Yes, it is Christmas Day. The annual traditional celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, marked by good cheer, and the exchange of greetings gifts.This Christmas, some “gifts” are being offered which seems to be coming from the Grinch, who according to the popular ‘Christmas Story’ is bent of stealing the joy out of Christmas.For several weeks now, the Republican administration and the incumbent US president has been furiously trying to put together a tax package they claim benefit the middle class. The plan was approved last week, rushed to the president’s desk and signed into law before Christmas Day. President Trump says the new tax package is the “best Christmas present” Americans will receive. Gift of nasty needlesBut this gift seems to be one wrapped in pretty paper and tied with a golden bow, but inside the wrapper is a porcupine with nasty needles.On one hand, the promo surrounding this tax package claims it will result in most Americans paying less taxes, placing more spending money in their pockets. However, on the other, and most importantly, the implementation of this new tax package means the government will increase the national debt by well over a trillion dollars.Govt will be forced to cut social programsTo reduce this massive increase in the national debt, the government will be forced to cut programs funded from the federal budget. Already, the Republican leadership in Congress has indicated among the priorities of the 2018 agenda is the reduction of entitlements. These entitlements include programs for senior and low-income Americans; programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Meals on Wheels, Food Stamps, WIC, and the Children Health Program.So this much hailed gift of a beneficial tax package is being given with the right hand while the left hand is poised to take away the benefits it’s proposed to give.Net neutrality another bad giftAnother package that the Republican administration has been preoccupied in preparing for American consumers, one which seems determined to take the joy out of this Christmas is changing the way the Internet is used.Last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to end the policy of Net Neutrality which the Obama administration introduced in 2015 to govern the operations of Internet providers like Comcast and AT&T.Under net neutrality, Internet providers are required to provide all content equally without giving preference to some digital content providers. In other words, under net neutrality consumers are free to access any website, app, video, etc., equally, regardless of where the content is hosted.The intent of the Obama administration was to ensure information provided over the Internet is as open as possible. Comcast, for example, was not permitted to make access to one website slower than another, or charge a fee to access more popular websites like YouTube.Threatens the open InternetThe FCC vote now threatens the open Internet. If this policy is implemented it means that Comcast, ATT, Verizon etc., could make it more difficult to access popularly visited websites. Internet providers would be able to operate the Internet similar to Cable-TV providers. The latter markets some channels as part of a basic, less expensive package, but market channels like HBO and Showtime as primary channels at a higher fee to consumers.This reversal of the net neutrality policy could have negative impact on how businesses conduct research on the Internet; how students access information related to their respective courses of study; and how the general public access information and use the Internet.Of course, the Internet providers will benefit significantly if the policy is implemented. Democrats must be more aggressiveThe impact of the new tax package and net neutrality can be averted if members of Congress, mostly Democrats, be more aggressive in opposing them. It’s anticipated Congressional Democrats will be more aggressive in ensuring that entitlements due to seniors and low-income Americans are not compromised. These Democrats also have a responsibility to ensure Americans have access to free, easily accessible information through an open Internet.Greetings from Caribbean National WeeklyMeanwhile, we at Caribbean National Weekly.com hope our readers, associates, and advertisers will receive other gifts they truly deserve this Christmas.We also hope the message of “Merry Christmas” will resonate with meaning throughout your families and businesses.
CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio MIAMI, United States, CMC – The Dominican Republic’s Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium will host the CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship this year.CONCACAF announced here yesterday that the semifinals, third-place match, final and playoff match will be staged at the venue in Santo Domingo from May 8-13.Five clubs are participating: Arcahaie FC (Haiti), Cibao FC (Dominican Republic), Club Atletico Pantoja (Dominican Republic), Waterhouse FC (Jamaica), and the to be confirmed 2020 CONCACAF Caribbean Shield Champion.“The Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship is the pinnacle of club football in the Caribbean, providing fully professionalized leagues and their teams with a clear pathway to Confederation wide tournaments,” said CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio.“After an exciting group stage in Jamaica earlier this year, we are pleased to bring the finals to the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo for what should be a thrilling fourth edition of this important championship.”The group stage of the 2020 Flow CONCACAF Caribbean Club Championship kicked off on January 29 in Kingston, Jamaica, with six teams battling for four semifinal spots. Group A saw Jamaican club Waterhouse power to a first-place finish with a draw versus Cibao FC of the Dominican Republic and a win over Haitian club Don Bosco. The Dominican club claimed the second place in the group, with two ties.In Group B, Atletico Pantoja of the Dominican Republic finished top of the group, with victories over reigning FCCCC champions Portmore United of Jamaica and Haiti’s Arcahaie. The Haitian side secured a semifinal spot with a win over the Jamaican co-hosts.The group winners will face the second-place finishers of the opposite group. The two semifinal matches are scheduled for May 8. The third place-match and final, which will determine the Caribbean representatives in the 2020 Scotiabank CONCACAF League and 2021 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, will be played on May 10.Once the 2020 CONCACAF Caribbean Shield Champion fulfills the CONCACAF Regional Club Licensing criteria required to participate in a Confederation wide club competition, an additional playoff match will be disputed on May 13, between the fourth-place finisher of the Caribbean Club Championship and the Shield Champion.The winner of that game will claim the last spot for Caribbean clubs in the 2020 Scotiabank CONCACAF League.
