Five Trinidad primary school students test positive for HIV

first_imgDHHE15 man hands forming a heart with his hands and a red ribbon for the fight against AIDS on a white background Reports coming out of the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago have revealed that at least five primary school students have tested positive for the HIV virus and several other students have engaged in sexual activities “willingly”.Parliamentarians in the land of the hummingbird were given the frightening details by officials from the Ministries of Education and Health who appeared before a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament on Wednesday.The officials confirmed that the five students, aged seven to 11, and including three girls were receiving treatment.“They will remain in the system unless their health factors should warrant that they should be removed,” said Guidance Officer in Ministry of Education Darlene Smith, noting that the ministry believes in inclusive education and they should be treated in the same manner as other students.Addressing the JSC on the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), specialist medical officer Dr Aruna Divakaruni said a significant number of school aged children had sought the services of the Queen’s Park Counselling Centre.“Most of them are school children. They have older partners. Most of the time they are abused by stepfathers or a brother or cousin or somebody like that,” she said, adding “others [are] engaged in sexual activity willingly”.last_img read more

Cayman Islands exports iguana meat to United States

first_imgThe Cayman Islands has shipped over two hundred pounds of iguana meat to the United States, a move that the private sector says could help in tackling the problems posed by the invasive species.The meat of the green iguana was recently shipped by the company Spinion Limited, to its subsidiary in the United States, to be processed for sale online. “Currently the export is for human consumption. Once we get the dog food and dog treats going, we will be able to take field-slaughtered animals; then we would be talking about 2,000 pounds per week,” said Maria Yapelli, one of the founders of the business.Concerning processing iguana meat for dog food, she said this would require investment in research and development, but could be an avenue for the Cayman Islands to make a profit by getting rid of its unwanted iguanas.“If we want to get big numbers of iguanas off this island, we need to get the dog food and dog treats going. If the government here would be willing to help us develop that, it could be a win-win,” she told the Cayman Compass.She said company aims to start on a small scale, targeting a niche food market in the United States  and hopes to generate a strong enough customer base to ship 500 pounds of iguana each week – equivalent to about 200 iguanas.Environmental officials say 14,000 iguanas need to be killed in order to make an impact on the invasive species.last_img read more

Neesham Gives Reigning Champions Trinbago Knight Riders Winning Start in CPL

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Two-time reigning champions Trinbago Knight Riders made a successful start to the defense of their Caribbean Premier League title on Wednesday night, when they beat St Kitts and Nevis Patriots by 11 runs at Queen’s Park Oval.Slumping on 20 for three in the fourth over after being sent in, TKR recovered to reach 152 for seven off their 20 overs, thanks to captain Kieron Pollard’s top score of 47 and 33 apiece from Denesh Ramdin and New Zealander Jimmy Neesham.In reply, Patriots looked in the hunt at 70 for one but seamer Neesham (3-18) and Pakistani new-ball pacer Mohammad Hasnain (3-36) snatched three wickets each to restrict them to 141 all out with two balls left.TKR looked in early trouble when left-arm seamer Sheldon Cottrell (3-13) removed Sunil Narine’s middle stump without scoring with the fifth ball of the match, and then also shattered Tion Webster’s stumps in his next over for six with 11 runs on the board.And when Lendl Simmons played on to fast bowler Alzarri Joseph for 11, Patriots boasted all the momentum.However, the recovery started through Neeshan and Ramdin who put on 60 for the fourth, before Ramdin added a further 54 for the fifth wicket with Pollard.Neesham lashed three fours and a six off 30 balls before holing out to long-off off pacer Rayad Emrit in the 12th over and Ramdin’s innings was ended when he skied Cottrell to deep square, after hitting a four and two sixes off 32 deliveries.Pollard, in at number six, slammed four fours and three sixes in a 32-ball knock, as his side gathered 51 runs from the last five overs.He was out to the fourth ball of the final over, caught at cover off Emrit who finished with three for 39.Patriots were then given a handy start when left-hander Evin Lewis (36) and fellow Trinidadian Kjorn Ottley (25) posted 47 off 44 balls for the first wicket.Neesham had Ottley caught and bowled in the eighth over but Lewis, who belted two fours and three sixes in a 27-ball stay, added a further 23 for the second wicket.Once Lewis picked out Neesham at long-off with left-arm spinner Khary Pierre in the 11th over, the Patriots innings unraveled as four wickets tumbling for six runs in the space of 17 deliveries.Tottering on 76 for five in the 14th over, Patriots were given a glimmer of hope when Fabian Allen smashed four sixes in a 14-ball 30, in a 36-run sixth-wicket stand with Usama Mir whose 24 came from just 10 balls and contained a pair of fours and sixes.The game was still open with 21 required from the last two overs but Hasnain conceded just eight from the penultimate over before Man-of-the-Match Neesham grabbed two wickets in the last, to seal the result for TKR.last_img read more

