Emma Gonzalez’s strong Caribbean connection

first_imgMarjory Stoneman Douglas High School student and survivor, Emma Gonzalez, has become a global face in the fight for stricter gun laws ever since her “BS” speech days after the killing of 17 of her colleagues and students. On Saturday, March 24th, in Washington, D.C., Emma was received like a rock star, but did you know that this young activist roots also run to the Caribbean? It sure does.Dad born in CubaThe 18-year-old’s dad, Jose, was born in the Caribbean island of Cuba and arrived in the US via New York in 1968.  He is now an attorney for a cybersecurity company. Her mother works as a math tutor. Gonzalez, who has become the face of the “Never Again” movement, is the youngest of three children and has lived in Parkland, Fla., her entire life. She identifies as bisexual and is the president of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance. Gonzalez is unwavering in her embrace of her identity. While Univision reported that she does not speak Spanish, she doesn’t shy away from her Cuban identity. “I’m 18 years old, Cuban, and bisexual,” she says in the lead paragraph of her recent essay published in Harper’s Bazaar.More Twitter followers than the NRAGonzález, who now has more followers on Twitter than the NRA at 1.3 million, on Saturday, again had a powerful moment at the national March for Our Lives rally in D.C. Saturday. She spoke for just under two minutes on Saturday before tens of thousands of demonstrators, reciting the names of classmates who had been killed, including Caribbean roots victim, Helena Ramsay and Venezuela-born Joaquin Oliver. Then she said nothing for four minutes and 26 seconds.Period of silenceShe stared straight ahead during her period of silence onstage, her sometimes watery eyes fixed in the distance. Then a timer went off. “Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds,” she said. “The shooter has ceased shooting, and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape, and walk free for an hour before arrest.”And like many Caribbean activists before her, including Jose Marti and Malcolm X, she finished with the push: “Fight for your lives, before it’s someone else’s job.(NewsAmericasNow.com)last_img read more

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ICE Immigration Raids on Again – What You Need to Know!

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Just as Trump was kicking off his campaign reelection bid for 2020 in Orlando last month, he announced that his administration would begin deporting “millions” of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. in the coming weeks.This threat was later backed up by acting ICE Director Mark Morgan, who confirmed Trump’s tweets, telling reporters that the agency will launch an operation to target and remove undocumented immigrant families who have received final orders of removal, to send a “powerful message” to deter illegal immigration, adding “It’s straightforward: if you’re here illegally, then you should be removed and in this case, that includes families,”As expected, the threat sent shockwaves through the immigrant community, causing even more fear and anxiety for a population already feeling under constant siege. ICE plans to begin operations in ten major cities: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco, and will likely expand into other areas as the process moves forward.Then a few days later just on the eve of the planned operation, Trump backtracked and said he would delay the raids to give Congress time to make changes to asylum laws.Raids Now Planned for July 14Now some three weeks have elapsed; Congress have made no changes to the law, and Trump has announced today, July 11 that the planned raids will take place on Sunday, July 14.It’s important to understand that most immigrants in the U.S. who lack legal status will not be a target of these planned raids. No ICE agents are going to be rampaging through random immigrant neighborhoods knocking on doors and taking families into custody. The agency says the focus of the apprehensions are on those who crossed the border illegally and were placed in an expedited proceeding in the immigration court system but failed to report for their hearing, as well as others who have final orders of deportation. This is not to say that other undocumented immigrants who are encountered as part of the raids will not be apprehended as well, but in general, law-abiding immigrants who do not have deportation orders should not be unnecessarily alarmed by all the hype and rhetoric.However, those who do have deportation orders who are living at the same address which is in the ICE system, might not want to be at that location any time soon. Immigrants who are not sure whether they have a final order of deportation can call the deportation hotline 1-800-898-7180 or call our office and give us the Alien Registration Number and we will do it for you.The Rights of ImmigrantsIn all cases, it’s important for immigrants to understand their rights and to be informed about what ICE agents can and cannot do. For instance, ICE agents are not allowed to enter your home without a warrant, so you do not have to open the door. Also be aware that ICE agents have been known to pretend to be police officers asking about a crime or warning about identity theft, so even if you open the door and they present a badge, you are allowed to close the door and tell them you do not want to talk to them unless they present you with a warrant without fear that they will bust your door down like they do in the movies.You can get more information about your rights and download the free app to find out if ICE is in your area or even report ICE raids in neighborhood by visiting our website at www.Immigratetoday.com and clicking on the Immigration Newsletter link.last_img read more

