August 2020

first_img“South Florida is one of the largest travel hubs in the country, with more than 29 million travelers passing through the Fort Lauderdale airport in 2016 alone,” said Congressman Alcee Hastings. “We have the opportunity to lead the country in putting proactive measures in place to increase security for passengers and the airport workers that serve them.” In interviews conducted by SEIU 32BJ, only 33 percent of passenger service workers reported having received training from their employer about what to do in emergencies. Only 27 percent said they feel adequately prepared to protect themselves during an emergency. Just 27 percent reported having participated in an emergency drill in the past two years. Wage rates still too low “Airport workers are literally on the front lines. They are an integral part of an airport operations, especially during an emergency,” said Broward County Vice Mayor Beam Furr. “The County has the opportunity and responsibility to ensure workers are fairly compensated for their hard work.” 29 million travelers South Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings, Broward Vice Mayor Beam Furr, airport security expert, retired Capt. LaPonda Fitchpatrick, and Laura Huizer of the National Employment Law Project (NELP) joined SEIU 32BJ and airport workers on August 10th to launch the Safe Airports campaign at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The airport was the site of a horrific shooting in January. Contracted airline workers are covered under Broward County’s Living Wage Ordinance, which sets wages at $12.03 an hour with health benefits, and $13.59 without. Advocates say wage rates have not kept up with cost of inflation and many workers are still living in poverty. There over 2,000 contracted airport workers providing passenger services for airlines at FLL. These include wheelchair attendants, security officers, cabin cleaners, ramp agents, customer service representatives, and many others. There are currently no requirements for these workers to be trained in emergency response and evacuations. A report released by SEIU 32BJ, the union that represents more than 600 FLL airport workers, argues that the lack of emergency preparedness for airline passenger service workers; the decline of wages and benefits for these employees due to outsourcing; and a “wild west” environment where more than 40 airline contractors at FLL operate without meaningful direct oversight by airport authorities, may have contributed to the chaos before and after the January attack. The leaders called for a whole community based approach to emergency preparedness, including ensuring that airline passenger service workers are fully trained. Expectation for safe airports “Travelers have the expectation that airlines will keep them safe at every stage of their trip. From the moment they check in to when they land,” said retired  Capt. Fitchpatrick, who conceived and implemented multi-agency safety measures at LAX after 9-11. “Airline passenger service personnel are in constant contact with these travelers. They should be an integral part of any emergency response planning.” The SEIU report argues the effects of outsourcing of passenger service jobs in the airline industry have created an environment where contractors trying to cut costs, skimp on training programs, wages and benefits. Low wages have been linked with high employee turnover which can lead to poor performance, especially regarding security. The report’s policy solutions include:Establishing 40 hours of mandatory paid training. This would include evacuation procedures, dealing with disabled passengers, and preparedness and response procedures for various emergencies including terrorist attacks.Ensuring trainers are experienced and qualified.Increasing screening and oversight of airline contractors, in order to facilitate enforcement of training requirements, manage emergencies, as well as ensure better quality airport jobs.Raising Broward County’s Living Wage so it can truly lift workers out of poverty, stabilize the workforce, and reduce turnover. “For years, Fort Lauderdale airport workers have fought to raise standards at the airport,” said Helene O’Brien, Florida Director for SEIU 32BJ, the union representing contracted airport workers. “Having a well-trained, well-paid workforce, guarantees good service, reduces turnover, and increases stability.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Speaker of the St. Lucia parliament, Leonne Theodore-John has confirmed she has resigned her post effective from March 1, this year.To become High Commissioner in LondonTheodore-John resignation comes after nearly two years in the position. She said she is hoping to take up a diplomatic posting at the St. Lucia High Commission in London.Theodore-John is expected to take up her new position before the end of March.Last month, Theodore-John, an attorney, said she is aware of rumors that she is being pressured by the government to step down from office.“I’m not a social media person, but I’m hearing it too. I’m here, I am the Speaker. Unless and until I decide to resign or the government or whoever moves a motion, I am still the Speaker of the House of Assembly,” she told reporters ahead of the Parliament first meeting for this year.There have been persistent reports that Theodore-John has been asked to resign over concerns about the way she has dealt with members of both sides of Parliament.Theodore-John was elected Speaker on July 12, 2016, following the June 12, 2016 general election.She previously served as President from April 2010 to December 2011.last_img read more

