Same sex weddings to continue until May in Bermuda

first_imgBermuda’s Home Affairs Minister Walton Brown says he will allow same-sex couples to continue to marry until the end of May before they are banned by a new law passed by Bermuda’s parliament and endorsed by the Governor.The controversial new legislation, tabled in the House of Assembly by Brown towards the end of last year, is designed to replace same-sex marriage with civil partnerships.The Domestic Partnership Act was passed in parliament in December and given royal assent by Governor John Rankin on February 7. But Brown said the start of the Act had been delayed to June 1 to allow already-planned same-sex marriages on the island and Bermuda-registered ships to take place. He said same-sex couples could apply for marriage licenses until May 12, after which they can only apply for a domestic partnership.Speaking during the Budget debate in the House on Home Affairs, Brown added: “The Registry General will continue to accept applications for same-sex marriages until May 12, 2018.“Any application submitted by a same-sex couple after that date must be for a domestic partnership under the new act, not a marriage under the Marriage Act 1944 or the Maritime Marriage Act 1999.”The Royal Gazette newspaper has indicated a date has been set in the Supreme Court to challenge the new law.Chief Justice Ian Kawaley will hear the civil case brought by a gay Bermudian, Rod Ferguson, 38, against Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons on May 21 and 22. Ferguson is a singer and comedian who lives in the United States.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Master Blender Joy Spence to speak at JWOF Empowerment Conference…

first_imgJoy Spence, OD, CD, the first woman to achieve the position of Master Blender in the spirits industry globally, will share her story when she appears as the guest speaker at the Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) annual Women’s Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon.This high achiever joins a notable list of empowering women who have graced the JWOF conference stage sharing the hills and valleys of their climb to such prestigious positions.This is the sixth anniversary of this vibrant women’s organization continuing the mission of empowering women through mentorship and education.The event continues to attract large numbers of professionals, students, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs as March is celebrated as International Women’s Month.Joy Spence is the first woman in a traditionally male-dominated position since joining Jamaica’s Appleton Estate, as Chief Chemist in 1981.Her passion for the art of creating rum-blends was inspired by her predecessor and mentor Master Blender, Owen Tulloch, who retired, then paving the way for her appointment as Master Blender in 1997.However, in this position, Spence said that she faced little resistance within her own company, when given the appointment.With the major task for creating new rum blends, her responsibility is to ensure that all Appleton Estate rum blends meet the high standards that consumers have grown to love and expect – ensuring the quality and consistency of existing blends, creating new blends and monitoring the Company’s inventory of aging rum stocks.She has been named The Creator of Fine Rums and Spirits as over the last 20 years, Joy has created some of the finest rums that the world has ever seen.Most recently, Joy created the Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend which was released in 2017 to mark her 20th Anniversary as Appleton Estate’s Master Blender.  This rum was voted Rum of the year 2017 by  The Appleton brand continues to do well on the international market.Empowerment ConferenceThe 5th Annual Empowerment Conference will take place on Saturday March 23rd, 2019, at Jungle Island (1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132)The one day event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and wraps up at 4:00 p.m.Scheduled events will include a panel of mentors, a silent auction, a day long shopping gallery with unique items, a signature to JWOF events.Powerful Women….Next Generation Scholarship LuncheonFive graduating high school seniors will be awarded the JWOF annual renewable Powerful Women….Next Generation scholarships at the Awards Luncheon.Since its inception in 2014, one awardee has completed an Undergraduate programme in Criminal Justice and Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University (FAU).JWOF Empowerment Conference PanelistsCorporate leaders, entrepreneurs and community leaders will form two panels as they share varied experiences and insights in Transformation and Mentoring.  We will be transformed by the stories related by nutrition and exercise guru, Kamila McDonald; Chief Executive Officer, LASCO Chin Foundation, Professor Rosalea Hamilton; performing artist/writer/producer, Debra Erhardt; and merchandise executive, Sasha Dunn Belizare.The annual conference highlights the culmination of support for upcoming powerful young women.last_img read more

