Jamaica welcomes compensation package for Windrush generation

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Jamaica government has welcomed the decision by the United Kingdom to establish a Windrush Compensation Scheme and is encouraging individuals who have been affected to submit their claims.The scheme applies to members of the ‘Windrush Generation’ – immigrants who arrived in the United Kingdom (UK) between 1948 and 1973 from Jamaica and other Caribbean countries to address labor shortages, and helped to rebuild Britain after World War II.British govt to pay up to 200 million pounds sterling The British government earlier this month agreed to pay up to £200 million (One British pound=US$1.30 cents) in compensation to people whose lives were damaged by the Home Office’s mistaken classification of them as illegal immigrants.Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, said there would be no cap on the fund, making it impossible to estimate how much money would eventually be paid to victims.Payments will not be restricted to people from the Caribbean but made to anyone who has been in the United Kingdom since 1988 who has been wrongly classified as being in Britain illegally and as a result lost the right to work, access to healthcare and the ability to rent property.Ja govt actively participated Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, said the Jamaican government actively participated in the consultations undertaken by the Windrush Task Force established by London last year, and had shared its views on how the scheme could be established and the areas for compensation.She said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will examine the provisions and operationalisation of the scheme in greater detail, in consultation with the Attorney General’s Chambers.“In the interim, we will ensure that those Jamaicans who sought assistance from us when the crisis came to attention last year are made aware of how they may pursue their claims. We will also be placing an ad in the papers and on our website, as we did last year when seeking to help persons understand if they might be eligible for re-entry,” she said.Johnson Smith said the government also welcomes the fact that in addition to the relevant monetary payout to eligible claimants, “the victims of this terrible tragedy will finally receive an accompanying apology from the Government of the UK.“I think it is important to recognize that some damage caused can never be compensated for in monetary terms. Any compensatory scheme must, therefore, inherently fall short. While the damage will never be fully repaired, we very much hope that the present efforts at redress, including the apologies, will allow the many families affected some recompense and a greater hope for a better future in their adopted home in the UK,” she said.The compensation scheme will be open for two years and the government said persons here can email WindrushCompensationScheme@homeoffice.gov.uk and request a call-back.With the help of the Jamaica government, the UK has been able to track down a number of people, and more than 3,600 have been granted British citizenship.last_img read more

Jamaica Consulate Hosts Prayer Line Support for Victims of COVID-19

first_imgThe Consulate General of Jamaica has initiated a team of experts to assist with prayer, counselling and words of encouragement to help the community through the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19).The team of volunteers include two pastors, a licensed psychologist and a life coach who will respond virtually by appointment, to the concerns of individuals.  So far, the project has received support by those needing a ‘listening ear’ in our community.The volunteers are Rev. Horace Ward, Senior Pastor of the Holy Family Episcopal Church in Miami Gardens ( Horace.ward@gmail.com); Pastor Norman Hemming of the Cooper City Church of God (norman_h3@yahoo.com); Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Joan Muir (jmuir@drjoanmuir.com)  and Life Coach, Mr. Craig Duncan (duncancraig777@gmail.com ).Consul General R. Oliver Mair in expressing his gratitude to the team stated that he was led to this idea as the Consulate continues to reach out to those negatively impacted by the pandemic.While the Consulate staff has been working remotely with limited resources, the impact of calls for support continue to increase.  The community support was solicited, and the interest nevertheless was supported.  A team was immediately put together to assist with support of prayer, counselling and inspiration for motivating those in need through the challenges now faced.The Consul General stated emphatically that this is merely a support group for persons to reach out during stressful times for informational support only, and this will be enhanced at the one on one meeting.  For further information interested persons may visit the Consulate’s website at www.jamaicacgmiami.org.last_img read more

