15 Miami-Dade high school seniors to receive scholarships

first_imgFifteen graduating Miami-Dade high school seniors will receive four-year Florida Prepaid University Tuition Scholarships and be recognized by Credit Union Board of Directors and staff.on Thursday.The Hubert O. Sibley Four-Year Florida Prepaid Tuition Scholarship began in 1995. Since then, South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union has helped hundreds of students attend college. The presentation will be made at the South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union in Miami.South Florida Educational FCU is the largest Credit Union headquartered in Miami-Dade County and serves educators, students and the families of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Miami Dade College.  South Florida Educational FCU is committed to increasing educational opportunities for students in Miami Dade County.last_img read more

True meaning of Easter missing on some youth

first_imgEaster Sunday is quickly approaching, marking a joyous day of celebration for Christians around the world.  In Florida, as in other regions of the US, and throughout the Caribbean, church services on this day is normally one of the most well-attended of the year, as entire families come out to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Yet, although adults may know the reason for the holy occasion, do the youth?  Typing the word ‘Easter’ in Google, images results in a plethora of pictures of happy bunny rabbits and colorful eggs. Is Easter, to this generation, more about Jesus or about fluffy stuffed animals and egg hunts?  Easter bunny birthdayAccording to godandpoliticsuk.org, a survey was done in the United Kingdom to answer this very question. They found “that 53 percent of the children surveyed didn’t know the meaning of Easter and one-quarter thought that it is about celebrating the Easter bunny’s birthday.”Minority of youth understands meaning of EasterHere in Florida, asking the similar question to some young people under 18, reveals a disconnect as to exactly what Easter means. A very small minority knew that Easter stands for Christ’s resurrection, and more alarming, some teens didn’t even understand what exactly the resurrection of Christ means. It’s also remarkable, and even ironic, that several South Florida teens have expressed their intent of attending Easter services this year, despite not understanding what Easter is all about.  This has become a great concern for many parents, who worry that the true meaning of Christian festivals are quickly being obscured by pagan rituals. For this reason, many parents are looking for creative ways to reinforce what Easter is really about. Tools parents can useAccording to Kim Wier of focusonthefamily.com, “Bunnies, eggs, floral baskets and more can become tools that parents use to bring a greater understanding of the message of Easter [to their young children].”  She states that since Easter is an opportune time to talk to your children about God’s love and mercy, the Easter bunny can be used as a representation of God’s true character.  For example, Easter bunnies “are white as snow because Jesus takes all sin away (Isaiah 1:18b),” and “have big ears that are quick to listen” (James 1:19),  “are quiet in prayer, but hop with thanksgiving and rejoicing, (Philippians 4:4-6), ” and “have big feet to go tell others about Jesus so they can be like Easter bunnies, too (Matthew 28: 19-20).”A Florida pastor concurs, saying: “It is becoming more challenging to motivate young people to attend church or to teach them about Christian milestones like Easter. Therefore, using fun and innovative means is a great way to teach the youth about Easter’s true meaning, as it is important they hold true to these principles which have remained a vital part of life for many generations.”last_img read more

