MIA Workers restive

first_imgWorkers at the Miami International Airport are restive Miami International Airport (MIA) workers made a special presentation to the Miami-Dade County Commission on Tuesday morning, claiming Ultra Aviation — an MIA airline contractor for Avianca, LATAM and other international airlines — has violated the county’s Living Wage Ordinance by shorting workers tens of thousands of dollars.The workers, including baggage handlers and lobby agents, are covered under the Living Wage Ordinance, which requires companies to pay $12.63 per hour with qualifying health insurance benefits, or $15.52 per hour without those benefits.A nationally-renowned health insurance expert, Kathryn Bakich, the National Healthcare Compliance Practice Leader and VP of the Segal Group, testified at the meeting that Ultra’s health plan does not meet legal standards, and that the company is unlawfully avoiding paying the higher wage.Dozens of workers, including Haitian and Hispanic-Americans,   rallied outside commission chambers at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center in downtown Miami. They bore signs and stickers saying,“Don’t let our wages fly away”. One of the protestors, Javier Virgo, a customer service agent said,“I went to the emergency room because I was vomiting and feeling very sick. I thought I was covered by my insurance. Later I received a bill for more than $1,500 and it turns out that the insurance doesn’t even cover this bill. This whole time I’ve been earning about two dollars less an hour because I was supposedly covered. I could have probably saved that money myself and used it to pay for the hospital visit.”Ultra is the only airline subcontractor that requires their employees to sign up for their health insurance, allowing the company to pay workers $12.63 instead of $15.52 and provide health insurance. However, Ultra’s health plan fails to provide coverage for all ten essential benefits as required by law. It provides no coverage for pediatric care, mental health or substance abuse care, nor does it cover rehabilitative service like physical therapy.The workers are urging the county commission to intervene on their behalf to insist Ultra Aviation comply with the county’s Living Wage Ordinance, pay the wages stipulated and provide the requisite health benefit.last_img read more

Dignitaries attended celebration of Caribbean Emancipation Day in the City of…

first_imgHazelle Rogers On August 1, 2018, over 80 students participated in the annual Caribbean Emancipation Day/Juneteenth Infusion celebration that was held at the Church of the Atonement in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. This two-part event was hosted by the Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition in association with Mayor Hazelle Rogers. Part one of the event began at 2pm and involved students discussing the similarities between Caribbean Emancipation and Juneteenth. Later in the evening, during the reception, awards and recognition were presented by various dignitaries.The Caribbean Emancipation Day holiday marks the end of slavery in the British Empire.  It is a public holiday in several Caribbean countries and although the holiday commemorates events that took place on August 1, 1834, it may be celebrated on different days depending on the country.  Mayor Rogers took this opportunity to have a conversation to discuss both important holidays with some of the City’s youth. During the awards segment, Judge Renatha Francis presented a Proclamation to Former Lieutenant Governor, Jennifer Carroll.  State Senator Daphne Campbell and Mayor Hazelle Rogers were also recognized by Former Lt. Gov. Carroll for their dedication and engagement in Caribbean Heritage Day in Tallahassee. Honorary Consul Ramzan Roshanali shared history of Caribbean Emancipation and received a Proclamation on behalf of the Diaspora. City Manager Phil Alleyne and BSO District Chief, Captain Andrew Dunbar, met and dialogued with students, dignitaries, residents and parishioners during the celebration. Caribbean Heritage 2018 scholarship winner was also recognized.The annual Caribbean Emancipation Day Celebration was a great success and will be remembered for years to come by the participating youth.last_img read more