Haiti’s Justice Minister Dismissed

first_imgLucmane Délile “We consider it extremely serious that armed bandits are gaining the streets of the capital to terrorize peaceful citizens. Haiti is not a banana republic where offenders can do whatever they want. I instruct the PNH (National Police) to track down these criminals, because it is revolting and unacceptable,” Délile had said upon his return to the country. CMC PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Justice and Public Security Minister, Lucmane Délile, has been dismissed from the cabinet of Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe, a few hours after he had publicly condemned a street demonstration in which armed gangs had participated earlier this week. Media reports said that the demonstration had involved heavily armed members of the new coalition of gangs named “G9 and allies”. There has been speculation in the media that Délile’s removal is as a result of an internal conflict within the government and the presidency over the recent decision to release a number of prisoners Délile has since been replaced by Rockefeller Vincent, the former director of the Unit for the Fight against Corruption, according to a presidential decree published in the Official Journal Le Moniteur.last_img read more

BVI Government Urges Foreigners Without Jobs to Leave the Island

first_imgThe Labour Minister said that these persons should also register with the Immigration Department giving the particulars of their departure to allow for their exit to be properly recorded, thus assisting in a smooth re-entry when opportunity presents itself. “I am aware that in a time like this many persons may be disheartened and frustrated by the decision to have them return to their home country, and though we are walking by faith and not by sight, the reality shows a future filled with bleak times for the world,” Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration Minister, Vincent Wheatley, told the Parliament on Friday. “This is a testament of our commitment to non-nationals making the BVI their home, where so desired. Further to this, with the help of the Economic and Fiscal Taskforce, Premier Fahie has been able to present to you, the public, a stimulus plan that reflects several initiatives geared towards helping not only BVIslanders and Belongers, but all persons who legally work in our Territory,” Wheatley said, adding stimulus initiatives cannot last forever. “However, Mr. Speaker, the reality is, some will not be able to find alternative jobs and without financial or family support will be required to leave the Territory. With a reducing job market and the Government’s commitment under the Labour Code 2010 Section 2(b) which states “the legitimate employment interest of Virgin Islanders and Belongers shall be paramount ….. “Mr. Speaker we recognize that many already wish to leave and we will do all that we can to assist those persons in whatever way we can,” he said, adding that over the past three months both departments have been faced with an escalation in the number of persons who have been laid off or released because of COVID-19. He said this would allow a qualifying person residing for a period of five years or more, and not having a previous Conditional Permit within the last three years, to remain in the BVI while seeking employment for a period of three months. He said that the government has fought to bridge the gap between being a long-time resident and becoming a Belonger, by successfully developing and executing the Immigration Regularization Initiative. But Wheatley told legislators that the authorities are mindful that not all employees who have been terminated will qualify for a Conditional Permit and would still recommend that an application be made for the review of the Chief Immigration Officer, if a viable alternative job is available, for his review and discretionary decision.center_img TORTOLA, British Virgin islands – The British Virgin islands (BVI) government has informed non-nationals that they should leave the British Overseas Territory (BOT) if they have been terminated from their jobs and are unable to find alternative work as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “It is not easy for us as a Government to see our brothers and sisters become unable to take care of themselves, as, unlike BVIslanders and Belongers who may be able to depend on a nearby family member, they may not have that luxury,” Wheatley said. “We therefore ask that persons falling within this category of being released from permanent employment, being unable to find alternative work and unable to obtain a Conditional Permit begin to make the necessary arrangements to return to their homeland or an approved receiving jurisdiction of their choosing.” He said that though expected, the harsh reality of persons being unable to sustain their lives has been brought to the forefront. He told legislators that previously people residing here who have been terminated and would like to seek alternative employment would have had the option to apply to the Acting Chief Immigration Officer for the option to receive a Conditional Permit under Section 31(1)(c) and 31(1A) of the Immigration and Passport (Amendment) Act, 2016. CMClast_img read more

