first_imgBroward County Superintendent of Schools, Robert Runcie has reacted to a recent decision of the US Department of Justice and the US Department of Education. On Wednesday, the two federal departments reversed a decision made in May, 2016 by the Obama administration to provide bathroom privileges to transgender students based on the gender they recognize.The Obama administration decision followed a law passed by South Carolina to have transgenders use bathroom in keeping with their birth gender in public places, including schools. The May, 2016 federal decision was strong opposed by Conservative Americans.Runcie..expressed his support for transgender and all other diverse studentsIn a statement reacting to the reversal of the Obama Administration’s decision, Runcie said, “As a community, among the most important things we can do is to provide a high-quality education for all students in safe and secure learning environments. Broward County Public Schools respects and supports the needs of all of our diverse students.”The head of the Broward public school system said that as a District, Broward has a moral obligation and responsibility to protect students from discrimination, bullying and harassment. “Prior to the federal guidance provided in May 2016, BCPS had guidelines in place to support transgender students. Therefore, the announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education will not have an impact on the operation of our schools. There will be no change to the District’s existing non-discrimination policy, which is as follows:The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.”Runcie made it clear that long before the federal guidance was issued in May 2016, Broward schools had, and continue to have  gender neutral bathrooms available for all students.He said, “Our administrators, teachers and staff want our students to feel safe and accepted in their school communities.  BCPS provides resources and guidance to our schools on a regular basis. This include, “providing professional development on meeting the needs of our diverse students; providing the District’s Transgender Support Guide to our schools, which outlines our roles and responsibilities; instituting and supporting awareness campaigns; and Creating community partnerships.Runcie reiterated the Coty School District will continue to respect, value and support the varying needs of its diverse students, “and we will continue to provide all students with the resources to succeed in their education and beyond.”last_img read more


first_imgLife saving measures The bill also clears the way for establishment of a National Tobacco Control Council. The bill seeks to reduce tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke; prevent tobacco use by minors and protect workers and the public from exposure to tobacco smoke. Last month, the National Assembly in Guyana approved the Tobacco Control Bill providing for the adoption and implementation of tobacco-control policies in accordance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). The US-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK) has praised Guyana for its passage of tobacco control legislation. The entity said Guyana has shown countries of any size can stand up to the tobacco industry and take strong action to save lives and protect public health. Sosa also stated, “By signing this legislation into law, President Granger will ensure Guyana joins neighbors in Latin America and the Caribbean that have passed strong laws to reduce the devastating burden of tobacco related death and disease. With this new law, Guyana can show the world that countries of any size can stand up to the tobacco industry and take strong action to save lives and protect public health.” “The landmark tobacco control legislation passed by the Parliament of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana is a historic step for the nation. If signed by President David Granger, it will ensure the people of Guyana are protected from the devastating harms of tobacco use,” said Patricia Sosa, CTFK Director of Caribbean and Latin America Programs.center_img Bill approved by National Assembly In her statement, Sosa said the bill provides life-saving measures proven to reduce tobacco use. This include picture-based health warnings on tobacco packs, 100 per cent smoke-free workplaces and public places, and bans on all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. The government said the legislation serves as the legal regulator for administration, inspection and enforcement, while providing legislative protection from exposure to second- hand smoke by eliminating public smoking. “If signed into law, the bill will drastically impact tobacco use in Guyana, where 1 in 10 male deaths are caused by tobacco use every year.  Controlling tobacco consumption is also necessary to reduce the deadly toll of non-communicable diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, and chronic lung disease, of which tobacco consumption is a key risk factor,” Sosa’s statement read. Historic steplast_img read more