St. Lucia Government Defends Decision to Extend State of Emergency by…

first_img“Despite our success thus far, and St. Lucia standing out as a leader in the region and the world, we cannot rest easy. As we look toward the future and our ‘new normal,’ we must remember what was effective in getting us to this point and what is needed to continue to stay the course to keep our communities and our loved ones safe.” “As a result,…this further extension of the State of Emergency is being sought to facilitate a quick response if another outbreak of COVID-19 occurs. The extension will also permit the continuance of the assistance provided by the Cuban Medical Team who is authorized to work only during the state of emergency, thereby strengthening the personnel capacities of the health sector during this volatile period,” Chastanet said, adding that the SOE would be extended from June 1, to September 30. Chastanet said the island has not been spared from this economic fallout. But he said he wanted to reassure St. Lucians locally that the decision to open the borders and to repatriate nationals from overseas has many conditions attached to it. He insisted that by extending the SOE it would allow for the competent authority to act with immediate dispatch on the advisement of our health officials, resulting in the need to declare operational necessary measures. “We have engaged the airlines and are relying heavily on them to be very robust partners to ensure that there is a contaminant-free corridor between when a passenger leaves their country of origin to their arrival in St. Lucia. “As a government, we reassure the people of St. Lucia that we will constantly scrutinize the situation and our performance with the view to reducing the time frame if we continue to see positive trends. As we have been doing throughout this crisis, we will keep you informed always of any amendments.” But he also warned that as the government strives to reopen St. Lucia under a phased approach “we are guided by the rest of the world. He said that the government has been responsible in its actions under the Emergency Powers Act, adding “every time we amended or adjusted any part of the Act, every single time we put a new measure in place, we reported and informed the people of St. Lucia. Chastanet likened the virus to a hurricane “like no other that we have faced in this region. He said the government has confidence in the five -phase approach to reopening the society. “We explained why, every step of the way. The recordings, videos and constant reporting is available for all to see. The simple fact is the State of Emergency allows us to move swiftly between phases especially as the virus evolves. This would not be possible under normal circumstances.” But he cautioned that moving from one phase to another or reverting to a previous phase would depend on key identifiable triggers. “This would not be possible under normal circumstances. We can plan and be prepared for COVID-19 but all of us who watch the international news will observe that this virus is ever changing and we need to adapt accordingly. Therefore our state of readiness today may be very different next week depending on the effects of its impact,” Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told legislators. Chastanet said that last week, the authorities having satisfied themselves that St. Lucia had met all the triggers for moving to the next phase of reopening the country, all businesses were allowed to resume and the necessary protocols were put in place. “We cannot remain stagnant. We must be vigilant in our preparation for a new normal but must also be cognizant of the risks that lie ahead. We must have the capacity to trigger quick and appropriate responses in the implementation of new protocols and guidelines of operation within all sectors of society. To achieve this, we need to have effective monitoring and enforcement capabilities.” “It has the potential to wipe out entire nations and cripple economies if not managed properly. Like a hurricane, the best chance of survival is to prepare. A state of emergency for the next four months will allow us to continue to implement and adequately monitor the effectiveness of the measures we have put in place, and to make quick adjustments as required.” CMC “With many countries in the world moving to reopen their borders and the waves of recurring infections, it is important that St. Lucia is able to react quickly by implementing the necessary measures to reduce and contain the spread of this virus. Essentially time to implement, review and react is of the essence. “The simplicity of this plan is that it is designed to remain fluid to allow government to respond to COVID-19 and its impact in a very methodical way. The foundation of this phased approach is structured on the preservation of our physical and mental health, safety and the general wellbeing of our people through robust social, healthcare, security and economic measures.” “Through the state of emergency powers this would allow the government to adequately implement measures and protocols under each phase. Currently, we are at cycle 3 of phase 3, our metrics are to be reviewed this week to finally determine whether we are on track to move into phase 4. “ “In our case, we face two fundamental threats; a pandemic and secondly the risk of a financial/economic crisis. It remains one of the most, if not the most effective mechanisms in dealing with events which pose a fundamental threat to a country and it reminds us all to remain vigilant.” Chastanet said that having examined the actions of countries in the Caribbean and internationally, it is clear that an SOE is the best mechanism in securing timely and seamless execution of protocols and guidelines. “After much deliberation, consultation, and review of available data; a decision has been taken to open our borders come June 4th 2020. Our Government is currently in discussions with key stakeholders as it relates to the repatriation of St. Lucians from overseas, in particular the United States,” he said. Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Allen Chastanet He said that a SOE “is no small matter” and comes as a result of a declaration by government in response to an extraordinary situation posing a fundamental threat to the country. “We, however, remain cautious that with such a reopening comes the dangers of possible spread of the virus. The entire world is grappling with how best to reopen. Economies are crashing, businesses are closing, thousands have become unemployed.” CASTRIES, St. Lucia – The St. Lucia government has defended its decision to seek a four-month extension of the state of emergency (SOE) saying it allows for the authorities to move swiftly between phases especially as the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus evolves. “All people coming into St. Lucia will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of travel and strict measures of physical distancing will be enforced. 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United States Rescinds Policy Threatening to Deport International Students