Guyana Makes Another Oil Discovery

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – The Guyana government announced, on January 27, that the US-based oil giant, ExxonMobil, has made its 16th oil discovery, offshore Guyana.Director in the Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe, said the new discovery was made, northeast of the producing Liza field at the Uaru well, on the Stabroek Block.He said this new discovery, coupled with all other discoveries, brings the estimated resource for the Stabroek Block to more than eight billion oil-equivalent barrels.“The Co-operative Republic of Guyana welcomes this new discovery, which follows, closely, on the heels of the start of oil production on December 20, 2019. All Guyanese should welcome this new discovery and should begin to appreciate that the nation is on the cusp of major economic transformation and sustained development.“The Department of Energy remains committed to working with its partners and ecosystem of agencies, to ensure that the benefits from the sector, both direct and indirect, redound to every Guyanese,” Bynoe said.A government statement said that the Uaru well encountered approximately 94 feet (29 metres) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir. The well, drilled in 6,342 feet (1,933 metres) of water, is located, approximately 10 miles (16 kilometres), northeast of the Liza field, which started oil production in December 2019.“The petroleum sector is already stimulating increased employment and expanded services, and we are expecting a ramping up of these benefits during the Decade of Development (2020-2029), which is aimed at ensuring that the country’s petroleum resources are utilised to improve citizens’ quality of life and retaining greater value from the sector for Guyana and Guyanese,” Bynoe added.The government statement said that additionally, by the second quarter of 2020, production from the Liza Phase 1 development will produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil, daily, utilizing the floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), Liza Destiny.“Under the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) governing the Stabroek Block, the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana will be receiving, at a minimum, two percent royalty on all oil produced in the Block, plus 12.5 percent profit oil. As the capital and operating costs are liquidated, Guyana’s share of profit oil will increase,” the statement said.The Liza Unity FPSO, which will be employed for the second phase of Liza development and will have a production capacity of 220,000 barrels of oil per day, is under construction and expected to start production by mid-2022, the statement added.Earlier this month, the UK-based company, Tullow Oil, announced that it had discovered a higher quality of crude oil, offshore Guyana, in the Carapa-1 well, within the Kanuku licence.According to the company, while the well hit only four metres net oil pay, which was below pre-drill expectations, the discovery is in the Cretaceous play and is higher quality crude – rather than the heavy, sulphurous oil found last year in the Orinduik licence block.A vessel carrying Guyana’s first-ever shipment of crude set sail, last Monday, bound for the U.S. Gulf Coast, making Guyana the latest country to debut as an oil exporter.last_img read more

Adekuoroye Claims Nigeria’s First-Ever Silver At World Wrestling Championships

first_imgCommonwealth champion Odunayo Adekuoroye has lost the final of 55kg freestyle event at the World Wrestling Championships in Paris, France.The Ondo-born wrestling sensation lost to Japan’s Haruna OKUNO 5-4 in a keenly contested bout to settle for the silver medal.55kg Gold: Haruna OKUNO (JPN) vs. Odunayo ADEKUOROYE (NGR) https://t.co/OYl8RjtsrF #Lutte2017 pic.twitter.com/o5H9MXp9R1— World Wrestling (@wrestling) August 23, 2017Adekuoroye, who became the first Nigerian to reach the World Wrestling Championships final, won bronze in the competition two years ago in Las Vegas.RelatedBREAKING: Nigeria’s Adekuoroye Reaches World Wrestling Championships FinalAugust 23, 2017In “Nigeria”AUDIO: Team Nigeria’s Performance At World ChampionShips Excites IgaliAugust 25, 2017In “Nigeria”WRESTLING: NWF Plans Improved Preparation For Upcoming Championships – Igali (AUDIO)August 28, 2018In “Africa”last_img read more

Lineker To Conduct World Cup Final Draw

first_imgPhoto Credit: FIFA RelatedWorld Cup Draw: Host Lineker Reveals Nigeria In Group Of Death In Mock VersionNovember 24, 2017In “National Team”7 World Cup Legends To Assist Lineker For Russia 2018 DrawNovember 21, 2017In “FIFA”Gary Lineker Brands Maradona ‘A Laughing Stock’ After Celebrations Against NigeriaJune 27, 2018In “FIFA” Legendary World Cup striker Gary Lineker has been picked to conduct the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final Draw scheduled for the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1.Lineker, who won the adidas Golden Boot at Mexico 1986 and is a TV Presenter, will be ably supported by Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya and eight draw assistants including Russian football legend Nikita Simonyan.The other seven and the presenters of the show will be unveiled in the coming days.Speaking on his role, Lineker said: “As a player, I was fortunate enough to take part in the World Cup finals on two occasions. It is quite special to be involved in yet another tournament — now on the stage, unveiling the results of the draw. I have been on the other side, waiting to find out my opponents, and I know how exciting this occasion is.”On the invitation extended to Lineker, FIFA Deputy Secretary General Zvonimir Boban said: “We at FIFA are really pleased that Gary has accepted our invitation and that he will be with us for such an important occasion for the world of football. Following a football career as a legendary goalscorer, which was marked with a burning passion for the game, Gary continued in the same light as a football expert. His honest and open views together with his in-depth knowledge of the game greatly enrich the world of football journalism. It is therefore an honour that Gary will conduct the Final Draw for the World Cup in Russia.”Komandnaya also spoke about the World Cup. She said: “The draw is an extraordinary time.”“Millions of fans are holding their breath, hoping their dreams will come true. It’s the time when the World Cup officially begins.“I believe that football is a universal language, capable of bringing people together from all around the world. And it’s the time when all of us can speak football. I’m so thrilled to have the chance to help conduct one of the greatest sports events. I want to show fans how beautiful my country is and how excited we are to host the World Cup. We are so passionate about what we do, and about football. Believe me, it will be a truly extraordinary event.” she added.last_img read more