La Liga announces partnership with Perform Group to ‘enhance the delivery of competition data’

first_imgShare StumbleUpon In a deal designed to broaden the availability of data from Spanish football,  La Liga and Perform Group has announced the creation of the ‘La Liga official data centre’.Jointly led by Perform and LaLiga, the newly created LaLiga official data centre will be responsible for ensuring La Liga maximises the use of official match data across multiple sectors and channels.Throughout the five-year agreement, La Liga will utilise Perform’s sports data collection, distribution and commercialisation expertise in the media, professional analysis and betting sectors.Perform CCO Jacopo Tonoli said: “We are delighted to be broadening our relationship with one of the world’s most exciting football leagues. The innovative partnership will see us working with La Liga to deliver the best quality sports data globally, across multiple sectors and channels.  “It gives LaLiga control over their data rights, with full access to the industry expertise and sales network of Perform. We are thrilled to be able to add La Liga to our official data rights portfolio.”Melcior Soler, director of audiovisual at La Liga said: “This agreement deepens the relationship between LaLiga and Perform, two innovative brands. The La Liga Official Data Centre will allow us to enhance the delivery of competition data across the world through internal and external channels, taking advantage of Perform’s distribution and commercial reach and experience.”The partnership will allow La Liga to facilitate innovation across broadcast graphics and production workflows, develop digital data visualisations, fantasy and gaming concepts, as well as supporting a commitment to data editorial and performance data analytics. Opta will provide accurate and granular match data to power various La Liga channels, including broadcasts. The Opta team of data scientists and editorial experts will continue to experiment with in-game data, developing new metrics to offer even greater fan engagement opportunities, benefiting league and club digital and social properties, creating assets for LaLiga commercial partners to connect with fans around the world. This agreement expands on the partnership between Opta and LaLiga to provide the best data for coaching purposes to LaLiga Santander an LaLiga 123 teams through LaLiga mediacoach tools.For bookmakers, this partnership will provide exclusive official accreditation for the RunningBall network of highly experienced and qualified scouts, in every stadium. This will allow the operator to collect and distribute fast, reliable Spanish data to power live betting experiences for bookmakers from across the globe.Perform’s integrity operations team will support La Liga in its approach to preventing match manipulation and betting fraud through monitoring and intelligence. The partnership covers the following competitions organized by LaLiga and the Spanish Federation:  Liga Santander, Liga 1|2|3, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, Second Division B, and the Spanish Women’s League. Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submit Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

New Ground… Catena moves into financial services with Beyondbits Malta acquisition

first_img Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Stockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network Catena Media has announced that it has entered the financial services marketing sector by acquiring Malta-based network Beyondbits Media Ltd.Catena governance expects to complete its outright acquisition of Beyondbits Media by the end of November 2017. The company will pay an upfront €9.25 million transaction in which  €2.75 million paid through Catena Media share placement.The Stockholm-listed enterprise has further added a €5 million in performance-based deal enhancements for Beyondbits Media stakeholders.The acquired Beyondbit Media’s portfolio includes Aktiendepot.com and Qomparo.de, among other sites. The business is primarily focused on the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland)Catena details that its new acquired assets are expected to generate quarterly sales of approximately EUR 750.000, with an operating margin of approximately 70%, as the company expands its acquisition services. Updating investors, Henrik Persson Ekdahl, Acting CEO of Catena Media commented on the acquisition of Beyondbits Media;“Through this acquisition, we are making a strategic expansion into a new and regulated vertical that has grown strongly and that we have followed during a long time. We are a market leader in lead generation and we see great opportunities to grow in the financial sector. The acquisition will complement our existing offering very well and fits perfectly into our organization and technology platform”.last_img read more