first_imgCMC Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke had strongly condemned the Trump administration’s threat to deport international students, including Caribbean nationals, whose universities transition to online-only learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Two days after the policy was announced on Jul. 6, the Ivy League Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), both in Massachusetts, filed the first of myriad lawsuits seeking to prevent the policy from going into effect. “This is a significant victory,” said Harvard’s president, Lawrence S. Bacow, in a statement. “The directive had disrupted all of American higher education. “These students make us stronger, and we hurt ourselves when we alienate them,” he said. “But as long as the President continues down this path, we will continue to use every legal tool at our disposal to stop him.” But, in an extraordinary and quick immigration policy reversal, the Trump administration on Tuesday acquiesced to vehement opposition from universities and over 20 states in relinquishing its plan to strip international college students of their visas if they fail to attend at least some classes in person in the fall. “The diversity of our colleges and universities is what makes New York schools among the world’s most competitive and most sought after,” she said. James also argued in the lawsuit filed against the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in addition to the agencies’ respective leaders that ICE, just one week ago, had announced a major policy reversal affecting almost every college and university in New York, and thousands more across the country, and that the reversal in policy threatens public health, students’ education and New York’s larger economy. NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Letitia James has welcomed US President Donald J. Trump’s rescinding of what she describes as a “dangerous” policy that threatened to deport more than a million international students, including many from the Caribbean. “President Trump and his team threatened the public health and safety of all students, all faculty, and hundreds of millions of residents across New York and the rest of the nation because of his rush to reopen schools, his anti-immigrant motives, and his sagging poll numbers. MIT president, L. Rafael Reif, said the quick opposition exemplified “the important role international students play in our education, research and innovation enterprises here in the United States. In a lawsuit filed against the Trump administration on Monday, James said the move was aimed at coercing schools into offering in-person instruction at the risk of increasing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) among students, faculty and other community members across New York and other states. James said international students should never be used as “political fodder to force colleges to reopen their doors,” stating that Trump’s “inability to remove politics from public health decisions endangers us all.” “Instead, it is just another naked attempt to callously force students to return to campuses in the fall, despite unsafe conditions, allowed to persist, primarily due to a lack of clear executive action.” “The recent decision by ICE and the White House do not prioritize public health nor the education of our next generation of leaders,” Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) last Wednesday. The International Students Club at Florida International University. credit: FIU “Enough is enough. It’s time for the president to stop treating immigrants like nothing more than scapegoats and for him to start leading our nation through this national pandemic. Politics should have never been a factor in our nation’s public health decisions,” James said. “This is welcome news for more than 100,000 international students in New York, more than one million students across the country, and millions of additional families across the world,” said James after the White House announced the reversal on Tuesday.last_img read more

UEFA European U-19 Championship: 10-man England Beat Portugal To Win Tournament

first_imgEngland’s youth setup continued their impressive summer on Saturday evening after the u-19 team defeated Portugal 2-1 in the final of UEFA European Championship to win the tournament in Georgia.Aston Villa youngster Easah Suliman gave England the lead five minutes into the second half before Portugal drew level six minutes later following a bizarre own goal from Chelsea startlet Dujon Sterling. Mason Mount thereafter setup Manchester City striker Lukas Nmecha for what turned out to be the winner. Keith Downing’s men finished the game with 10 men after Fulham’s Tayo Edun was sent off for two bookable offences in the dying moments of the game.It was third time lucky for England who had lost their last two finals with the team securing a first title in 24 years.It has been a summer of success for the youth teams of England with the latest triumph in Georgia the third title in just two months. England won the Toulon Tournament and the Under-20 World Cup in June. England also reached the semi-finals at the European Under-21 Championship in Poland last month.Relatedlast_img read more

AppBet’s Sarah Shannon wins the 2016/17 Tipster Challenge

first_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 1Sarah Shannon – AppBet313.69 2Alan Alger – Betway311.41 3Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 4Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 5Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 6bettingexpert1.704.75 7Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 8John Hill – Coral24.25 9Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 10Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 11Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 12Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 13Conor White – BetBright33.62 14Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 15Harry Lang – Pinnacle13.50 16Timeform1.893.32 17Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 18Paddy Power13.00 19Russell Yershon11.88 20Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas21.82 21Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 22Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 23John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 24Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 25Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 26Gerry Murray – 32Red10.44 27Bradley Gibbs – Bookmaker Ratings10.20 28Ged Colleypriest – Ball Street00.00 29Ian Marmion – BetStars00.00 Share StumbleUpon bettingexpert, Timeform and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average totals for bettingexpert and Timeform.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.For example, if bettingexpert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points. Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Sharecenter_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Submit RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Related Articles AppBet horse racing tipster Sarah Shannon has beaten almost 30 industry experts to win the Tipster Challenge on SBC News for the 2016/17 Jump Season.Stephen Harris, the horse racing guru at bettingexpert, finished with a 10.41-point flourish at Perth after wins for Royal Village, Gayebury, Late Date and Great Fighter.This means Harris finishes the 27-week challenge, sponsored by Betting Gods, a full 10 positions ahead of the experts from Timeform, who leapfrogged Betfred’s Matthew Hulmes for a 16th placed finish.Meanwhile, it was a disappointing day for BetStars Trading Director Ian Marmion, the final challenger to Shannon’s Tipster Challenge lead, as he failed to find a single winner across the seven races.The competition takes a short break before re-launching in a new format for the 2017 Flat Season.Race Winners at Perth:Royal Village – 8/15Miss Maiden Over – 7/1Gayebury – 3/1Beeves – 7/1Late Date – 11/2Jovial Joey – 9/2Great Fighter – 11/8Tipster Challenge 2016/17 – Final Standingslast_img read more

