US Congressman Eliot Engle urges Caribbean nationals

first_imgCongressman Eliot Engle, Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee accepts the FURI Pinnacle Award from founder of CaribNews, Dr. Carl Rodney at the 15th annual dinner dance and awards banquet of Family Unification Resettlement Initiative at Eastwood Manor Banquet Hall on Saturday, October 28, 2017.Photo by Derrick Scott One of the authors of the U.S./Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act, Congressman Eliot Engle wants the Caribbean and the US congress to work together to ensure that the Act is fully implemented and has the required resources dedicated to it so it can be successful.Measure submitted to CongressAddressing the Family Unification Resettlement Initiative (FURI) award ceremony in New York on Saturday, October 28, at Eastwood Manor Banquet Hall in Bronx, New York, Congressman Eliot Engle reported that on June 19th, the State Department submitted to Congress the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in the Caribbean, which President Obama signed into law in December 206, before leaving office.However, he said there needs to be a concerted effort to ensure that the Act succeeds as “President Trump and Secretary Tillerson have proposed a draconian and short-sighted 33 percent cut to our international affairs budget.Trump’s budget has serious cuts in funds for Caribbean“Let me break that down for the Caribbean just to show how bad this could be: In the Trump budget, overall assistance for the Caribbean would decline by 28 percent; assistance to Jamaica would be cut by 90 percent; aid to Haiti, the poorest country in the hemisphere, would be reduced by 17 percent; assistance to the Dominican Republic would drop by half; aid to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean would be cut by 41 percent and Caribbean Basin Security Initiative funding would drop by 37 percent to $36.2 million,” Engle said.Funding for CBSI remain intactCongressman Eliot Engle, who received the FURI Pinnacle Award, said the Appropriations Committee rejected the 37 percent cut to the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative or CBSI, and “I am pleased that CBSI will be funded in 2018 at the same level it was funded at in 2017: $57.7 million,” the congressman said.Need to redouble efforts“This is an important first step, but we will need to see many more improvements to the President’s 2018 international affairs budget in order to truly enhance our engagement with the Caribbean. And as we do this, we also need to redouble efforts to ensure that this funding reaches vulnerable populations, including deportees,” Engle noted.Lobby US House and SenateHe urged members of the Caribbean-American diaspora–to lobby his colleagues in the US House and Senate and make the case for funding the Caribbean. “Now is the time for action, and none of us can be complacent,” he declared.Representative Engle pointed out that an estimated three and a half million people from the Caribbean live in the United States. This accounts for nine percent of the total foreign-born population in the United States.“And, six million people self-identify as members of the Caribbean diaspora in the United States. They represent an extraordinarily rich and vibrant part of the fabric of America that do so much to make our country stronger and strengthen our ties to countries across the Caribbean,” Engle concluded.The Family Unification Resettlement Initiative, FURI, assist deported migrants upon their return to Jamaica and help reintegrate these individuals back into society… to give them the tools they need to succeed.Click link to read more on the US/Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act: Caribbean Tourism Organization calls for US/Caribbean alliancelast_img read more

Rowley unofficially launches campaign for 2020 TT general election

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley Sunday night unofficially launched the campaign for 2020 general elections here by comparing the performances of his three-year-old administration to that of the former People’s Partnership administration.A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister Saturday indicated Rowley would deliver an address to the nation that will be broadcast in two parts, but what transpired on Sunday night was a re-broadcast of an event where the prime minister addressed several political and economic issues confronting his administration since it came to office in September 7, 2015.“Mind your Business”In the first section of the broadcast titled “Mind your Business”, Rowley appeared to be setting the agenda for not only the 2020 general election, but also the upcoming Local Government and Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections that are due later this year.He told the nation that when the government came to power in 2015, the revenue from the oil and gas industry was an estimated one billion dollars compared with TT$17 billion in 2014 when the previous government headed by Kamla Persad Bissessar was still in office.He said then the price of a barrel of oil was US$90 as compared with as low as US$28 dollars during his administration’s term.He accused the past administration of providing gas companies with concessions, including complete tax write offs during the period 2013-14 that led to a further decline fin the economic situation and that it had also “wasted” more than TT$29 billion in cash that had accrued from the sale of oil and gas by state-owned entities.Rowley told the nation that projects estimated at TT$12.5 billion, which his administration is now embarking upon, including the construction of hospitals, the purchase of ferries for Tobago, tourism projects, could have been financed under the “cash” wasted by the previous administration.Rowley also defended the decision of his government to allow the Jamaica-based hotel chain, Sandals, to operate here in the next few years, noting that many Caribbean countries are befitting from the presence of the hotel chain.Rowley told the nation that in 2019, his administration has to allocate TT$68 out of every TT$100 to spend on debt payments and public sector wages, salaries and pensions.The Office of the Prime Minister said the second part of the “address” will be aired on television on Monday night.Persad Bissessar: No expectations from Part 2In an immediate reaction to the first broadcast, Persad Bissessar said “we do not expect anything from Part 2 of the Rowley show, and the Prime Minister should have spent his time focusing on viable solutions and a plan to move the country forward.“The country has long lost confidence in the PNM (People’s National Movement) and are crying out for a return to sound leadership and good governance,” she said.Persad-Bissessar is due to meet with members of the main opposition United National Congress (UNC) on Monday with the party indicating that the meeting is part of the preparation for the Local Government and general elections.last_img read more

