by Howard CampbellThis week the Caribbean National Weekly salutes veteran Jamaican singer Eric ‘ Monty ‘ Morris.Eric ‘Monty’ Morris has never been one to hog the limelight. One of reggae’s pioneers, he has earned that title through a number of outstanding songs.The diminutive Morris, who lives in South Florida, recorded a number of classic sides over 50 years ago such as Oil In My Lamp, Sammy Dead, Humpty Dumpty and Wings Of A Dove.Most of his hits were recorded in the ska era of the early 1960s.His contemporaries include Derrick Morgan, Prince Buster, Justin Hinds and super band The Skatalites.Monty had a significant rocksteady hit with Say What You Say, which was covered during the 1970s by none other than Dennis Brown.Began recording in early 1960sMonty began recording in the early 1960s for Prince Buster’s Voice Of The People label. He also cut several songs for Byron Lee atFederal Records, and i 1964 was part of a Jamaican delegation (with Millie Small and Jimmy Cliff) that went to the World’s Fair in New York.But while Small and Cliff enjoyed worldwide fame, Morris made little impact outside of Jamaica. By the early 1970s, he was largely forgotten, gave up music and moved to the United States.When Monty appeared on the popular Heineken Startime show in 1998, it was the first time he performed in his native Kingston, Jamaica in 20 years.Never fails to impressNow 74, he never fails to impress on stage as witnessed at last year’s Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida.Eric ‘Monty’ Morris is scheduled to perform on the Genuine Gold concert, which takes place November 4 at Coral Springs Center for the Arts.Click the link to see previous reggae artist salute by the Caribbean National Weekly: Salute to Peter Tosh
A UN report indicates that violence against women is extremely high in the Caribbean and Latin America. Violence against women A report from the United Nations says the Latin America and Caribbean region is the most violent in the world for women.In the report released in Panama this week, the UN Women and the UN Development Program (UNDP) found assaults on women persisted in the region, despite severe laws aimed at curbing the phenomenon.Highest in the worldThe rate of sexual violence against women outside of relationships is the highest in the world in the region, and the second-highest for those who are in, or were in, a relationship. the report notes.It indicated three of the 10 countries with the highest rates of rape of women and girls were in the Caribbean.Devastating scale in Central AmericaThe report states that Femicide, the killing of women, occurred on a “devastating scale” in Central America and that two out of three women murdered died because of their gender.The report notes that while 24 of the 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have laws against domestic violence, only nine have passed legislation that tackles a range of forms of other violence against women in public or private.According to the report, 16 of regional countries have femicide on the books, with only a few punishing newer types of crimes, such as cybercrime, political violence or acid attacks.Despite those advances, though, the “plague” of violence continues to be a threat to human rights, public health and public safety, the report says.Empower womenThe UN agencies recommend strengthening institutions and policies in the region, and allocating resources to empower women.The report also recommends that “patriarchal” cultural norms that maintain gender inequality be addressed.The report noted that one third of women worldwide have been a victim of violence in their relationship or of sexual violence by people outside their relationship.
The Bahamas government has confirmed the death of Chief Justice Stephen Gerard Isaacs.In a statement expressing the government’s “profound regret” it said the head of the judiciary, who was sworn into office just two weeks ago, died in hospital on Friday.A “judge’s judge”The statement gave no details about his illness, but noted that “throughout Justice Isaac’s career (he) was universally lauded as being a “judge’s judge”; of being, in all things, the epitome of the highest standard of conduct of a judicial officer; and for upholding the Rule of Law, justice, order and proper decorum in his courtroom.”Justice Isaac, 63, was called to the Bahamas Bar in 1982 and began his judicial career in 1994 when he was appointed Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court.“During an illustrious career, Chief Justice Isaacs served also as Registrar of the Court of Appeal, and on the Industrial Tribunal, before being appointed to the Higher Judiciary as a Supreme Court Justice in September 2002, when he assumed office as an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court and was stationed in Freeport, Grand Bahama.,” the government statement noted.In 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Senior Justice of the Supreme Court, and in December 2017 was appointed Acting Chief Justice. He was confirmed to the substantive post of Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, by Governor General, effective the July 9, this year.A cruel ironyOpposition Leader Philip Davis described his death as a cruel irony, noting that Justice Isaacs was a “good Bahamian”, who had done his best to administer the law without fear or favor. “His life was not easy. He rose up from difficult personal circumstances to reach the top of his profession. It is often one of the cruel ironies of this life that just as you reach the top, the final curtain is drawn,” Davies said in a statement.
