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Haitian women seek child support for UN peacekeeper babies

first_imgWomen sexually exploitedLawyers allege that the women were sexually exploited in some form by the soldiers, and should therefore receive support. The alleged fathers are scattered around the globe, having returned to their homes In Uruguay, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Argentina, making it difficult to proceed with claims.Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for the UN secretary general, told the Guardian, that the organization would liaise with the countries the alleged fathers come from, and request that paternity and support claims be addressed. But he stressed that responsibility rests with “individuals who have been established to have fathered children.” Members of the UN peacekeeping force that were in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake fathered and abandoned numerous children and their mothers. Peacekeeper BabesHaitian women who claim they were sexually exploited by UN soldiers want child support.Lawyers for 11 women have filed the first legal action against both the UN and individual peacekeeping soldiers in paternity and child support claims. The lawsuit has been brought by human rights group Bureau Des Avocats Internationaux, (BAI) and the Institute forJustice and Democracy in Haiti, (IJDH).One mother claims she was raped while another was aged 17 when she gave birth, which amounts to statutory rape under Haitian law.last_img read more

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Roach out of second test due to injury

first_imgA hamstring injury has forced West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach to miss the second Test against Bangladesh which begins on Thursday at Sabina Park, Jamaica.In his absence, Alzarri Joseph has been named in an otherwise unchanged 13-man squad, which will look to wrap up the series with a win in the final Test.Ordered to rest Roach, who has been ordered to rest, produced a sensational spell of fast bowling on the first day of the first Test, finishing with the impressive figures of 5-8 from five overs, as the Windies dismissed Bangladesh for their lowest ever Test score of 43.However, he picked up the injury and was unable to bowl in the second innings as the home side won by a mammoth innings and 219 runs, their fifth largest margin of victory.Alzarri Joseph recalled The 21-year-old Joseph’s recall comes following a lengthy layoff where he was recuperating from a stress fracture.He made an instant impact on his return to international cricket, grabbing 4-53 from 15 overs for a President’s XI side which faced Bangladesh in a two-day warm-up game just under two weeks ago.A series win for the Windies would see them move up one spot to eighth in the ICC Test Rankings.There were also some positive movements in the ICC rankings for several players. Roach, 20th and Kraigg Brathwaite, 16th are now in the top 20 in bowling and batting respectively, while captain Jason Holder moved up two places to 52nd in the batting rankings and to 23rd in the bowling.Kieran Powell also moved up five places to 61st in the batting rankings and fast bowler Miguel Cummins moved up 12 places to 55th.last_img read more

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T&T Government condemns “fake news” following earthquake

first_imgThe Trinidad and Tobago government Wednesday criticized people spreading “fake news” about the extent of the damage caused by the magnitude 7.3 earthquake that rocked the oil rich twin island republic on Tuesday.Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has since expressed support to Trinidad and Tobago, adding that Havana is ‘ready to attend any emergency.”Fake news on social mediaCommunications and National Security Minister Stuart Young said that while “thankfully we have had no reports of deaths and injuries” there were people, including opposition politicians, who had been using the social media network to disseminate fake news on the incident. “I want to denounce all of those persons…circulating fake news,” Young told reporters at the weekly post cabinet news conference, adding that “this is very irresponsible, that is something that is unacceptable.”Young said that several government buildings had been closed Wednesday as a result of Tuesday’s quake as engineers and other stakeholders undertake an assessment of the situation. He said the assessment is also being done by private building owners. “I expect more reports of damages,“ he said, adding that he hope the non-loss of lives would remain that way.Another quake on WednesdayOn Wednesday, the country was rocked by another earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9. Young and the seismic Research center (SRC) of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) warned the population to be prepared for additional aftershocks in the coming days.“I think we can expect aftershocks…the state will continue to monitor,” Young said, urging citizens not to take unnecessary risks” and should not crowd the various health centers and hospitals unless it is necessary. He said the police were out in full force to maintain law and order and young appealed again to citizens to ‘continue to be each other’s keeper. “At the end of the day we are all our brothers and sisters,” he said.Most electricity restored Meanwhile, the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Company (T7TEC) said that nearly 100 per cent of its customers are “back on supply, with individual reports and small local outages being attended to.” It said that overnight the majority of those reports were completed as a result of additional crews being called out in all areas. “Bearing in mind that aftershocks are expected, we want to share some safety tips with customers: During or immediately after an earthquake we encourage customers to turn off breakers to protect appliances in the event of surges. When outdoor, stay away from poles and wires as that may be shaking, in case they fall. If poles or wires are on the ground treat as if they are live! Stay away and contact T&TEC.“Similarly, if trees fall on lines or poles, do not touch them as they can act as a conductor for electricity and electrocute or shock the individual.”last_img read more

