Jamaica welcomes Starbucks

first_imgJamaica’s Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett is welcoming news that international coffee chain Starbucks will be setting up shop in the second city of Montego Bay, Jamaica and said it will add yet another dimension to the diverse culinary offerings of Jamaica’s resort capital.“Starbucks is a welcome addition to the culinary landscape of Montego Bay as we seek to diversify and build out of the gastronomy experiences which will define Jamaica as a top tourist destination,” said Minister Bartlett.“It marks the coming together of two internationally recognized brands – Jamaica and Starbucks – and I am particularly pleased that they will be sourcing locally-grown products, in particular our world renowned Blue Mountain Coffee.  In addition, this investment will provide much needed jobs for the people of Montego Bay and its environs,” Bartlett added.The Starbucks Coffee Company recently announced that it has entered a geographic licensing agreement with Caribbean Coffee Traders Limited, a consortium lead by Ian Dear, Chief Executive Officer of Margaritaville Caribbean Group and Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman  and CEO of Sandals Resorts International.Bartlett said that new products and promoting investments are two of the five pillars of growth that are being used by his Ministry to transform the island’s tourism sector, deepen linkages and achieve significant growth, and pointed out that Starbucks coming to Montego Bay represents both.Bartlett lauded Stewart and Dear for their ongoing investment in and commitment to Jamaica’s hospitality industry, which has helped to increase the competitiveness of the island’s tourism product. “With these two dynamic business leaders at the helm this new venture is sure to be a great success,” said the Minister.The agreement grants Caribbean Coffee Traders the exclusive rights to own and operate Starbucks stores in Jamaica.  This will be Starbucks 17th market in the Latin America and Caribbean region.last_img read more

Immigration questions and answers

first_imgIn your case, since your U.S. Citizen Fiancée is going to fly to Colombia to marry you, once she returns, a Spousal Immigrant petition can be filed to initiate the process of bringing you to the U.S. as a U.S. Resident (Green Card holder). However, you won’t be allowed to immediately return to the U.S. along with your new wife, and instead you have to wait in Colombia for consular processing. IMMIGRATION – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Attorney Caroly Pedersen Question: I had a visitor visa to the U.S. and came to visit my girlfriend last year. The problem is that I miscalculated my time in America and stayed two days over the deadline. I did not know this was so serious until I tried to come to visit my American girlfriend recently (who is now my fiancée) but once I arrived in the U.S., the immigration officer said my American visa was terminated and I had to get back on the plane and return home. He also told me that I had to apply for a new visa at the embassy. That was such a bad experience and now I don’t know what to do. My fiancée and I want to get married, so she is going to come here to Colombia to get married, but we are not sure what happens after that. We need to know what we have to do so that I can travel back to the U.S. with her when she comes back home after we are married. It’s so hard to get a straight answer, everybody is telling me something different. Thanks  Answer: Yes, unfortunately, under Immigration regulations, once a foreign visitor overstays their period of authorized stay in the U.S. – by even one day, once they leave the U.S., they are not allowed to re-enter on their current Visa and are instead required to apply for a new B1/B2 Tourist visa at the U.S. Consulate in their home country. And, since the visitor overstayed, once they apply for a new visa at the U.S. Consulate abroad, the Consular officer is very likely to deny the request, effectively closing all possibilities for legally travelling to the U.S. again. The exceptions are immigrant visas, such as a Fiancée Visa and Spousal Visa (for foreign Fiancées & Spouses of U.S. Citizens). However, foreign Fiancées and Spouses are not immediately issued a Visa which allows them to travel to the U.S. until all the technical processing is complete, which takes 8+ months or more. Question: I am 26 years old and single. My mom got her American citizenship through her husband and sponsored me 3 years ago. I am trying to make plans for my future, so I want to get an idea of how much longer I need to wait to immigrate to the U.S. I saw an immigration website that says it only takes 1 yr since I’m unmarried and being sponsored by American parents, is that true? Answer: As the adult (over 18 years old), single child or a U.S. Citizen parent, you are in the F1 Immigration category. It will take about 7-8 years for an Immigrant Visa to become available. The USCIS website only provides processing time for the I-130 petition approval, but you still need to wait for an immigrant visa to be available in the F1 category. You can see current visa availability by visiting the current  Visa Bulletin website and looking for F1. I hope this is helpful.last_img read more

