Fathers support group wants DNA testing before child maintenance

first_imgFeeles…wants mandatory DNA testing before child maintenance A father’s support group is advocating for family Courts to order mandatory DNA testing before child maintenance orders are granted for children in Antigua & Barbuda and the wider region.President of the Single Fathers’ Association of Trinidad & Tobago, Rhondall Jesse Feeles believes that this should be an integral part of the application process as men are often faced with imprisonment if they fail to make child support payments in a timely manner – and in some instances, they may not even be the father.Feeles made the suggestion as he highlighted a case where the man had already been paying child support but later discovered he was not the biological father, according to a report on stlucianewsonline.com.“He did a paternity test 13 years after and it was proven that the child was not his child and there was an order out for his arrest for maintenance before that. Of course, the upkeep of the child is instrumental but are there any checks and balances, even on the mother’s side that she is contributing to the child as well?” he asked.Feeles said the man spent several years going back and forth in the court to address the situation and eventually the order to pay was quashed. The man nonetheless maintained a relationship with and supported the child.He said many times men own up to being the fathers based only on information from the woman. Meanwhile, he said constantly taking time off to make the child maintenance payments can also affect the man’s livelihood.“In Trinidad & Tobago, we have a slow methodology of paying. Men have lost their jobs because they have days off to go to have this maintenance paid and it has been a horrific experience,” he said.Feeles meanwhile expressed the view that men should not be imprisoned due to non-payment of child support because some cannot afford these court-ordered payments and called for an assessment of the earning capacities and schedules.pressed the view that men should not be imprisoned due to non-payment of child support because some cannot afford these court-ordered payments and called for an assessment of the earning capacities and schedules.last_img read more

Guyana to host CFATF conference

first_imgOver 150 participants from twenty-six member countries are expected in Guyana for the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) conference to be held from November 12 to 16.The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force is an organization of countries within the Caribbean region that has agreed to implement common counter-measures to stomp out money laundering and terrorism financing.The conference is being held at a time when Guyana has made significant progress in improving its Anti-Money Laundering efforts, and is Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regime.In November 2016, the CFATF Plenary agreed that Guyana should be removed from the CFATF /International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) process.That removal meant Guyana would no longer be subject to monitoring by CFATF/ICRG, since the country has been removed from the its former backlisted status.Guyana was originally “blacklisted” by the the conference in 2013 after that country failed to make any significant progress in implementing required legislative reforms which would have aided in the international combat against money laundering and financing of terrorism.For recent news on Guyana, visit the link: Guyana reports increased tax revenue from oillast_img read more

Jamaicans wins netball bronze medal at Commonwealth Games

first_imgJamaica gave New Zealand its lowest finish at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, brushing them aside 60-55 to collect their second straight bronze medal on Sunday.The Jamaicans lead 15-11 after the first period and 29-17 at the half-time break, but fell behind momentarily three minutes into the third quarter before responding with some inspired defense to draw away to a 46-39 advantage at the end of the penultimate stanza.The White Ferns came roaring back in the final quarter however, and came to within four with 5:12 to play, but the Sunshine Girls held their nerve to pull out a comfortable victory at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre.Veteran Romelda Aiken scored 24 goals from her 31 attempts for 77 per cent shooting, team captain Jhaniele Fowler-Reid added 21 from 22 and goal attack Shanice Beckford provided valuable support with 15 from 18.The result was tacit consolation for Jamaica following their heart-breaking loss against England in the semi-finals on Saturday.But it consigned the once high-flying White Ferns to their fourth loss in the GC2018 tournament, as they missed out on the final for the first time since the sport was introduced at the Games two decades ago in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Jamaicans were more efficient in converting their turnovers in the first quarter in contrast to the New Zealanders, who struggled to make any gains and too often lost possession on transition.The Games ended on Sunday with Jamaican earning a record 27 medals – 7 gold, 9 silver, and 11 bronze, to finish 11th on the medal table.Trinidad and Tobago gained 3 medals (2 gold and a silver) to place 18; The Bahamas placed 21 with a gold and 3 silvers); Grenada placed 25th with one gold and one silver; Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Guyana and St. Lucia tied for 26th place win one gold medal each; and Dominica 33rd with 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.last_img read more

Bartlett Hails Actress Kerry Washington, A Trailblazer in the Jamaican Diaspora

first_imgNEW YORK – Addressing the Jamaican Independence Gala at the Hilton Westchester Hotel in Rye, New York on Saturday, August 10, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett extended an invitation to the special honoree, actress Kerry Washington and her family to visit Jamaica during her next shoot break.Bartlett, who was a special guest at the gala, had high praises for the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated American born actress who is of Jamaican descent.Washington Honored Washington was honored with an ‘Artistic Achievement Award’ at the black-tie event but was unable to attend in-person to accept the award. However, Bartlett extended the invitation for her to visit Jamaica to her parents who were present.He especially praised the actress for the contribution she has made as part of the Jamaican Diaspora helping to propel and promote Jamaica not just in the United States but globally. He said through her trailblazing artistic endeavors Kerry Washington has made a significant contribution to tourism in Jamaica and by extension brand Jamaica.Parents Read LetterAt the gala, the actress’ parents read a letter from her apologizing for her absence and extending her appreciation for the award. She expressed being humbled to have been considered for the recognition and thanked the organizers, expressing regret that she was unable to attend in-person to accept the award, reiterating that “I AM JAMAICAN” to enthusiastic applause.Jamaican MotherKerry Washington was born in January 1977 in Bronx, New York to Earl and Valerie Washington. Her father hailed from South Carolina and her mother, a professor and educational consultant migrated to Manhattan, New York from her homeland Jamaica. Through her mother, she’s a cousin of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. Accolades as an ActressWashington gained worldwide public recognition for starring as Olivia Pope in the ABC-TV drama series Scandal (2012–2018). Her fame as an actress blossomed in 2004 for her role as  Della Bea Robinson, wife of musician Ray Charles, in the movie Ray. Since then she appeared in several other movies including:  as Kay in The Last King of Scotland (2006), Broomhilda von Shaft in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained (2012), and portraying lawyer/academic Anita Hill in the 2016 HBO movie Confirmation.She won “Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture” for Ray at the NAACP Image Awards in 2005.last_img read more

Koffee’s “Rapture” Nominated for ‘Best Reggae Album’ at 2020 Grammy’s

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – It is undeniable that for the past year, reggae sensation Koffee has been the leading Reggae artist.Her hit song “Toast” not only dominated the Billboard Reggae Charts, but has garnered attention from a slew of new fans across the world, including former US President Barack Obama who included the song on his 2019 Summer Playlist.The song and instrumental has been played at international concerts, featured by international celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Rihanna, and was even performed by the Chinese Military Band during Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ recent visit to China.The success of “Toast” and the “Rapture” EP which she released in March 2019 led to Koffee being nominated for the “Best Reggae Album” for the 2020 Grammy Awards.Rapture, which debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Charts this year, was the great company with Julian Marley, Steel Pulse, Third World, and Sly & Robbie & Roots Radics, as the other nominees.Though over the years, the Grammy for best reggae album has consistently gone to veterans like Damian Marley, Sly & Robbie and Shaggy (even Chronixx was snubbed in 2018), Reggae fans are hopeful that next year’s award show will be different.The 19-year-old Koffee has brought a younger generation of fans to Reggae music with her infectious positive energy and gratitude-fueled sound.Earlier this year, Koffee was invited to be the opening act for Grammy-award winning R&B singer, Daniel Caesar. Just last week, it was announced that she will open for former One Direction member, Harry Styles, in 2020.The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will take place on January 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.last_img read more

FIFA Clears Chelsea Youngster To Represent Nigeria

first_imgChelsea right back, Ola Aina, who is currently on loan to Championship side, Hull City has been cleared by FIFA to represent Nigeria and will be available to face Cameroon on Monday.The 20-year-old youngster got his first call up to the Super Eagles last month, for the 2018 World Cup qualifier double-header against Cameroon. RelatedVIDEO: Watch Chelsea Youngster, Ola Aina Initiated Into The Super Eagles Ahead Of Cameroon ClashAugust 30, 2017In “National Team”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Gernot Rohr Release Super Eagles List For Cameroon ClashAugust 23, 2017In “National Team”Super Eagles Defender Ola Aina Signs New Chelsea Contract, Joins Torino On LoanAugust 15, 2018In “England” Aina has represented England at U-16, U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 levels before switching allegiance to Nigeria earlier this year after discussions with NFF President Amaju Pinnick.Aina sat out of Nigeria’s 4-0 demolition of Cameroon in Uyo on Friday due to his pending clearance, as the Super Eagles lead Group B of the final qualifying round for Russia 2018 World Cup with 9 points from three matches.The return leg is scheduled for Monday, 4th September 2017, in Yaounde.last_img read more

Smarkets lists second on The Sunday Times ‘Tech Track 100’ index

first_img Share Submit StumbleUpon The Sunday Times has ranked online betting exchange Smarkets as the second fastest growing UK private technology enterprise for its ‘2017 Tech Track 100’ index.The company which reported a 280% annual sales rise over three years was beaten to the top of the Sunday Times tech index by children’s ‘digital personalised book publisher Wonderbly.Led by CEO and Founder Jason Trost, the Smarkets exchange platform which has bridged financial trading dynamics with sports betting, has hit £5 billion in wagers with a reported £25 million in group revenues for full-year 2016.The fast growth trajectory of Smarkets (officially founded in 2008), has seen the company recognised as one of the UK’s brightest technology prospects. In 2016, The Sunday Times ranked Smakerts fifth in its Tech Track 100 index, furthermore, the betting exchange has been recognised by global tech publisher Wired as one of Europe’s ‘100 Hottest Start-ups’.Speaking to the media a pleased Jason Trost, Smarkets CEO, commented on the recognition: “The Tech Track 100 is a prestigious ranking of rapidly-growing tech companies, so it’s great to see our name so high up and above last year’s position.“2016 was another great year of growth for us as we pursue our goal of disrupting the betting industry with a tech-first focus.” Sharelast_img read more

OPTIMA delivers serverless solution through extended BTC deal

first_imgShare Related Articles StumbleUpon Share SBC’s Year In Review: November’s big betting news December 30, 2019 DOWNLOAD: Superbet CEO stars in first SBC Magazine for 2020 January 28, 2020 Sporting Solutions wins Norsk Tipping tender January 7, 2020 OPTIMA has upheld its commitment to servicing independent bookmakers by announcing an extension to its partnership deal with the Bookmakers Technology Consortium (BTC).Just a day after teasing a 50% increase in the deployment of its serverless solution at the Bookmakers Trade Fair, the sports betting provider agreed a deal that will give bookmakers with less than 20 shops in the UK access to its Multi-Channel Gaming Suite and EPOS Serverless v2 from December 2017.Speaking in the Keynote Theatre in Solihull last week, OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez promoted the serverless solution which enables operators to do “more with less”.EPOS v2 is a retail till application with a centralized architecture featuring real-time pre and in-play content delivery, live centralised liability, live bet tracking and reporting system.It has been designed to provide a 70% reduction in setup and ownership costs for retail bookmakers, since investment is carried out only in the central infrastructure and till machines can operate with the lowest bandwidth use in the market.New features are rolled out across the entire Bookmaker’s estate in just five minutes, while the standalone working mode provides a “continuity solution in adverse situations” because bets can be captured even when internet is down and processed when the connection returns.Lopez commented: “We are pleased to extend our existing partnership with real operators that know the business upside down. We expect the BTC will increase the number of members that will benefit of all services provided by its non-for-profit organisation.“With the new Serverless V2 and the new White Label oriented tools, bookmakers using the Serverless service from the BTC will have individual access to the data and tools to take control of their own business and group of shops.“The BTC is following the UK bookmakers which have used EPOS serverless for more than 18 months in gaining access to a technology that allows them full control of their business at partner level, the possibility to roll out new features within minutes and the reduction of long release downtimes.Howard Chisholm, Director of BTC, added: “Adding support for Optima MGS and EPOS Serverless v2 brings many benefits to the members of BTC. The EPOS Serverless v2 enables a quick installation in shops which already have standard EPOS equipment in place, which can be reused, providing considerable cost savings over traditional EPOS installations.“The change to Optima MGS provides considerable enhancements to facilities available to individual shop operators and small groups using the system. All operators will have a field book available for every event, the Bet Control application enables central monitoring of large running up bets and the central security application enables live monitoring of bet settlement.“BTC are very pleased to be able to offer these new features to the independent sector in the UK and look forward to working with Optima to provide further enhancements in the future.” Submitlast_img read more

Norbert Teufelberger departs GVC Holdings governance

first_img Submit StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Issuing a market update, FTSE-listed online gambling group GVC Holdings has confirmed that former party.bwin Entertainment Chief Executive Norbert Teufelberger has stepped down from his duties as a company Non-Executive Director.Teufelberger had been appointed a GVC Holdings governance member, following the company’s 2016 £1 billion outright acquisition of bwin.party Entertainment.Updating stakeholders, GVC announced that Teufelberger had finished his ‘two-year agreement’ to serve the enlarged enterprise as a corporate advisor.GVC Holdings Chairman Lee Feldman commented on the update: “I would like to thank Norbert for his contribution to the board over the last two years. He provided valuable insight into the bwin.party business, following the takeover of that group, and the gaming industry. We wish him well with his other ventures.”GVC currently awaits the final shareholder decision with regards to its proposed £4 billion takeover of FTSE rival Ladbrokes-Coral Plc (deal first announced 7 December).Last week, deal parties informed stakeholders, that should the takeover be accepted, governances will move to complete the merger by Q1 or early Q2 2018, forming a new FTSE enterprise. Related Articles Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Management appointments continue for Microgaming

first_img Soft2Bet: Why diversification of white label products is essential in complex times May 28, 2020 Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Submit Share Gaming content giant Microgaming has unveiled Andrew Clucas as chief operating officer and Jean-Luc Ferriere as chief commercial officer.In his previous roles, Clucas has previously been a director of Quickfire at Microgaming since September, 2016, while Ferriere was previously director of Network Games at Microgaming.John Coleman, who was appointed CEO of Microgaming just last month, outlined: “Andrew has played a central role in our operational success since joining us in 2009, achieving consistently outstanding results in charge of sales, regulated markets, business development and other key areas of the business, including Quickfire. “Jean-Luc has been part of our business for nearly two decades, which is a truly remarkable achievement. His commercial expertise is unparalleled, and he has ensured the successful delivery of our products worldwide. I am pleased to announce his appointment as chief commercial officer.”Clucas added: “I am delighted to take on this new role in the executive team at this exciting and important time for the business.”New CCO Ferriere stated: “I am privileged to have served the business for such a long time, guiding a number of departments along the way.“The people and culture at Microgaming are incredibly strong, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to guide our teams at the highest level.” Delasport elevates online casino offering with Betsoft deal June 3, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more