first_imgThe Government of Antigua has written to the U.S. State Department, through its Embassy in Washington, pointing out glaring misrepresentations in the Department’s 2017 Human Rights Report as it relates to Antigua and Barbuda.“While it is not normal to release the content of its diplomatic communications with other governments, the State Department has publicly released its comments on Antigua and Barbuda and posted its report on the Internet,” said an Antigua government statement which added that a response was needed “lest not controverting them is construed as acceptance.”The statement noted a section of the US report concerning investigations into the Brazilian firm, Odebrecht, which stated  “representatives of  Odebrecht, a Brazilian international company, allegedly bribed the prime minister through an ambassador not to cooperate with Brazilian authorities in the Car Wash bribery investigation underway in Brazil.”he Antiguan government said while an employee of the Brazilian firm, Odebrecht, charged with wrong-doing and giving self-serving evidence in a U.S. Court, claimed he paid a bribe to a consular officer, and to a high-level government official in Antigua to withhold documents from Brazilian authorities who were investigating Odebrecht, the US State Department had information that discredited that claim.Antigua government was helping Brazil investigation“What is true and verifiable”, the government said, “is the Antigua and Barbuda authorities had been helping the Brazilian authorities with their investigation six months before the alleged bribery is said to have occurred, and the Brazilian law enforcement agencies officially complimented the Government of Antigua and Barbuda for its assistance.”“By withholding this information and crediting the allegations to unidentified and amorphous “media outlets”, the US Report distorts truth, tarnishes the reputation of the Prime Minister and misleads its audience, especially the members of the U.S. Congress for whom the Report is supposed to be intended”, the statement continued.PM was not bribed The Government also pointed out that: “It is also untrue that “several media outlets” reported that representatives of Odebrecht, “allegedly bribed the prime minister through an ambassador not to cooperate with Brazilian authorities in the Car Wash bribery investigation underway in Brazil.” This is either a deliberate misrepresentation by the authors of the 2017 Report or extremely loose writing, unworthy of the U.S. State Department.  In either case, the entire passage is false and damaging and warrants an apology at the very least”.The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has sent the full content of its Diplomatic Note to the State Department to the members of the US Congress in both the House of Representatives and the Senate who are concerned with oversight of US foreign relations.last_img read more

first_imgThe United National Refugee Agency (UNHCR), has welcomed a landmark decision by Haiti and Spain to join international agreements to counter statelessness –  a situation faced by millions of people deprived of basic rights because they are not considered as nationals by any State.We applaud Spain and Haiti for taking this big step and choosing to offer hope for a brighter future to people who will now have access to basic rights that most of us take for granted,” Volker Türk, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, said.Haiti’s decision to accede to the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness was marked formally at an event here on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly on Friday .Spain, which was already party to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, adhered to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness on 25 September. The country also established a national statelessness status determination procedure in 2001 and has amended its legislation to help avoid new statelessness cases.According to the UNHCR, statelessness can occur for several reasons, including discrimination against particular ethnic or religious groups, or on the basis of gender; the emergence of new States, transfers of territory between existing States and gaps in nationality laws. Whatever the cause, statelessness has serious consequences for people in almost every country and in all regions of the world.UNHCR in 2014 launched the #IBelong Campaign and the Global Action Plan to End Statelessness: 2014-2024 to raise global awareness about statelessness and support efforts around the world to end it. This action by Haiti and Spain brings to 20 the number of new accessions to the UN Statelessness Conventions since the launch of the Campaign.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – As of April 8, more than 300 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida has the number of cases now surpasses 15,000.According to, Florida now has 15,456 confirmed coronavirus cases including 309 deaths.Miami-Dade continues to lead the number of confirmed cases within the state, with 5,354 cases, about 35 percent of the state’s total. Broward County was next with 2,358, followed by Palm Beach with 1,206. All three counties also have the highest COVID-19 deaths: 49- Miami-Dade, 58- Broward and 69- Palm Beach County.So far, two cities: Miami Beach and Miramar have issued emergency orders requiring all residents to wear face coverings (which cover their mouth and nose) when going out in public. The orders apply to employees and customers of grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and hardware stores. The emergency orders also apply to delivery drivers.At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state’s hospital capacity was at 45 percent. The numbers are higher in South Florida, with 57 percent capacity in Miami-Dade and 54 percent in Broward.Meanwhile, plans were underway to set up a field hospital at the Miami Beach Convention Center by the end of the month.last_img read more