Haitian Ambassador encourages Trump to visit Haiti

first_imgAn invitation has been extended to US President Donald Trump to visit Haiti in the aftermath of reports that he made a derogatory comment about the French speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state.The invitation came from Haiti’s ambassador to the US, Paul Altidor, who was speaking with CNN on Monday.According to Altidor, the words reportedly said by the president were an insult to Haiti’s dignity.“The words, they did hurt the community, they did hurt the country of Haiti…..it hurt because one, it’s an insult to our dignity but more importantly it’s because too much of Haiti is misunderstood,” said Altidor.Invitation doesn’t excuse Trump’s apologyThe Haitian ambassador, in issuing the invitation said it “doesn’t excuse an apology for what was said” and that “such words shouldn’t be coming out of anybody’s mouth, let alone the President of the United States.”During a meeting with lawmakers here last week, the President reportedly made the comment about immigrations for Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.However, Trump later tweeted that he “never said anything derogatory about Haitians, other than Haiti is, obviously a very poor and troubled country.”St. Lucia PM also critical of TrumpMeanwhile, the Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Allen Chastanet, has also weighed in on the issue.Chastanet told reporters in St. Lucia on Monday that Trump’s statements were ‘very unfortunate’.He expressed the view that CARICOM had issued an appropriate response.‘If anything, I think that maybe the African Union’s response which asked for an apology would have been appropriate,’ Chastanet declared. ‘I think there are two sides to take, one obviously from an international perspective that it’s just insulting, and particularly when you think of what Haitians and Haiti have gone through, and the need for our assistance,’ he observed.According to Chastanet, Haitians are still trying to recover from a devastating earthquake and Hurricane Matthew one year ago. “If anything, they need our sympathy not that level of criticism,’ Chastanet told reporters.He explained that the world is becoming very unsympathetic. “We need to know that we need to get our own act together and we have to do more in order to progress our own development plans and make sure that we are viable countries,” he said.last_img read more

Legendary Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed named Windies spin-bowling coach

first_imgLegendary Pakistan spinner, Mushtaq Ahmed, has been signed by Cricket West Indies to teach spin bowling techniques to the beleaguered Windies team for a month. The 47-year-old leg spinner, who claimed 185 Test and 161 ODI wickets during his stellar career, is expected to join up with the West Indies squad later this month as the team begins preparation to face Sri Lanka in an upcoming home series.last_img

Three Miami-Dade High Schools Head to 2019 Football State Championships

first_imgClass 4ABooker T. Washington Senior vs. Bolles (Jacksonville)Wednesday, December 117:00 PMClass 6AMiami Central Senior vs. Jones (Orlando)Thursday, December 127:00 PMClass 5AMiami Northwestern Senior vs. Jones (Orlando),Saturday, December 14Noon Miami Northwestern Senior High Football team. MIAMI DADE – Three Miami-Dade senior high schools will compete in the 2019 Florida High School Football State Championships. The three schools are Booker T. Washington Senior High, Miami Central Senior High, and Miami Northwestern Senior High.“These remarkable athletes have given our community an early holiday present. They have proven that Miami-Dade County Public Schools students are stars in the classroom and on the field,” said Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. “We congratulate them and their families, as well as the staff of Booker T. Washington, Miami Central, and Miami Northwestern senior high schools.”“It fills me with great pride to think of the enormous success these amazing scholar-athletes representing District 2 schools have achieved,” stated School Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall. “We must celebrate the children and salute the parents, administrators, coaches, faculty, staff, the community, and alumni for their never-ending support.”The three championship games will be played at Daytona Stadium, 3917 LPGA Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32124. Following is the schedule:last_img read more

