The City of Miami is included among twenty-one cities and counties, several of which are sanctuary cities, that have pledged to make one million US immigrants American citizens by the end of 2017.These cities are involved in the Naturalize Now initiative. The initiative aims at preventing illegal immigrants from deportation under the Trump administration immigration policy. Although President Trump is not against legal immigration, he has promised to crack down on illegal residency in the U.S. The focus of his administration is deporting undocumented immigrants who are criminals.The other cities/counties Other municipalities in the initiative include: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Cleveland, OH; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Dayton, OH; Jersey City, NJ; Knoxville, TN; Los Angeles, CA; Montgomery County, MD; Paterson, NJ; Pittsburgh, PA; New York City, NY; Salt Lake County, UT; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, CA; South Gate, CA & Tucson, AZ.Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and other progressive elected officials have joined in the path to citizenship effort.“We celebrate our independence on July 4, and honor the values of freedom, justice, unity, and equality that make us who we are,” Garcetti said.Stronger US laws The House of Representatives passed two immigration bills June 29, “Kate’s Law” and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act. The bills exact harsher penalties on those who re-enter the US after being deported. They also put pressure on local governments to cooperate with feds on immigration enforcement.According to the Washington Examiner, the groups and elected officials behind the Naturalize Now initiative are tieing their campaign to patriotic American holidays like the Fourth of July.Miami, Miami-Dade County not official sanctuary cities Neither the City of Miami or Miami-Dade County are formerly designated as sanctuary cities. These cities are so designated because they offer sanctuary to undocumented residents against deportation. The mayors of Miami and Miami-Dad County are dedicating themselves to ensuring documented immigrants have access to becoming citizens by year’s end,Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly News
While many Democratic senators, led by Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, (D-NY), caved Monday and agreed to re-open the federal government without a deal on DACA, (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the senate’s only Jamaican roots lawmaker stood her ground and refused to blink from her position of ‘No DACA, No Deal.’Voted no againSen. Kamala Harris, (D-CA), whose father was born in Jamaica, voted “no” again Monday on a bill to re-open the federal government, arguing that the budget should have done more to protect 800,000 Dreamers nationally. Harris, who has been touted as a potential presidential contender in 2020, told CNN: “Our government made a promise to our Dreamers and it is long past time that we kept that promise. These are young people who are Americans in every respect except on paper. They have been waiting far too long to live securely in the only place they have ever called home.”Will continue protecting Dreamers from deportation“I refuse to put the lives of nearly 700,000 young people in the hands of someone who has repeatedly gone back on his word. I will do everything in my power to continue to protect Dreamers from deportation,” she added on Twitter. Harris pledged to continue to work with fellow senators to find a long-term solution for all “members of our military and national security priorities, funds for children’s health insurance and community health centers, resources for those recovering from disasters like the California wildfires, and guarantee for a future for young immigrants who are as American as all of us.”“We have 17 days to reach a bi-partisan agreement to protect Dreamers. We must pull together in this fight and get this done,” she added Tuesday. The bill to re-open the government for the next three weeks, won 80 votes (to 18 against), as more than two dozen Democrats changed their votes. Senate Majority Speaker, Mitch McConnell, (R-KY), has given a “commitment” to vote on a house bill on immigration that includes legalizing DACA recipients before February 8th.