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VIDEO: Watch Stoke City Troll Arnautovic After Completing Jese Rodriguez Signing

first_imgVideo Credit: Twitter.com – Stoke City FCRelatedAustrian Star Arnautovic Joins West Ham In £25mJuly 22, 2017In “England”Marko Arnautovic Hints At West Ham ExitNovember 14, 2018In “England”Stoke City Signs Jesé Rodriguez From PSGAugust 16, 2017In “England” In an age of extravagant and amusing new signing announcements, Stoke City threw a cheeky jab at Marko Arnautovic, and pundits who have been critical of Stoke’s “ambitions” as a Premier League club.The 24-year-old Spaniard becomes Stoke City’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window. In a rather cheeky gesture, Stoke City superbly trolled former midfielder, Marko Arnautovic, after completing the loan signing of ex Real Madrid winger, Jese Rodriguez from PSG.28-year-old Arnautovic, who moved to West Ham from Stok City this summer, reportedly claimed that “West Ham are a bigger, more ambitious club than Stoke City”, following his move to the Hammers.last_img read more

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Gabriel Joins Valencia From Arsenal

first_imgMore to follow shortly…RelatedValencia Sign French Midfielder Coquelin From ArsenalJanuary 11, 2018In “England”SSC Napoli vs AC Chievo VeronaJune 30, 2017Similar postMarcelino Bringing Big Dreams Back To The MestallaOctober 25, 2017In “Europe” Brazilian defender, Gabriel Paulista has joined Spanish outfit Valencia from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee.Gabriel moved to Arsenal from Villareal in January 2015, making 64 appearances for the Gunners.last_img

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PLI urges Irish Government to ban Lotto betting operators

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Share Irish National Lottery appoints Andrew Algeo as new CEO May 9, 2019 Irish Finance Minister disregards lottery betting worries March 7, 2019 Premier Lotteries Ireland takes over Irish National Lottery operations December 10, 2014 Premier Lotteries Ireland (PLI) has urged the Irish government to cease allowing offshore companies that offer bets on draws to operate within the country.  It was reported last week that with ambitions to open discussions about the issue, the PLI has met with numerous Irish Ministers. A spokesperson for PLI stated: “The National Lottery is concerned at the growth of unregulated, offshore, bet-on-lottery operators over the last 18 months.“The parasitic activities of these lotteries are posing a serious threat to the National Lottery, and in turn the millions raised annually for good causes.“We urge the government to take urgent action to protect the National Lottery from this threat.“The National Lottery was set up with the express purpose of raising funds for good causes.“There is a loophole in the current regulatory environment which allows betting on the outcome of lotteries, and offshore betting companies — underwritten by insurance policies — are exploiting this loophole.”A spokesperson for Ireland’s department of Public Expenditure emphasised in a statement that it would continue to speak with the PLI and the region’s gambling regulator as it looks to continue “reviewing the impacts of these online betting websites on the Irish National Lottery and in examining any potential actions that could be considered to address these issues”.last_img read more

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Injuries take their toll on fantasy managers

