By Kay Valle/Diálogo October 14, 2016 Two natural disasters have struck the Caribbean nation in less than a decade. Still, partner nations have once again responded without delay, offering their assistance without regard to distance or resources. Honduras was no exception; it joined the rescue and humanitarian-aid efforts that Haiti is receiving after the recent onslaught of Hurricane Matthew. “The HONCON (Honduras Contingent) Mission will temporarily stop acting as a peacekeeping contingent in order to function as a rescue contingent,” said Colonel Carlos Portillo, spokesperson for the Honduran Armed Forces. HONCON is the fifth peace mission that Honduras has sent to Haiti since 1995. It is composed of 47 members of the Armed Forces, including commissioned and non-commissioned officers and troops that had arrived in Haiti in June 2016 to work with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). “The contingent is a show of solidarity from the Honduran government to other peoples and governments. This (mission) allows our military, within the framework of international cooperation, to demonstrate the preparation, capacity and professionalism of its human resource,” according to the Secretariat of Security’s report on October 12th. After Hurricane Matthew, Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández instructed the proper authorities to form an aid commission and to provide assistance to the citizens of Haiti affected by the hurricane. “This cannot wait. I made the decision and gave instructions to the minister of the Permanent Contingencies Commission (COPECO). On Tuesday, October 11th, a plane with humanitarian aid was sent to our Haitian brothers,” stated President Hernández. He also confirmed that the “HONCON peace force will join the effort to help the Haitian people.” Col. Portillo explained that “the Honduran Air Force (FAH, per its Spanish acronym) was responsible for transporting the rescue mission.” Specialized institution After the passage of Matthew, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in a decade, Haitian authorities expressed concerns over food security to the arriving international partners. “We are concerned with avoiding any possible famines in the country within three months due to the destroyed plantations,” Haitian President Jocelerme Privert expressed to the media. A FAH aircraft transported the aid to Haiti, led by COPECO Minister Lisandro Rosales, who traveled with a committee of members from the Rapid Response Unit. Rosales explained to the media that the aid consisted of four metric tons of non-perishable food. “This will meet the needs of some 10,000 people, which will create a positive impact for approximately 2,500 Haitian families,” he stated as he left for Haiti. The humanitarian aid package was prepared by the FAH and consisted of non-perishable food, basic medications, blankets, four metric tons of purified water, personal hygiene kits, and clothing. The aircraft departed from the Héctor Caraccioli Moncada Air Base in La Ceiba, department of Atlántida. “The FAH personnel have worked very hard to transport aid to the [COPECO] personnel and the media, which will keep us informed about the conditions of the Haitian people. We are thus bringing a helping hand to our Haitian brothers,” stated Lieutenant Colonel Armando Martínez Rueda, commander of the air base. Minister Rosales told Diálogo that Haitian Interior Minister Francois Anick Joseph welcomed his country’s help. The meeting also served to demonstrate the solidarity expressed by President Hernández in the name of the Honduran people. Upon returning to the country, Rosales indicated that “the Honduran government’s willingness to continue providing help to the people of Haiti is firm. The Armed Forces and other institutions like COPECO that are specialized in situations of risk are both well positioned to bring the needed humanitarian aid to the authorities and citizens of Haiti,” he concluded.
Cape Clear Island continued to respond to pressure to get the better of Greatest Journey by a neck, with Rocky Rider a further head away in third. Co-owner Michael Tabor said: “I think the price tells you it was a surprise. He is a nice horse and hopefully he will improve on that. “I don’t know if he is up for going for the Dante or to Chester, as I don’t know if he is good enough. It is hard to say how good that race was.” Kurland created an instant impact on her racecourse debut after sauntering to an effortless success in the Montaz Restaurant EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes. Moving well throughout the five-furlong contest, the Martyn Meade-trained runner (8-1) was kept close to the front end of the race by Fergus Sweeney before smoothly asserting during the closing stages. Once in the clear, she only needed to be pushed out with hands and heels to come home three and three-quarter lengths clear of 40-1 runner-up Sakhee’s Jem. Meade said: “She is a very exciting prospect, who had always worked really well at home. She was prepared for the moment and she has shown she was good enough. “We will have a look at what time she did to see how good she is, then we can really get to work with her.” Held up at the rear of the field early on by the three-times champion jockey, the 14-1 shot joined the battle for the mile-and-a-quarter race late in the day. Long-time leader and favourite Rocky Rider looked to have fought off the bulk of his rivals from the front, but the Aidan O’Brien-trained winner and eventual runner-up Greatest Journey forged ahead inside the final furlong. Press Association Ryan Moore was seen at his strongest in steering Cape Clear Island to a battling success in the £200,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-0 Trophy at Newmarket. Winter House overcame early signs of greenness to come from well off the pace and open his account at the first time of asking in the Swan At Lavenham Wood Ditton Stakes. Favourite Fallen For A Star and the hard-pulling Bermondsey took the field along early on in the mile contest and were still well in contention entering the final two furlongs. As Bermondsey’s run came to an end, Fallen For A Star continued to battle on but was powerless to prevent both Mustaaqeem and Winter House powering past. It looked as though the Sir Michael Stoute-trained representative had got first run on the 8-1 shot, but with the post looming James Doyle managed to forge the son of Cape Cross into the lead to score by a neck. Winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor said: “He will learn a lot from this race. He has been doing well in the mornings, but he is still a bit green. He didn’t behave himself last year, but he is a different horse this year. He was only 80 per cent fit for today and I am sure he will improve for it. “The next race for him will be a Listed race at Windsor on May 11.”