Jamaican Reggae singer Tarrus Riley says he is ready to release his next body of work, after years of singles. The new project is yet to be titled but is expected early next year.Riley says the album will vary in sounds as he is open to new styles.Guess Who, the first single to be released from the new project, samples Mykal Rose’s hit single, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.His last project Love Situations was released in 2014.
ROSEAU, Dominica – Created to promote the rich cultural offerings of Dominica while providing a world-class platform for Creole music, the World Creole Music Festival has become a renowned staple on the regional music gala calendar.The star-studded lineup of performers thrills both seasoned festival-goers and novices alike, giving worldwide exposure to fusion musical forms such as Cadence-lypso, Kompa, Zouk, Soukous, Bouyon, and Zydeco.This year’s festival will be held 25 to 27 October and will include an all-new option in luxury accommodations. Opening on 14 October, Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica will provide a luxurious basecamp for all of the festival’s offerings. In addition to being among the first to experience this highly anticipated resort destination, guests will be able to select from two festival-inclusive VIP packages, including tickets to exclusive events and access to dedicated lounges.“We are eager to open our doors and offer guests the opportunity to enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of Dominica’s world-class musicians and Creole culture,” said Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica General Manager Michael Schoonewagen. “When they are not attending performances and special events, guests will be among the first to experience our brand-new resort. Additionally, they will be able to explore the island’s spectacular landscape through our curated land and sea excursions.”The VIP Package ExperienceThe first night of the festival will offer a unique experience to taste traditional dishes from well-known villages all around Dominica. A variety of food stations will serve up local favorites such as bakes from Layou, roasted corn from Colihaut and steamed fish and goat water from Point Michele as well as local signature drinks. Guests will also be able to view and purchase art from local village artists and experience live artwork created onsite.Saturday will be the biggest night of the three-day festival, giving VIPs an insider look at the culture and traditions that are uniquely Dominica. Guests will be welcomed into the VIP area by traditional dancers who will provide live performances throughout the evening.The final night of the festival will pay homage to the island’s Kalinago tribe. Guests will enjoy locally made crafts as well as live basket weaving. Kalinago dancers will welcome guests and provide colorful performances throughout the evening. Guests will be able to sample the flavors of signature dishes from the Carib territory, including roasted breadfruit, cassava, and local fish.Party Stand PackageThe Party Stand option offers its own high-energy lounge for guests who want to feel and party like a VIP but with more flexibility to enjoy the destination and events at their own pace. Guests choosing this package will use the same entrance as the VIPs and enjoy festive dancers welcoming them upon arrival. They will then be directed into their own dedicated area, which will be drink-inclusive and decked out with island-style cabanas and lounge furniture. These guests will also have the option of upgrading their tickets to VIP, based on availability.