first_img Related Articles MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020 Submit ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Share It proved to be a frustrating week for fantasy managers, with a smattering of injuries ensuring a vast majority of scores failed to live up to the lofty expectations of recent weeks.With Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero already out injured many turned to Harry Kane to captain and earn double points, but disappointment followed as the England striker limped out of his sides 4-1 win at Bournemouth in the first half.One man bucking the trend of a relatively low scoring round was Dafabet’s John Cruces, who continued his climb up the table with a League of Legends high of 75 for the round. Despite captain Mohamed Salah disappointing with a doubled score of four, David Silva fired both goals in his sides 2-0 victory at Stoke as he secured 16 points, the joint highest round score with on loan Newcastle midfielder Kenedy. Elsewhere in-form Heung-Min Son scored a brace on his way to 15 points, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (nine points) notched a goal and an assist as Arsenal strolled past Watford 3-0 and Nicolas Otamendi’s clean sheet earned him eight.Gameweek 30 also saw a new, or returning, leader take his place at the top, with 45 points proving to be enough for OPAP’s Constantinos Digonis to take his place at the summit once again. Despite Kane (two) being installed as captain, Son (15) again top scored and was duly helped out by Christopher Schindler (seven), Raheem Sterling (six) and Federico Fernandez (six).Hot on the leaders heels, just a point behind following an impressive 63 point haul, is Ladbrokes Coral’s Lewis Palmer. An Arsenal focused strategy certainly paid dividends, with captain Aubameyang (16), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (13) and Shkodran Mustafi (12) making up the main bulk of the points.Gameweek 31 could prove to be the most pivotal for fantasy managers all season, with just four fixtures set to take place due to FA Cup commitments. Bournemouth, Huddersfield and Stoke welcome West Brom, Crystal Palace and Everton in the 3 o’clock kick offs, while Liverpool host Watford in the early evening fixture. Share Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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News UK recruits Simon Collins to lead its revamped betting & gaming division

first_img Submit News UK has confirmed the appointment of Simon Collins as new Managing Director, charged with leading the media publisher’s revamped Betting & Gaming division.A 25-year industry executive, Collins has led and developed a number of the UK’s leading igaming brands, across multiple verticals.Collins is the former managing director and enterprise co-founder of Cashcade, recognised as one of the sector’s first online gambling networks which developed the ‘FoxyBingo’ acquired by Party Gaming in 2009 for £96 million.In his new role, Simon will oversee the development and growth of News UK’s gaming-focused properties, including UK leading fantasy football league Dream Team, legacy online bingo portal Sun Bingo and new in-depth horseracing domain Sun Racing.Simon said: “I am particularly excited to take up this new role as I believe there are a number of opportunities to develop the existing business. I’m looking forward to working with what I know is a very talented team, across some of the UK’s biggest brands.”Collins will report to Wireless CEO Scott Taunton, who holds executive responsibility for News UK’s Betting and Gaming brands.Backing the appointment, Scott Taunton said: “There are few more experienced players in the online gaming space than Simon Collins. He has a history of building audiences and value around brilliant digital gaming brands. And he joins News UK as we embark on the next phase of growth around our iconic gaming brands, including Dream Team, Sun Bingo and Sun Racing.” Sky Sports weighs up opening instant Premier League highlights July 26, 2019 Related Articles Sun Bingo ups daytime profile with Jeremy Kyle Show sponsorship July 16, 2018 Share Sun Bets termination costs Tabcorp £40 million July 19, 2018 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Ascot ups prize money for Royal Ascot 2020

first_img Submit Share Royal Ascot generates ‘record number of transactions’ for SG’s OpenSports June 18, 2020 BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Ascot Racecourse has confirmed a £765,000 increase in prize money available at Royal Ascot 2020, making the total prize money available £8,095,000.Of the 30 races taking place at the royal meeting, 16 will see an increase in prize money, with no race due to be run for less than £95,000 in 2020 – a £5,000 increase from 2019.Guy Henderson, CEO, Ascot Racecourse, said: “Royal Ascot plays an important role for the industry in maintaining international investment in British racing. The progress we have made with our international commercial rights, our debt financing programme and our business as a whole means that we are now able to start to implement our long held aspiration to increase the prize fund for our flagship and internationally relevant Group One races at Royal Ascot to £1million, beginning with the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.“These two races, which historically appeal to international horsemen, have been selected first as being likely to produce increased income from overseas betting and associated media/data rights. Equally, there are so many six, and now seven figure races staged around the world over these distances that we must be conscious of options open to our own locally trained star horses.“The UK LBO media rights landscape and levy picture remains very challenging which makes it difficult to plan beyond 2020.”Total prize money at Ascot next year, excluding the industry owned QIPCO British Champions Day, will be £14.4m, an increase of £819,000. And for the first time, the Royal Meeting will play host to two £1 million races; The Prince of Wales’s Stakes will have prize money ranging from £750,000 and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes ranging from £600,000.Nick Smith, Director of Racing and Public Affairs at Ascot, added: “It is vitally important to continue to incentivise and reward connections of top-class horses trained at home, in Europe and further afield to run in Britain.“A recent report commissioned by British Racing’s Public Affairs Group, titled British Horseracing’s International Influence, highlighted how important events like Royal Ascot are to the brand and resonance of British racing.“It is a significant factor in creating demand at the sales, attracting sponsorship, investment in studs and horses in training, growing global television coverage, creating worldwide betting initiatives (like World Pool with the Hong Kong Jockey Club and UK Tote in 2019) and opening up opportunities for inward investment in our sport.“Ascot is very fortunate to have such a strong annual programme, with nine Group One races outside QIPCO British Champions Day, and we are committed to making them as appealing as possible to horsemen from across the globe.”Ruth Quinn, the BHA’s Director of International Racing and Racing Development, added: “Royal Ascot showcases the best of British racing to its widest international audience. The meeting plays an important part in attracting owners from across the globe to run horses here from overseas bases or to have horses in training in Great Britain.“Continuing to attract horses of the very highest quality is vitally important to our future status in the Pattern and to maintaining British racing’s position at the forefront of the international stage.“We must not be complacent about our Group 1 races in what has never been a more challenging and competitive global sport, and this increased investment from Ascot is very welcome news.” Related Articles StumbleUpon Share ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020last_img read more

