including its new backend reporting system Aurora alongside IGT OpenRetail a new retail single application retail software. Related Articles Submit Share Caixa chairman seeks to offload Brazil lottery assets by 2021 July 27, 2020
Ainsworth names Danny Gladstone as new chairman September 27, 2019 Related Articles Harald Neumann ends tenure as Novomatic CEO March 2, 2020 Share Novomatic Group AG’s Australian gaming machine manufacturer and supplier Ainsworth Game Technology (Ainsworth), has confirmed the appointment of Lawrence Levy as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).The appointment, sees Ainsworth complete its 6-month executive search to find the leadership replacement of long-term CEO incumbent Danny Gladstone, who last September announced his pending departure set for June 2019.A seasoned industry executive in gaming operations and international development, Lawrence Levy has formerly served as Novomatic Group Vice President of Group Sales.Furthermore, during his ten-year executive tenure at Novomatic, Levy led casino and area management divisions for South and Central America operations as a VP and Regional General Manager.Updating investors, Ainsworth Executive Chairman Graeme Campbell commented on the appointment of Levy – “I am confident that Lawrence will further assist the company to achieve its strategies to become a leading provider of innovative gaming technology to the global market”.In its update, Ainsworth confirms that Levy’s appointment will be made effective from 1 July 2019. In its update, Ainsworth governance further confirms that Danny Gladstone will continue to act as a corporate advisor. Triennial cut impacts Inspired performance March 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit
There’s not many people out there that have the joy of watching Dota 2 and getting paid for it. Usually, the privilege is reserved for a select few – be it analysts, commentators or professional players. However, there’s a few other roles about which give you the luxury too.With the esports betting space continuing to grow, BlinkPool, an esports focused start-up based in London are looking to continue their rapid expansion. There’s currently a team of around 15 – but as they expand, they continue to look for new members of the team. Currently, one of the roles around Dota 2 is the Esports Market Maker role at BlinkPool. We spoke to Zambrella, an existing market maker to find out exactly what the role entails.Watching DOTA every day (and getting paid for it) is usually reserved for pro players, casters and analysts. However, there is another option that allows you to watch DOTA every day and that’s by being an Esports Market Maker at BlinkPool. BlinkPool is an esports focused start-up based in London. Currently they’re a team of 15 but as they expand their offering they’re looking to grow the team. To find out what’s involved we got in contact with Zambrella, who is currently an Esports Market Maker at BlinkPool.ESI: What is BlinkPool?Zambrella: BlinkPool is an esports trading platform that offers viewers of live DOTA 2 games ‘markets’ (better thought of as questions), about in-game events, to wager on. They are parimutuel markets meaning that users on BlinkPool are playing against each other and not against the house.What is an Esports Market Maker?Zambrella: My job is to create interesting and engaging markets (questions) for BlinkPool users to wager on. This is done using a combination of BlinkPool’s state of the art computer vision technology and my knowledge of the game.ESI: How did you become an Esports Market Maker?Zambrella:I started by playing in and casting an amateur UK DOTA 2 tournament which was run by Suraj, one of BlinkPool’s co-founders. At that point, BlinkPool was in its infancy but Suraj let me know what he was working on and asked if I wanted to get involved. It sounded interesting so I said yes. One year later and here I am.ESI: What else do you have to do apart from watching the game?Zambrella: As mentioned earlier, it is my job to offer different markets to viewers. I have to analyze the live matches using my knowledge of the game as well as use their custom software. The software uses proprietary computer vision technology and artificial intelligence to suggest markets that I could offer to the viewers, but it’s my decision on what specific market we offer. I will be listening to the casters, paying attention to twitch chat and thinking about interesting situations that will probably draw the audience’s attention in the next few minutes.ESI: Does it ever get boring?Zambrella: There are times where it can get a little monotonous, especially when teams are idle. At the moment the current DOTA patch favours activity so, for the vast majority of the time, it’s interesting.ESI: What’s the best thing about being an Esports Market Maker?Zambrella: Being involved in the esports scene is great. I understand all the memes hitting Reddit and my MMR has increased (watching pros play really does help). On top of that, I get to do it at home.What’s the worst thing about being an Esports Market Maker?Zambrella: Market Making can be really intense and a lot of the time I’m focused on the numbers and analyzing the game instead of passively spectating. This means I might miss an epic play (or fail) because I was interpreting the stats provided by BlinkPool’s custom software.BlinkPool is currently looking for more Esports Market Makers so head on over to blinkpool.com/careers to find out how to apply.