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Effective October 1, 2016, women’s cricketers on retainer from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will see an increase in their pay package. The number of women on retainer will also move from 11 to 15.An agreement between the WICB and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) will see increases in annual retainer fees, sponsorship payments, match fees and captains’ allowances. The estimated increase will cost the WICB just under US$600 000 for the upcoming year. The new compensation package will benefit an unlimited number of non-retained players.Captain Stafanie Taylor appreciates the increase. She notes: “I believe we are stepping in the right direction. England and Australia are the two top teams where Women’s cricket is concerned and I think we can mirror what they are doing and get on their level. It’s good that the retainers and match fees have been increased and the girls love it. We hope that as time goes by more things will be improved.”Former captain Merissa Aguilleira is also happy. “I am really pleased and thankful about the increase. We have been working hard as a team with huge success. I strongly believe that an increase like this will only encourage us to work harder and continue representing the people of the Caribbean to the best of our abilities.”WICB CEO says, “We are hoping this new package (not only) will serve as an additional incentive for the current set of women, but (also) will serve as a drawing card to more women to be attracted to cricket.”WIPA president and CEO, Wavell Hinds, also thinks “our women senior team have been a solid elite performing group over the last decade, as such, the improvement and security in their compensation package is well deserved. We wish the team well for their upcoming home assignment”.West Indies women are now in camp for a home-series against England. The series will consist of five ODIs, the last three of which will count towards the ICC Women’s Championship, to be contested between October 8 and 19 at the Trelawny Multiplex and Sabina Park in Jamaica.A win in this series for the Windies women could seal a spot in the World Cup in the UK in June next year. West Indies are in second place with 20 points behind Australia. England are currently in third place.The ICC Women’s Championship, a multi-year bilateral competition, is between the top eight international women’s sides that will lead to automatic qualification for the top four teams.
EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Filing its 2016/17 corporate accounts, Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) has detailed a ‘landmark year’ for its operations as group revenues surpassed the + £500 million revenue mark (FY 2015/16: 380 million).The Leeds-based operator claims to be the fastest growing online gambling firm, having increased its customer base to 2.6 million (2015/16: 1.9 million).Closing its 2016/17 year-end accounts, SB&G governance would declare corporate profits of £146 million, representing a 38% increase on corresponding 2015/16’s £105 million.SB&G’s rapid growth has seen the betting group recognised, as one of Yorkshire’s top technology firms. Emphasising in-house technology development, in 2017 SB&G has undertaken a significant recruitment drive for its Leeds headquarters and Sheffield tech-support hub.The accelerated growth of SB&G will please private equity firm CVC Capital, who in 2015 acquired the online gambling firm from UK broadcaster Sky Media for a total consideration of £800 million.Having established itself as a leading player within the saturated UK online betting market, SB&G is preparing to scale up its international presence, with the company having initially launched it services for the Italian and German betting markets this 2017.Further to building its technology competencies and expanding internationally, Sky Betting & Gaming Chief Executive Richard Flint has reaffirmed that social responsibility will continue to be a the forefront of its business operations, stating that his company seeks transparency between its services and customer engagement.Richard Flint, CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming, commented: “The business performed very well in 2016/17, with further investments in product, technology and brand delivering strong financial results. During the year, we invested in people and technology in our Yorkshire base, with a 40% increase in headcount, helping us to cement our position as the UK’s most popular online betting brand.”“We delivered innovative and market-leading products during the year, including an in-app RequestABet builder, real time promotions, crowd boosted accumulators, and personalised programmatic marketing. Protecting customers from harm, and providing a safe betting and gaming environment is critical to our success, and we continue to invest in more people and better processes to identify and protect vulnerable customers.” BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share Share Submit