Boylesports continues home expansion acquiring JP Bookmakers network

Share Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles BoyleSports signs Coventry City sponsorship August 21, 2020 Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Boylesports, Ireland’s second largest bookmaker, continues its home market expansion confirming that it has purchased the retail network of JP Bookmakers from independent operator JP McGuinness.Updating the market, Boylesports informs that it will takeover JP Bookmakers six betting shops located in the West of Ireland.  The new retail assets will be rebranded as Boylesports outlets, and integrated within the firm’s Irish retail network of 240 betting shops.Confirming the acquisition, Boylesports governance stated that takeover of JP Bookmakers assets was needed to increase the firm’s retail coverage within the West and North West of Ireland.   Taking over JP Bookmakers’ retail inventory, Boylesports CEO Conor Gray welcomed the acquisition and praised JP McGuinness for his success as an Irish independent bookmaker.“JP McGuinness has done a great job in building up one of the most successful independent bookmakers in the west of Ireland with a very loyal customer base,”“This acquisition, which gives Boylesports a greater presence in the West and North West, will be a great fit with our existing network.”2017, was a defining year for Boylesports, as company founder and John Boyle stepped down from active duty with the company, handing leadership to his son-in-law Conor Gray as new Chief Executive. read more

Winners.bet gets the green light to expand into Malta

first_img Submit Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Share Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Esports operator Winners.bet has been given the green light to begin operations in Malta after it was granted a betting licence from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).Under the conditions of its new licence, Winners.bet will provide the esports community with the chance to place bets on all the major games including League of Legends (LOL), CS:GO, DOTA2, KOG, Starcraft and Rainbow Six.The esports platform, powered by BetConstruct, will be available in 22 languages, and also comes with Partial, Full and Auto cash out functionality, multiple odds formats, expert risk management and reporting tools to monitor the number of matches streamed each month.Karine Kocharyan, head of licensing and certification at BetConstruct, said: “Going hand in hand with our partner Winners.bet through the journey of acquiring MGA licence was an exciting experience with a rewarding outcome for our endless efforts.“We believe that our comprehensive B2B product portfolio will ensure the best client satisfaction to the customers of Winners.bet.”Users will also have access to relevant news on teams and roster changes, tournament updates via the Win.gg media platform.Players on Winners.bet will subsequently be able to place bets on more than 500 annual tournaments – averaging out at more than 17,000 games each streamed in 50+ markets – while watching event streams and customising their experience with a number of options.James Zerafa, Winners.bet’s head of trading, added: “Every decision we make will revolve around the esports community. Whether it be user experience, design, or product, we are making sure it appeals to the esports audience as a whole. We are committed to listening to our users, collecting feedback, and being proactive about it.”last_img read more