first_imgBurt, who reshuffled the cabinet just last month, said he would replace the two in “the coming days. National Security Minister Wayne Caines and Tourism and Transport Minister Zane DeSilva left the cabinet after they accepted an “invitation to resign” from Premier David Burt. “Make no mistake, our commitment is unchanged and each day continues to be devoted to doing the best that we can to create opportunities for Bermudians.” “Their energy and zeal demonstrated a genuine care and concern for the people of Bermuda. I will remain forever grateful for their contributions.” A frustrated Premier Burt said in a statement “the events of this weekend seen widely on social media did not represent this government’s months of struggle and hard work to keep Bermuda safe. Short video clips making the rounds on social media showed guests dancing in proximity without face masks, including Caines and DeSilva. Earlier, the restaurant issued an apology for a lapse in social distancing filmed at the party and said it would close for two days to train staff in guidelines for protection against the pandemic, which has led to nine deaths among 146 confirmed cases on the island. Burt added he was “frustrated and immensely disappointed that this incident has deprived the community of two extremely hard-working and dedicated ministers”. CMCcenter_img “Every citizen has been forced to make significant changes in how we live, work and socialise; ministers are no different. It is this that I communicated to Ministers DeSilva and Caines.” Friday night’s party at the Blu Bar and Grill restaurant in Warwick parish was attended by Caines and DeSilva — the only white among the Progressive Labour Party’s 30 parliamentarians — and drew widespread criticism for breaches of COVID-19 health restrictions. In 2018, Caines attracted media attention in both Bermuda and Britain, after he filmed himself asking female staff at a cafe in London whether “titty milk” was available, which he then posted on a social media site. HAMILTON, Bermuda — Two of Bermuda’s leading cabinet ministers resigned on Monday night after sparking a furore by attending a party at a plush restaurant where coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations were breached. Caines had granted permission 24 hours earlier for more than 50 people to gather at the party, a fundraising dinner for the charity Meals on Wheels. After public criticism, Caines issued an apology, telling reporters here that he was “deeply disappointed” in himself. He said both had worked “tirelessly” during the pandemic to keep the community safe and support economic recovery.last_img read more