With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, July 6 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90. In Caribbean Sports News, the West Indies cricket team along with England will wear the Black Lives Matter logo on their shirt collars in the three-Test series starting this week. Both teams said they were in full support of the Black Lives matter movement and wearing the logo is a message of solidarity and a drive for progress and societal change. The two sides will face each other in second and third Tests in England on July 16-20 and 24-28. Now for the news in the detail Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; In Entertainment News, Rapper Kanye West took to Twitter on July 4th to announce that he is running for president in the 2020 elections. It is not yet clear if the announcement is a publicity stunt, but last year, West had made it clear that he intended to run for president in 2024. West has long been a supporter of President Donald Trump and his wife, Kim Kardashian West has also worked with Trump on several occasions. If West is serious about running, he would need to qualify for ballot access across 50 states and the District of Columbia. For now, the billionaire-rapper doesn’t appear to have filed forms with the Federal Election Commission to run for office. Over the weekend, while Florida residents celebrated the fourth of July with limited activities, the state recorded over 20,000 new cases of COVID-19. A new all-time high COVID-19 record was set on Saturday, with 11, 458 cases and on Sunday, 10,000 new cases were reported. For the third consecutive day on Sunday, Broward County set a single day record with 1,664 new cases, continuing a surge in numbers. Florida has now become the third state in America to surpass 200,000 cases, following New York and California. An increase in safety measures is now expected to follow after the implementation of the mask orders, closure of bars and the limitations on restaurant hours in the South Florida counties. In Caribbean News, Jamaica’s health ministry is urging citizens to report returning residents that are not complying with quarantine orders. Since the reopening of the borders in June, there have been numerous reports of returning residents disregarding the 14-day quarantine order and leaving their homes for various reasons. This has resulted in Jamaica’s COVID-19 numbers steadily increasing. Those who are found to have broken quarantine orders will be removed from their homes and placed in state quarantine. Coming up in the newscast, Florida sees 20,000 new COVID-19 cases over July 4th weekend, Kanye West announces he’s running for president and Jamaicans urged to report visitors breaking quarantine 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. For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet. You’ve been watching CNW90, I’m…
Speaking on the matter, Figueras said: “In the case of independence, Catalan teams in La Liga – Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona – will have to decide where they want to play: in the Spanish league or a neighbouring country like Italy, France or the Premier League.“Now in Spain there teams from other countries who play in national leagues: clubs from Andorra in football and basketball. Monaco play in France, in England Welsh clubs. I don’t think that UEFA has anything against seeing another club play in a different league from their country.” he added. He also stated that Barcelona could still stay with the Spanish La Liga however that might not be realistic with the league clearly against the idea if the region becomes an independent one.Spanish La Liga president Javier Tebas was very clear with this. He said: “In sport, it isn’t a la carte and things must be clearly stated. It isn’t easy to have an agreement and study Spanish legislation but if they [the Catalan clubs] do get that, then they will not be able to play in Spain’s La Liga, but I hope it doesn’t come to that.”Barcelona have also released a statement on the state of things with the club saying that they will continue to provide support for the Catalan people in a peaceful manner.The statement read: “FC Barcelona, in holding the utmost respect for its diverse body of members, will continue to support the will of the majority of Catalan people, and will do so in a civil, peaceful, and exemplary way.”The Nou Camp giants have made light work of the current situation with the team currently at the top of the Spanish La Liga with six wins from their first six league games of the season.RelatedYoung Nigerian Striker Wishes Nigeria Happy Independence DayOctober 1, 2017In “Europe”La Liga Review: Late Moreno Strike Stuns Madrid To Take Espanyol Clear As Girona Secure 7th SpotFebruary 28, 2018In “Europe”Spanish Fans Boo Barcelona Star Over Catalan SupportOctober 3, 2017In “Europe” Catalan sports minister Gerard Figueras has revealed that Spanish giants Barcelona could join other leagues like the English Premier League (EPL), Italian Serie A or French Ligue 1 if the region secures independence.A controversial referendum is expected to be staged on Sunday with Catalunya seeking independence though the Spanish government is adamant that the process is illegal, with ballot boxes being seized while prime minister Mariano has declared that the vote “won’t happen”.Catalan natives are unperturbed as they try to force through their independence quest meaning the likes of Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona could face uncertain futures.