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce to Tackle Double in Tokyo

first_imgAthletics – World Athletics Championships – Doha 2019 – Women’s 100 Metres Final – Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar – September 29, 2019 Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce celebrates winning gold REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican Sprinter, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce confirmed that she will tackle both the women’s 100m and the 200m at next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.Throughout her career, Fraser-Pryce has mainly focused on the 100m at major championships, only ever winning one Olympic medal(silver) in the 200m at the 2012 London Olympics. But next year, Fraser-Pryce is setting her sights on achieving the gold in both events.“[I will be] doubling up definitely. Last year [season] I really wanted to attempt the double but coach had other plans, so I just worked with that plan. He knows best so I just worked with his plan,” she told reporters in Jamaica.The sprinter has never dipped below 22 seconds in the 200m, which is also another aim for her in the 2020 season.“I am definitely looking forward to doing the 200m, especially because I believe in my heart that I can run 21s. It’s a big passion of mine so I am working really hard towards that. So hopefully, I will get to run some more 400m even though I don’t like it, but hopefully I will get it done for 2020,” she shared.Last month, Fraser-Pryce announced that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be her fourth and final Olympic games. “I am always grateful for the opportunity to represent my country, my family, myself, but Tokyo is my last Olympics. I definitely know that,” she said.The sprinter did not confirm whether she would completely retire from athletics, but hinted at the idea. “It doesn’t make me feel anything. I will miss the sport, but I will be OK. I don’t think it will be hard to retire. Athletics is just one thing I do.”last_img read more

CNW90 May 29, 2020

first_imgFor more information on these and other stories, visit Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet. To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Earlier this week, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Renatha Francis became the first Caribbean-American Judge to be appointed to the Florida Supreme Court. Florida’s governor made the announcement that Francis, who was born and raised in Portmore, Jamaica, will take her seat on the Supreme Court on September 24. Francis is a past student of the St. Hughs All Girls School in Kingston and the University of the West Indies. She later migrated to Florida where she completed her Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal Law School. Governor DeSantis said that it is possible that Francis may be the first Caribbean judge to sit on any state’s Supreme Court and that her story demonstrates that anyone who comes to United States has an opportunity to make the most of their talents. Coming up in the newscast, Jamaican judge becomes the first Caribbean-American appointed to Florida Supreme Court, wife of reggae icon, Bunny Wailer missing and Haitian-American tennis star Naomi Osaka is the highest-paid female athlete in history. In Sports News, Haitian-American tennis star, 22-year-old Naomi Osaka is the highest-paid female athlete in history. According to Forbes, Osaka earned a total of $37.4 million USD from prize money and endorsements between June 2019 and May 2020. Her earnings effectively overthrow Serena Williams, who’s held the title for four years Osaka also set a new record for a female athlete’s recorded earnings in a year, surpassing Maria Sharapova‘s $29.7 million in 2015. With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 29 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida. Now for the news in the detail In the meantime, the St. Lucian government has extended the island’s state of emergency for four months as the country prepares to reopen its borders. Currently, there are no active cases of COVID-19 in the island, but Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said that the country needs to remain vigilant. All businesses on the island were allowed to reopen with safety protocols last week. The island will begin accepting tourists on June 4th. Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; In Caribbean News, the search is continuing for the 70-year-old wife of musical icon, Bunny Wailer, who has been reported missing since last Saturday. Relatives said that Jean Watt, who is also known as “Sister Jean” was last seen in the Washington Gardens area of St Andrew, Jamaica. Her family has since posted flyers in and around Kingston and offered a cash reward for her safe return. You’ve been watching CNW90, I’m…last_img read more