Suggs’ knee “good” as Ravens make final preparations for Seattle

first_img(Updated: 1:30 p.m.)OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A day after creating concern with their unexpected absence from practice, linebacker Terrell Suggs and safety Ed Reed returned to the field Friday.Reed sat out with a shoulder injury, but it was unclear whether it stemmed from the stinger he suffered a few weeks ago in the Jacksonville or from the nerve impingement he’s dealt with for the last few seasons. Suggs had not appeared on the injury report prior to Thursday, and it’s not clear whether he injured his knee in Wednesday’s practice. Coach John Harbaugh said following Friday’s practice that both players sat out Thursday in order to rest.“[The knee’s] good,” Suggs said. “Sometimes, things just flare up. It’s the NFL, but I’m good.”The Pro Bowl linebacker was amused when a media member asked him about his status for Sunday.“I don’t know,” said Suggs, drawing laughter from the gathered reporters. “I guess I’ll be a game-time decision. I guess we have to see. You all know the rule — we’re not allowed to talk about injuries around here.”When Suggs was told Harbaugh said Thursday was a day of rest and not an injury concern, the animated defensive player cleared up any lingering doubt about his status.“It’s not a big deal,” Suggs said. “I mean, come on, man. How long have you all been covering me? Nine years. You all know the story — if I can breathe, I’m good.”Wide receiver Lee Evans (left ankle) practiced for the third straight day and could be available to play if needed for the first time since the Ravens’ Week 2 loss to the Tennessee Titans. However, Evans has been limited all week, so his exact level of activity in practice is a mystery. Either way, the 30-year-old veteran’s ability to stack three practices in a row is a vast improvement over several past attempts to return to action over the last two and a half months.Brendon Ayanbadejo was on the practice field again, but the linebacker has not been cleared for contact as of yet. He will take the concussion test again on Saturday, and both he and Harbaugh expect him to be cleared to play on Sunday. The special teams standout sustained a concussion in the 23-20 win over the Steelers last Sunday night.“I feel fine, but the main thing is I just have to pass my test,” said Ayanbadejo, who said his reaction time was slow when he was tested earlier in the week. “I’m just anticipating it, and I think I’m going to read online, so I can study and see exactly what [the doctor’s] going to do, so I can get a little cheating so I can get this thing passed so I can help my team on Sunday.”Running back Anthony Allen (thigh) was the only player absent from the field during the portion of practice open to the media. He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday before sitting out a day later.Sunday’s officiating crew will be led by Scott Green, who called the Ravens’ Week 3 win in St. Louis. The game-time temperature in Seattle is forecasted to be in the high 40s with a 40 percent chance of precipitation.The Ravens will depart for Seattle late Friday afternoon in an effort to adjust to the time change ahead of Sunday’s game at 4:05 p.m.last_img read more

Tax Officials Raid Madrid Superstar Ronaldo’s Yacht (Photos)

first_imgThe operation, which was filmed by an agent, lasted for 90 minutes.Cristiano Ronaldo has had an eventful summer that started with being charged with defrauding the Spanish government of £13million. He then threatened to quit Real Madrid for lack of protection on their part however it seems like he has made a u-turn and is now set to stay with the Spanish and European champions.Related Ronaldo thereafter hurried back to the yacht where he met the aforementioned officials though Hola.com reported that one of Ronaldo’s family members put the situation under check.Speaking on the raid afterwards, a Spanish Tax Agency spokesman revealed that the inspection was a routine one. He said: “It formed part of routine checks on vessels that are carried out every summer in different parts of Spain including the Balearic Islands.“It doesn’t affect the users of the vessels but their owners or the charter firms if they are rented out.“These inspections involve the requesting of different documentation for the purpose of varying fiscal checks, especially regarding the possibility that the exemption on registration tax is incorrectly applied.“That exemption can be applied if the vessel is actually being rented out, but not if it’s not being rented.” the spokesman concluded. Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly had to deal with Spanish tax officials after they raided his yacht while he was out enjoying a meal with his pregnant girlfriend in a restaurant.The tax officials demanded to see the documentation from those on board as part of the ‘routine checks’ that are carried out every summer.last_img read more

