Chile deports hundreds of Haitians

first_imgChile has deported nearly 200 Haitians after they were found to be in possession of false statements and documents on entering the South American country.Chile’s Investigative Police (IDP) said the Haitians were prevented from entering the country during the period March 2-5 with 169 Haitians being turned away at the Santiago Airport after they provided false information about their stay and hotel reservations.Last weekend, the Chilean authorities refused another group of 70 Haitians based on the same reasons.“These people all had reservations in the same hotel,” the IDP said, adding that the deportation in this case meets “a normal procedure when a person does not meet the requirements to enter the country in accordance with the Immigration Act.”Official figures show that more than 150,000 Haitians have arrived in Chile since 2016 as “tourists”, with 80 per cent of them remaining in the South American country illegally.Haitians do not need visas to visit Chile as tourists as long as the stay does not exceed 90 days. However, the person must prove that he or she has sufficient financial resources for his/her stay and proof of an address while in the country.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Consul General, Oliver Mair 2019 Christmas/New Year’s Message

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Greetings to my fellow nationals and friends! What a year this has been marked with both challenges and accomplishments.  As we give God thanks for the success, we pray for His continued blessings and the courage to pursue our personal development and that of our homeland.My staff and I, at the Consulate express our profound gratitude to each and every one, who has supported our relocation of office in Downtown Miami, the first move since officially opening the Mission in 1974.  This move has given us the opportunity to have a more welcoming environment to our many nationals and friends who visit the Consulate daily. We are also grateful to the many companies who have collaborated with us to showcase Jamaica at its best, in our Lobby through the promotion of goods and services.  We welcome you to your new home away from home.We are so proud of our performance on the world stage as Jamaica continues to dominate success in sports, education, culture and entertainment. As the old adage goes ‘we likkle but we tallawah”.  We celebrate the recent crowning of Miss Toni-Ann Singh as Miss World 2019, the fourth time Jamaica has held this honour.  Earlier this year, we hosted the Reggae Girlz in a week long ‘Send-off celebration’ as they headed to Paris for the World Cup series.  Across the globe, we also marked the Centenary (100th ) birthday anniversary of our renowned cultural ambassador, the late Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, OM, OJ, MBE, (Miss Lou, as she was affectionately called).  We recently witnessed the inauguration of our first Jamaican-American Mayor of Broward County, Mr. Dale Holness, as he joined the now 15 elected officials of Jamaican heritage holding public office in South Florida and in Georgia.With the Government’s thrust on investment and economic development, we have taken the show on the road through a series of investment forums in South Florida; Atlanta, Georgia’ and Houston, Texas.  Our monthly lecture series at the Consulate has also inspired ongoing conversations about our local communities and about Jamaica.  I am excited about the positive trends in the Jamaican economy despite the challenges, and encourage you our nationals, to not only be “good news ambassadors” but to use this as an opportunity to further invest in our country. We thank the many sponsors and companies, who have collaborated with us in this effort, among them, our Legacy partners including Victoria Mutual Building Society, JN Bank, Grace Kennedy Company, JAMPRO and the Jamaica Tourist Board.My heartfelt gratitude to our entire constituency for the success of the recent Jamaica Hi-5K Walk/Run which was held simultaneously on October 5th in five regions across the Southern USA community – Atlanta, GA; Orlando, FLA; and the tri-county area of South Florida (Miami, Broward and Palm Beach).  Proceeds from registration of more than 300 persons will benefit the Ministry of Health’s Adopt A Clinic programme, geared towards improving primary health care in Jamaica.Following recent Diaspora elections, we welcome the newly elected Advisory Board Representative for the Southern USA, Dr. Allan Cunningham, and express our appreciation to Attorney Wayne Golding, CD, who has served us with dignity and integrity for the past four years. We will remain united and engaged building better for personal and community development, here in the Diaspora and in Jamaica.  Coming out of the recent National Biennial Diaspora Conference in Kingston, Jamaica, we look forward to new and exciting possibilities for our Diaspora communities.  We are encouraged by the youth engagement of our second and third generations, as they have taken on a cohesive role in Diaspora activities.  We have begun to welcome new candidates of Jamaican citizenship as we recently held the first Jamaican Citizenship Ceremony in Plantation.  This is the first of a quarterly installation, the next to be held in February 2020.This year, as we celebrate giving thanks for the greatest gift of all and sharing with others, the Consulate remembers with gratitude the various philanthropic groups who continue to support Jamaica.  The hand of support was extended to the Bahamas following the recent devastation dealt by Hurricane Dorian.  As you know, there is nothing we can’t achieve, when we come together as Jamaicans. Looking ahead to 2020, we will let kindness be our guide.  Let us remain committed to our partnership with individuals, corporations and community groups as we build on Diaspora development and nation building in our beloved homeland.On behalf of the staff of the Consulate General of Jamaica at Miami, and my family, Tanya and Serena, I wish you all a blessed Christmas season of peace, love and joy.  As our heavenly Father declares (Book of Jeremiah 29:11), let us call upon Him in prayer as we continue our purpose to serve.Happy holidays!last_img read more

