Haiti’s collapsing penitentiary conditions causes an alarming mortality rate

first_imgBY KAYLA HIGGSHaiti’s jails are raising questions of concern due to its overcrowding, malnutrition and infectious diseases.  The mortality rate behind bars is reaching alarming new levels with 21 inmates dead at the Port-au-Prince penitentiary just last month.Haiti’s penal system is by far one of the most congested in the world, with a staggering 454 percent occupancy level, according to the most recent ranking by the University of London’s Institute for Criminal Policy Research.Prison authorities say they try their best to meet inmates’ needs; however it is difficult to work with insufficient funds from the state. As a result of this, prison authorities fail to provide ample amounts of food and cooking fuel, leading to deadly cases of malnutrition-related ailments such as beriberi and anemia.In 2016, United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon stated “nearly almost all of the 11,000 inmates in Haiti’s national prison system have access to less than one square meter of space and most face 23 hours of confinement a day”.About 80 percent of those incarcerated have not been convicted of a crime and are held in prolonged pretrial detention. Despite the UN’s, along with international donors’, efforts to reduce the percentage, it barely budged.In all, Haiti’s over-crowding prison system is due to high numbers of arbitrary arrests and overuse of pretrial detention. Some inmates have been waiting up to eight years to see a judge.  Cells that were made to accommodate 20 men are now being crammed with 80 to 100 inmates.last_img read more

UPDATE: New CCJ President Sworn In

first_imgUpdate: Justice Adrian Saunders was on Wednesday installed as the third president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), disappointed that more Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nations have not yet signed on to the court’s appellate jurisdictions but hopeful that they will eventually all get on board.He took the oath of office at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in Jamaica on Wednesday evening, ahead of the opening ceremony of the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, before host Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen.Addressing the audience that included Prime Ministers, Presidents and Premiers from across the region, and a delegation from the CCJ, the court’s new president expressed disappointment that the vast majority of the 15 CARICOM member countries have stuck with the Privy Council as their final court of appeal, instead of signing on to the Trinidad-based CCJ’s appellate jurisdiction.Only three Caribbean countries have made the CCJ their final court – Barbados, Belize and Guyana.*****************************************************************The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will see a change in leadership on Wednesday, when Justice Adrian Saunders takes over from Sir Dennis Byron.The transition will take place as a part of the activities before the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Jamaica.In March of this year, it was announced that Justice Saunders, after an exhaustive international search, would be appointed the CCJ’s third President.CCJ judge since 2005“He has been a judge at the CCJ since 2005 and has contributed immensely to the administration and judicial functions of the Court,” the CCJ said in a release on Tuesday.Justice Saunders is also the Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO) and the Course Director of the Halifax-based Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute’s CJEI’s Intensive Study Program. He is also one of the Institute’s Directors.AuthorSaunders has also co-authored the book, Fundamentals of Caribbean Constitutional Law and is a contributor editor of the Caribbean Civil Court Practice. In April 2018, he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Global Judicial Integrity Network by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).last_img read more

Jamaica secures 3rd place in discus at CAC Games

first_imgJamaica’s Traves Smith won Jamaica’s ninth medal at the CAC Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, on Sunday when he finished third in the men’s discus.It is Jamaica’s first medal from the athletics competition that began on Sunday evening.Smikle, the 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medalist, threw 64.68m but it was not enough to overhaul the effort of Jorge Hernandez Fernandez, who threw a season’s best 65.27 to take the silver medal. The gold was won by Mauricio Ortega Giron of Colombia who produced a personal best 66.30m on his first attempt and was good enough to secure the victory.Smikle said he had mixed feelings about the performance but the two men who bested him got going a lot earlier than he did.“In the throws you have to get firing from early and you don’t know when it’s going to happen but for the two competitors that bested me they performed really well,” he said.“64.68, I’m not too happy but I am not too sad. I am grateful and trying to get consistent.”Jamaica’s Basil Bingham was fifth with a season’s best 60.26m.Smikle’s medal was the fifth bronze medal won by Jamaica at these championships. Its athletes have also won three gold, one silver medal so far.last_img read more