Government moving to privatizing several assets in Jamaica

first_imgThe Jamaica government says it will, in the coming months, be looking at privatizing a number of assets under its portfolio.“In the coming months, the government will intensify its policy of full asset utilization. These assets will be made available to persons who demonstrate the drive, interest and entrepreneurship…persons who are risk takers and who will take these assets and make something of them for the people of Jamaica,” said Prime Minister Andrew Holness.He told the opening ceremony for the re-launch of the 120-room S Hotel in Montego Bay that while he sees this as a sure-fire way to boost further economic growth, “the process has to be one which is both competitive and transparent”.Holness said the assets will be disbursed through a process of divestment which will include public/private partnerships, corporatization and placing many of these assets on the Jamaica Stock Exchange, “so that you who are gathered here can also own part of these companies and claim the prosperity.Every Jamaican must benefit from the divestments“You would have heard about Wigton Wind Farm Limited, which will be placed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange very soon. I am encouraging you to look out for it and to own a piece of it. Other such profitable companies are also coming and I want you to be prepared for them,” Holness said. He added that while the idea of divesting the country’s national assets is part of a long-term plan for economic prosperity, it has to be done with the knowledge that ordinary Jamaicans will not be left out of the equation. “We can’t just have the few elites and connected persons benefitting. Every single Jamaican must benefit from the economic growth of this country.” The S Hotel, formerly Breezes Montego Bay, has been off the market for a decade, following its closure in 2009. It was sold by joint owners, NCB Staff Pension Fund and state-operated National Insurance Fund in 2011, to hotelier Christopher Issa.last_img read more

Recording Artist Sherieta Release Visuals for Second Single “Don’t Fail Me…

first_imgWatch Video HERE Kingston, Jamaica – On December 18th, Ghetto Youths’ soulful singer-songwriter Sherieta released the visuals for “Don’t Fail Me Now” off her recently released lauded EP “Conversations in Key” on Ghetto Youths International label.Under the direction of the famed video director 300K and the talented mastermind Pete Beng, the Exotique-Soul artist (a term coined to exemplify her unrestrained female energy and strength, expressed through soul music, fused with Jamaican flavor) “Don’t Fail Me Now” video oozes raw and artistic visuals void of frills and gimmicks, and with Grammy producer and musician Sean “Young Pow’ Diedrick on the piano, the latter keeps in sentiment with Sherieta’s stirring voice.Speaking on the song and the video’s meaning and inspiration, the songstress explained “I was attempting to show the contrast between what I and others tend to think that love is, and what it truly is. We tend to be selfish and self-serving in our love, possessive even, but the song and the video focus on the vulnerability and mutuality of true love.” further adding “The video was inspired by my desire to explore and understand the meaning of love, and how it influences the human experience. True love is unselfish. And when it is given, it isn’t often returned in the way we expect, but it always finds its way back (like the umbrella did)”Honing her craft working with various notable GRAMMY artists, and under the guidance of renowned label Ghetto Youths International, the Edna Manley College alumna released on August 30th, her first musical recording extended play Conversations in Key available on all major streaming platforms and digital outlets.“My songs are predominantly about perspectives, telling the story from the other side.” – Sherietalast_img read more