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Bank of Jamaica’s New Foreign Exchange Trading Platform Ready for Testing

first_imgIn a report by the Jamaica Gleaner just days ago, the BOJ said it is now ready to test its new Foreign Exchange Trading Platform (FXTP). After suffering delays due to the current global health crisis, the pilot testing for the new FXTP began on June 1, involving only banking institutions. Under the pilot phase of the program, these banks will use the FXTP to trade Jamaican and U.S. currency in real time. These current plans by the BOJ bode well for the country’s financial standing, especially considering how streamlined forex-related fintech is slowly but surely taking over the global market. In fact, FXCM states that many traders utilize forex robots which is becoming a more common method for both amateurs and veterans to streamline the way they participate in the foreign exchange market. Forex robots are artificial intelligence-powered platforms that enable faster and more efficient trading with any currency pair, and have helped open up the forex market. Meanwhile, another notable fintech development seeing increased use is TradingView. Designed to be a social network for forex traders, TradingView has recently partnered with HitBTC to accommodate cryptocurrency traders in its platform. Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) governor, Richard Byles (center) While large companies and cambios are unable to trade during this phase, they’ll be in the program as observers. The list of observers has been provided by several umbrella organizations, such as the Small Business Association, the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, and the MSME Alliance. According to the BOJ, while the large corporate clients under these organizations will be unable to take part in the trades, “these observers will be able to see all daily trades in real time, which will help them make informed decisions when approaching the market to buy or sell foreign exchange.” After the pilot phase of the testing is done, the BOJ and all the involved traders will move on to phase one. Called ‘order market trading,’ the actual first phase is when traders will be able to post offers and bids using the new platform. Traders will also have the option to do buy and sell orders and conduct such trades while being anonymous on the web. In November 2019, newly appointed Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) governor Richard Byles told us about their plans to release and develop a new foreign exchange platform in 2020. The announcement came shortly after the Jamaican dollar hit its lowest point against the U.S. dollar during that month, underscoring the BOJ’s intentions to position itself more strongly against the world market. And now, it’s finally getting the chance to do just that. The third and final part of the testing phase will be called ‘external market reporting,’ in which traders on the platform will be required to report any and all trades – particularly the ones with large corporate clients – to the BOJ. This will be part of the BOJ’s plan to eventually phase out and retire its eGate system, which is what traders currently use to report daily foreign exchange market transactions. While phases one and two will happen in 2020, the third and final phase is slated to happen sometime during the early parts of 2021. This will pave the way for the second phase of testing, which is called ‘quote market trading.’ In this phase, the traders on the new platform will have the added option of actually contacting each other about trades. This will enable them to negotiate and settle orders without having to use communication tools outside the platform. Given the rising trend of fintech developments aimed at streamlining currency trading around the world, it looks like the BOJ is on the right path to securing a stronger spot not just for the Jamaican dollar, but for local Jamaican traders as well.last_img read more

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AFCON Tournaments Get Summer Dates; Participating Teams Increase To 24

first_imgRelated The trophy is handed over by a tribal chief©Barry Aldworth/BackpagePixThe Confederation of African Football (CAF) has revealed that the African Cup of Nation (AFCON) tournaments would now be held in the summer (June and July) starting from the 2019 edition in Cameroon.The tournament, which normally takes place in January and February, has led to various disputes between countries and European clubs who find it hard to release their players in the middle of two European season.In addition to being held in the summer, the number of teams competing at the tournament has increased from 16 to 24. The no. of teams participating has been increased for the first time since 1996, when he was moved from 12 to 16 teams.The aforementioned changes were endorsed by the CAF executive committee at a meeting in Rabat, Morocco.CAF also considered allowing countries from other continents to participate or even host the tournament but that idea was jettisoned meaning AFCON will continue to hold in Africa every two years with African countries only.The announcements followed a two-day symposium, organised by Caf president Ahmad Ahmad and attended by current FIFA President Gianni Infantino, to discuss the state of African football.last_img read more

