Immigrant arrests in Florida skyrocket as ICE aggressively carries out new…

first_imgAccording to its own data, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has escalated its enforcement efforts in Florida over the past year, arresting some 75 percent more immigrants in 2017 compared to the same period in 2016.ICE data shows that agents arrested some 6,192 immigrants in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands this year, a drastic increase over only 3,524 in 2016. Most troubling is that this increased enforcement is not aimed solely at immigrants who have committed crimes, but instead, all immigrants who do not have legal immigration status in the U.S..Reportedly, ICE’s Miami office Acting Field Director Michael Meade points to Trump’s January 25th Executive Order, effectively cancelling President Obama’s “prioritization” policy, which gave ICE directives to mainly focus on apprehending criminal immigrants, not law abiding immigrants who lacked immigration status. Under Trumps policy, any immigrant in the U.S. encountered by ICE who is in violation of immigration laws, regardless of criminal history, is a potential target for arrest and deportation. The message is clear – if ICE encounters you and you have no proof of legal immigration status, you will likely be arrested and processed for Removal from the U.S.New DACA bill gives Dreamers few protections and eliminates most family immigrationA new Bill introduced in Congress by Republicans called the SECURE Act of 2017, purports to provide protections to Dreamers currently under the DACA (Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals) program, in exchange for border security and immigration reforms, including changing the current U.S. Immigration system from family to merit based.But far from providing protections for Dreamers, the Bill instead incorporates the “Bridge Act” previously introduced in Congress, which merely offers a temporary three year DACA status and no path to a Green Card or Citizenship. Worse yet, the measure includes the controversial RAISE Act, which eliminates all family-based immigration (with exception of spouses and minor children) in favor of a merit-based system. Apparently Republican leaders see the Bill as their offer to Democrats in exchange for protection of Dreamers. Democrats on the other hand see the Bill as a “nonstarter”, saying they will not agree to any measure which offers less than permanent protections for Dreamers and adamantly refuse to trade DACA protections for any limits on family immigration.As the standoff continues, thousands of Dreamers and their supporters stage rallies and peaceful protests in Washington and across the country, in hopes of swaying Trump and the Republicans.Participants vow to continue to rally and have their voices heard until congress passes a “Clean” Dream Act. Until then, readers are urged to contact Republican members of Congress to voice support of a permanent standalone DACA law, without any other provisions such as border policies and restrictions on legal immigration.  Understanding the most common immigration bars:The Five-Year Bar:  Immigrants who are found inadmissible and immediately removed/deported upon arrival at a U.S. port and those who are removed/deported shortly after arrival in the U.S., who have been placed in removal proceedings are ineligible to return to the U.S. for 5 years.The Ten-Year Bar: Immigrants who have a removal order issued by Immigration judge are ineligible to return to the U.S. for 10 years.The Twenty-Year Bar:  Immigrants who are deported and who attempt to reenter the U.S. prior to the expiration of the ten-year ban can receive an additional 10 year bar for a total of 20 years.The Permanent Bar:  Immigrants who are convicted of an aggravated felony, entered without permission after being removed, or illegally reentered the U.S. after having previously been in the U.S. unlawfully for more than one year, may be permanently barred from ever entering the U.S.last_img read more