Zambia To Camp In Europe Ahead Of World Cup Qualifier Clash Against Nigeria

first_imgRelatedBEACH BOYS: Gernot Rohr And Victor Agali Enjoy Elegushi Beach [PICTURES]September 10, 2017In “Lifestyle”Kelechi Iheanacho: The confidence level in camp is high.October 4, 2017In “Nigeria”Rohr Embarks On Player Scouting Mission Ahead Of Zambia ClashSeptember 11, 2017In “Africa” The Chipolopolo of Zambia are set to camp in Europe ahead of next month’s crunch 2018 World Cup qualifier clash against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.Nigeria tops group B of Africa’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier with 10 points after four rounds of matches, three above second placed Zambia who must defeat the Super Eagles in Uyo to keep their World Cup dreams alive.Speaking to Zambian reporters, FAZ president, Andrew Kamanga said: “We have asked the technical bench draw a training programme for the next game and where we can camp the team,”“But as FAZ we have plans of camping the team in Europe for adequate preparations and again it is easier for the team to connect to Nigeria and also for the foreign-based players travel for the game.”Nigeria will host Zambia in Uyo next month in a must win game for the Chipolopolo, with the Super Eagles of Nigeria needing only a draw to confirm their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.last_img read more

Women’s AITEO Cup: Rivers Angels survive scare to complete semi-finals lineup

first_imgTochukwu Oluehi’s safe and trusted hands were brought to bear for Rivers Angels on Sunday as the Jewel of Rivers had to depend on penalties to dispatch a dogged Edo Queens in an AITEO Cup quarter-final match decided at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.The match ended in a barren affair – like it was in the first leg which was played on Wednesday – and headed straight to penalties to decide which team goes through. Thanks to three shootout saves by Oluehi, Rivers Angels’ dream of a title defence – and the ten million naira that comes with it – is still alive.In 2015, it was Oluehi who led Sunshine Queens to their first Federation (AITEO) Cup title when she saved three penalties to help the Akure-based side beat Bayelsa Queens 3-1 in a penalty shootout.Edo Queens may be out, but they will pride themselves in being able to starve the ‘almighty’ Rivers Angels of goals over two legs.In the meantime, Rivers Angels have an obviously tougher challenge ahead as they take on Bayelsa Queens in the semi-finals.Both sides met in the final last year with the Jewel of Rivers winning on penalties.Bayelsa Queens would not only want to exert revenge on their South South neighbours, they are also motivated by the prospect of playing in the final at home.Relatedlast_img read more

Chicharito Debunks West Ham Exit Rumours

first_imgWest Ham striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez has denied rumours that he has asked to exit the capital club.Widespread reports mainly from his homeland of Mexico had revealed that the former Manchester United star wants to link up with Mexican side Chivas again ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year.Hernandez joined the Hammers from Bayer Leverkusen for £16m in July and has now shut down the aforementioned rumours as he claimed that they were “completely false”. He used his Twitter handle to deny the rumours as he said: “I am 100% committed to helping improve the situation that we are all experiencing in West Ham,” he tweeted.The 4-goal player in the English Premier League (EPL) this season added that he had not asked to leave “at any time. Relatedlast_img read more

Tain quick off the mark with new product Fast Bet

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit All-in Translations: One Flew Over the Football’s Nest September 17, 2018 Related Articles Bet Builder: An industry game-changer fast becoming a necessity April 8, 2019 Amazing Gaming delivers double B2B sportsbook boost January 28, 2019 Share Gaming software and solutions provider Tain has successfully launched its new Fast Bet sports betting service, targeted at ‘punters who become bored through having to wait until half-time or full-time to see their bet settled’.Fast Bet gives punters the opportunity to place wagers on whether incidents will take place within a defined period during a sports event.Mathias Larson, TainMarkets for football matches include whether there will be a goal, corner, free-kick, goal-kick, red card or throw-in during the period, with Fast Bet also available for other major sports. Punters simply click on an event and select the timeframe, which could be as little as a single minute.Malta-based Tain will showcase Fast Bet at next month’s ICE 2017 event in London. Interested parties can check it out a demonstration at Tain’s stand (S1-342) at the ExCeL.Tain Managing Director Mathias Larson believes that Fast Bet offers operators the opportunity to differentiate themselves from the rest of the sector. He said: “Sportsbooks that can offer something different will be the ones that prosper in a competitive marketplace. Fast Bet is an exciting new service that can help operators to stand out from the rest.“Sports fans can put their knowledge and expertise to the test over a limited period of time. If they think a spell of attack is certain to lead to a goal, or if they think a couple of bad tackles might culminate in a red card, the Fast Bet service is perfect for them.”Fast Bet is the latest enrichment to Tain’s service since it was acquired by XIN Gaming last June. Last month it was announced that Tain would increase the number of live events it covers each month to 23,000. In increasing the number of sports covered to 50, Tain now offers markets on the likes of curling, biathlon and water polo, as well as established major verticals such as football, tennis and US sports.Larson added: “Tain now offers the extras that complement its fully-managed sportsbook. Operators are excited by our enhanced service, and we look forward to displaying our offering to the rest of the sector at ICE 2017.”last_img read more