Former international cricketer Nasir Jamshed jailed for T20 spot-fixing

first_img Submit Following investigations by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA), former Pakistan international cricketer Nasir Jamshed has been sentenced to 17 months in prison after implementing spot-fixing practices in a variety of T20 tournaments in Bangladesh and Pakistan.In a statement issued by the NCA on Friday, it was revealed that Jamshed alongside British nationals Yousef Anwar and Mohammed Ijaz admitted conspiring to spot-fix multiple Bangladesh Premier League games in 2016.As opposed to match-fixing, spot-fixing refers to illegal activities in a sport that is unrelated to the final result, however, could be bet on. An obvious example in cricket could be how many no-balls a cricketer will throw in a match.The NCA detailed in a statement: “Using an undercover officer, NCA investigators identified that the group were plotting to fix elements of the 2016 Bangladesh Premier League T20 tournament which Jamshed was due to play in.”The test batsmen joins a growing list of cricketers who have been jailed due to spot-fixing. Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were handed prison sentences in Britain in 2011 for plotting to hinder their performances during 2010’a test match against England.The cricketer had already been banned from competitive play for 10 years in 2018 after being a major participant in 2017’s well documented Pakistan Super League spot-fixing scandal. Judge Richard Mansell QC, during the sentencing at the Manchester Crown Court, added: “By far the most insidious consequence of these offences is the undermining of public confidence in the integrity of the sporting contest, not simply in the individual match directly affected but in the game of cricket generally.“Corruption of this kind has sadly been taking place in the game of cricket for a very long time.”Following Jamshed’s convictions, Anwar was sentenced to serve 40 months in prison, whilst Ijaz was issued with a 30-month sentence. Jamshed’s wife Dr Samara Afza, wrote via Twitter: “Today is the most difficult day of my life. I’ve felt the need to write this in the hope that others learn from Nasir’s mistakes.“Nasir could have had a bright future, had he worked hard and been committed to the sport than gave him so much, but he took a shortcut and lost everything, his career, status, respect and freedom,“He would have got UK nationality and played county cricket, and he threw his chance away. He would do anything to turn the clock back and not lose everything. I hope all cricketers look at his example as a deterrent against corruption.” Share MGA and ICC form data-sharing collaboration April 21, 2020 SBC Roundtable: A new ‘Pace’ for live cricket trading July 8, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020last_img read more

SBTech confident of resuming full client operations following cyberattack

first_img Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Share Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Sportsbooks powered by SBTech are to resume operations as early as today as the company continues to respond to a cyberattack that resulted in all the betting technology provider’s data centres going offline over the weekend. The attack did not result in a data breach, SBC understands.The more than 50 sportsbooks reliant on the provider were taken offline last Friday night and Saturday morning after the early detection of a serious cyber attack via the SBTech monitoring systems.Since then, SBTech client betting operations including those run in Europe by 10Bet, Bethard, Betway, Mansion, NetBet and VirginBet have carried a maintenance message. BetAmerica, the Churchill Downs brand powered by SBTech in the US, was also affected, along with the Oregon Lottery Scoreboard product.The threat itself has been addressed and SBC understands criminal investigations have been launched across a number of jurisdictions, including in the US.SBTech is continuing the process of relaunching with each of its clients, with many now in the final stages and undergoing UAT (user acceptance tests).SBC also understands that SBTech is also working closely with a number of regulators as part of the launch process as it seeks approval to fully restore service as quickly as possible.With betting markets currently severely impacted by the global COVID-19 outbreak, revenue losses for SBTech clients appear to have been minimal.last_img read more

Snack Media boosts global audience with GIVEMESPORT acquisition

first_img Bragg’s sports media subsidiary GMS gets NJ affiliate approval January 9, 2020 SBC’s On The Ball – Going Dutch October 12, 2018 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Share Snack Media drives digital growth with Wisden partnership July 9, 2020 Submit Snack Media has strengthened its offering to advertisers, rights holders and independent media owners after acquiring GIVEMESPORT.The combined business will have an audience of over 210 million unique users across all platforms, and will offer coverage from football, Formula 1, tennis, golf, combat sports and esports.Niall Coen, CEO of Snack Media, commented: “We are delighted to have acquired GIVEMESPORT and are tremendously excited by the opportunity it presents. Not only the size and quality of the audience we now have but also the strength of expertise of the GIVEMESPORT team.“When we started Snack Media 13 years ago, we wanted to become the best new media sports business in the UK and since then we have grown organically. Our guiding values, sound strategy, great people and long-lasting relationships with our publishing partners have stood the test of time. Enabling us to grow even through these uncertain times.“We are extremely confident about the positive benefits that this acquisition can bring to new clients and the stakeholders in the Snack Media group. It marks a new and exciting phase for the business.”He added: “The acquisition adds tremendous value to our proposition for both Advertisers, Sponsors, Rights Holders and Publishers. Snack Media is now one of the largest sports media platforms in the UK. The aim is to become one of the largest sports publishers in the world.”last_img read more