Chris Gayle Breaks Lara’s Record While Windies Lose ODI

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Veteran opener Chris Gayle broke Brian Lara’s record for the most runs by a West Indies batsman in One-Day Internationals but his failure typified the Caribbean side’s brittle batting and overshadowed the achievement, as the hosts crashed to a 59-run defeat under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern in the second ODI here Sunday.Chasing a revised target of 270 off 46 overs following a rain break 13 overs into their run chase at Queen’s Park Oval, West Indies were toppled for 210 with four overs remaining, to fall behind 1-0 in the three-match series.Opener Evin Lewis, playing in front of his home crowd, top-scored with 65 while fellow countryman Nicholas Pooran chimed in with 42 but West Indies lost wickets at key stages to watch their chase come apart at the seams.In fact, they appeared well en route to victory at 148 for three in the 28th over but collapsed and lost their last seven wickets for 62 runs in quick time.Bhuvneshwar Kumar led India’s attack with four for 31 while fellow new-ball seamer Mohammed Shami claimed two for 39 and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, two for 59.India captain Virat Kohli had earlier struck his 42nd One-Day International hundred to become his country’s second-highest run-scorer in ODIs as the visitors reached 279 for seven off their 50 overs, after choosing to bat first.The right-hander’s polished 120, which also saw him surpass Pakistani Javed Miandad for the highest ODI aggregate against West Indies, left him only behind legend Sachin Tendulkar in India’s all-time ODI scoring charts. Faced with a challenging but hardly daunting target, West Indies were handed a decent start of 45 off 57 deliveries for the first wicket by Lewis and Gayle.Not for the first time, Gayle struggled with momentum but passed Lara’s mark of 10 405 runs when he took a single to third man at the start of the ninth over.Unsurprisingly, however, he perished in the following over after facing 24 balls for his 11, lbw to a full-length delivery from Kumar, with the resulting review more out of desperation than prudence.Shai Hope then played on to left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed in the 13th over for five as the Windies reached 56 for two at the rain break.With the target revised, Lewis set about building the foundation for a possible win, facing 80 balls and striking eight fours and a six as he anchored two key partnerships to tilt the balance in the home side’s favour. First, he put on 40 or the third wicket with Shimron Hetmyer (18) before adding a further 56 for the fourth with Pooran.He lost Hetmyer at the end of the 18th over, caught at cover off Kuldeep miscuing a pull before he then departed in the 28th over, hauled in at cover by Kohli also off Kuldeep.Even then, West Indies still looked safe bets to prevail as Pooran struck four fours and a six off 52 balls in a 31-run, fifth-wicket stand with Chase (18).But with the partnership threatening, Kumar removed both in the 35th over in a wretched period that saw West Indies lose four wickets for three runs in the space of 14 balls, as India regained control of the contest. Seamer Carlos Brathwaite was the best bowler with three for 53 from his 10 overs.West Indies struck as early as the third ball of the morning when left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell got one to straighten and trap Shikhar Dhawan lbw for two, courtesy of DRS.last_img read more

Masks On!

first_imgSome cities in South Florida, such as Sunrise and Miramar, have now mandated the wearing of masks, bandanas or other face coverings in public spaces, bringing to the fore the debate over whether we need to wear masks as a means of ‘flattening the curve’ or containing the spread of COVID-19.Many people are already practicing social distancing and hand-washing as recommended, but this is another layer of protection that the medical and scientific communities are now saying will have far-reaching positive effects.This position did not arrive overnight, as reputable international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) took ambivalent positions on such a need. But as the coronavirus crisis deepens—leaving in its terrible path painful stories of survival and heart-wrenching accounts of deaths—these positions have evolved to the point where both organizations now adopt a more pragmatic approach to dealing with this clear and present danger to humankind.As late as  March, both the WHO and the CDC’s position was that wearing masks was not necessary for the general population, except in situations where people were visibly sick especially with bouts of coughing. This position had its genesis in the stance taken by U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome M. Adams, who early in February advisably warned against purchasing medical masks, noting that it would not aid in the prevention of the coronavirus. This was generally thought, in some quarters, to be a position born out of trying to reserve this special piece of PPE equipment for the health workers, who were on the frontline in the war against this pandemic.So what has caused this sea-change in advice from global public health leadership which relies primarily on hard data and evidence in drawing their conclusions? It is the fact that the rate, widespread nature, and prevalence of COVID-19, confounded the previous ‘modeling’ that were available in the medical and scientific community.WHO, also in February, made the important note that transmission of the dreaded virus via asymptomatic persons was ‘rare’ but had to backtrack on these statements soon after, when evidence to the contrary emerged very forcibly.This was further confirmed by evidence presented by the CDC in late March, regarding the infection rate among the ‘ill-fated’ Diamond Princess cruise liner, which found out that among the 700 passengers and crew that were found to be infected, 46.5 percent did not have any symptoms of the COVID-19 when they were initially tested. The CDC then made the all-important deduction “that a high proportion of asymptomatic infections could partially explain the high attack rate among passengers and crew members.”Carolyn Machamer, Professor of Cell Biology from John Hopkins School of Medicine and specialist in coronavirus, was very clear in her study about the possibilities of aerosolization of transmission of COVID-19, given the fact that it can last up to three hours in the air. Therefore, normal human actions such as speaking, coughing, sneezing are mediums through which transmission can occur.It is therefore through an abundance of caution that the advocates argue that masks are now placed in the mix to bolster us from the asymptomatic carriers, who exhibit none of usual easily identifiable symptoms of cough, fever and muscle aches, but are nonetheless, significant transmitters of this dreaded disease.Although the studies and the debate over the efficacy of using masks to help contain the virus are ongoing, what is unquestionable is that using masks in this fight is better than not using anything at all. The barrier which it provides you from being ‘showered’ during normal speaking with an individual, much less when you are the unfortunate recipient of a sneeze or cough, could mean the difference between ending up being hospitalized or suffering excruciating pain, discomfort or death, as is the case in the present situation.Furthermore, this very normal practice of covering your nose and mouth to prevent droplets whenever we sneeze or cough is a normal part of one’s day-to-day activity, which is only being enhanced by a mask in these challenging times of COVID-19. We are only doing our community and ourselves a world of good, as wearing a mask is a low-risk intervention in staunching the spread of this virus.When we all don a mask, we are not only protecting ourselves, we are protecting everyone in our community.Masks on!last_img read more