Verkauft…GIG purchases DACH affiliate marketing asset for €5.7 million

first_img StumbleUpon Robin Reed, Gaming Innovation GroupOslo-listed Gaming Innovation Group (GIG) continues the expansion of its industry affiliate network by confirming that it has agreed to purchase a DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) marketing asset for a total consideration of €5.7 million. Updating investors, GIG governance chose not to disclose the assets name, but stated that its acquisition would bolster the firm’s German language sports betting activity and corporate dynamics. The asset will be directly managed by GIG affiliate marketing division ‘Innovation Labs’ and sees the company expand its geographical footprint for industry player acquisition services.GIG governance informs that the acquisition will be settled through the funds gained from its recent SEK 400 million (£35 million) bond issuance credited last February to strengthen the firms continued M&A strategy.Commenting on the firm’s acquisition note, Robin Reed, CEO of GIG.“We aim to make Innovation Labs the largest lead generation business in iGaming. Through this acquisition, we are entering the DACH markets whom are likely to be re-regulated in the future, and are therefore markets we are increasingly focusing on. This acquisition will enable Innovation Labs to refer more German speaking customers to our B2B partners and thus benefit all parties engaged in the expanding GIG iGaming eco-system”In March GIG entered into an agreement to acquire Casinotopsonline.com, GIG informs that all conditions for completing the transaction have now been fulfilled and transaction closing has taken place.______________________Robin Reed CEO of Gaming Innovation Group will be speaking on Affiliate marketing and M&A practices at the upcoming Betting on Football Conference (3-5 May Stamford Bridge – London). Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020last_img read more

SIS – Gary Smith departs as CEO, Richard Ames confirmed as leadership successor

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Share Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles SIS expands into the numbers game with 49’s takeover  June 29, 2020 Industry supplier of racing media and data products SIS has informed that Chief Executive Gary Smith has stepped down as leader of the business, in order to ‘pursue other opportunities’.A gambling industry and media veteran, Smith was promoted from SIS Chief Operations Officer (COO) to CEO in July 2012.  During his five-year leadership tenure, Smith has been a key stakeholder in the commercial development and product proposition of SIS, winning significant new supplier contracts for the business.Chairman Roger Devlin commented on the update “The Board would like to thank Gary for his dedicated service and contribution to SIS. During his tenure SIS managed to secure both the RMG Horse Racing and Irish Horse Racing Rights. Gary will provide consultancy services for a short period to ensure a smooth transition during this change in leadership.”Richard AmesDevlin further announced that Richard Ames current Interim Product Director would replace Smith as SIS CEO. Ames a former Ladbrokes executive rejoined SIS operations last November taking over group product development.“I am pleased to have secured someone with Richard’s experience of the industry to take over the role.” Devline addedAmes commented on taking on SIS leadership “The team at SIS Betting is experienced and committed and I am looking forward to working with them. We will continue to deliver great service for our core retail bookmaker customers and new online customers, as well as broadening our product offer for both retail and online markets in line with our diversification strategy. I am also looking forward to working with David Meynell, MD of our SIS LIVE media business and his team, who will continue to drive our connectivity proposition to new and different markets.”last_img read more