first_imgThe Caribbean has produced a number of quality actors, several of whom emerged during the 1960s. One of them was Bahamian Calvin Lockhart.Many in Hollywood looked at Lockhart as the successor to Sidney Poitier, another Bahamas-reared actor who broke ground in Tinsel Town in the 1950s. Those lofty expectations did not materialize but Lockhart certainly put in some outstanding performances throughout the 1970s.Some of his best work came in films directed by Poitier. These films included: Uptown Saturday Night, and Let’s Do It Again.The suave Lockhart played two shady characters in those hit movies: Silky Slim and Biggie Smalls. The latter was the inspiration for rapper the Notorious B.I.G.’s initial moniker early in his career.Calvin Lockhart’s career got a boost while living in England in the late 1960s, appearing in Joana, a movie about inter-racial romance. In the US, he came to prominence through the movie Cotton Comes To Harlem, a 1970 crime epic that helped kick off the Blaxploitation era.What may have hurt Lockhart’s progress was his selection of roles. He appeared in several bombs including Every Nigger Is a Star, and The Marijuana Affair, two Jamaican films that went nowhere.During the 1970s, Lockhart lived in Jamaica, settling in the hills of St. Mary parish. It was not until the 1980s that he enjoyed a revival, appearing for a short time in the hit soap opera, Dynasty.He was also seen in the 1988 Eddie Murphy movie, Coming to America.Calvin Lockhart died in his hometown, Nassau, in 2007 from complications of a stroke. He was 72.For more actors with Caribbean roots, visit: Famous faces that you did not know have Caribbean rootslast_img read more


first_imgA senior government minister in Britain, on Monday acknowledged that Caribbean people who arrived in the country several decades ago “have the right to reside here lawfully” as Prime Minister Theresa May gets ready to meet with Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders to discuss the situation of pre-1971 Caribbean undocumented United Kingdom (UK) immigrants.Very concerned Home Secretary Amber Rudd told Parliament she is “very concerned” about the way in which the Windrush generation, consisting of Caribbean nationals who were brought to England in the 1950’s and 60’s, have been treated.“Some of the ways they have been treated have been wrong, have been appalling, and I am sorry,” she said as she answered questions from Labor Party parliamentarians.Rudd acknowledged that the Home Office had become “too concerned with policy and strategy and sometimes loses sight of the individual”, in the recent past.High on CHOGM April 19-20 agendaLast weekend, the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) said an action plan to secure a permanent solution to the situation may be high on the agenda at the April 19-20 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.It said that it is anticipated that the situation will be thoroughly dealt with should officials decide to discuss the problems facing undocumented residents, which include the denial of access to critical services.The statement said that this discussion follows briefings by the CARICOM Heads of Diplomatic Missions at the St. Kitts and Nevis High Commission in London last Thursday regarding the predicament many elderly Caribbean migrants are facing.last_img read more


first_imgMembers of the European Union’s Election Observation Mission respond to questions from reporters, during a press conference in Georgetown Guyana. GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – The European Union’s (EU) Election Observation Mission (EOM) has indicated its commitment to ensuring transparency and accountability in Guyana’s general and regional elections, to be held on March 2.During a media conference on February 6, EU EOM Chief Observer, Urmas Paet, stated that the mission’s mandate is to observe all aspects of the electoral process.“The presence of the EU EOM demonstrates the EU’s commitment to the conduct of inclusive, transparent and credible elections in Guyana,” Paet said, noting that the observation not only focuses on election day, but also “on the entire electoral process, including the campaigning, the results and the resolution of any election-related dispute, after voting has finished”.The Chief Observer emphasised that the mission will be impartial in its findings and conclusions.“The Mission is independent in its findings and conclusions, and EU observers adhere to a strict code of conduct of international observers that requires strict neutrality and impartiality in the course of their work, and do not interfere in the electoral process,” Paet stated.This is the largest EU EOM mission, which will comprise almost 50 observers. It includes a core team of nine analysts and 14 long-term observers, deployed to the 10 administrative regions. Twenty short-term observers will join the team, shortly before the March elections.The mission was deployed to Guyana, following an invitation from President, David Granger.The EU EOM uses the following criteria during its observation of an electoral process: the degree of freedom of political parties and candidates to assemble and express their views; the degree of impartiality shown by the election administration; the fairness of access to state resources during the election; the universal franchise afforded to voters; the degree of access for political parties and candidates to the media, in particular, the state media; the conduct of polling, counting and tabulation of votes; other issues related to the democratic nature of the election (e.g. legal framework; campaign violence; rule of law; and campaign finance).On March 4, the EU EOM will issue a preliminary statement, which will be followed by an official statement, which will include the mission’s observations and recommendations, two months after the General and Regional Elections are conducted.last_img read more