SAD! Soweto Derby Clash Played Amidst Two Deaths From Stampede

first_imgThe Soweto Derby clash between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in the Carling Black Label Cup recorded two casualties as a result of stampede however that didn’t stop the authorities from pressing ahead with the game at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg.Bernard Parker scored the only goal of the game as Kaizer Chiefs defeated their rivals 1-0 to retain their title.Apart from the two deaths recorded, several others were injured from the chaos. The real cause of the chaos is currently being investigated. Speaking on the unfortunate incident, Johannesburg Public Safety MMC Michael Sun revealed that the stampede was due to people trying to sell or present fake tickets.He also revealed that calm has been restored and extra paramedics have been deployed to attend to victims.In his words, he said: “We understand the alleged cause of the stampede to be people trying to sell or present fake tickets at the gate, one thing to another, resulting in the stampede.”Trophy sponsors also released the statement pictured below to address the incident: RelatedWEEKEND PREVIEW: The BIG 7October 27, 2018In “Articles”From Europe To Africa: Vincent Enyeama Plots Return To Football BUT On TWO ConditionsApril 18, 2020In “Featured”Daniel Akpeyi Dumps Chippa United for ChiefsJanuary 31, 2019In “Transfers”last_img read more

2017/18 Coppa Italia: Triestina Secure Win In Curtain Raiser

first_imgRelatedCoppa Italia Watch: Serie A Sides Cagliari And SPAL 2013 Suffer Shock Exits As Sampdoria Dispatch Pescara To Seal Last 16 SpotNovember 29, 2017In “Europe”Coppa Italia Latest: Atalanta Stun Napoli Into SemisJanuary 3, 2018In “Europe”Coppa Italia Latest: Torino Shock Roma To Setup Turin Derby Meeting With JuventusDecember 21, 2017In “Europe” Triestina are through to the second round of the 2017/18 Coppa Italia after they defeated hosts Arrezzo 1-0 on Saturday evening in what was the first match of this season’s edition of the competition.An early Davis Mensah strike was enough to see Triestina through to the next stage where they will face Pescara and well travelled manager Zdenek Zeman.Other first round matches will take place in various centres on Sunday.Coppa ItaliaRound 1July 30Arezzo 0-1 TriestinaSambenedettese-LucchesePiacenza-MasseseTrapani-PaganeseLivorno-Feralpi SalòCosenza-AlessandriaTrastevere-ReggianaPisa-VareseGubbio-MonterosiJuve Stabia-BassanoMatera-CasertanaFrancavilla-ImoleseLecce-CiliverghePordenone-MatelicaVicenza-Pro PiacenzaPadova-RendeErminio-AlbinoleffeRenate-SiracusaRound 2Aug 2Entella-CremoneseBari-ParmaPescara-TriestinaSambenedettese/Lucchese v CesenaPiacenza/Massese v NovaraTrapani/Paganese v TernanaLivorno/Feralpi Salò v CarpiCosenza/Alessandria v SalernitanaTrastevere/Reggiana v SpeziaPisa/Varese v FrosinoneGubbio/Monterosi v PerugiaJuve Stabia/Bassano v AscoliMatera/Casertana v AvellinoFrancavilla/Imolese v PalermoLecce/Ciliverghe v Pro VercelliPordenone/Matelica v VeneziaVicenza/Pro Piacenza v FoggiaPadova/Rende v BresciaErminio/Albinoleffe v CittadellaRenate/Siracusa v Empolilast_img read more