first_imgSuper Eagles midfielder John Ogu says he expects ‘a difficult game’ when his Israeli side, Hapoel Be’er Sheva confronts Slovenian Champions, NK Maribor in the playoffs of the UEFA Champions League later this month.Following Friday’s draw in Switzerland, Hapoel Be’er Sheva will host Maribor in Israel on 16 August before traveling to Slovenia 6 days later for the second leg, with aggregate winners advancing to the money-spinning group stage of the competition.Having played for Slovenian side Drava Ptuj from 2006-2010, the 29-year-old reckons that Maribor are an experienced side, even as he expects the Israeli Champions to approach the two-legged tie with all sense of seriousness.“It was a good draw against a team from Slovenia, Maribor – big team,” said the former Academica de Coimbra of Portugal player. “I know them from my Slovenia days. They’ve got experience in this competition.“I think it’s going to be a difficult game for us but we’ll take every game as they come.“We have a dream to play in the Champions League, so we are going to take the game serious.“We are not trying to look down on any team. We are just going to focus on ourselves, play our game and take the games as they come.“The first game is in our home and with the support of our fans; we believe can come out with a good result in Israel. When we go away, I know it’s going to be a difficult game. I know Maribor; I know how their fans are when you visit them.“Yeah, it’s going to be a big game and everyone here is looking forward to the game,” Ogu concluded.Before getting to the playoff round, Hapoel Be’er Sheva accounted for the exit of Hungarian side Honved and Ludogorets Razgrad of Bulgaria. RelatedAnthony Nwakaeme To Get Eagles Call Up?August 17, 2017In “National Team”Hapoel Beer Sheva Duo Nwakaeme & Ogu Get Super Eagles Call UpAugust 19, 2017In “National Team”Marc RocaJune 30, 2017Similar post Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

first_imgStriker Omar Al Somah scored a late equaliser from the penalty spot to give his side a creditable 1-1 draw against Australia in the first leg of their playoff tie.Australia had taken a first half lead through German-based striker Robbie Kruse before Al Somah’s late show five minutes from time gave Syria a little hope ahead of the second leg in Australia on Tuesday.Syria had been playing their home games in Malaysia but they didn’t let that bother them in what was a battling display against the Australians with the playoff winner expected to battle a CONCACAF team for a place in Russia next summer.Related2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (AFC): Ageless Cahill Ends Syria’s World Cup HopesOctober 10, 2017In “FIFA”Russia 2018 World Cup Playoff: Honduras, Australia Clash End In StalemateNovember 11, 2017In “FIFA”Denmark Thrash Ireland To Qualify For Russia 2018November 15, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

first_img ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a TV advert by online casino operator Bear Group Ltd promoting casino white-label brand Daily Star Wins ( advertising watchdog deemed that the TV-advert ‘Star Wins 30’ produced by Bear Group breached UK gambling services promotional standards on the counts of ‘objectifying woman’ and suggesting that betting can enhance consumer ‘personal qualities and attractiveness’.ASA informs that it has received viewer complaints relating to the advertisement’s sexually leaning content, which was created by Channel 5 and aired last January.Stating its defence, Bear Group operator of has stated that at no point does the advert highlight sexual allusion by its cast members. The operator further stated that the actresses featured in the advert are dressed as croupiers, and not overtly sexualized manner (advert featured below).Despite Bear Groups objection, advertising watchdog ASA has rejected the defence moving to ban the TV Advert.Daily Star Wins ( ‘Star Wins Free 30’ advert Submit Related Articles UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share Lee Willows, YGAM: Education is central to gambling reform  July 9, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

first_img Betting Gods fills a Void with monthly betting magazine in Malta July 3, 2017 Share Betting Gods: Creating a World Cup Paradise for tipsters and affiliates April 24, 2018 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Betting Gods completes full relocation to Malta August 3, 2017 Darren Moore, Betting GodsLeading betting industry affiliate and horseracing tipster website has announced the launch of its new bookmaker review portal last week, aims to become a leading destination for betting consumers of ‘all-levels of experience’, seeking advice, information and trustworthy reviews on a number of popular bookmakers.Detailing its new asset, BettingGods founder and CEO Darren Moore told SBC that had placed ‘honest content’ at the forefront of the portal’s development. The new website will engage its viewers with reviews and bookmaker insight ‘which is written from an honest player perspective’.Moore, a seasoned betting punter and long-term industry affiliate, further detailed that had been designed and developed utilising the knowledge gained from building a successful community through“Betting Gods has over 70,000 active members and as such we receive a lot of feedback from punters about bookies; good and bad,” he continued. “There’s never really been an honest, unfiltered review sites where punters can rate and review bookies so we set out to change that. launched over the weekend of Sat 23rd and Sun 24th June and has already seen over 1,300 reviews left in such a short period.” Sharelast_img read more