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Oranje: The New Colour Of Love In The Netherlands

first_imgAll shades of orange was spread across homes, streets and, ultimately, stadiums during the UEFA Women’s EURO. Beyond the colour was a depiction of an unquestionable love for women’s football in the Netherlands. The Dutch fans made the tournament their carnival and they reaped the dividends at the FC Twente Stadion on Sunday where their women’s national football team clinched the Women’s EURO crown for the first time.The three-week tournament saw the record number of spectators to watch a women’s football match in the country rise from 21,732 in the opening match against 2013 finalists, Norway, to 28,182 in the  six-goal thriller against Denmark in the final – and expectedly, most of the painted faces, colourful costumes and banners represented the hosts.“When you looked around, everyone was orange and everyone was screaming and supporting us,” Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal rightfully observed.Midfielder Jackie Groenen added: “It’s like we’re playing with 12 players with all the fans supporting us. It’s amazing having them behind us.”At the start, not many of these fans knew the names of their Orange Lionesses, but one game after another, they began to don jerseys bearing “Martens” and “Miedema”.Again, they did not let Neymar’s big move from Barcelona to Paris saint-Germain become a distraction. In the Netherlands’ semi-final against England, an orange banner – when translated into English – boldy stated: “who needs Neymar when you have Lieke”. The Barcelona forward was the subject of another banner which simply read: “NeyMARtens”. And deservedly, Lieke Martens went on to bag the Player of the tournament accolade.The Netherlands beat Denmark 4-2 to become only the fourth nation to win the UEFA Women’s EURO. And they did it with a win in all their matches. Hence it was not surprising that they dominated UEFA’s team of the tournament, contributing five players.Team of the TournamentGoalkeeper:Sari van Veenendaal (Netherlands)Defenders:Lucy Bronze (England), Anouk Dekker (Netherlands), Steph Houghton (England), Verena Aschauer (Austria)Midfielders:Theresa Nielsen (Denmark), Jackie Groenen (Netherlands), Sherida Spitse (Netherlands), Lieke Martens (Netherlands) – player of the tournamentForwards:Pernille Harder (Denmark), Jodie Taylor (England) Relatedlast_img read more

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Leon Balogun Undergoes Surgery On Left Hand Fracture

first_imgRelated Super Eagles defender Leon Balogun has undergone surgery on a fracture he suffered on his left hand last week Friday.This was made known by his club in addition to the confirmation that he will be able to play despite the injury.. @LeonBalogun hat sich am Freitag einen Mittelhandbruch an der linken Hand zugezogen, der operativ behandelt worden ist. Bei entsprechendem Heilungsverlauf und mithilfe einer Schiene könnte er noch im Laufe der Hinrunde zurückkehren. Gute Besserung, Leon! 💐— 1. FSV Mainz 05 (@1FSVMainz05) November 19, 2017His injury status was revealed by his Bundesliga club, Mainz 05, via their official Twitter handle on Sunday: “@LeonBalogun suffered a fracture to his left hand on Friday and has undergone surgery. Luckily, he will be able to carry on playing.“Get well soon, Leon!”Leon Balogun had earlier played a major role for the Super Eagles in their impressive 4-2 win over Argentina on Tuesday before suffering the left hand fracture 72 hours later.He was conspicuously absent for Mainz 05 on Saturday during their 1-0 league win over FC Cologne at the Opel Arena.last_img read more

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Manchester City the saviours for Fantasy Managers

first_img Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Premier League football returned after another international break, and it was Manchester City who lit up what was otherwise a rather tame gameweek.  Something that was reflected within SBC’s League of Legends, with a number of scores falling some way short of the lofty heights of recent weeks.Digital Fuel Marketing’s Andy Scott clearly didn’t stick to that script though, top scoring with 80 points and leapfrogging a number of places to third in the overall standings.  Gabriel Jesus and Tammy Abraham leading the way for his side with 13 points apiece; able deputies from Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Manchester United also chipped in to help finish the round just 11 points off top spot.One place and seven points further back is Steve Lang, who followed Scott’s charge up the table towards the summit thanks to a very timely transfer.  His decision to take out Romelu Lukaku and install Jesus as captain was repaid with 26 points of his overall 75.  Fellow City players Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva helped out with nine and seven points respectively, while Spurs’ Christian Eriksen notched a goal to help push his tally along to 11.Completing the top ten is Philip Chadwick, another big mover after his City and Spurs heavy side recorded 76 points.  With his captain Harry Kane failing to fire and limping along to four points it was team-mates Eriksen (11) and Kieran Trippier (8), along with City trio Jesus (13), Leroy Sane (10) and this week’s top points scorer Raheem Sterling (15) who helped him along to tenth.This weekend’s Premier League fixtures begin with Friday night football coming from the London Stadium, Brighton and Hove Albion the visitors taking on Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United.  On Saturday all eyes will firmly be fixed on Pep Guardiola and his side, with Burnley the visitors to the Etihad, expectation will certainly be high following the 7-2 drubbing of Stoke.  Super Sunday sees Everton host Arsenal, while Liverpool make the trip to Wembley to face Spurs. Sharelast_img read more