Playtech opens Bucharest live gaming studio

first_img Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Seeking to optimise its live gaming content services, FTSE-listed gambling technology firm Playtech Plc has confirmed that it has opened a ‘state-of-the-art’ studio facility in Bucharest (Romania) to cater for growing demand in licensees in newly regulated Eastern European markets.The Bucharest studio will employ native dealers in live broadcasts for Playtech gaming content clients. The new studio will further support Playtech live casino operations and studios in Manila, Latvia, Spain and Belgium catering for local audiences.Complying with national regulations relating to online gambling technology provisions, Playtech supplier services and technology have gained approval from OJNN the Romanian gambling regulator.The facility, that was delivered ahead of schedule, offers licensees a huge range of new and classic game variants including live blackjack, roulette and casino hold’em. All products are streamed using the latest HD camera equipment and next generation live gaming platform offering available across all desktop and mobile devices.Mor Weizer, Playtech CEO, commented on the opening of the Bucharest live gaming studio:  “The opening of the new studio further solidifiesPlaytech’s position as the market leader in global, cutting-edge, regulated live casino.“This is just the beginning of our growth plans with a series of exciting new products and variants in our 2017 live casino roadmap as well as significant expansion plans for our other facilities,”last_img read more

Scout Gaming DFS targets December Stockholm First North IPO

first_img Scout Gaming rolls out esports betting April 16, 2020 Share Related Articles Private bookbuild sees Scout Gaming raise €3.5m capital January 22, 2020 Scout Gaming appoints ‘IT Pro’ Terje Bølstad as new COO November 21, 2019 StumbleUpon Submit Share Industry daily fantasy sports (DFS) systems provider Scout Gaming has published its Nasdaq First North corporate prospectus, as the company seeks to widen its investment pool in order fund its aggressive future growth strategy.Publishing its prospectus, Scout Gaming governance will initially offer 2.6 million new company shares on Stockholm’s Nasdaq First North market priced at SEK 23 per share, detailing a pre-listings valuation of SEK 225 million (€22 million).Seeking to gain professional investors, Scout Gaming governance seeks to raise approximately SEK 60 million (€6 million) before issue costs.Scout Gaming will utilise the IPO funds raised, to continue financing the firm’s resource capabilities, growth projects and entry into new markets.In its corporate update, Scout Gaming details that a Swedish investment vehicle ‘Cornerstone Investors’, compromising of  Handelsbanken Fonder AB, Swedbank Robur Fonder AB, Novobis AB, Knutsson Holding AB, and Lars Wingefors AB, and NAXS AB, has committed to funding SEK 50 million in its initial offering (84% of IPO offer).Updating stakeholders, Scout Gaming expects to begin trading as a Stockholm Nasdaq First North market enterprise on 6 December, trading under the corporate ticker of ‘SCOUT’.last_img read more

Variety of cash-out improvements disclosed by PBS

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has unveiled a multitude of retail cash-out improvements, designed to heighten a punters retail wagering experience, while bringing the high street in-line with its online counterparts.Detailed the improvements, PBS states that its cash-out option is to stay open for longer on matches with strong favourites, therefore heightening the tools availability in multiples bets.Players would have previously had to wait until traders had settled the results, but the favourites price is now set to be factored in when a match is live, even if it is not available as a selection.Also amongst the enhancements is a reduction on in-play suspension times, giving the benefit of a significantly lengthened time of availability for customers to to place and cash-out bets, with the aim of driving turnover and operator revenue.Tennis matches are also no longer suspended while players change ends, with football matches going live much sooner after the occurrence of a match-changing event like a goal or penalty. A further development “will see margins now more consistent across market type and length of price. “Overrounds are now shared equally across selections, allowing for more competitive pricing and a better user experience for bettors.” John Pettit, Managing Director for UK, Ireland, Asia, and Australia at Playtech BGT Sports, said: “We believe the retail space can, and should, offer the same experience as digital, and improving our cash-out feature is one way of doing so.“With lower suspension times, consistent margins and more events available with the cash-out option at any one time, customers will enjoy the flexibility and choice of bet offering that they deserve.”These updates follow news earlier in the month, that Ladbrokes players throughout the United Kingdom are able to use one account and wallet across online, mobile and retail.This followed an integration of Playtech single account omni-channel functionality across the firm’s entire retail estate.last_img read more