first_imgFormer Nigerian-born England footballer John Fashanu reportedly spent two days in a Nigerian jail pen alongside 200 others after he got himself entangled in an alleged land scam.According to the report from The Mirror, the 54-year old was held for 48 hours while Nigerian Police officers carried out their investigations on the allegations that he acted as a fixer in a land scam to sell plots that were unavailable for sale.The former Wimbledon, Norwich City and Aston Villa striker was arrested at his Sun City Estate home in the capital city of Abuja, and taken in on suspicion of “criminal conspiracy” according to detectives.Fashanu was said to have acted on behalf of a friend looking to buy land. The ‘unnamed’ friend disclosed that he was told by Fashanu about two contacts that would help him buy ‘forgotten lands’, which are plots owned by chiefs that the state didn’t know about.He was then given the princely sum of £23,000 in cash to seal the land deal only for the find out that the said land was neither for sale nor in the hands of local chiefs when he went to claim it.Police sources revealed that the former England international was thereafter questioned by a superintendent last week to explain his involvement in the land scam before he was locked up in a densely populated cell.The 1988 FA Cup winner has agreed to pay the said money back though he is still adamant that he didn’t do anything sinister. His alleged cohorts are still on the run with the police still on their trail.The former Gladiators presenter was released after his British passport was seized and also agreed to pay back a first instalment of the money.Speaking on the matter, a close source said: “This is a business deal between friends that has gone south and the police were asked to basically mediate.“It will all be sorted very quickly. It was just a business deal.” the source added.It is understood Fashanu was released after surrendering his British passport and agreeing to pay back a first instalment of the money. According to sources, he looked to dispose off some of his cars in bid to raise money while waiting for his several business investments to sail through.His Nigerian barrister Hyp Egbune confirmed that Fashanu has paid the second instalment of the money. He said: “The matter is being resolved. He won’t be charged to court is my understanding.“We are repaying the money and that should settle this matter.“The person who made the complaint has been a mutual friend for quite a number of years and we are more interested in keeping that relationship so we are making amends. We hope to do that as soon as we can. It is quite a lot of money so we hope to do it as soon as we can. We want to have this resolved.” he stated further.Nigerian police Deputy Inspector General Hyacinth Dagala while confirming the incident said: “John Fashanu was arrested on July 17 in connection with an allegation of criminal conspiracy and obtaining the sum of N9,550,000 [Nigerian Naira] under false pretence.“He was granted administrative bail on July 18 but because of his inability to produce the requisite surety on that day, he remained in detention until July 19 when he was released.” he concluded.RelatedFrank Talk! Eagles Strikers Are Better Than Abraham – Former England InternationalNovember 18, 2017In “National Team”Justin Fashanu: Britain’s First Openly Gay Footballer Makes Hall of FameFebruary 18, 2020In “England”The Most Expensive Nigerian Footballers of All TimeAugust 18, 2019In “Nigeria”last_img read more


first_imgNigeria on Saturday, at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, qualified for the FIFA 2018 World Cup courtesy a 73rd minute strike from Alex Iwobi.A win watched by over 30,000 fans combined, inside and around the stadium. The victory as delightful, left a sour taste in the mouth of some fans who fell victim to stampedes.The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) in a bid to ensure vociferous  support for the Eagles had tickets for the game subsidized to 500 and 1,000 Naira respectively.As expected, the fans turned up in their numbers. Early as 13:00GMT they were already trickling into the stadium. In unity, the security agents aligned to ensure all went according to plan.At the early stages, it seemed orderly as fans armed with their ticket queued for entrance. It became a problem more when both those who had and the many who didn’t have tickets felt they were being delayed unduly and had to begin a forced entrance.The result? STAMPEDE.As it is with such incidents, there were casualties. Many suffered various degree of injuries with the obvious a perforated head.“There were indeed crowd disturbances, people got injured while trying to force their way through. But nobody died.” – Stadium Manager, JohnNo one deserves to get his head smacked with a baton or leg bruised for wanting to cheer his/her beloved Eagles. Sure, there isn’t one route for preventing crowd problems. Even in organized climes, where seats allocations are effective & organization is a norm ~ incidents still occur.How to limit such occurrences should be priority for all involved just as performing well at the quadrennial event is for the team.A reminder that the world governing body (FIFA) earlier slammed Nigeria with a fine of 30,000 Swiss Francs for their fans’ unruly behavior after the Super Eagles’ 4-0 win over Cameroon at the same stadium.RelatedCAF #WCQ Match Day 5: Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt one win away from Russia 2018.October 5, 2017In “Africa”Supporters Club President Rafiu Ladipo Berates NFF Over Eagles’ World Cup ExitJuly 1, 2018In “Africa”Toulouse FC vs Paris St GermainJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more