BREAKING: PSG Signs Kylian Mbappe From Monaco

first_imgSpeaking to PSG’s Official website. Mbappe said: “I really wanted to be a part of the club’s project, which is one of the most ambitious in Europe,”“For any young person from the Paris region, it is often a dream to wear the red and blue jersey and experience the unique atmosphere of the Parc des Princes.”The deal was made to be a loan move because of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules, which could see PSG sanctioned by Europe’s football governing body as they have already acquired the service of Neymar Jr for a world record fee this summer.“It was essential for French football that we keep and help develop such a great talent in our championship.”“Among players of his age, he is, without doubt, the most promising in the world due to his immense technical, physical and mental qualities.” PSG President, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, added.Related Paris Saint-Germain has completed the signing of youngster Kylian Mbappé from Monaco on a season long loan move.The loan deal includes an option that allows PSG sign the 18-year-old Frenchman permanently next July or a reported £160m until 2022.last_img read more

Baby on board? Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ana Ivanovic are reportedly expecting their first child.

first_imgGerman midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and retired tennis player Ana Ivanovic are reportedly expecting their first child. The couple got married in July 2016 after almost two years together. Ivanovic caused a wide spread of rumours that she was pregnant after a picture surfaced of her visiting the gynecologist few months ago. The former tennis World Number One announced her retirement from the sport in December 2016, stating that she was no longer able to play to her high standards and win big tournaments, meaning it was time to move on from professional tennis and start a new chapter in her life. She was also plagued with reoccurring injuries during her 14-year career.Schweinsteiger who is the fourth most-capped German player of all time retired from international football after the UEFA Euro 2016 in France. The former Bayern Munich and Manchester United midfielder currently plays for Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire.According to reports, a close family member disclosed that Ivanovic is already four months into her pregnancy.  Schweinsteiger and Ivanovic are yet to confirm the reports, but congratulatory messages to the couple have flooded social media.RelatedNew Addition! Schweinsteiger And Wife Expecting Their First ChildNovember 23, 2017In “Europe”Schweinsteiger Welcomes First Baby With Wife Ana Ivanovic (Photo)March 19, 2018In “Lifestyle”Islam SlimaniJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

French Ligue1: Monaco Beat Caen To Close Gap On Leaders PSG

first_imgFrench champions AS Monaco have moved within three points of league leaders Paris Saint Germain (PSG) after they secured a straightforward win over Caen at home.Monaco won through goals from Senegal international forward Keith Balde Diao and in-form Radamel Falcao to put pressure on PSG ahead of their visit to Marseille on Sunday evening. Matchday 10 ResultsAS Monaco 2-0 CaenAngers 0-1 TolouseSaint Etienne 0-1 MontpellierAmiens 1-0 BordeauxStade Rennes 1-0 LilleMetz 1-2 DijonNantes 2-1 GuingampStandings (Top 2):PSG 25 pointsAS Monaco 22 points RelatedFrench Ligue 1 Review: Monaco Close Gap On Leaders PSG With Bordeaux VictoryOctober 29, 2017In “Europe”Ligue 1 Review: Monaco Lose Two-Goal Lead In Tolouse Draw As Champions Fail To Narrow Gap On PSGFebruary 25, 2018In “Europe”Ligue 1 Review: PSG Extend Lead With Slim Win As Monaco Thrash Angers Into Second SpotFebruary 11, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Premier League Review (Saturday): United Edge Tottenham As City, Chelsea And Arsenal Win To…