‘Treat Betting like Tobacco’…Labour pledges to end betting firms sponsoring football clubs

first_img Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Winning Post: Political flip-floppery leads to uncertainty for casinos August 3, 2020 Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson, wants UK football to ‘play its part in tackling the country’s hidden epidemic of gambling addiction’.A new Labour policy proposal, will seek to end football club shirt sponsorships by bookmakers and gambling related firms.Watson has stated to The Guardian newspaper, that the Labour Party will pledge to curb ‘the power of gambling firms’, protecting society’s vulnerable and limiting the exposure of gambling services to UK minors.The Labour Deputy makes his statement, as the industry awaits the government’s delayed October review of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) and advertising standards and practices.Detailing Labour’s pledge, Watson points to the high density of betting firms’ currently sponsoring English Premier League football clubs (9 out of 20 sponsored by gambling services).“Shirt sponsorship sends out a message that football clubs don’t take problem gambling among their own fans seriously enough. It puts gambling brands in front of fans of all ages, not just at matches but on broadcasts and highlights packages on both commercial television and the BBC.”At present, Football Association rules prohibit youth teams from being sponsored by gambling firms. Furthermore, The FA does not allow for gambling services to be promoted on junior/minor football club kits.Watson, however, believes that current policy is insufficient with regards to protecting minors, and has detailed that Labour will likely take a strict advertising approach relating to industry services, replicating marketing and promotional standards set for the Tobacco industry in 2005.  “Just as tobacco companies were banned from sponsoring sporting events and putting their logos on branded goods because of the harm smoking can cause,” he said, “it’s right that we recognise the harm problem gambling does and take gambling logos off football shirts.”Labour’s pledge for stricter gambling standards, comes as the Industry’s leadership are reported to be reviewing betting marketing and promotional practices. This week, independent gambling group Sky Betting and Gaming announced the closure of its Affiliate Marketing program ‘Affiliate Hub’ citing ‘regulatory concerns’ attached to marketing and promotions by partner websites.last_img read more

Nektan sanctions lower priced offload of Respin US asset

first_img London AIM-listed mobile gaming services provider Nektan Plc has offloaded its US-specific mobile casino property ‘Respin’ to private enterprise Alternative Investment Partners, completing a £300,000 cash transaction.Updating the market, Nektan leadership details that it has sold its 57% equity in the US brand, at a lower price than originally anticipated, stating that the firm wishes to halt its ‘stateside cash-burn’.Nektan had previously priced its Respin asset at £2 million cash consideration, with a further £300,000 working capital attachment. However, today’s confirmed transaction sees Nektan leadership settle for a £300,000 cash deal, with Alternative Investment Partners committing to £800,000 in working capital provisions.In its update, Nektan stated that it had settled for a lower transaction due, “to the original proposed purchaser not being able to complete the transaction in the required time period and the new purchaser renegotiating the terms”.In a statement, Nektan CEO Lucy Buckley, said: “We are very excited about this new partnership with AIP who specialise in investing in fast growing technology businesses.“The majority sale of our US subsidiary allows Nektan to retain a material stake in the emerging US market without funding it on an ongosing basis. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Respin as we firmly believe in our US mobile casino product. As previously announced, Respin has steadily been gaining traction in the US, signing deals with some of the biggest land-based casinos in the world and we are excited about the macro trends in the market.“Removal of the cash burn of the US business will allow Nektan to focus on the profitability of its core European business and continue to grow the company globally. Achieving EBITDA break-even during the first half of FY19 was a key milestone for the Company and reaching full-year EBITDA break-even remains a key focus and is on track.” Share StumbleUpon Transformed Nektan eyes ‘break even’ comeback April 1, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Nektan offloads white-label B2C unit to Active Win Group January 8, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Betby outlines plans for international growth