first_imgThe Italian national football team and their embattled manager Gian Pero Ventura are in big trouble after they were beaten 1-0 by hosts Sweden to leave their Russia 2018 World Cup hopes in the balance.Substitute Jakob Johansson was the matchwinner for the Swedes as he profited from a long throw to give his side a priceless goal four minutes after coming on for Hamburg star Albin Ekdal.It was a dogged performance from Sweden and they fully deserved the victory with the Italians glaringly lacking invention throughout the course of the match.Their victory puts them halfway to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia ahead of the second leg slated for Italy on Monday, November 13 as the Azzurris try to avoid missing the World Cup for the first time since the 1958 edition which was hosted by Sweden incidentally.RelatedRussia 2018 Playoffs (UEFA): Italy Handed Tough Sweden Test; Home Nations Get Tricky OpponentsOctober 17, 2017In “FIFA”Finally! Italy Sack Ventura After World Cup DebacleNovember 16, 2017In “Europe”Buffon Bows Out Of International Football On A LowNovember 13, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more


first_img StumbleUpon SBC Charity Boxing Championship packs a punch for Oliver’s Wish Foundation January 20, 2020 Share Sapar Karyagdyyev: Avoiding the pitfalls of a white-label solution July 24, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Gauselmann Group acquires majority stake in Bede Gaming March 12, 2020 Updating the market, industry platform and white label services provider Bede Gaming (Bede) has informed that it has been awarded the ‘ISO 27001′ certification by the International Standards Organisation (ISO).The certification recognises outstanding technology and software provisions in relation to security and data standards following a full audit undertaken by the ISO body.The platform provider gained the certification after proving that it meets the ISO’s strict requirements when dealing with information security. As one of the only gaming platform providers to be awarded such certification, it confirms Bede’s security status is of the highest order.Bede management stated that the firm is full capable of meeting new standards which will come into play, following the passing of the  General Data Protection Regulation, which places a greater level of accountability on data processors on issues such as information security breaches.Commenting on the update Michael Brady, CEO of Bede Gaming, said “Gaining this certification isn’t an easy process and requires a huge amount of focus from all aspects of our business.“Operators today want flexibility in their platform, but they are also demanding peace of mind via the highest possible levels of security and this shows that we are leading the way when it comes to providing a credible, secure and trustworthy alternative.“An information security breach would have a catastrophic impact for any operator which is unprepared. This certification carries a validated independent view that Bede are taking the right measures to prevent this from happening, giving our partners confidence that they are in safe hands.”last_img read more