Italian Serie A Review: 2-1 Home Win Dominates Saturday Matches

first_img2-1 home victory was a familiar pattern for Saturday games in the Italian Serie A with wins for title contenders Napoli and AS Roma.Napoli defeated struggling AC Milan 2-1 at home courtesy goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Piotr Zielinski either side of halftime before the late consolation for Milan from a Romagnoli volley.The win was enough to move Maurizio Sarri’s side four points clear of nearest challengers and Italian champions Juventus in the race for the Scudetto though the Old Lady can cut that lead to one point if they win at sixth-placed Sampdoria.In the other game played earlier, AS Roma edged rivals Lazio 2-1 in the Rome Derby with goals from Diego Perrotti (penalty) and Radja Naingollan in four second half minutes. Ciro Immobile pulled one back from the spot for the visitors but their opponents held on for a very good win.AS Roma (30 points)leapfrog both Lazio and Inter Milan to move into the top 3 with Simone Inzaghi’s men dropping one place to 5th spot on the log after 28 points from 12 games. Matchday 13 Results:AS Roma 2-1 NapoliNapoli 2-1 AC Milan Standings (Top 5):1. Napoli 35 points2. Juventus 31 points3. AS Roma 33 points4. Inter Milan 30 points5. Lazio 28 pointscenter_img Relatedlast_img read more

Are England destined for third straight Six Nations title?

first_img StumbleUpon SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Share It’s that time of the year when Six Nations Rugby returns to our screens, with five physically intense rounds of competition spread across February and Match.England head into the Championships as favourites, with back to back triumphs, including a Grand Slam in 2016, but could the Red Rose’s impressive form be set to crash in early 2018?Joe Lovelace, Head of PR at Marathonbet, has been discussing England and who the bookies say are their closest rivals: “Under Eddie Jones, England have been imperious, winning 22 out of a possible 23 Test matches, deservedly heading into the championship as the bookmaker’s favourites. “A third straight Six Nations would be impressive but a host of injuries to key players makes this even tougher. “But if England’s young players stand up, be counted and take their opportunity, retaining the title and claiming a Grand Slam is very possible. “England and Ireland are hot favourites, it could all come down to the last round where Twickenham plays host to these two teams in what will be a mouth-watering encounter.”All eyes could well fall onto that fixture in the final round, with England seeking revenge for their sole loss under Australian coach Jones, with Ireland triumphing 13-9 in the final game of last seasons tournament.However, could customers be backing a certain nation who showed great resurgence in an impressive 2017: “Unsurprisingly the majority of our punters at Marathonbet have been backing England to win a record third straight Six Nations, with a few backing a Grand Slam along the way, but ultimately believing they’ll come up trumps overall. “For the first time in a while though we’ve seen a number of punters backing Scotland to go all the way – testament to an impressive 2017 that saw them beat Ireland, Wales and Australia with Gregor Townsend’s expensive brand of rugby.”Would Scottish success be a surprise given recent Six Nations performances? And could we see a change of nation propping up the table? Lovelace added: “Scotland won’t be surprising anyone this season, because their Six Nations rivals will not be taking them lightly after some impressive results from this young exciting side last year. “They’re considerably better odds than France and Wales to win this season’s championship and our punters’ activity backs this up with many backing them to claim Six Nations glory at 7/1. “Wales are unusual outsiders at 15/1 to go all the way despite having the experienced British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, this is mainly down to them missing a host of star players through injury and introducing a new brand of free-flowing rugby.“Italy are destined for the wooden spoon once again, there doesn’t look to be much hope of them not losing all five games – we’ve priced them at 500/1 to win the tournament to back this up.”Amongst all the talk of potential Six Nations winner and losers, Lovelace went on to discuss the current state of rugby union betting, and what can be done to ensure it grows and increases its appeal: “Betting on rugby union and Six Nations has improved over the past few years but there is a long way to go for it to compete and rival the likes of football, tennis, darts and other sports that have a far higher level of activity from our punters. “Educating customers around the variety of markets the betting industry has to offer will go a long way to showing punters that rugby union has as much to offer as any other sport has to offer. Rugby isn’t seen as a traditional betting sport, this perception needs to change going forward.”last_img read more