BHA states schedule 5 ruling is “there for good reason” amid backlash from racing community

first_img UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE  June 25, 2020 Share Submit Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Related Articles The British Horseracing Association (BHA) has defended its decision to fine trainer Henry Oliver, citing that the schedule five ruling which discourages trainers and representatives from encouraging horses to start, “is there for good reason”. Schedule five on starting procedures explicitly states that no trainer nor representative is allowed to initiate the start of a race without the permission of the starter, and under no circumstances will the trainer or representative be allowed to encourage their horse physically, verbally or using any other means to leave the stalls or jump off in a race.The racing body has received backlash over the £140 penalty from Sir Anthony McCoy and Nicky Henderson, following its decision to sanction the acclaimed trainer at Uttoxeter this weekend. Oliver was found guilty of misconduct by the BHA for having “encouraged BURRENBRIDGE HOTEL (IRE), which had been reluctant to line up, by waving his arms behind the gelding”, as revealed in the stewards’ report.The BHA statement justifying the ruling triggered the backlash from the jockey and trainer. It stated: “Trainers are not permitted to encourage their horses to start, and that rule is there for good reason. We set a lot of store in our sport behind the fact that we do not force horses to race and they do so on their own free will. “Moreover, in the interests of a fair, even start, individual horses should not have the attentions of a trainer or representative to get them on their way. For these reasons only the jockeys and starters are permitted to effect or influence the start. “Once the rule has been breached then a penalty will follow, otherwise the rule is not enforceable. However, we have an appeal system and Mr Oliver is able to appeal his penalty should he wish.”Oliver, who is yet to decide whether he will challenge the penalty, argued that horses racing on The Flats are effectively encouraged into racing. He told The Racing Post: “I haven’t really thought about whether to appeal – £140 isn’t going to make a lot of difference to my life but it just seems a bit petty really.“I don’t think it helps racing’s cause by making attention out of things like this, rather than having a quiet word and giving me a warning.“The starters were fantastic and I told the stewards that I wouldn’t have got in their way as that’s their job.“It’s quite frustrating as everyone puts so many hours into their horses to get them to the races. Everyone is trying to do the best by their horses.”McCoy expressed his annoyance towards the ruling, tweeting: “And for such stupidity I’m going to block @BHAStewards in case I end up reading again such embarrassing rubbish. How can our sport have such appalling decision makers in charge?”Henderson, meanwhile, emphasised that horses that race on the Flat are actively encouraged to race, by being placed in the stalls by stall handlers. He said: “If they are talking about giving horses free will about starting then what about at the stalls on the Flat, when ten burly and brilliant men shove, heave and lift horses into the stalls when the horse says no?“The BHA is baffling at the moment, coming out with more and more bizarre instructions. I despair.“First there was the instruction on wearing hind shoes, which should be left to the trainer to decide what is best for the horse.“How are punters going to feel about horses being allowed to decide whether to start or not?”The horse, owned by Henderson, had positioned itself close to the fence when approaching the beginning of the 2m4f handicap chase. An inquiry has since been held, where Henderson had been interviewed and shown the recording of the incident. He commented: “Burrenbridge Hotel has been here a while and probably needs a change of scenery. The Skelton horse who won the novice hurdle wouldn’t walk out the paddock so they were waving their arms at that too.“Our horse planted near the start so I went down there to tell Sam [Twiston-Davies] to get off him and the horse will go forward as that’s how he is at home.“I hadn’t asked for permission but with the race times pushed back our horse had planted with the delay, so I was just trying to give him every chance of running his race.“As we were away from the start I raised my arms to get him away from the fence, where he had stopped, and when the starters got behind him I stayed away.“As far as I’m concerned I was a furlong away from the start. I understand they don’t want people doing that, which is fine, but I was just trying to give my horse every chance of running his race.”last_img read more

Betsson appoints Martin Öhman as new Group CFO

first_img Related Articles GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Martin Öhman – BetssonIssuing a market update, Stockholm-listed Betsson AB has confirmed the appointment of Martin Öhman as inbound Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO), joining Betsson leadership on 1 September 2019.The appointment sees Betsson governance end its six-month executive search for a new corporate financial lead, following the departure of former CFO incumbent Kaaren Hilsen, who returned to Telenor Sweden last September.Betsson governance details that in Öhman, it has appointed a seasoned corporate finance executive, with vast experience in leading large scale auditing frameworks and M&A strategies.Öhman joins Betsson’s executive team, from leading Scandinavian automotive retailer Upplands Motors AB, where he has served as CFO since 2016.Adding to Ohman’s experience, the executive has acted as Finance Director for global meditech’s Handicare Group and Bactiguard.Öhman, will lead Betsson’s finance and auditing capacities, as Betsson enters year-2 of its corporate recovery programme, focusing on delivering group-wide efficiencies and enhancing its product portfolio.“Martin’s broad financial and management experience and his M&A experiences are valuable assets for Betsson“, says Pontus Lindwall, CEO and President of Betsson AB Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020last_img read more