Jamaicans Stuck At Sea Overseas Finally Get To Come Home

first_imgFollowing the backlash that the cost of mandatory quarantine being too costly for the average Jamaican, the government said that it did not have the resources to pay for all the needs of Jamaicans that will want to return home. According to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, the USD $20 is a subsidized contribution of the actual cost, which is USD $100. But many Jamaicans stuck at sea and in countries overseas have already exhausted much of their financial resources, having overstayed their visits to many countries like the UK and the United States. Additionally, Jamaicans in the U.S. who were on the verge of having their visa expired were given the option to pay US$450.00 for a visa extension, which many people could not afford due to the circumstances. The Jamaicans are also responsible for making their own travel arrangements to come home, if they had not done so prior to the travel restrictions. The news comes following the government’s announcement of the first phase of re-entry that will allow some Jamaicans, that have been stuck overseas due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, to finally return home. The ordeal sparked much debate regarding the constitutional rights of Jamaicans. Many Jamaican residents argued that the government were not doing enough to bring its citizens home. After some 20 students stuck in Antigua were allowed to return home, the Jamaicans stuck at sea eventually received assistance from the UK government. They arranged for a charter flight for 115 Jamaicans stuck in the country to return home on May 6. The UK noted that the flight is also headed to Jamaica to collect several British travellers who have been stuck in the island. As per the protocol for re-entry, the returnees to Jamaica will have to be quarantined for a state facility for 14 days. The 43 Jamaicans on the Marella were reportedly denied entry into the island on April 2, despite being in Jamaican waters. But according to the government, they left the following day, before their request for permission to disembark could have been answered. State Quarantine Will Come At A Cost For Jamaicans center_img Marella Discovery 2 cruise ship They journeyed to Lisbon, Portugal where the ship was reportedly denied access before finally docking in Southampton, England. After being stuck at sea for almost two months, more than 40 Jamaicans on the Marella Discovery 2 cruise ship will finally get to return home, thanks to assistance from the British government. Wanting to return Jamaica will come at a cost for even the most vulnerable citizens. While the government will absorb the cost for those cruise ship members returning this week (at a cost of $64 million JMD), other Jamaicans will have to pay USD $20 (roughly JMD $2,500) per day for food and other quarantine needs. In just the one week that the Jamaican government opened the portal for re-entry application, some 4,000 nationals from around the world submitted applications, wanting to come home. The Jamaican government said that priority will be given to those currently living under the most desperate and distressing circumstances abroad. Concerns have, therefore, arisen as to how exactly these nationals will afford to be quarantined.last_img read more

#PogQuestions – Read Paul Pogba’s Hilarious Q&A Session On Twitter

first_imgFootball Soccer – Ajax Amsterdam v Manchester United – UEFA Europa League Final – Friends Arena, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden – 24/5/17 Manchester United’s Paul Pogba celebrates with the trophy after winning the Europa League Reuters / Michael Dalder LivepicManchester United midfield maestro, Paul Pogba, carried out his first Q&A interaction with Twitter users, as he gears up preparation for the forth coming season.In a series of hilarious questions and replies on his official Twitter account, 24-year-old Pogba entertained his twitter fans with answers that range across different topics.Asked about losing his world most expensive footballer title to PSG’s Neymar, he said: “I just feel the same, nothing changed.”Asked about his first football position when he started as a kid:Asked about his future:How he handles bad days on the pitch:About his Ballon d’Or aspirations:His favourite German player:Better basketballer between him and Lukaku:Favourite goal last season:Football hero:Favourite Man United moment:Paul Pogba will feature for Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid next Tuesday, as the Frenchman hopes to lead United to a successive 2017/2017 season campaign. RelatedPogba To Remain At Manchester United Next Season – SolskjaerMarch 13, 2020In “England”VIDEO: Flying Eagles Star Has Wish Fulfilled By Paul PogbaJuly 16, 2020In “England”Mourinho Challenges Pogba To Transmit World Cup Form Into Club PerformancesJuly 19, 2018In “England”last_img read more