first_img Tottenham Hotspur 20 points Manchester United 23 points Arsenal 19 points      6. Liverpool 16 pointsRelatedPremier League Watch: Manchester City Extend Lead As United Drop Points AgainDecember 24, 2017In “England”Premier League Review: United, Chelsea Narrow Gap On Leaders CityDecember 3, 2017In “England”Premier League Review: Manchester United See Off Chelsea To Go Second As Tottenham Secure Top Four Spot With Late WinFebruary 25, 2018In “England” Chelsea 19 points Manchester United kept the pressure on league leaders and city rivals Manchester City with a slim 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their Matchday 10 clash at Old Trafford.Substitute Anthony Martial was the matchwinner for José Mourinho’s men after he netted with nine minutes left of the absorbing encounter with a fellow title rival.Manchester City maintained their five points lead over United with a 3-2 win at West Bromwich with Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and substitute Raheem Sterling while new summer signing Jay Rodriguez and Matt Philips got the goals for the home side.Chelsea remain in 4th spot behind leaders City, United and Tottenham following their 1-0 win at Bournemouth courtesy an Eden Hazard strike while London rivals Arsenal are in 5th position with inferior goal difference after they came back from a goal down to secure victory for the third time in six days.Sam Clucas scored his first goal for Swansea City to give the Welsh side a first half lead but goals from Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey turned the match in Arsenal’s favour for a 2-1 win.Liverpool have moved into the top 6 after a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town at home through goals from Daniel Sturridge, Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum. Matchday 10 Results (Saturday):Crystal Palace 2-2 West HamManchester United 1-0 Tottenham HotspurArsenal 2-1 Swansea CityWatford 0-1 Stoke CityBournemouth 0-1 ChelseaWest Brom 2-3 Manchester CityLiverpool 3-0 Huddersfield TownStandings (Top 6): Manchester City 28 pointslast_img read more

HiPay uses Intelligence to analyse customer payment data

first_img Betting & gaming operators join line-up for SBC Digital Summit’s Payments Day April 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Revolut suspends all UK gambling payments April 17, 2020 SBC Digital Summit Latinoamérica’s Land-Based 2.0 track to focus on casinos, lotteries & payments June 11, 2020 Share HiPay, a fintech company specialising in payments, has launched HiPay Intelligence – an innovative solution that will give merchants a 360° view of their client data.While merchants already have several existing tools that enable them to further understand their clients’ browsing behavior, HiPay believes that payment data is still under-exploited. It is an unparalleled source of information analysis of which can lead to a better understanding of customers’ purchase habits at the final step of the sale: payment. This additional data point allows merchants to refine their client acquisition tactics and improve the overall customer experience while increasing sales.Cyril Tanneau, Head of Data & Analytics at HiPay, explains why it developed the new interface that gives access to a wide range of client data analysis reports and dashboards.“With this 100% proprietary solution, merchants are able to combine their data from multiple sources and receive proactive alerts and notifications to help to make timely business decisions. They will also be able to directly annotate graphics from the user interface to facilitate internal information sharing.“One of HiPay Intelligence’s unique features is that data from Google Analytics can be easily integrated into the platform. Merchants will then have a complete view of their payment funnel and customers’ clickstream data that will allow them, for example, to segment the markets of their audience. In short, merchants are now able to analyse and respond to all data gathered on their website from just one platform: HiPay Intelligence.”To develop the product, HiPay worked with industry leading merchants, taking into account their use cases and requirements concerning payment data analysis. This led to the development of over 50 reports and dashboards adapted to data mining to better enable merchants to capitalise on new business opportunities.HiPay CEO Grégoire Bourdin added: “This new product, one of the benefits of our investments in innovation, has a definite future for e-commerce pure-players as well as physical store brands. To accompany our clients’ omnichannel strategy development, our solution allows data gathered online and in-store to be analysed together offering a seamless user experience irrespective of the sales channel. Omnichannel is of strategic importance to our clients’ businesses. The teams at HiPay are here to accompany these initiatives and offer intelligent solutions.” Related Articleslast_img read more

Tipbet upgrades in-store systems & software

first_img Related Articles Share Submit Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Malta-based German sports betting group Tipbet has informed that it has upgraded its in-store terminal systems across its entire retail portfolio, with a view to enhancing ‘customer usability and staff efficiency’. The upgrade follows the launch of the Tipbet 2.0 software across all platforms; terminals, cash-points and websites. Announcing the launch, Tipbet management stated that it wanted its franchisees to work more productively whilst offering best value and services for customers.Moving forward, Tipbet retail systems will feature a new interface, built with ‘intuitive controls’ making it easier for customers to navigate markets and prices. The system, further allows for greater user preferences, allowing for customers to choose interface design (theme, colour, brightness).A major new system feature added to Tipbet provisions has been the inclusion of ‘bet slip buy-back options’, which will allow its betting shops to offer ‘cash-out’ markets for the first time on selected markets.From an operational standpoint, Tipbet systems have been improved with a deeper integration of Cashpoint back-office provisions. Tipbet franchise owners will be supported with better insight on staff accountability, market data and in-store productivity.Tipbet management has fully detailed its newly launched terminal systems at read more