6 of the Best – BetterBetting’s Adriaan Brink

first_img Share Submit StumbleUpon Share Adriaan Brink is the Founder and CEO at BetterBetting, a blockchain-based decentralised sports betting system.Brink has become the latest industry leader to provide 6 of the Best answers for the readers on SBC News.Keep reading to find out more about his love of sailing, the place which merited a four-part entry to his personal blog, and the “raw” but different movie that remains his favourite to this day.Best HolidayMy trip to the Philippines and Busuanga Bay Lodge a few years ago for Christmas must rank here. A wonderful place – awesome weather, awesome people and fantastic scenery. I wrote a few blog posts which you can find on www.adriaan.com.Best AlbumPink Floyd would be the band, but I’m torn between their simpler but superb offerings like ‘Wish you were here’ and ‘Animals’ and the epic ‘The Wall’ – a production in its own right.I wish I had been able to go to the concert in Berlin when the wall came down! The Wall came out when I was in final years at school in South Africa and was fresh on my first visit to the UK in 1979. A lot of the emotion in the album synched with what I experienced at that time in the UK.Best FilmProbably ‘Pulp Fiction’. Raw, different (at the time) and still an amazing movie.Best Sporting ExperienceI am a keen sailor so would have to go for one of my America’s Cup visits – probably Valencia 2007, which was the last with the monohulls and had a lot of teams and great atmosphere.I was fortunate to get onto the South African team support boat, and had a great time getting close to the racing and meeting the team (who by the finals had been knocked out of the competition).Best Book‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand was a seminal influence in my life at University. I quite enjoyed Atlas Shrugs but I think the Fountainhead has to get this one.Best BetTrump to become US president on bet365 – can’t remember the odds but I got it on really early when no one thought he had a chance.last_img read more

Yggdrasil posts strong first quarter showing

first_img Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Yggdrasil Gaming has reported a successful first quarter of 2018, with both revenues and earning showing significant increases. It’s 73 per cent rise in revenues saw figures of SEK57.6m reached, eclipsing the previous years SEK33.3m, whilst EBITDA rose to SEK18.1m, a 26.5 per cent year-on-year increase from 2017’s SEK13.3m.Regarding EBITDA margin, a slight drop from 40 per cent to 31 per cent was reported, which CEO and founder, Fredrik Elmqvist, addressed by saying: “The decline in margin is accounted for by the additional investment at London’s ICE trade show, as well as costs taken in conjunction with the ongoing expansion of the business.”Also amongst its Q1 figures, the online gaming content developer announced that mobile gaming accounted for 61 per cent of its total estimated gross game win, with total player rounds also showing a 90.2 per cent increase to 1.3bn.In addition to this, a number of other first quarter highlights have been highlighted by Yggdrasil, including its entry into table games, plans to enter Spain alongside GVC and the launch of it new studio partnership program, YGS Masters.Regarding his firm’s Q1 showing Elmqvist commented “Once again, I am proud to be in a position to present another action-packed quarter for Yggdrasil Gaming,” before adding: “As ever, innovation remains at the very core of Yggdrasil’s DNA. Innovation is on show in everything we do, but particularly in the strategic initiatives either progressed or launched during the quarter. “We began the year announcing our upcoming table games product, which we are confident will revolutionise the vertical when it launches later this year. “The product is based on a new, proprietary technological framework, Redux, which combines the best aspects of live and RNG casino, allowing players to immerse themselves in a fully 3D environment. “Similarly, our bingo product, announced at the end of 2017, continues to progress. Bringing the Yggdrasil spark to these new verticals presents us with a significant growth opportunity.“Alongside these new initiatives, we continue to develop new, world-class casino slots content and expand our commercial operations. Yggdrasil has also worked closely with our customers and I am very happy to announce that we have signed a number of high profile operators, adding to our strong customer list.“I believe the conditions are right for continued strong growth ahead. We see strong interest in our games and in-game promotional tools among both operators and end players. I am very excited regarding the opportunities laying ahead, and we will continue to prioritise growth and build upon our world-class offering.” Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020last_img read more

Cherry AB’s Anders Holmgren under investigation of insider trading

first_img Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Related Articles Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Stockholm-listed online gambling group Cherry AB has released a statement confirming that Chief Executive Anders Holmgren has been placed under investigation by Sweden’s Economic Crime Authority (ECA) on suspicion of insider trading.Swedish news sources report that Cherry’s Stockholm headquarters was searched by police this Tuesday morning, in-relation to ECA’s investigation of Holmgren.The investigation is believed to be in-relation to Cherry AB’s 2017 trading, focusing on the firm’s November ‘profit warning’ due to the tough integration of its acquired ComeOn asset.Holmgren has been accused of gross executive misconduct with regards to purchasing circa SEK 12 million (€1 million) in company shares and issuing the November profit warning which would later be reversed as Cherry beat its expectations.Issuing its corporate statement, Cherry detailed that it would full collaborate with ECA’s investigation. The Stockholm enterprise has further detailed that it has placed Gunnar Lind current chair of its Audit Committee as acting Cherry CEO, whilst Holmgren remains under investigation.Holmgren who had previously served as a Cherry AB board member and executive director was appointed Group CEO of the company in January 2018 following the departure of Fredrik Burvall.Representatives of Holmgren have yet to make a comment with regards to the accusations of insider trading and leadership misconduct.last_img read more

Pentasia sets out global fintech vision acquiring Headcount recruitment

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Pentasia emphasises developing ‘learning environments’ as new industry workforce dynamic November 26, 2018 Share Related Articles Pentasia relocates European hub to Barcelona August 16, 2016 Pentasia launches new website to reflect gambling’s global vision November 28, 2019 Alastair Cleland – PentasiaPentasia, global gambling’s biggest recruitment and executive search firm has confirmed that it has acquired fintech specialist recruitment agency Headcount.Issuing a market update, Pentasia stated that its acquisition of Headcount was led by the increasing synergies its is witnessing between the gambling and fintech sectors.Pentasia and Headcount will merge operating capacities, but Headcount will retain its brand identity servicing talent resourcing for the burgeoning fintech market.Confirming the deal, Pentasia governance stated that with its newly secured enlarged capacity, the company would target becoming the outright leading global recruitment/search firm for gambling, fintech and payment sectors.Furthermore, Pentasia sector clients would benefit from a significantly expanded talent pool, servicing key value chain functions such as project management, tech, development, marketing and compliance.Backing Headcount, Pentasia’s Managing Director, Alastair Cleland stated:  “Pentasia has tracked Headcount’s progress for a number of years and there are clear synergies between the two businesses. Combined, we now provide our respective clients base with access to a new candidate pool and recruiter expertise from a wider range of industries.“Neill and I have worked closely over the past few months on the acquisition. We and the combined senior management team are incredibly excited about the future, and believe we are ideally placed to achieve our ambitions including expansion into new markets, functions and locations“Headcount was founded in 2001 by Neil Butcher (CEO), servicing talent resources for the changing dynamics of the global payments and brokerage sectors amid new digital challenges. Today Headcount services talent resources for the payments, fintech, data and crypto markets.Neill Butcher – HeadcountCEO of Headcount, Neill Butcher: “I am delighted that Headcount now forms part of Pentasia. This is a game-changing move for the business. Since our foundation in 2001, we’ve developed an exceptional reputation for delivery and have built an impressive international portfolio of clients that we’ve been able to service from our London headquarters.“Now, as part of Pentasia, our increased bandwidth and capacity enables us to provide talent across the full range of business functions. This move has always been about providing more choice and really is a win-win for all parties concerned.last_img read more

UKGC sheds light on BetBright abrupt closure

first_img Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has issued a statement on the closure and sale of former licensed incumbent BetBright.On Wednesday 6 March, BetBright announced its closure, having sold its entire technology stack and assets to London-listed online gambling group 888 Holdings for £15 million.In its statement of closure, BetBright confirmed that all player funds and winnings would be repaid, with the online bookmaker allowing customers 30-days access to clear accounts.However, the bookmaker’s abrupt closure would garner criticism from its customers, as despite its £15 million sale, BetBright announced that it would treat all ante-post wagers as void.Overseeing the closure of BetBright, the UKGC issued a statement confirming that the bookmaker had been in a “very real possibility of going into insolvent liquidation if it remained open”.“This would have resulted in customers receiving no winnings and no refunds on stakes which had been placed,” it added. “This was a significant risk for BetBright’s customers and therefore we are content that the return of stakes, as part of an orderly closure of the business, is the best option available for the vast majority of customers in what is an unusual and difficult situation.”On day one of the Cheltenham Festival,BetBright Chairman Rich Ricci – the former Chief Executive of Corporate Finance at Barclays Bank – detailed that it has been a “difficult week” for everyone involved with the betting enterprise.“No one feels good about it,” he told ITV Racing. “It happens in business. People have lost their jobs. People have lost money. There is no profit gained by anyone else. It’s just a difficult situation and we’re just trying to do the best for everyone. We’ll see what happens.”Founded in 2013, by the enterprise team of the Brennan brothers (Marcus & Richard) and Tadhg O’Toole, fast growth BetBright had been branded as a ‘darling of the Dublin tech scene’.Furthermore, challenging industry norms the bookmaker had built its sportsbook product from the ground-up, choosing to avoid standard third-party platform provisions.Following Australian gambling giant Tabcorp Holdings declaring in 2018 that it had outlaid £50 million on its failed UK venture Sun Bets, analysts will be assessing whether the UK betting market maintains a place for new blood. UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share Related Articles Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more