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Tom Horn Gaming agrees OMEGA Systems partnership

first_img Omega confirms new content deal with Espresso Games August 29, 2018 Share Share Related Articles Tom Horn Gaming agrees to integrate content onto EveryMatrix December 5, 2017center_img StumbleUpon Submit Rapidly growing gaming company Tom Horn Gaming has unveiled a fresh deal with OMEGA Systems.Tom Horn will hope the new partnership expands its offering, as OMEGA aims to provide a one-stop gaming solution for operators in several geographic markets.Speaking after the deal had been agree, Ondrej Lapides, CEO at Tom Horn Gaming commented: “OMEGA Systems has focused on building trust with the gaming community through its best-of-breed, robust, scalable and flexible gaming services platform. ““I believe that this collaboration will enable OMEGA Systems to further its premium content offering and boost operations of its clients. By the same token, Tom Horn Gaming will benefit from this partnership by expanding its reach in new territories.”Patrick Mann, business development manager at OMEGA Systems added: “Tom Horn is a fast-growing gaming company, with presence in regulated markets. It constantly strives to keep up innovating its wide range of gaming products.“Its video slots have been popular with players from culturally diverse backgrounds and with various gaming habits as the provider can always hit the note with its target audience.“We are positive that OMEGA Systems’ clients will benefit from this new content addition and Tom Horn’s video slots, featuring crystal-clear graphics, pitch perfect sounds and engaging maths models, will get new dedicated fans across the globe.”last_img read more

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Lotteriinspektionen publishes first licences for re-regulated Swedish market

first_imgShare Share Swedish gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen has this morning announced its first sixteen approved operators, which will be allowed to service Sweden’s re-regulated online gambling marketplace from 1 January 2019.As anticipated, established Stockholm-listed enterprises’ Kindred Group Plc, Betsson AB and LeoVegas AB feature on the Lotteriinspektionen approved list.In a statement released this morning, Kindred Group confirmed that it had secured approval to operate the following domains; unibet.se, mariacasino.se, storspelare.se, bingo.se, igame.se“Today is a historic day for Kindred,” said Henrik Tjärnström, Group CEO of Kindred Plc. “We have been pushing for a modern and sustainable gambling market in Sweden from the very start of Unibet in 1997, in which the focus is on consumer protection and harm minimisation.”Meanwhile, Stockholm incumbent Betsson AB has moved to confirm that it will operate three brands, consisting of flagship Betsson and NordicBet (Sportsbook) and SverigeAutomaten (slots) to establish its new home market profile.“It is good that Sweden has opened up the gaming market for free competition in a controlled environment,” added Betsson CEO Pontus Lindwall. “We look forward to operating on our Swedish home market as a recognised operator on equal terms.”State-owned gambling asset Svenska Spel has been approved services for betting, lotteries and online casino and is accompanied by national racing firm AB TRAV operating its atg.se domain. European incumbents are represented by German bookmaker Interwetten Sports, alongside GVC Holdings’ bwin and partygaming (poker + bingo) domains.In addition, the first list features a UK presence through leading online bookmaker bet365 securing its Lotteriinspektionen approval from sportsbook and gaming, joined by Sunderland online gaming group Tombola (bingo/games). This November, Lotteriinspektionen executives provided a public stakeholder update, detailing the changes the regulatory body expects to undertake once Sweden’s re-regulated gambling framework is established.Camilla Rosenberg –LotteriinspektionenChanges for Lotteriinspektionen include a rebrand to Spelinspektionen (translation – ‘The Gambling Inspectorate’), with the regulator expecting to increase its resources and capacities significantly.“This is a historic day. I am very proud that the Lotteriinspektionen’s staff under severe pressure, with a whole new legislation, worked out the first license decisions,” said Camilla Rosenberg, director general of the Lotteriinspektionen. Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Submitlast_img read more