Former Barcelona Midfielder To Be Punished For Drug Trafficking In Mexico

first_imgMexico’s captain and former Barcelona midfielder, Rafael Marquez, have been named for drug trafficking sanctions by the US Treasury Department.38-year-old Marquez, who spent seven years with Barcelona, was named among 22 persons and 42 organisations for being a “front man” in Raul Flores Hernandez lead drug trafficking cartel.A statement from the US Treasury Department stated that Raul Flores Hernandez DTO(Drug Trafficking Organisation) “include Mexican professional soccer player, Rafael Marquez Alvarez (Rafa Marquez), and Mexican singer Julio Cesar Alvarez Montelongo (Julion Alvarez).”“Both men have long-standing relationships with Flores Hernandez, and have acted as front persons for him and his DTO and held assets on their behalf.”Marquez’s involvement means all of his assets under US jurisdiction will now be frozen.Rafael Marquez made 242 appearances for Barcelona, winning four La Liga titles and two Uefa Champions League trophies during his time at the Camp Nou. He has also represented Mexico at four World Cups, with over 140 caps under his belt. RelatedBARCELONA VS ESPANYOL: Key Catalan Derby Players Of Past And PresentMarch 28, 2019In “Spain”Gabi Leaves Atletico Madrid For Qatari Club Al SaddJuly 3, 2018In “Europe”Athletic Bilbao confirm success of Yeray Alvarez’s testicular cancer treatment.September 21, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

Toxicology Report Discovers “Five Drugs” In Tiger Woods System After DUI Arrest

first_imgA toxicology report has revealed that former world number one, Tiger Woods had five different drugs in his system when he was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).The 41-year-old American, who on Wednesday pleaded guilty to reckless driving, had Vicodin, Dilaudid, Xanax, Ambien and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in his system after the arrest last May.The 14-time major winner has now agreed to enter into a 12-month probation program which will wipe off his records after completion.In the early hours of May 29, Police officers found Tiger Woods asleep in his car and was arrested for DUI, an arrest that prompted the Golf star to seek professional medical help.Woods told reporters on Monday: “As I previously said, I received professional help to manage my medications,”“Recently, I had been trying on my own to treat my back pain and a sleep disorder, including insomnia, but I realize now it was a mistake to do this without medical assistance.”“I am continuing to work with my doctors, and they feel I’ve made significant progress. I remain grateful for the amazing support that I continue to receive and for the family and friends that are assisting me.”Relatedlast_img read more

“This Year Will Be More Difficult” – Zinedine Zidane

first_imgRelated Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane has predicted that the 2017/18 La Liga season will be “more difficult” for the Santiago Bernabeu outfit.Having capped off their pre-season preparation with an emphatic 5-1 aggregate victory over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup this week, Real are clear favourites to retain the La Liga title for the first time in 10 years.Speaking ahead of Real Madrid’s season opener against Deportivo La Coruna this weekend, Zidane said: “We are in a very good moment and must take advantage of it,”“Winning La Liga last year was the best thing that happened to me in my career. We know it is very difficult to win, and taking it in the last game is something exceptional.”45 year old Zidane, who as a Real Madrid player, won a La Liga title, Champions League, European Super Cup, and two Spanish Super Cups, has guided the Los Blancos to back to back UEFA Champions League title and last season’s La Liga trophy in his less than two years in charge as the manager.“Such consistency in the team is something fantastic, so the feeling is different from any other trophy. This year we want to do it again. We can always improve — that is the objective for us. We know this year will be more difficult.” he added.last_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): Former Winners On The Brink