Dominica Relaxes Most of the Measures for COVID-19

first_img“All of this is being done with extreme caution to avoid sacrificing our present health status and gains that we have made so far,” McIntyre said, adding that “extensive discussions” are taking place with the Ministry of Education regarding “our students, details of which will be made available in subsequent briefings”. McIntyre said that regarding the re-opening of the borders, discussions are continuing with other regional countries, but that the government is developing a national plan. CMC ROSEAU, Dominica – Dominica, which has not recorded any new case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) for the past 46 days, will relax a number of the measures the authorities had put in place to prevent the spread of the virus. McIntyre said that public transport buses will be carry more passengers -no more than three persons per row – and that recommendations have also been made for the re-opening of churches, restaurants for sitting-in service and gyms. Health Minister Dr. Irving McIntyre “We urge all of those in quarantine to adhere to the quarantine guidelines and see it as their contribution to the fight against COVID-19 in Dominica,” he said, telling Dominicans that they should be cognisant of the fact that returning nationals and opening of borders will put Dominica at risk of importing cases. But he sought to re-assure the nation that the authorities will take all necessary actions to limit that risk as much as possible. Dominica has also been welcoming back several overseas students and cruise ship workers, and McMcIntyre, who is also a medical practitioner, said they have all remain asymptomatic and that on completion of their quarantine at the state health facilities, will undergo further quarantine at home and monitored by the district health team. He told the nation that this could happen as soon as next weekend depending on the outcome of ongoing discussions between stakeholders and the Ministry of Health to develop the appropriate guidelines and protocols. “As of 25th May, opening hours of business will be Monday to Friday up to 6:00 pm, Saturdays up to 3:00 pm (local time),” Health Minister Dr. Irving McIntyre, as the island also indicated that it has no active case of the virus.last_img read more

Battle For Premier League Promotion: Championship Leaders Suffer Shock Defeat

first_imgEnglish championship leaders Cardiff City suffered only their second league defeat of the season following a surprising 1-0 defeat at struggling Birmingham City.The only goal of the game was scored by Che Adams in the 19th minute in what was Steve Cotterill’s first game in charge of Birmingham City and the result was enough for the team to climb out of the relegation zone.In the other league game on Friday night, Burton Albion recorded a third successive clean sheet away from home as they kept their hosts Bristol City at bay in a goalless draw affair at Ashton Gate. Bristol City missed out on the opportunity to move into second position with a win.A win for Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City would have taken the team four points clear of Wolverhampton Wanderers in second place. The leaders are still occupying the top spot with 24 points from their first 12 league games of the season.RelatedThe Big Seven Matches This WeekendMarch 10, 2018In “England”The Big Seven Matches This WeekendFebruary 9, 2018In “England”Middlesbrough FC vs Southampton FCJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

Russian Tennis Star Sharapova Wins First Title After Comeback

first_imgRussian tennis player Maria Sharapova has won her first title for over two years after she defeated Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 7-5 7-6 (10-8) to win the Tianjin Open in China.Sharapova, 30, won her first title since she came back from a 15-month drug ban in April.She won the final against his teenage opponent in two hours and five minutes to secure her 36th WTA tournament victory and a first since the Italian Open in May 2015 (some two years and five months).The 5-time Grand Slam champion was given a wildcard for the event in China and victory means she would move up from 86th to number 57 in the world rankings.RelatedSweet Revenge!  Halep Beats Sharapova To Secure China Open Last Eight SlotOctober 4, 2017In “Sports”Australian Open Recap (Women): Top Seed Halep, Sharapova Into Second RoundJanuary 16, 2018In “Sports”Maria Sharapova: Five-time Grand Slam Champion Retires From Tennis At 32February 26, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

NFF President Says 100 Million Nigerians Drink Coca Cola (Video)

first_imgNigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick, has revealed that football and Coca Cola have huge following in Nigeria and that about 100 million Nigerians take the drink.The former Delta State Sports Commission Chairman was speaking during the World Cup trophy tour ceremony in Russia as he also confirmed that Nigeria would be one of the destinations for the World Cup trophy tour.In his words, Pinnick said: “Football and Coca Cola have huge following in Nigeria. Nigeria with a population of 180 million.”” I can tell you emphatically that about 100 million of those people take Coca Cola, so its a super brand and we’re very happy that Nigeria will be one of the destinations that this trophy will be paraded.” he added. RelatedThe Nigerian Dream! We Can Win The World Cup – NFF PresidentJanuary 18, 2018In “National Team”Best Goal Award Will Be Named After Rasheed Yekini – Pinnick (Video)January 23, 2018In “National Team”Amaju Pinnick Is Doing Something Right In LeadershipJune 10, 2020In “Featured” Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