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Danish regulator to introduce mandatory deposit limits

first_imgShare Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020 Danish gambling prepares for MitID launch June 26, 2020 Spillemyndigheden adds technical requirements on game and wagering reporting June 23, 2020 Danish gambling regulator Spillemyndigheden has made a number of changes to its certification programme for online gaming, which will see the introduction of mandatory deposit limits from 1 January 2020. Changes to the certification programme will also include amendments to the inspection standards for lotteries which will ‘make sure that the requirements are identical with the requirements for online casino’.The updated frameworks now mean that self-exclusion must be an automated process, meaning that there should be the option for players to self-exclude on the gambling site itself rather than through a customer service department.Operators must also keep player gambling data must also be kept on file for at least five years, while those holding a licence are now obliged to develop internal rules, process and staff training on responsible gambling.The regulator has also stressed that its logo must be clearly displayed on every licensee’s site, to make clear that it has gained the necessary certification from the regulator.The regulator detailed: “These requirements are those related to the use of the Danish Gambling Authority’s labelling scheme, the customer’s opportunity to get a statement of account, the setting of a deposit limit before being allowed to play and information to the customer about responsible gambling, including references to ROFUS and StopSpillet (StopGambling).“No new requirements have been added, but several requirements have been moved to other sections of the certification programme to place them in the correct context. This means, among other things, that the section about information to the customer on player protection now appears clearer.“Overall the update partly covers general changes across gambling sectors and certification areas, and partly specific amendments to requirements in the inspection standards for online casino, online betting and lotteries. The specific changes are about responsible gambling. Due to the general amendments, new versions of every document in the certification programme are available.” Sharelast_img read more

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GamCare backs London problem gambling service

first_img GambleAware forms ‘Lived Experience Group’ supporting treatment research July 23, 2020 Submit Share Share StumbleUpon Related Articles UKGC launches public awareness campaign on gambling controls, rights and safeguards August 3, 2020 GamCare will continue to support those afflicted by problem gambling after backing a new NHS Primary Care Gambling Service (PCGS) which has opened in London.The new service will give problem gamblers access to a multidisciplinary team of mental health nurses, GPs, GamCare treatment practitioners and therapists. It will also work alongside GPs to improve awareness of problem gambling, offering guidance on how to identify and support problem gamblers.Starting in South East London (Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich) there is a plan to expand the service further in the next few months.The PCGS will work alongside the National Gambling Treatment Service to support problem gamblers, with GamCare having developed an ‘integrated care pathway’.A Competency Framework for gambling treatment in primary care is also being developed by the PCGS, which is being funded by GambleAware.The new framework will set out the skills and experience needed for practitioners in this field and is a project being taken forward in association with the Royal College of General Practitioners.London’s primary care service will be led by NHS General Dr Clare Gerada who commented on the launch: “There is evidence that many people who have problems related to gambling are in contact with their GP, but don’t necessarily talk about their gambling. We will be exploring how to identify them, and how to help them get access to the treatment that is right for them. We know from other areas of work that people value the option of getting treatment in primary care settings.” GambleAware data finds stigma to be key barrier to treatment for women July 16, 2020last_img read more

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