At least four Caribbean countries have been named by the United States as major illicit drug producing countries.In its 2018 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, the State Department noted the Bahamas, Belize, Haiti and Jamaica were also described as major drug-transit countries.According to Washington, a major illicit drug producing country is one in which 1,000 hectares or more of illicit opium poppy and illicit coca is cultivated or harvested during a year; or 5,000 hectares or more of illicit cannabis is cultivated or harvested during a year.Jamaica highlightedThe report notes that Jamaica remains the largest Caribbean supplier of marijuana to the US and other Caribbean islands.“Although cocaine and synthetic drugs are not produced locally, Jamaica is a transit point for drugs trafficked from South America to North America and other international markets,” the report noted, stating that in 2016, drug production and trafficking were enabled and accompanied by organized crime, domestic and international gang activity, and police and government corruption.“Illicit drugs are also a means of exchange for illegally-trafficked firearms entering the country, exacerbating Jamaica’s security situation,” the report stated.It said drugs flow from and through Jamaica by maritime conveyance, air freight, human couriers, and private aircraft.“Marijuana and cocaine are trafficked from and through Jamaica into other Caribbean nations, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Jamaica is a transit point for cocaine moving from Central America to the United States, and some drug trafficking organizations exchange Jamaican marijuana for cocaine.”Jamaica has advantagesThe report noted factors that contribute to drug trafficking include Jamaica’s convenient geographic position as a waypoint for illicit drugs trafficked from Latin America include its lengthy, rugged, and difficult-to patrol coastline; a high volume of tourist travel and airline traffic; its status as a major transshipment hub for maritime containerized cargo, inadequate educational and employment opportunities for at-risk youth who engage in crime, and a struggling economy that encourages marijuana cultivation in rural areas.Law enforcement authorities moderately effectiveThe report notes that while the government and law enforcement authorities are committed to combating narcotics and illicit trafficking “their efforts were only moderately effective in 2016 because of insufficient resources, corruption, an inefficient criminal justice system, and the inability of lawmakers to adopt meaningful legislation to combat corruption.“In 2015, legislation to decriminalize the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana for personal use (including religious purposes) went into effect.”Belize The State Department also named Belize as the lone CARICOM country with major sources of precursor or essential chemicals used in the production of illicit narcotics.Money launderingRegarding money laundering, Washington named all the15 member CARICOM countries “whose financial institutions engage in currency transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds from international narcotics trafficking.”But it acknowledged that the “complex nature of money laundering transactions today makes it difficult in many cases to distinguish the proceeds of narcotics trafficking from the proceeds of other serious crime. “Moreover, financial institutions engaging in transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds of other serious crime are vulnerable to narcotics-related money laundering.”Washington said this year’s list of major money laundering countries “recognizes this relationship by including all countries and other jurisdictions, whose financial institutions engage in transactions involving significant amounts of proceeds from all serious crime.”
For the second time, the Lauderhill Jammers got the better of the St. Bess cricket team as the two sides faced-off last Sunday, April 29th at the John Stretch Park in Palm Beach County, Florida.St. Bess won the toss and decided to take first strike. The team was struggling at 25 for 2 in 7.4 overs when O’Brian Jones and Brian Gayle came together and staged a recovery, taking the score to 141 for 3. Jones then departed for 35 after a knock of 3 fours and 1 six and Gayle followed soon after following a well-played 66, which included 7 fours and 2 sixes.At that point, the score was 143 for 4 and after their departure, wickets kept on tumbling at regular intervals and St. Bess was eventually bowled out 175 in 37.2 overs. The only other batsman to get into double figure was Ifran Mohammed with a mere 11 runs. The pick of the bowlers for Lauderhill Jammers were Adam Khan, who bagged 5 for 37 and David Brathwaite, 2 for 37. In reply, Lauderhill Jammers got off to a flying start, posting 95 runs when the wicket of Simeon Pierre fell for 27 after a knock of 3 fours and 1 six in the 12th over. Lauderhill Jammers, however, went on to reach 176 runs in 26.1 overs, losing only 4 wickets. Mark ‘Soup Bone’ Johnson top scored with 53 runs, which included 6 fours and two massive sixes while Shawn Finley added 27 not-out, including 3 fours and 1 six. Elvis Watson contributed 23, including 2 fours, and Rajesh Sharmoi 11 helping Lauderhill Jammers win by a whopping 6 wickets. Bowling for St. Bess, Chrishna Graham grabbed 2 for 30 and Sherwlyn Powell 2 for 46.At the MAQ Ground in Delray Beach Florida, Port St. Lucie won the toss and decided to bat, posting a paltry 126 runs in 33.5 overs of their allotted 40 overs. Charles Reid added 41 and Richard Louis, 21. Bowling for Tropics United, Marcel Graham bagged 2 for 10; Terry Mills, 2 for 28 and Olive Taffe, 2 for 36. In reply, Tropics United reached 127 for 2 in 28.5 overs. Ramario Forbes was 52 not-out while Nicholas Mittoo reached 34 and Keith Bazil added 11. Bowling for Port St. Lucie, Richard Louis grabbed 1 for 24 and Elton Tucker, 1 for 44. Tropics United won by 8 wickets.
MIAMI-DADE – The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners today (January 22) passed on first reading County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava’s item that would guarantee earned paid sick and family leave for employees of businesses who do work with the County.Commissioner Levine Cava released the following statement:“All hardworking employees deserve to have time to take care of their children, their aging parents, and themselves without the risk of losing a paycheck or their job. Nobody should have to choose between going to work sick to avoid loss of pay or dismissal or staying home to get the care they or family members need. This policy would improve the lives of many of our workers. It is a moral issue and a family issue.“I am grateful to my colleagues who supported this item on its preliminary vote. I look forward to hearing from the public and my fellow Board members when this item is heard in the Health Care and County Operations committee on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 9:30 am. I am committed to working with my colleagues to address any concerns they may have about my proposal during the committee process.“Thank you to the many faith-based leaders, labor unions, women’s organizations and nonprofit representatives who took the time to attend today’s Board meeting and to speak out in support of this legislation that is critical for workers in our county. Together, we will continue to advocate for our working families.”
Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon ORYX Gaming has strengthened its iGaming offering by agreeing a new content partnership with BetGames.TV.The new partnership will give ORYX clients access to BetGames TV’s multi-channel games including Bet on Poker, Bet on Baccarat, Dice, Dice Duel, Lucky5, Lucky6, Lucky7, War of Bets and Wheel of Fortune, across desktop and mobile.Matevz Mazij, ORYX Gaming CEO stated: “Integrating BetGames.TV’s live content onto our iGaming platform will significantly strengthen our portfolio offering. BetGames.TV has an excellent multi-channel live solution and we’re expecting great results from our partnership.”BetGames.TV foremost priority is to develop and distribute interactive and innovative gaming products with a number of the most popular live games available on the market.Aiste Garneviciene, COO of BetGames.TV, added: “ORYX Gaming is a trusted business partner of ours and I am confident that our games will offer their clients the highest quality and the widest choice of unique content. We look forward to a rewarding partnership with ORYX Gaming which will clearly bring fantastic opportunities for both of us.”BetGames.TV also recently penned a deal with online operator, Pinnacle.The deal means that the BetGames.TV portfolio of games will now be available to Pinnacle players. Commenting on the partnership, the BetGames COO stated: “In a short period of time, BetGames.TV has built a deserved reputation as one of the industry’s most innovative developers specialising in high-quality live content.“Pinnacle is a very established organisation in the industry and we are delighted to be providing them with a full portfolio of our games. I’m very confident that we will enjoy a long and fruitful relationship.” Submit Related Articles
Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Brandon Walker: How Amelco is using technology to tap into new markets March 25, 2020 Join the PASPA Repeal 2nd anniversary online networking event May 13, 2020 Ben Keith, Star Sports: racing must be diverse, fun, and welcoming January 22, 2020 A strong line-up of 50 CEOs will be sharing their expertise at this month’s Betting on Sports Week on a final agenda that boasts over 120-director level speakers, and over 250 speakers across the week.The full agenda for Betting on Sports Week has been released with six Betting on Sports conference tracks, the CasinoBeats Summit, and the Esports focused conference ESI London.The event, taking place at Olympia London from 18-21 September, has now been finalised, with some of the biggest names in sports and betting, including snooker legend Ronnie ‘The Rocket’ O’Sullivan.Among the industry operators speaking are Sky Bet CEO Richard Flint, Betsson Group CEO Jesper Svensson, Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith, DraftKings CEO Jason Robins, Danske Spil CEO Niels Erik Folmann, BetBright CEO Marcus Brennan & MD Sarne Lightman, Stoiximan / Betano CEO George Daskalaki, Novibet CEO George Athanasopoulos, Fortuna Group CEO Per Widerstrom, BetBull CEO Sadok Cohen, Parimatch CEO Sergey Portnov, BetPawa CEO Kresten Buch, Paf Deputy CEO Daniela Johansson, Fitzdares CEO William Woodhams, Star Sports CEO Ben Keith, GoWild Gaming CEO Itai Zak, SlotsMillion CEO Alex Tomic, Letsbet CEO Michael Pedersen, Funfair.io CEO Jez San, and Snaitech CEO Fabio Schiavolin.Sports industry speakers include: PDC CEO Matthew Porter, David Miller, Vice President & Assistant General Council, PGA TOUR Inc, Baskonia Alavés Group Commercial Director Pablo Ortiz, PGA TOUR Inc Chief Legal Officer Len Brown, e|motion sports MD Simon Schleich, BHA Director Will Lambe, Greyhound Board of Great Britain Media and Communications Officer Simon Banks and many more.Media experts include: OneFootball CEO Lucas von Cranach, Gambling.com Group CEO Charles Gillespie, Twitter Europe Head of Large Media Gregory Owens, Facebook Head of Real Money Gaming Finbarr O’Mahony, Google Industry Head – Performance Markets Chris Harrison, Oddschecker Head of Commercial Guy Harding.There is a wealth of engaging, industry-relevant panels, a full track will be dedicated to examining opportunities in US sport betting – a topic that’s become particularly intriguing after the repeal of PASPA back in May.SBC CEO & Founder Rasmus Sojmark declared: “This is by far the most high level and detailed agenda I have seen during my time in the industry. We cover all the key sports, the USA, horse racing, casino gaming, esports, affiliates, leadership, regulation, innovation, sports betting sponsorship issues and opportunities and retail with decision makers in each sector sharing their expertise. “With extensive business and networking opportunities and our Sports Betting Hall of Fame evening at the iconic Natural History Museum on the Thursday night, I don’t think any industry stakeholder can afford to miss out on the opportunities