‘World Class Supplier’ strategic M&A rockets NYX revenue & earnings

first_imgShare Matt DaveyThe acquisition of industry sports betting platform and technology provider OpenBet has boosted Toronto-listed NYX Gaming Group (NYX) Q3 2016 corporate revenues to CAD $54.4 million representing a 309% increase on its corresponding 2015 performance.Closing its Q3 2016 performance (period ending 30 September), NYX governance stated that the company had reached its corporate goal of creating a ‘world class digital gaming supplier’ through strategic M&A activity.The TSX-listed company would record a period gross profit of CAD $49 million (Q3 2015: CAD $13 million), contributing to an adjusted EBITDA of CAD $14.5 million.Detailing performance drivers, NYX Governance noted the firms strengthened commercial pipeline which had gained 7 new partner agreements during the period, gaining NYX clients including Topsport, Comeon!, Goalbet,  Televisa, and OlyBet.NYX governance detailed that the company held commitments with a further 23 customers who would be launching NYX services and provisions in the coming months, including Sky Betting and Gaming new Italian business division.NYX CEO Matt Davey commented on Q3 2016 performance: “NYX continues to deliver strong organic growth across all product verticals. Through our M&A activity, we have built the foundations of a world-class digital gaming software supplier that focuses on regulated markets.“The team has made significant progress against a number of key objectives that position us at the forefront of the industry opportunity. We are entering phase two of our journey now to unlock the true value of our operations and we continue to see market-leading demand for our products and services.” Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Luckbox raises CAD $3.8m ahead of TSX IPO June 12, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Related Articleslast_img read more

Strengthened NYX Group seeks to establish its position as leading industry player in 2017

first_img Royal Ascot generates ‘record number of transactions’ for SG’s OpenSports June 18, 2020 Submit Publishing NYX Gaming Group’s full-year 2016 fiscal results, CEO Matt Davey has stated that his firm is prepared to lead industry omni-channel solutions and technology having significantly grown its operations through strategic M&A during a transformative year for the Toronto TSX-listed business.Presenting FY 2016 results, an enlarged NYX group would report corporate revenues of CAD $164 million (£93 million), boosted by its acquisition of leading industry sports betting platform supplier OpenBet.Closing its 2016 performance, the Toronto TSX-listed firm would declare gross-profits of CAD $144 million combined with an adjusted EBITDA of CAD $43 million (£24 million).However, a costly 2016, which saw the company commit £170 million towards the joint acquisition of OpenBet (deal completed May 2016), and further acquire UK-based industry systems provider Betdigital for £24 million (deal completed July 2016) would see NYX governance report corporate 2016 losses of CAD 57 million (£32.5 million).Updating investors Davey stated that 2016 had been a ‘transformational year for NYX’ in which the company has executed and integrated new corporate assets, boosting the firm’s services portfolio.Moving forward Davey points to OpenBet Platform systems being supported by Chartwell and Cryptologic online casino and games content, as well as gaining new dynamics from Betdigital provisions.Davey tells NYX investors, that through an effective M&A strategy the company possess the right properties and dynamics to dominate regulated market provisions.“This was a transformational year for NYX. With the integration of OpenBet now substantially complete, we are ideally positioned as a leading provider of sportsbook, gaming technology, and NextGen content to the regulated gaming market,”For 2017, Davey and the firm’s executive management team will now push to execute a new operating model for an enlarged NYX group focusing on cost structure and operating leverage over industry competitors. Share Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUponlast_img read more