CIRSA completes €390 million bond placement eyeing future investments

first_imgShare Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Submit Spanish gambling firm Grupo CIRSA has confirmed that it has secured a €390 million bond placement with private investors.Issuing a market filing, CIRSA majority owned by US private equity firm Blackstone, confirms that 120 institutional investors have backed its bond arrangement, which maintains a 4.75% annual interest rate, with debt maturity triggered in 2025.In its update, CIRSA governance details that its bond proceeds will be used to strengthen the firm’s financial structures and further help the company access direct capital for future investments.“The placement has been very well received by investors, which demonstrates their confidence in the multinational, its operations and its economic results” CIRSA governance details to stakeholders.The Spanish gambling group’s bond placement was supported by Deutsche Bank, Barclays, BBVA, Credit Suisse, Jefferies and UBS.European business analysts are monitoring the movements of CIRSA closely. Backed by PE giants, Blackstone, CIRSA seeks to become the ‘global leading’ Spanish language gambling operator.  A busy May 2019,  has seen CIRSA governance file a lawsuit against joint-venture partner Ladbrokes, contesting the ownership structure of its Sportium Spanish market sportsbook property.Further Spanish market news, saw Blackstone acquire fruit machine supplier and arcade halls operator GIGA Games for an undisclosed sum from Barcelona fund Conei Corporacion, merging the asset with CIRSA retail portfolio. Related Articles Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020last_img read more

Golden Race presents unified virtuals, slots and live games API

first_img The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Submit Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Share Golden Race has launched an all-in-one solution that enables operators to offer virtual sports, video slots and live games through one single API.Recently shortlisted in the Innovation of the Year (Sports & Casino) category for the SBC Awards (Tuesday 3 December), the product has been specially designed to help Golden Race clients expand their portfolio in the most simple and cost-effective manner.Martin Wachter, Golden Race CEO, explained: “Being market leader in virtual sports, and based on the success we’ve had with our slot division Spinmatic and live games division Hollywood TV, we have decided to bring greater value to operators by creating a unified solution that integrates these three different types of products in a very simple way.“As a result, we have launched a one-stop solution for the products offered by Golden Race, Spinmatic and Hollywood TV to combine our virtual sports, where we are the biggest provider in the industry, with our attractive live games – broadcast online and by satellite 24/7 – and our innovative slots which have enjoyed such success in the industry.”The main goal of this project, added Wachter, was to offer the option of a unified API so that clients can choose to integrate the products as a collective or one-by-one in a few simple steps.This saves the client both time and money through integration costs, while enabling it to operate a unified back office with easier access to the company’s 24/7 support service.The new platform, built from the ground up with HTML5 technology, also allows operators to introduce new games from Golden Race as soon as the company expands its portfolio. “This solution is reliable, scalable and secure,” continued Wachter. “And it is compatible with multiple devices and extremely easy to integrate into several online and land-based platforms. “The HTML5 games run smoothly on various devices and operating systems. Operators enjoy fast updates and integrations are flexible, easy and available anywhere in the world, without needing a big structure.“We are certain that this new solution will enable operators to expand their portfolio very easily, to bring their customers other extremely profitable games that will attract them to their sports betting venue while also open the door to virtual sports in places where they had never been offered before.”last_img read more

LiveScore enhances content offering with Sportal365 deal

first_img CMS platform provider Sportal365 has secured a new partnership with LiveScore which will see the two collaborate on boosting brand engagement across their global audience.As part of the agreement, LiveScore has agreed to integrate Sportal365’s sports content management system which will ‘enrich LiveScore’s editorial content’.Stilian Shishkov, CEO and Founder of Sportal365, said: “We are thrilled that LiveScore have chosen Sportal365 to deliver our industry leading sports content management system. LiveScore are the world’s leading sports updates provider, having built a much-loved brand which caters for millions of sports fans in an incredibly challenging space.“We are excited now to help facilitate the production of truly immersive content, allowing LiveScore’s editorial teams to take full advantage of our platform’s capabilities.”Earlier this month, LiveScore confirmed that all remaining matches in Italy’s Serie A season will be broadcast to UK fans after securing live streaming rights after launching its first streaming service.Ric Leask, Marketing Director at LiveScore, added:“We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Sportal365, who are leading specialists in sports editorial content management systems.“In using Sportal365’s data-driven content publishing platform, we can enhance the experience for millions of LiveScore users, building our sports audiences by delivering premium content and engaging products. Our partnership with Sportal365 will accelerate this ambition and ensure LiveScore remains the go-to sports updates destination for fans around the globe.” StumbleUpon Related Articles LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Share Share LiveScore celebrates streaming service launch with Serie A partnership June 17, 2020 Dugout upgrades content outreach capacity with Sportal365 June 9, 2020 Submitlast_img read more