that Betting on Sports provides.”The full Betting on Sports 2018 agenda is available for download HEREDavid Miller, Vice President & Associate General Counsel at PGA TOUR, commented: “The PGA TOUR’s business is growing increasingly international, and Betting on Sports 2018 provides us with a unique opportunity to deliver our message to a large and sophisticated global audience. We hope to educate the audience on the role that the PGA TOUR is playing in the world of integrity and gaming and on the potential for commercial opportunities with the PGA TOUR.”Andrew Winchell, Chief of Staff to New York State Senator John J. Bonacic, will also be speaking at the event, on a panel entitled ‘State of the Nation – What does the SCOTUS verdict mean in real terms?’He was similarly positive when looking ahead to #BOSWEEK: “The SBC Betting on Sports attracted my attention due to the variety of stakeholders who attend, and the ability to share insights on the future of sports betting both in the United States and globally.”Elsewhere, darts’ betting value will be examined on a panel titled ‘Bullseye – Transforming fan enthusiasm for darts into betting interest’, with PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter among the speakers.“I’m looking forward to speaking about how the growth of professional darts has developed the sport as an appealing property for bookmakers, both in terms of the number of markets offered and the volume of bets it attracts,” he explained.Alaves’ Deputy General Manager Mikel Bárcena mentioned that “SBC Events are an extremely worthwhile exercise for the club, not just for the opportunity to meet our new partner Betway, but also to gain insight into the value of betting-based partnerships and the importance of finding creative ways to engage a fanbase.”Leyton Orient CEO Danny Macklin, who is speaking at the invite only SBC Sponsorship Forum, added: “Having worked for over 13 years in both football and cricket I look forward to sharing insight from this experience. Having worked closely with a number of companies in this sector I very much look forward to the week. As always a top, must attend event.”Gambling.com CEO Charles Gillespie, who’s talking on an affiliate marketing-focused panel, summed up the magnitude of the occasion: “Betting on Sports is the premier event for showcasing the latest innovations in sports betting technology and product development. It is a must attend event for those leading businesses in the sector and others looking to break into sports betting.”Martin Haijer, Secretary General of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), described Betting on Sports as: “An unmissable event which brings together all the key players in sports betting for high-level debates and much, much more.” While Setanta Sports Media CEO Lasha Machavariani added: “BOS is the most business oriented conference in betting industry.”Trading expert Jon Thompson, Director at Corchorus, commented: “It’s a terrific networking event where I can catch up with a vast number of valued contacts under one roof. I have known the SBC Team for many years now and it is always a pleasure to be involved in their events.The co-located CasinoBeats Summit will also be held for the first time, with delegates able to move freely between the Summit and Betting on Sports.LeoVegas Casino Director Karolina Pelc is presenting at the Summit. She explained: “Live Casino is such an exciting vertical within the Online Gaming World currently experiencing rapid growth and growing interest from all sides: players, Operators and Suppliers. “While it might seem pretty straight forward, the key to success is having an understanding of its unique complexities related to operation itself, product innovation opportunities, player needs and the optimal team set up. I’ll try to discuss some of those and share some of my experience in the field.”Also speaking is Jez San OBE, CEO and Founder of Funfair Technologies, who commented: “The Summit is a great opportunity to hear about the most innovative technology and products within the casino industry. I look forward to debating with my fellow panelists and conversing with the audience on how I think the blockchain is set to revolutionise the sector through guaranteeing fairness and significantly improving player protection.”In total, almost 300 leading industry figures make up the bill, speaking across ten tracks and over 90 key sessions. Tickets are right now available at a very nice group discount – get them HEREErik Bäcklund, Group Head of Sportsbook at Kindred Group, summed up the whole event: “Betting on Sports is the fastest growing event in the industry. It has grown in just a few years from a small scale get-together to a blockbuster event that cannot be missed.”Download the full #BOSWEEK conference agenda HERE.Tickets for the event are right now available with a 25% group discount HERE.
Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Share Submit Italy’s betting market continues to grow, despite facing a number of future obstacles combined with further regulatory uncertainties under the governance of the Lega-5Star coalition government.During August, Italian betting recorded total gross-gaming-revenues (GGR) of €111 million, representing a 34% increase on corresponding 2017 results.A breakdown of August GGR figures sees growth in retail betting to €61 million (+41%), whilst licensed online betting operators recorded combined revenues of €50 million (+27%).Year-to-date, total sports betting GGR has reached €963 million, reflecting €552 million wagered in betting shops (+ 43%) and €411 million (+ 41%) wagered on authorized websites.Though betting leadership will be somewhat comforted by this growth data, it will not be reassured by Lega-5Star’s latest actions related to governing the Italian gambling sector.At present, it appears that the coalition will halt the progress of Italy revamping its operational framework for sports betting, which would have introduced new directives/requirements on cash-out functionalities and Asian handicap markets.Italian stakeholders had anticipated the operational revamp to be delivered by H2 2018, as Italy moved to expand its sports betting market with a number of new bookmaker licensees.Nevertheless, it now appears that betting leadership is back to square one, having to convince new Italian Minister of Economy Giovanni Tria that changes and reforms are wholly necessary.Anxious nerves will be further agitated by Italian Deputy PM Luigi Di Maio’s most recent verbal attack on the gambling sector, declaring ‘bad blood between the new majority and the industry’ during a Parliamentary hearing.Not holding back, Di Maio has further advised that Lega-5Star should introduce tougher legislation on bookmaker licences and slot machines allocations, set forth in Italy’s upcoming Budget review._____________Content provided by AgiproNews Italia Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon
Share Stockholm-listed sports betting technology supplier Kambi Group Plc has confirmed that it will become the lead sportsbook software supplier to White Hat Gaming, a specialist in turnkey and ‘managed services’ provisions for the online gambling sector.The partnership will see Kambi’s sportsbook software integrated within White Hat’s proprietary platform, allowing the turnkey provider to offer sportsbook services to its partner clients.Founded in 2012 by industry executive Max Wright, Malta and London based White Hat has to date primarily focused its operations for online casino. Developing a proprietary igaming platform, White Hat hosts amongst the biggest games inventory for igaming operators.One of the fastest growing enterprises in online gambling, White Hat partners include – DreamVegas, Casimba, 666Casino, Reelisland.com and 21Prive. Welcoming White Hat to sports betting, Kristian Nylén, Kambi Chief Executive Officer, said: “The performance of the Kambi Sportsbook is enhanced even further when paired with the modern and sophisticated platform partners the industry has to offer.“In teaming up with White Hat Gaming, not only have we added another quality platform and gaming option, we have partnered with a company that shares our unwavering commitment to regulatory compliance and corporate probity.”Backing Kambi software, Marc Weinberg, Chief Marketing Officer at White Hat Gaming, said: “Prospective clients are drawn to White Hat Gaming because they recognise that we are a best-in-class full-service platform, focused on regulated markets with a core business built around combining commercial optimisation with rigorous regulatory compliance.“By partnering with Kambi, a Sportsbook provider with an unrivalled pedigree and a renowned reputation for their commitment to excellence, we are able to continue to expand our offering and to do so alongside a company clearly aligned with our values and vision for the future.” Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon
Italy’s customs and monopolies agency – ADM, the governing body overseeing Italian gambling laws is reported to have finalised its long-awaited online gambling licensing procedure.Having revised Italy’s online gambling laws to include tougher AML protections and customer requirements on registration, the ADM has settled on sanctioning 67 new online gambling concessions.As communicated last February, the ADM has renewed online licenses for Italian legacy operators, Snaitech, Lottomatica, Sisal, Eurobet, Goldbet, Stanleybet and Microgame.The legacy operators are joined by established foreign incumbents William Hill, bet365, bwin, Pokerstars and Betfair all securing new ADM approvals.Settling on its final 67 concessions, the ADM welcomes new faces to Italian sports betting, with Smarkets, Pinnacle and Energybet securing online licenses.Industry analysts will be monitoring the movements of fresh Italian incumbents closely, assessing whether new players can secure growth in a marketplace adjusting to severe advertising restrictions and new tax demands.Closing 2018, the Lega-5Star coalition government passed its ‘Budget Law’ mandate sanctioning tax increases across all gambling verticals, as online sports betting taxes increased to 24% GGR duty.Following its final review process, the ADM has chosen to exclude seven operators from securing concessions – Pi Piper Ltd, Betclic Ltd, Goal & Gaming srl, Constitution of B&B online, Rabbit Entertainment, Play Live Ltd and Rating Consulting.The management of Goal&Gaming has moved to appeal its exclusion with the Administrative Court of Rome, with other rejected operators expected to appeal the ADM’s decision.The ADM closes its online licensing procedure having secured a reported €13.4 million in concessions for the Italian tax authorities, granted at €200,000 per registered applicant. Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon