Urgent action needed to reduce road deaths in Caribbean – PAHO

first_imgThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has recommended that Caribbean governments beef up traffic management in order to significantly reduce tragic road deaths across the region.The organization is also recommending the lowering of speed limits, the installation of more speed bumps and the construction of roundabouts among other speed management measures.According to PAHO/WHO Regional Advisor on Road Safety Eugenia Rodriguez, “the region of the Americas has made progress in adopting standards that limit speed in urban areas, but it needs to further strengthen the application of these standards to reduce deaths and injuries due to traffic accidents”.In a report on Road Safety in the Region of the Americas, PAHO noted that 17 countries in the Americas have already set maximum speed limits of less than 50 km/h in urban areas and 13 have given local authorities the green light to reduce limits even further.PAHO stressed that speed limits must be accompanied by strict compliance.“Control at the local level is important, so lower speed limits can be set in populated or vulnerable areas such as those near schools or health facilities,” PAHO said. “However, laws on speed limits must be accompanied by strict compliance, so that they are effective and thus save lives.”Activities marking the fourth UN Global Road Safety Week got underway on Monday.The week and its related campaign, “Save Lives: #SlowDown”, will draw attention to the dangers of speed and the measures which should be put in place to address this leading risk for road traffic deaths and injuries, PAHO said.It said more than 20 countries in the Americas are carrying out information and awareness activities for decision-makers and authorities of traffic-regulating institutions, as well as for the general public.Activities include dissemination of messages in media and social networks, transport systems, and schools such as road safety fairs, presentations in public places, signage work in urban areas, and promotion of commitments by local authorities to reduce speed limits.last_img read more

SBA announces $18 million in funding opportunity to support small business…

first_imgHead of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon, has announced an $18 million funding opportunity to support export growth among U.S. small businesses.  The funding opportunity will be awarded through SBA’s competitive State Trade Expansion Program (STEP).States interested in putting in proposals should go to Grants.gov and download the funding opportunity announcement.The deadline for proposals is June 10.STEP awards were created to advance key priorities identified in the President’s National Export Initiative, namely to expand the base of small businesses that become exporters and to make the exporting process as easy as possible for small businesses.STEP funds allow small businesses the opportunity to meet foreign buyers face-to-face at trade shows or on trade missions, and complement SBA’s export loan guaranty programs, which can finance the working capital needed to complete export orders and help finance the expansion of production facilities due to export success.  Loans are available up to $5 million.  More information can be obtained from SBA’s Export Finance Managers located at 21 U.S. Export Assistance Centers across the country.“The State of Florida was awarded one of the 24 STEP grants from the SBA in 2014. Access to this funding source and state-level funding helped our small businesses seek growth opportunities for competing on a global scale,” South Florida District Director Francisco “Pancho” Marrero, said.Recipients of STEP awards in the first three rounds (FY 2011, 2012, 2014) reported a strong return on federal taxpayer investment, generating $22 in U.S. small business export sales for every $1 awarded.last_img read more

Palm Beach County is the First in Florida to Pass Needle…

first_img** FOR RELEASE SUNDAY, AUG. 24 **New syringes in supply boxes await distribution by the program Prevention Works, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008 in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) PALM BEACH, Florida – Palm Beach County became the first county in the state of Florida to adopt an Infectious Disease Elimination Program ordinance that allows the establishment of a Syringe Exchange Program within its geographic boundaries, which will reduce disease transmission among drug users.No county is required to set up needle exchanges – it’s an opt-in law. Palm Beach County started the process before the law was made official.The Board of County Commissioners officially adopted the ordinance pursuant to legislation signed by Governor Ron DeSantis establishing the Infectious Disease Elimination Act (IDEA).“Research shows that programs like these help reduce the prevalence of blood-borne diseases associated with the reuse of contaminated needles and syringes, and increases entry into substance use disorder treatment centers,” said Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay. “We are excited to be the first county in Florida to pass an ordinance that enables us to establish this type of program. This will prove to be an effective and integral component of our effort to prevent HIV/AIDS and opioid overdoses.”The Palm Beach County Community Services Department will now begin working with community partners to further develop this initiative. It is expected that the Syringe Exchange Program will operate from one or more fixed locations and utilize mobile units to provide services in targeted areas throughout Palm Beach County.The program is expected to offer free one-to-one exchange of clean, unused hypodermic syringes for used syringes and needles to help prevent the transmission of HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis C, and/or other blood-borne diseases. The program is also expected to provide a bridge to drug treatment, recovery support as well as other primary health and social services for intravenous drug users.In 2017, there were 647 opioid-related deaths in Palm Beach County.  In addition, more than 8,400 county residents are currently living with HIV with nearly one new infection occurring every day.last_img read more

Bank Rebuffs Milan Guarantees To Put Bonucci, Biglia Transfers In Limbo

first_imgThe transfers of new AC Milan signings Leonardo Bonucci and Lucas Biglia have been put in limbo after financial institution ‘Banco BPM’ rejected the Italian giants’ financial guarantees.The club signed Bonucci and Biglia last month for €42m and around €17m respectively but they have not been properly registered despite the fact that their contracts have been submitted to the Lega Serie A.According to Calcio e Finanza, the 7-time European champions are reportedly struggling to access funds though Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Marco Fassone is adamant that the required bonds would be deposited by the August 11 deadline.The report claimed that AC Milan approached one of their sponsors, Banco BPM, for help but they were not given any assurances.Serie A clubs’ budgets are often in deficit which is why they obtain bonds from banks that’s offset against future revenues, property, assets or other things.AC Milan are however in a difficult situation at the moment as almost all of their assets have been used as collateral for the loan they got from the US hedge fund Elliott Management to finance the takeover, which took place earlier this year.These assets include next season’s television money, intellectual property rights – i.e trademarks -as well as 100 per cent of the company Milan Entertainment S.r.l.Banco BPM has therefore told AC Milan to either look for an international bank to provide guarantees or transfer some of the assets from the Elliot deal to them.According to FIGC’s COMUNICATO UFFICIALE N. 175/A, ‘any guarantees must come from a company holding an A3 rating with Moody’s, an A- with Standard & Poor’s or a Good rating with Agenzia A.M; or an equivalent rating from other global agencies’In addition, August 11 is the deadline for bonds to be deposited for transfers completed by July 31. Failure to comply with this would mean that both Bonucci and Biglia would go back to the former clubs, Juventus and Lazio, and they won’t play until their situation has been resolved. Relatedlast_img read more

Controversial World Champion Miss Out On Athlete Of The Year Nominees

first_imgControversial American sprinter and world 100m champion, Justin Gatlin, has been left out of the 10 male nominees announced for the IAAF 2017 World Athlete of the Year.This represents the first time in 13 years that the Olympic or world 100m champion has not made the shortlist. Gatlin was the athlete that was left out the last time it happened.35-year old Gatlin became the world champion in the 100m after he saw off Jamaican sprint legend Usain Bolt to win gold in the IAAF World Championship in London earlier this year.Justin Gatlin has served a doping ban on two separate occasions and he misses out as a result after the Athletics’ governing body, IAAF, changed its rule in 2015 so that serious doping offenders won’t be eligible.Long distance legend Mo Farah of Britain retained the 10,000m and was rewarded with a spot on the list of nominees.The award would be decided by IAAF members and fans via social media. Voting closes on October 16 and the winners will be announced at the IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco on November 24.The nominees for 2017 World Athlete of the Year:Men: Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qatar); Pawel Fajdek (Poland); Mo Farah (Great Britain); Sam Kendricks (United States); Elijah Manangoi (Kenya); Luvo Manyonga (South Africa); Omar McLeod (Jamaica); Christian Taylor (United States); Wayde van Niekerk (South Africa); Johannes Vetter (Germany)Women: Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia); Maria Lasitskene (Authorised Neutral Athlete); Hellen Obiri (Ken)ya; Sally Pearson (Australia); Sandra Perkovic (Croatia); Brittney Reese (United States); Caster Semenya (South Africa); Ekaterini Stefanidi (Greece); Nafissatou Thiam (Belgium); Anita Wlodarczyk (Poland).RelatedJustin Gatlin’s Victory Not Perfect – IAAF PresidentAugust 6, 2017In “Sports”VIDEO: Watch Justin Gatlin Issue “Official Apology” For DopingAugust 22, 2017In “Sports”Doha 2019: Raymond Ekevwo Shines as Oduduru, Okagbare Change Plans on World Athletics Championships Day 1September 28, 2019In “Athletics”last_img read more

This Week In History

first_imgOn the 20th of November in:1902 – Geo Lefevre & Henri Desgrange created the Tour de France bicycle race1955 – Kripal Singh scored 100 on Test Cricket debut, India v New Zealand1960 – the 11th Formula One World Driver’s Championship was won by Jack Brabham by nine points1969 – Brazilian soccer icon, Pele, scored his 1,000th goalOn the 21st of November in:1963 – Peter Bosz, Dutch soccer star and current BVB Dortmund manager was born1979 – Vincenzo Iaquinta, Italian footballer and World Cup winner was born1985 – Spanish footballer and former Manchester City star, Jesus Navas, was born2012 – Chelsea Manager Roberto Di Matteo was sacked and replaced by Rafael BenítezOn the 22nd of November In:1892 – Pierre de Coubertin launched plan for modern Olympic Games1956 – The 16th modern Olympic games opened in Melbourne, Australia1959 – Molla Mallory, eight-time U.S. Open tennis champion, died at 751965 – Muhammad Ali defeated Floyd Patterson on a TKO in 12 roinds for heavyweight boxing title1967 – Boris Becker, German tennis star (Wimbledon 1985, 86, 89) was born in Leimen, Germany1982 – Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Nigerian footballer was born1985 Asamoah Gyan, Ghanaian footballer was born1986 Oscar Pistorius, South African convicted criminal and paralympic athlete was born1986 – Mike Tyson Knocked out Trevor Berbick in 2 rounds for heavyweight WBC boxing title1987 – Marouane Fellaini, Belgian footballer and Manchester United midfielder was born1996 – O.J. Simpson took the stand as hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him, saying it is “absolutely not true”2014 – Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona set a new goal scoring record in La Liga of 253 goals, surpassing Telmo ZarraOn the 23rd of November in:1982 – Asafa Powell, Jamaican sprinter was born1991 – Evander Holyfield beat Bert Cooper on TKO in 7 rounds for heavyweight boxing title1991 – Sacramento Kings ended NBA’s longest road losing streak at 43 games2013 – Manny Pacquiao defeated American Brandon Rios to win the WBO welterweight title2014 – Switzerland beats France in Lille (3-1), winning the Davis Cup for the first time2014 65th Formula One WDC: Lewis Hamilton won the Formula One World Driver’s Championship by 67 pointsOn the 24th of November In:1806 – William Webb Ellis, credited with the invention of Rugby, was born (died 1872)1960 – Will Chamberlain pulled down 55 rebounds in a game (NBA record)1983 – Dean Ashton, English footballer was born2013 – Sebastian Vettel won the Formula One World Driver’s Championship by 155 pointsOn the 25th of November in:1920 – French-born American race car driver and automobile pioneer, Gaston Chevrolet died (born 1892)1953 – Hungary beat England in a football match, 6-31976 – O.J. Simpson gained a record 273 yards for Buffalo vs Detroit1980 – Aaron Mokoena, South African Footballer was born1986 – Craig Gardner, English footballer was born2005 – George Best, Northern Irish footballer (Manchester United, Northern Ireland), died at age 59 after suffering multiple organ failures2012 – Sebastian Vettel won the Formula One World Driver’s Championship by three points2014 – Lionel Messi became the UEFA Champions League all-time top scorerOn the 26th of November in:1868 – The first baseball game was played in an enclosed field in San Francisco, at 25th & Folsom1979 – The International Olympic Committee voted to readmit China after 21 years1981 – Xabi Alonso, Spanish international footballer was bornRelatedlast_img read more

GVC Holdings secures €320 million loan towards ‘long term’ refinancing

first_img 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 Updating the market, FTSE-listed sports betting group GVC Holdings Plc (GVC) has confirmed that it has secured a further investment of €320 million (£275 million) through a secured ‘term loan’ and ‘revolving credit facility’ (RCF).GVC governance detailed that its funding compromised of access to a €250 million ‘term loan’ and a €70 million revolving credit facility (RCF).The loan funding will be used by GVC governance to pay off its one-year €250 million Nomura Capital debt facility, which was used in-part to repay its €400 million loan provided by Cerberus Finance LLP for its £2.3 billion acquisition of bwin.party Entertainment.At the time, GVC governance had taken the Nomura facility in order to reduce long-term debt costs. Its new he secured loan has been granted at 3.25% above Euribor with a maturity of six years. The RCF is 2.75% above Euribor on drawn amounts with a five-year maturity.Commenting on the company update Kenneth Alexander, GVC Chief Executive said “The long-term refinancing provides greater visibility and security in terms of our debt facilities. To have completed our inaugural institutional loan market financing and to have been significantly oversubscribed is a reflection of the progress made by GVC. Furthermore, access to a broader debt investor base is important given the ongoing consolidation in the gaming industry, particularly given the Group’s proven track record of successful M & A.” Share Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Playtech BGT Sports finalises executive team

first_imgShare Related Articles Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Updating the market, FTSE-listed Playtech Plc has confirmed that its new subsidiary sports betting division Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has finalised the restructure of its senior management team following the division’s acquisition of leading betting technology firm  BGT last yearAs previously announced, heading up the team as PBS Chief Executive will be Dr. Armin Sageder, who led BGT to a market-leading position in retail sports betting technology after founding the supplier in 2005.Following the appointment of Dr Sageder last November Playtech governance detailed that the company would form a new betting division in order to unify all existing and acquired assets, Playtech BGT Sports  is formed of BGT (lead provisions), Geneity, Mobenga Mobile, Unilogic plus its in-house trading teamJohn Pettit will act as the Managing Director for the UK, Ireland, Asia and Australia, covering retail and digital operations in these territories. Dietmar Wiesinger will operate in a similar managing director role for the rest of the world.Since the acquisition was completed last July, PBS has continued to thrive, with new agreements signed with OPAP and Sportium, as well as contract extensions with a number of established clients.Dr Armin Sageder, CEO of Playtech BGT Sports, commented on the update: “Combining our expertise in retail betting operations with the extensive know-how at Playtech provides the ultimate platform to create innovative, premium products for our clients and their customers.“John and Dietmar offer a wealth of experience in the industry and we are tapping into this as we continue to invest in our products and remain at the forefront of digitising retail betting.” Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020last_img read more

Testing Metric – In-play specialist takes Tipster Challenge

first_imgShare Conall McSorley, Commercial Director at in-play betting specialist Metric Gaming, has tested his horse racing expertise by entering today’s Tipster Challenge, sponsored by Betting Gods.McSorley has provided his tips for the seven-race card at Carlisle, which includes his Nap of the Day Bletchley, “who stands head and shoulders above her rivals on official ratings”.Meanwhile, bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris, who sits second in the competition after seven weeks, has taken a chance on Star of Zaam, a 5/1 shot in the second race at 2:30.____________________________________2:00bettingexpert: Tough RemedyHas shown plenty of ability and should go very close with the Dalgleish stable in terrific form.Metric Gaming: John KirkupBattle hardened John Kirkup has a penalty for a course and distance success here three weeks ago, but with stamina assured, natural progression, should see him tough to beat.____________________________________2:30bettingexpert: Star of Zaam (Nap of the Day)Caught the eye last time under a quiet ride and comes from a stable in terrific form.Metric Gaming: Our KidWith likely winner Move It Move It now a non-runner, this heat is more competitive and with little form to go on it may pay to side with experience in the shape of Our Kid. The selection is penalised, but won going away over 5 at Wolverhampton and this stiff six should suit.____________________________________3:00bettingexpert: Dance KingHas been running well in slightly better class and seems sure to go close with these conditions ideal.Metric Gaming: MukhayyamWith the Tim Easterby string in good tune, the consistent Mukhayyam heads the short list in a competitive renewal. The selection was runner up the last twice is on a fair mark and with the assistance of David Allan in the plate this time, there is every justification for the early market support this morning.____________________________________3:30bettingexpert: RousayenCaught the eye when fifth one run back and should relish this drop back to 7f (free and faded over a mile here last time when notably strong in the market).Metric Gaming: Silvery MoonIn the care of Tim Easterby, Silvery Moon, with course and distance form is the selection in a trappy affair. Silvery Moon has been tried in a higher grade for his last few runs, but drops back down to Class 4 and is a pound lower than his last winning mark in this grade.____________________________________4:00bettingexpert: Elusive BeautyHas a solid profile in Eire and could relish this rare encounter with a much faster surface against some mainly disappointing rivals from the top stables.Metric Gaming: Bletchley (Nap of the Day)The highlight of the card also delivers the nap in the shape of Bletchley, who stands head and shoulders above her rivals on official ratings and a run to that form will deliver a winner.____________________________________4:30bettingexpert: Little Miss KodiRan a blinder over 7f here one run back and then had a valid excuse at Catterick last time out. She has the pace for a drop back to sprinting with a return to Carlisle a big positive.Metric Gaming: Favourite RoyalFavourite Royal may be able to build on her all-weather form here to strike a blow for the ultra-consistent Eve Johnson Houghton yard.____________________________________5:00bettingexpert: MadroosUnexposed for this astute yard and had plenty of easy ground form in Eire.Metric Gaming: Big Time DancerBig Time Dancer is a speculative suggestion in a race that really doesn’t appeal as a betting medium, if he were to capture his form from last summer.____________________________________ Related Articles RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Submit Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 StumbleUpon 1Sarah Shannon – OneBet210.38 2Stephen Harris – bettingexpert29.72 3Tim Reynolds – Sun Bets25.00 4Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 5Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air24.50 6Charlie McCann – BetVictor12.25 7Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 8Rupert Adams – William Hill10.50 Sharelast_img read more

Broadway Gaming to pay £100,000 penalty package

first_img Submit Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Broadway Gaming is to pay a penalty package of £100,000, relating to an exclusion of significant terms linked to a number of promotional adverts on five of its gaming websites.As well as the financial penalty, which would otherwise be imposed for a breach of license conditions, Broadway are to also pay a contribution to the costs of the investigation.In addition to this an agreement to publish a statement outlining its failings, and lessons to be learned by the wider industry, was also imposed.After the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) initially upheld a complaint about an advert in June 2016, the Gambling Commission completed a further investigation.The ASA ruled that the initial advert, which offered “Deposit £10. Play £35,” was misleading due to the fact that important conditions for the promotion were not communicated.A regulatory investigation, that commenced on March 6 of this year, found similar failings on the Bingo Diamond, Casino of Dreams, Dotty Bingo and Rehab Bingo websites also run by Broadway.During this investigation Broadway also admitted that affiliate advertisers had placed similar adverts on other websites, whilst also admitting it is responsible for such actions, and the necessity to exercise greater control in future.In its statement the Gambling Commission stated that: “Broadway has accepted these adverts breached SR code provision 5.1.7.2: Licensees must abide by any relevant provision of the CAP or BCAP code, as the case may be, which relates to ‘free bet’, ‘bonus’ or similar offers and in that regard follow the CAP and BCAP ‘Guidance on the rules for gambling advertisements’. In particular that: Marketing communications (which include advertisements) must state significant limitations and qualifications. Qualifications may clarify but must not contradict the claims that they qualify. “Concluding: “We consider that this case provides valuable learning for remote and non-remote operators. Operators must ensure that they do not mislead consumers or more generally cause consumer confusion by using unclear and ambiguous terminology in the marketing and advertising of their products. “Their marketing and advertising should comply with the requirements of BCAP/CAP codes and the Licence conditions and codes of practice. “Operators should take a proactive approach in assessing marketing and advertising promotions to ensure consumers are fully informed about the nature of the products on offer.” ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more