LV BET nets Eurovolley sponsorship deal

first_img Share LV BET celebrates Vanarama National League’s return July 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Share LV BET has announced that it has become the official sponsor of the men’s European volleyball championships, EUROVOLLEY POLAND 2017. The tournament will begin on 24 August and culminate on 3 September, with the opening match alone expected to be watched by more than 50,000 spectators. LV BET has also announced that its ambassador for the tournament will be Polish volleyball icon, Krzysztof Ignaczak.  The deal marks LV BET’s continued support for Polish support, it’s already the main sponsor of Ektraklasa club Wisła and it’s also the official betting partner and sponsor of the well supported Liga 3 football club Widzew Łódź. LV BET, has also supported MMA events and sponsored the high-profile Kölner Haie ice hockey team in GermanyLV BET CEO Marcin Sapinski, said: “Volleyball is hugely popular across many European markets, so we’re delighted to be supporting an event that will give so much enjoyment to so many fans. “LV Bet’s customers can look forward to lots of great offers and promotions, and maybe we can even introduce some new people to the sport, which would be brilliant.”LV BET’s sponsorship of the European Volleyball Championships will include a TV and digital campaign, starting in the middle of August, and will feature a range of promotional competitions with exciting prizes, including tickets for the opening match. Submit Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

21Bet upgrades to Digitain sportsbook ahead of World Cup

first_img Related Articles Submit Why reliability of service is an integral part of TVBET’s strategy August 6, 2020 Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Andrey Astapov, ETERNA LAW: Ukraine faces critical choices as gambling finish line nears August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Malta-licensed 21Bet has successfully migrated to Digitain’s fully managed sportsbook solution. Under the agreement, Digitain provided its API technology for 21Bet’s online operations including a new improved version of their sportsbook, with features that include cash out, edit my bet, and express bonus and the latest promotional tools for player marketing acquisition and retention.21Bet is operated by Aureate Gaming Solutions Ltd and is also the official shirt sponsors of Waterford FC.James Hudson CEO at 21bet, said: “Our company’s vision is to have the optimal strategic partnership with our technology providers. Digitain has a proven international and European market expertise, and their technology allows our brand to be agile and flexible, and in control of our roadmap to adapt to ever-changing market conditions and player preferences.“The Digitain team are a delight to work with and they made the migration to our new sportsbook as smooth as silk!”Suren Khachatryan (pictured), CEO of the multi-channel casino and sports betting platform provider, commented: “21Bet is a growing brand in Europe and we are delighted to be their technology partner of choice. Digitain’s frictionless API integration along with our fully managed Sportsbook will deliver 21Bet with enhanced user experience and over 30,000 real live monthly events and full coverage of the most popular sports in Pre-match and Live Betting, and cash out options.“21Bet will also have access to the latest World Cup content zone, including team news, standings, and head-2-head to further engage players throughout this year’s largest betting tournament.”Digtain was recently awarded ‘Rising Star of B2B’ at the annual Betting Awards held during Russian Gaming Week (RGW) in Moscow. The Betting Awards, organised by Smile Expo, awards representatives of the bookmaker business.Khachatryan, who received the award, added: “RGW is the largest show in the CIS region and we are delighted that our team’s efforts of the last year in delivering innovation, robust technology and a customer-centric strategy for our customers has been recognised by our industry peers. We shall cherish this award and look forward to adding to them over the next few years.”last_img read more

Paddy Power & Chime Sports seek ‘No Nonsense’ Russia 2018

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Share Related Articles Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 The first weekend of World Cup Russia 2018, saw Paddy Power launch its first TV advertising campaign under the guidance of new creative agency Chime Sports.The Irish bookmaker debuted the first TV advert of its new campaign series ‘Paddy Power – Enough of the Nonsense’, competing for brand coverage during a saturated Russia 2018 opening weekend.“While VAR is sorting out the decisions on the pitch, Paddy Power is here to help sort out differences off the pitch; putting the world to rights one video replay at a time.” details Paddy Power on the launch of the campaign.Entering 2018, Paddy Power marketing announced that it had undertaken a ‘creative switch’, ending its long-term partnership with Lucky Generals for Chime Group Communications’ sports marketing agency Chime Sports.Presenting Paddy Power Betfair 2017 results, new Group Chief Executive Peter Jackson, outlined his initial leadership goal of ‘returning Paddy Power back to growth’.Outlining strategic priorities, Jackson stated that Paddy Power would significantly increase its marketing spend, stating that the legacy bookmaker’s marketing coverage had been below the ‘level needed to operate as a mass market brand’.Michelle Spillane – Paddy PowerLeading Jackson’s new vision, Paddy Power has restructured its marketing division. In Q1 2018, the bookmaker confirmed that appointment of former RTE Media executive Michelle Spillane as new Marketing & Brand Director.Spillane has been tasked with building Paddy Power’s new brand proposition within the saturated UK and Irish betting markets.Working alongside Chime Sports, can the Paddy Power brand make its statement on Russia 2018, a unique period in which all UK bookmakers are refreshing their advertising campaigns…last_img read more