first_img StumbleUpon Share BETBY grows esports portfolio with Rocket League addition July 7, 2020 Betby receives green light from MGA August 10, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Betby goes live with Advabet July 15, 2020 Sportsbook supplier Betby has outlined plans for international growth, after revealing plans to expand into a number of new betting and gaming markets. The supplier, which launched its Casino-x and Joy Casino brands earlier this year, hopes to deliver a wide range of both promotional and marketing features to operators considering entering the sports betting sector. BETBY’s CCO Chris Nikolopoulos believes the unique proposition is now ready for a wider audience among operators looking to get into sports betting, or those who are frustrated by the limitations of their current solution.He said: “BETBY is a sports betting provider that is not afraid to go the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction. As simple as it sounds, I think that makes all the difference.“We decided to invest in a sports book software because we saw a gap in the market both from a product and services perspective and were confident we could fill it. Our day-to-day growth shows that so far we are doing that the right way.”Nikolopoulos explained that Betby plans to offer a ‘complete’ business relationship to allow the supplier to stand out from its competition, as part of its fully managed sportsbook solution. He added: “We are not only offering a product, but a complete business relationship. Most sportsbook suppliers are too slow to adapt to changes or too narrow-minded to see beyond their own short-term profit. “I’d like to think we can offer something different, putting our partners first and listening to what they and their customers need. We are a B2B provider that likes to think as an operator. “I think we all agree that the only way for long term co-operation is to establish a fair and mutually beneficial partnership that is based on the right business ethics. This is the one and only approach we have.”Nikolopoulos continued: “Our software has been developed in-house from scratch and is flexible enough to be able to deliver tasks quickly and efficiently.“In today’s market there is no “one fits all” solution, and we focus on being able to deliver customisation based on an operator’s needs. For instance, we have developed several UI layouts which can cover different segments of players, no matter if they are coming from a traditional sportsbook, or a more modern, casino-related background. “At the same time, we are harnessing machine learning software, which is used to predict and detect customer behaviour, whilst also facilitating automated personalisation techniques, both in terms of sports book content and betting options.”last_img read more

Dean Sisun, Prophet: Bringing a new value proposition for exchange punters

first_img StumbleUpon What drives betting innovation: operators, players or suppliers? November 6, 2019 UKGC suspends two licences over failure to integrate GAMSTOP April 3, 2020 6 of the Best: Prophet’s Dean Sisun and Jake Benzaquen October 10, 2019 Share Related Articles Share Submit Prophet co-founder Dean Sisun told SBC News that his company’s new style of betting exchange will ‘specialise in giving something back to the consumer’. Launched last week as the first customer-friendly ‘cashout alternative to bookmakers’, the Prophet exchange allows punters to sell their bets to interested buyers, deviating away from the cashout rates set by traditional bookmakers with the intention of offering up to 50% better cashout rates and 10-20% higher odds for the buyer.To explaining the mechanics behind it, Sisun said: “For example, you bet on Atalanta to beat Manchester City at 11.0 (10/1). They go up 1-0 in the 30th minute and their odds move to 3.0 (2/1). “Rather than cashing out at the rate your bookmaker dictates, you can sell your bet to a peer for a price of your choice. For example, if you sell it at 4.0 (3/1), the buyer gets better odds than the bookmaker offers them, the seller guarantees profit, and everybody wins.“And finally, with our algorithm, we recommend the selling price that will give buyers better odds and sellers the best cashout rate possible, taking out the difficult math and speeding up the process for consumers to cater to in-play markets.”The exchange, which is currently only available to UK punters, wants to appeal to a wide demographic while maintaining a core audience by developing a seamless user experience.Sisun continued: “We envision that the buyers of bets are going to be the more serious punters; those guys are the ones scouring sites like Oddschecker for the best available price. We will give better prices than bookmakers 99/100 times, so everyone who has beta tested the product, or who we have spoken to, understands the value proposition. “As for the more casual punters, we expect these guys to be the sellers predominantly, and we have catered to them by mimicking the cashout function to create a smooth user experience.“This was inspired by us not having enough options to monetise our bets as they were fluctuating in value. When we saw the cashout function was an increasingly popular phenomenon, we dug into the trend and realised how big the margin losses are for bettors.”Having only launched in the UK last week, the co-founders of Prophet have already outlined plans to bring the exchange to multiple other betting markets in a bid to secure global expansion, highlighting the recently-regulated US market as a key area of focus. “We are looking to get our Malta licence as soon as possible so we can launch in other European markets, not just Germany,” added Sisun. “However, we have a keen interest in targeting Germany because we are one of seven companies that are part of the LeAD/Sport1 accelerator there. “We plan to utilise the abundance of outstanding connections provided to us through their network to advance our way in Germany. Gambling regulations are being reshaped there, so the Malta licence won’t cut it anymore. “Outside Germany, European countries in general are highly appealing. Most have mature sports betting markets, and plenty of high-profile sports leagues, so it makes sense for us to expand into these areas.“As for the US, there are of course a lot of challenges. Every state has its own regulations, and we are working on some new technology for the market as well. We are eager to make a statement in what will be one of the biggest, if not the biggest sports betting markets in the world, but I can’t say just yet how that entry will look.”last_img read more