Feeding South Florida continues its food distributions throughout counties in South Florida. The following locations will have food distributions available starting next week:Broward CountyCentral Broward Regional Park – 3700 NW 11 Place Lauderhill FL 33311, May 11, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. City of Coral SpringsCoral Square Mall – 9469 W. Atlantic Boulevard Coral Springs FL 33071, May 12, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. City of HollywoodSheridan Street Tri-Rail Station – 2900 Sheridan Street Hollywood FL 33021, May 12, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. City of SunriseSunrise at Tennis Club 9605 West Oakland Park Blvd. Sunrise FL 33351, May 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. City of Tamarac2699 W. Commerical Boulevard Tamarac FL 33309, May 13, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. City of LauderhillLauderhill Sports Park – 7500 W. Oakland Park Boulevard Lauderhill FL 33313, May 14, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. City of Pembroke PinesCity Center – 601 City Center Way Pembroke Pines FL 33025, May 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. City of MiramarMiramar Regional Park – 16801 Miramar Parkway Miramar FL 33027, May 14, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. City of Ft. LauderdaleMills Pond Park – 2201 NW 9 Avenue Ft. Lauderdale FL 33309, May 14, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. City of Deerfield BeachQuiet Waters Park – 401 Powerline Road Deerfield Beach FL 33442, May 15, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. City of West ParkMcTyre Park – 3501 SW 56 Avenue West Park FL 33023, May 16, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This list is updated daily at www.feedingsouthflorida.org/covid19. Dates, times, and locations may change. If you plan to attend a distribution, please review this calendar the day-of to confirm the schedule.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica as at Thursday (May 14) remains at 509. In addition to the 224 cases that are employees of the workplace cluster in St. Catherine, there are: The number of new samples tested for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours is 228, bringing the total number of samples tested on the island to 7,780. Of that 7,780, in addition to the 509 positives, there are 7,213 negatives and 58 pending. Of the 509 confirmed COVID-19 cases to date, the 118 who have recovered represent a 23.2% recovery rate compared to the nine or 1.8% who have died. Overall, 10 persons have been considered moderately ill and 11 persons, critically ill. There are currently no moderately or critically ill cases. (JIS News) – 41 imported cases;– 193 cases that are contacts of confirmed cases (including 96 that are contacts of employees in the workplace cluster in St. Catherine);– 24 that are local transmission cases not epidemiologically linked; and– 27 that are under investigation. For the first time in some 50 days, Jamaica has recorded no new positive cases of COVID-19 on the island even as recoveries rose to 118. Three hundred and five (305) or 60% of the confirmed cases are females and 204 or 40% are males. They range in age from 2 months to 87 years.