first_imgStandings:1. Belgium 25 points2. Greece 16 points3. Bosnia and Herzegovina 14 points4. Estonia 11 points5. Cyprus 10 points6. Gibraltar 0 pointRelated2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (UEFA): France, Portugal Qualify; Netherlands Eliminated Despite WinOctober 11, 2017In “FIFA”Denmark, Ireland World Cup Playoff Clash In The Balance After StalemateNovember 12, 2017In “FIFA”2018 World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): England, Germany Secure Final SpotsOctober 6, 2017In “Europe” Former World Cup winners France are on the brink of booking their place at next year’s tournament in Russia after they recorded a slim 1-0 win against Bulgaria in Group A.Blaise Matuidi scored the only goal of the game for the visitors as early as the third minute to hand the French team their 6th win in the qualifiers. They just need a win against lowly Belarus at home in their final qualifier to seal a spot at the World Cup.Still staying with the Group, three-time finalists Netherlands are in danger of missing out despite beating Belarus 3-1 away from home. The Oranje as they are fondly called are currently three points adrift of the playoff place and they next face Sweden, who occupy the playoff spot.The 1974, 1978 and 2010 World Cup finalists need to beat Sweden at home on Tuesday by at least 7 goals to have any chance of booking their place in Russia 2018 via the playoffs.In Group B, Switzerland only need a draw in their final qualifier against hosts Portugal on Tuesday to book their ticket after a dominant 5-2 win over Hungary with Arsenal star Granit Xhaka getting one of the goals for the home side.On the other hand, Portugal will need to beat Switzerland in the aforementioned game to qualify for Russia 2018 automatically and condemn the Swiss to the playoffs. Superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Andre Silva scored for the European Champions in a 2-0 win at Andorra to put them in that position.Group A:Sweden 8-0 LuxembourgBulgaria 0-1 FranceBelarus 1-3 NetherlandsStandings:1. France 20 points2. Sweden 19 points3. Netherlands 16 points4. Bulgaria 12 points5. Belarus 5 points6. Luxembourg 5 pointsGroup B:Switzerland 5-2 HungaryFaroe Islands 0-0 LatviaAndorra 0-2 PortugalStandings:1. Switzerland 27 points2. Portugal 24 points3. Hungary 10 points4. Faroe Islands 9 points5. Andorra 4 points6. Latvia 4 pointsGroup H:Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-4 BelgiumCyprus 1-2 GreeceGibraltar 0-6 Estonialast_img read more

Wyjście…William Hill withdraws all services from Poland

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 FTSE-listed William Hill has become the latest industry operator to fully withdraw its services from the newly regulated Polish online betting market.This week the bookmaker confirmed its market withdrawal to customers and media partners stating that it would shut down its Polish betting services on 1 April. The bookmaker has asked its marketing partners to stop all campaigns and will now move to clear Polish customer funds.Having refused to amend its 12% online gambling turnover tax,  which was passed by the legislative chamber in December 2016 and for incorporation into law this April, Poland has seen an exodus of betting firm’s leaving its jurisdiction. International betting operators’ have argued that the tax on services is unworkable for industry operations.International betting operators’ have argued that the tax on online services is unworkable for industry operations and that the Polish government is purposely creating favourable conditions for state-owned operator Totalizator Sportowy. This week, Polish-founded online betting enterprise EnergyBets detailed that the company had withdrawn from its home market, stating that Poland had become a “highly restrictive and hostile regulatory environment”.Further bookmakers to have exited the Polish market, include Pinnacle and Eastern European gambling group  Olympic Entertainment Group.William Hill management did not personally comment on the firm’s decision to leave the Polish market. Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

UKGC strengthens its stance on protecting children from betting-related harm

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Share An article published in the Times on Sunday 8 October accusing online betting operators of using cartoons to ‘lure kids to online gambling’, has caused the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to reaffirm its stance on protecting children from betting-related harm.The article claimed that gambling operators utilised flaws in the guidelines enforced by the UKGC and promoted games that appeal specifically to children. The article, which also expressed concerns that many of the games don’t require age-verification from players, evoked Tim Miller, executive director, corporate affairs and research for the UKGC, to write an open letter to the newspaper expressing that the regulatory body is “committed to using our powers and our expertise to play our part in creating a safer internet”.He went on to say: “Parents will understandably be concerned to read about the risks of children being exposed to gambling online.“Protecting children from being harmed or exploited by gambling is a clear priority for the Gambling Commission.“Our rules require strong age verification checks to prevent underage gambling; where businesses fail to protect vulnerable people, especially children, we have and will continue to take firm action.“Our current powers to regulate online gambling have been in effect for just a couple of years; however, the online world is fast moving meaning we constantly monitor the approach we take.“Earlier this year, we announced that we had commenced a wide ranging review of online gambling.“At the same time our expert advisers, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, are examining the wider relationship between children and gambling.“Together these will give a clear picture of where further action may be necessary.“New technology brings both opportunities but also new risks; earlier this year we successfully prosecuted two YouTube users who were exploiting the FIFA computer game to provide illegal gambling which was accessible to children – the first regulator in the world to bring such action.“This clash between the world of computer games and the world of gambling is just one example of the need for continuous vigilance when keeping children safe online.”last_img read more