first_img Share StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 The Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) vertical has continued to grow and break new ground throughout 2017, and threatens to potentially eclipse those achievements next year. For DFS providers Oulala a number of key market expansions have been announced, with the years culmination coming at the SBC Awards, where the firm scooped Best DFS Product.Valery Bollier, CEO and co-founder of Oulala, has been speaking to SBC about 2017 and aims heading into next year, in addition to the growth of DFS and challenges posed.SBC: 2017 has been an important year for Oulala, continuing to build upon strong foundations; could you offer a review of your year? Valery Bollier: 2017 was an important year, both for the DFS industry and for Oulala, because our young sector entered a different stage of its growth. The DFS market’s life cycle follows the same rules as most markets. For the first few years, the DFS sector was in its discovery phase where only a few pioneers were cemented.The last few months of 2017 clearly showed that we are now entering the second phase of the market, that is, the extension. A number of major actors such as Sky, Paddy Power Betfair, Unibet and Betsson have entered the DFS space.Oulala has also signed into significant partnerships with iGaming and Telco operators, including Marsbet, SafariBet, Bravio Gaming and Mobimedia. Moreover, with the growing number of hot prospects that are now willing to offer DFS to their customers, we are more than confident that 2018 will see a massive extension of DFS and of our network.SBC: Considering the continuous vertical growth of DFS, how is Oulala strengthening its product and how much of a role does expansion, particularly into new markets, play? VB: We launched Oulala five years ago because we had a vision that the younger generations would no longer be interested in playing games of luck against the house. A simple look at the demographics of the customer database within our industry is a clear indication that our concern was indeed correct. However, in order to become a future leader in our space, the accurate diagnostic was merely a first step; we needed to find the winning formula, the game that would answer all of their needs with the playability that would be perfectly tailored to their evolved usage.In this situation, the key factor to success required not using our marketing skills to convince customers to adopt our game as we had done in the past with their parents, but rather to listen to them and subsequently transform our offer accordingly based on their new expectations.Oulala is a real skill game and a true social game, the two pillars upon which the younger generations have been raised. This is why we can say that DFS is the sports betting of the new generations.Nonetheless, this was far from enough, and at Oulala the customer is the boss. Therefore, we will continue to adhere to our end customers’ feedback in order to adapt our product into whatever lives up to their expectations. The remarkable thing about globalisation is that customers within the same age group generally expect to play the same type of game, wherever they may be across the globe. All things considered, it is much easier and more beneficial to keep up with the times and adapt, than to try to fight it and change it. SBC: What market challenges does DFS face now and moving forward?VB: The main issue we are currently facing is that a number of companies have begun to falsely claim to be offering a DFS game, when the truth is they are simply distorting the concept of DFS to offer a lottery game on football.DFS upholds a simple but potent promise to its customers: when playing, you will be able to prove to your friends that you know the sport better than they do. However, in order to do so, our game needs to be a real skill game, not a game of luck; otherwise, just about anyone could win.Offering DFS games that are based solely on luck means offering customers a farce and is not likely to be met with success. Rather, it may even damage the image and reputation of the DFS industry in the public’s eye. This is why it is key for us, and for future DFS legislation all around the world, to maintain a clear separation between games that are genuinely DFS and those that are simply using the term DFS as marketing bait.SBC: From ‘Best Fantasy Sports Product’ at the SBC awards 2016, to ‘Best DFS Product’ this time around, what does it mean to be continually recognised in this way?VB: In new markets, it is always difficult to distinguish which are the truly serious actors. To be the recipient of the only award in Europe that recognizes the best DFS operator twice in a row clearly indicates that Oulala is on the right path. We are still at the beginning of our journey, and we will be sure to face many great challenges in the future, however receiving this award is an incredible milestone for our entire team. It gives us even more strength to continue our entrepreneurial adventure.SBC: What does 2018 hold for Oulala and the wider DFS community?VB: 2018 should be the year when DFS becomes mainstream. IGaming operators are progressively beginning to see the limits of their current positioning. Optimising their offer for customers within the 40+ age range dangerously narrows their market and the problem is only growing. Adopting DFS is, of course, not the only move required since reshaping one’s entire offer and team is also necessary, however it is a highly significant step in the process. Oulala would thus be the perfect partner. We understand challenges operators face and we have customisable solutions that were built specifically for the industry. Oulala is creating a solid long-term bridge between the younger generations and iGaming operators.At the SBC Awards 2017, held at the HAC Artillery Garden in London, Oulala picked up the award for Best DFS Product. The firms Business Development Director Oliver Niner collected the award from the nights hosts, sports presenter Matt Lorenzo and football legend Luis Garcia, before speaking about its importance in the video below.Valery Bollier is set to be a panellist at SBC’s Betting on Football conference, held at Stamford Bridge, home of reigning Premier League Champions Chelsea FC, from March 20-23. On day one, Wednesday 21 March, DFS is set to be discussed in the Drake Suite from 12.05-12.50 under the heading ‘Fantasy’s last stand in Europe?’ Analysing whether the Russian World Cup offers the last big opportunity for fantasy sports to break into the European market. More details of the event can be found HERE. 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