Spain’s 2019 budget seeks to implement tough betting advertising code

first_img Spanish news sources report that the upcoming 2019 budget will likely carry severe advertising restrictions for licensed gambling/betting incumbents, as the PSOE minority government seeks to revamp Spain’s advertising code.Last week, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (PSOE – Socialist Workers Party) struck a budget proposal deal with socialist Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias.Branded as Spain’s ‘socially progressive budget’, PSOE moves towards its first legislative victory since taking leadership of Spain’s government last June, following the resignation of Partido Popular’s Mariano Rajoy attached to multiple corruption charges.Striking a budget agreement with Podemos, Sanchez and the minority PSOE seek to stave off opposition calls for a snap general election in 2019.The agreed budget is reported to have a mandate seeking to restrict/limit the advertising of ‘predatory industries’ (betting, pay-day loans, credit lending) targeting Spanish consumers, a governance directive pursued by Podemos since 2015.All Spanish news sources report that PSOE and Podemos will seek to toughen Spain’s advertising standards with regards to betting advertising/marketing practices. However, it remains unclear what exact restrictions the government will choose to implement.Spanish regulator DGOJ is currently undertaking its third licensing window, which is due to close on 17 December 2018, expanding Spain’s online gambling marketplace. Newspaper El Pais reports that PSOE will treat ‘betting like tobacco’, implementing tougher restrictions aimed at protecting minors and vulnerable consumers.Meanwhile, elDiario.es details that PSOE and Podemos, will move to significantly reduce betting related adverts aired during TV sports broadcasts, and throughout Radio verticals.Furthermore, a new advertising code would ban Spanish licensed operators from utilising celebrities or athletes to promote gambling products/services.The 2019 budget agreement will have caught the eye of Spanish football clubs, who have previously been criticised by Pablo Iglesias and Podemos for their ‘indifference to betting advertising and sponsorships’.PSOE will present its budget to the EU on 15 October, seeking to gain approval on its spending plans and fiscal policies. The budget will then be forwarded to Spain’s Congress for final voting, in which PSOE and Podemos require 176 votes for its approval. Related Articles Share Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submit Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020last_img read more

Chetu strengthens UK presence with Birmingham office

first_img US-based software solutions provider Chetu has strengthened its European presence after opening its newest office in Birmingham, England.The new office will act as the headquarters for the supplier’s European and Middle Eastern markets, supporting Chetu’s European marketing team as well as the company’s expanded sales team of UK-based national account managers.Serving as Chetu’s second office in Europe – outside of its Netherlands location, which opened in 2014 – the new Birmingham office will aid in the company’s international expansion, which the supplier hopes will ‘simplify the journey from concept to code for European proprietors.’“The United Kingdom is proving to be an excellent market for fostering technological growth, and we are incredibly excited to be opening our newest office in the region, as well as connecting directly with the emerging tech ecosystems throughout the country,” said Atal Bansal, chief executive officer of Chetu.“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our team members, this new office marks the next era for Chetu, and we look forward to adding to our incredibly diverse, international Chetu family.”The announcement of the new software delivery hub comes as Chetu approaches its 20th anniversary of operations.Through opening the new office, the software solutions provider will continue to deliver real-time communication between its developers and United Kingdom-based clients, as well as providing clients ‘with the mechanisms required to enhance their current IT systems.’ Share Related Articles StumbleUpon UKGC hosts tech expert meeting on safer gambling February 13, 2020 Submit ECB proposals “another addition to an already packed marketplace” April 23, 2018 Share BGC highlights UK casinos ‘community response’ under lockdown orders July 14, 2020last_img read more