The City of Lauderhill reopened City offices and parks methodically and in accordance with State, County, and City Executive Orders and CDC Guidelines on June 22, 2020. Office hours were reduced and many services and programs have been offered virtually. Administration implemented many precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19 for employees and the public including limiting office hours to the public, placing in sneeze guards, signage, and hand sanitation stations around the facilities. Temperature checks and face coverings are mandatory for staff and the public in all City buildings. Staff has been provided with facial coverings, gloves and hand sanitizer. In addition, the City will continue to ensure daily deep cleaning of all facilities. The City of Lauderhill has announced the closure of all its city buildings, parks and recreational facilities after 20 of its 600 employees recently tested positive for COVID-19. Read the official statement from The City of Lauderhill below: In light the positive cases in Florida and positive cases of employees; we will resume the implementation of virtual services and close City Hall, all Administrative offices, and Park and Recreation facilities. We will revert back to virtual and essential services and no longer allow the public in City buildings until further notice. To help protect the staff and residents, the City provided free voluntary COVID-19 testing to all employees. At this time, 20 of our 600 employees have tested positive. Most of those employees who tested positive are asymptomatic and had no contact with the public. However, the city is in the process of contact tracing all of the persons who came in contact with positive staff members. Lauderhill officials say that they will revert back to virtual and essential services and no longer allow the public in City buildings until further notice. Contact tracing for all the positive employees is currently being done throughout the city. At this time, we are remaining vigilant and taking all steps to provide a safe work place in accordance with CDC Guidelines including making testing available to all employees, providing flexible work schedules, and telecommuting. We will continue to monitor CDC Guidelines to help minimize any further spread of this disease. The City of Lauderhill encourages everyone to wash your hands frequently, wear a face covering, sanitize, practice social distancing, and follow CDC COVID-19 Guidelines
Super Eagles forward Alex Iwobi was impressive after he notched an assist to help his Arsenal side beat their hosts Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in an international club friendly at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.Arsenal took the lead just after the hour mark courtesy a tidy finish from wantaway French striker Olivier Giroud before Welsh star Aaron Ramsey added a second five minutes later. The Gunners added a third goal just before halftime as Nigerian international forward Alex Iwobi teed up Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny for a long range finish. Wanderers pulled a goal back after the interval but Arsenal held on for the win.Up next for Iwobi and Arsenal is a double header against Bayern Munich (July 19) and Chelsea (July 22) in China.Related
EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Submit Share Major payments provider Paysafe is to be acquired by private equity giants CVC and Blackstone after the company’s board gave a great light to the 590p per share offer that was put on the table last month.The deal values Paysafe at £2.96bn and brings the company, which recently bought affiliate scheme business Income Access, under the ownership of two companies who are increasingly familiar with the gambling industry.CVC has long been involved with betting and currently has stakes in operators Sky Bet, Sisal and Tipico, while Blackstone has only just secured a £600m deal to buy Clarion Events, organiser of ICE Totally Gaming and several other gambling conferences.CVC and Blackstone have already agreed to sell off Paysafe Merchant Services – its Asia business – to Spectrum Global Limited in a long-term deal worth around $308m (£234m).Dennis Jones, Chairman of Paysafe, said: “Paysafe has been on a remarkable journey, undergoing significant transformation and generating substantial shareholder value. The offer from the Consortium represents an opportunity for shareholders to crystallise a certain cash value from their investment in Paysafe. The Paysafe Independent Directors believe that Paysafe will continue to play a key role in payments innovation, leveraging the state of the art technology it has built over a number of years.”Martin Brand, Senior Managing Director of Blackstone, said: “We are delighted that our proposal has been recommended by the Board and excited by the prospect of working with management to develop Paysafe as one of the leading, global providers of online and mobile payment solutions. Paysafe’s innovative alternative payment systems and risk management capabilities form a strong value proposition for consumers and merchants alike. As a leading technology investor, Blackstone believes that Paysafe is an ideal platform for continued innovation in the payments space, and look forward to supporting Paysafe’s growth both organically and through acquisitions.”Peter Rutland, Partner, Global Co-Head of Financial Services of CVC, added: “Paysafe is an important and innovative online payments partner for merchants and customers across the globe. Our investment experience in financial services, and particularly the payments sector, provides us with the ability to understand and value the company and its future growth. We are very grateful to have the opportunity to invest in Paysafe and look forward to helping support its growth going forwards.” Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Related Articles BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon
Submit Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance August 11, 2020 Enlarged Gamesys returns to UK growth eyeing FTSE250 spot March 17, 2020 Share StumbleUpon John CaldwellNew industry body The Double C Foundation, which seeks to develop sector stakeholders’ crypto currency dynamics and knowledge, has confirmed the appointment of its first set of executives for its newly-established advisory board.This September, Double C Foundation announced the relaunch of CasinoCoin (CSC), an open source, peer-to-peer cryptocurrency designed specifically for the regulated online gambling industry.Seeking to bring crypto functions to a wider gaming audience, Double C Foundation has appointed industry executives Lee Fenton, CEO of Gamesys, Britt Boeskov, CPO of Kindred Group and Sam Hobcraft, CEO of OPL Gaming Group to its advisory board.John Caldwell, Director of Advocacy for the Foundation, said: “To be able to announce an advisory board that includes some of the most highly-regarded professionals in this industry really highlights the growing excitement, support and confidence in CasinoCoin.“We have assembled a team with unparalleled experience from across the global gaming sector and beyond. This team will help guide CasinoCoin over the coming months and years as we continue our mission to bring cryptocurrency to the regulated gambling industry.Further leadership guidance, for the Foundation in promoting the adoption and best-use practices for crypto currency dynamics in regulated gambling markets, will be provided by Morten Tonnesen, former PokerStars’ Director of Group Marketing; Luke Webster, former Senior Regulator of the London Stock Exchange; Jeffrey Haas, experienced iGaming exec; David Sargeant, Founder of innovation agency iGaming Ideas; and James Scicluna, Co-managing Partner at WH Partners.Sam Hobcraft, Advisory Board member, commented: “Cryptocurrency has an important role to play in the future of gaming, but it is essential that it does so in a secure, consumer-friendly and regulated fashion.“CasinoCoin is leading the charge in this area, and I am looking forward to being involved with a project which has the potential to change the face of our industry.” Gamesys halts UK advertising during lockdown April 23, 2020 Related Articles Share
Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Related Articles Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Submit Dermot SmurfitUpdating the market, B2B gambling enterprise turnkey systems provider GAN has confirmed that it has entered a strategic US services partnership with betting platform and software supplier SBTECH. The partnership will see SBTECH’s sports betting provisions integrated within GAN’s enterprise platform software ‘GameSTACK’.Moving forward, GAN management will be able to offer sports betting services to ‘select partners’ of its US client portfolio.GAN’s clients together represent more than seventy casino properties located coast-to-coast generating in excess of $8 billion in land-based casino gaming revenues annually.Updating investors, Dermot Smurfit, CEO of GAN commented on the SBTech partnership: “GAN has been asked by several Clients to review, procure and support the delivery of a sports betting solution both online and in the on-property retail channel in the event PASPA is overturned.“We have conducted a lengthy diligence process in Europe to identify a preferred sports betting partner based on their technical capability, US licensing suitability, ability to integrate seamlessly with GAN’s enterprise software platform and the sophistication of their managed sports services. We are delighted to announce this strategic relationship with SBTECH.”Richard CarterFurther to the agreement, both parties indicate that the partnership will deliver an advantage should the US Supreme Court overturn or modify existing Federal US prohibition on sports betting enshrined in the PASPA 1992 legislation. Richard Carter, CEO for SBTECH, backed GAN as US partner: “GAN is a licensed, trusted partner to more than a dozen US casino operators equipped with unique intellectual property and a proven track record in delivering and growing Internet gaming businesses in the United States.“This partnership is logical for SBTECH and permits SBTECH to rapidly introduce its sports betting technology and services to a wide range of US casinos with a view to being the first to settle a US sports bet online and on-property in States such as New Jersey and Pennsylvania, in close collaboration with GAN.” StumbleUpon Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE: Partnering to produce full lifecycle potential July 1, 2020 Share
Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Related Articles ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Aine FlanaganPeter Jackson the new Group CEO of Paddy Power Betfair Plc (PPB), continues the strategic realignment of the FTSE100 bookmaker’s executive leadership team.Jackson’s latest movements, see him promote Aine Flanagan to Group Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), having previously served as Managing Director of UK & Ireland for PPB.Flanagan is a seasoned eCommerce and digital operations strategist, who will take a lead role in the enlarged group’s continued post-merger integration projects, delivering combined growth and cost savings for PPB investors.Johnny HartnettFurther executive restructuring, sees Jackson promote former PPB International Managing Director Johnny Hartnett to Group Chief Development Officer.A twenty-year company veteran, Hartnett has previously been a key stakeholder in the development of Paddy Power international projects, acting as an executive for Australian betting subsidiary Sportsbet.com.au (2009-2016).Hartnett will work alongside PPB leadership team to identify and establish new commercial prospects and define long-term corporate growth strategies.Completing his first month as leader of PPB, Peter Jackson has made a number of critical new appointments, restructuring the firm’s executive team.As new CEO, Jackson will be supported by Dan Taylor who takes up the newly created role of Chief Executive for Paddy Power Europe.On Wednesday 7 March, Jackson will present his first trading statement as PPB CEO, with industry analysts and investors awaiting further updates with regards to the delivery of PPB’s new technology platform powered by Betfair development.