World number one Rafael Nadal continued his impressive form after he captured his sixth title of the season by winning the China Open.Nadal, who is a 16-time Grand Slam winner, saw off Nick Kyrgios 6-2 6-1 in their China Open final clash.World number 19 Krygios started well but lost his way after he got frustrated with a line call in the first set and Nadal fully capitalised by winning in straight sets to reclaim the title he won some 12 years ago (2005).With the victory, Spanish star Rafael Nadal has strengthened his grip on top spot ahead of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. He has already won two Grand Slam titles (both the French Open and the US Open) this year.RelatedFrench Open: Rafael Nadal Beats Dominic Thiem in Four Sets to Claim Record 12th TitleJune 9, 2019In “Tennis”Ageless Federer Beats Fierce Rival To Win Shanghai MastersOctober 16, 2017In “Sports”Us Open Roundup: Roger Federer Knocked Out As Nadal Cruise Into The SemisSeptember 7, 2017In “Tennis”
PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Related Articles Submit Sandra Barton – MoneyMatrixThis March industry software and platform developer EveryMatrix, announced the launch of its new industry payment service MoneyMatrix, a payment and risk management system designed and developed for industry stakeholder needs.SBC speaks to MoneyMatrix’s main project lead Sandra Barton (CEO MoneyMatrix) on the development and launch of EveryMatrix’s new service and its ambitions in 2017…_________________SBC: Hi Sandra, great to interview you. Can you detail to SBC readers what an industry tailor-made payment service such as MoneyMatrix entails for clients and users? Sandra Barton: Hello, thank you for the opportunity to speak about MoneyMatrix. The concept behind MoneyMatrix is a simple one, we want to make payment processing simple, user-friendly and accessible to everyone. Payment processing is a critical part of any business strategy an operator needs to implement and there are many variables in deciding who to partner with for payment processing. A first consideration is whether to outsource or maintain in-house development and operations as there are pros and cons to each model, but MoneyMatrix was designed to remove the significant overhead, cost and improve speed to market versus an in-house solution.Our platform has been designed to support all types of merchants, whether a merchant is new to the industry and looking a fully managed service, or a merchant who doesn’t want to have to deal with multiple companies to achieve the payment portfolio they desire, or a merchant who does not want to have to support the technical or PCI Compliance overhead within their business – we can help in each case. MoneyMatrix has partnered with a multitude of payment, fraud and KYC vendors and is in the position to offer operators a single contract and a single integration solution to access all content, which will massively reduce any operators overhead and accelerate the speed to market time of any operator on our platform.Our platform already has over 100 solutions covering international markets available for clients to choose from. Gambling being quite a specialized market, localization is the key to success in market entry and that is particularly relevant for payment processing. The more localized solutions an operator can offer, the greater their likelihood of success within that market. Customers like to use solutions they are familiar with and which they trust. Our MoneyMatrix product can provide that localized content, as well as traditional card processing, to our clients from our growing portfolio of solutions with a development team purely focused on this task.We also understand that being a cash-based business, fraud management is paramount and therefore we have integrated fraud systems with AI capability to help merchants mitigate risks whilst minimizing the impact on genuine customers with unnecessary manual reviews, which also requires teams of analysts, another business cost. Knowing Your Customer is becoming a mandatory requirement in many jurisdictions and we see this becoming standard for the industry, so we also incorporated electronic KYC into our platform which can be controlled via our rules engine to ensure merchants can comply with any regulatory and/or 4th Directive AML requirements. We will continue to integrate best of breed technologies in our platform to ensure our clients have a multitude of options catering to their needs.As well as the points mentioned above there are many other features which make MoneyMatrix a holistic platform, ideally tailored for the gambling sector. We want to have a partnership with our merchants and our business objective is to help clients achieve their objectives by providing the right content and information to grow their business operations.SBC: As project lead, can you detail the development of MoneyMatrix, from its initial conception through to its planning and testing than onto its product launch? SB: Well, I joined MoneyMatrix just over 2 years ago and EveryMatrix already had a payment processing solution within its existing platform which they wished to retire and build a complete new business based on payment processing. I had been working in the gambling sector for quite some time at that point and had quite a few ideas on what kind of system I would want if I were a Payments Manager. I had many years working with a number of different systems and applications during my career and each had its pros and cons, so I thought about all of the features I would like to have, and how they would work or could be utilized by various people involved in the day to day management of payment processing, from which I created a list of key features the system should have. Once I had my key features list, I set about creating the user stories for the various components which would make up each feature I felt the system should encompass. We hired our development team and started with a proof of concept to ensure the approach and technologies that would support our objectives. We chose a few key features to develop and a couple of vendors to integrate, and within 6 months we had our prototype. Obviously very rudimentary, but it was a working system. We then started developing in earnest and building our new back office applications to plan our roadmap for the next 18 months. We started with our card processing, tokenisation and storage vault first as we wanted to have those PCI Certified, and I am pleased to say we passed our first audit with flying colors. Concurrent to building the back-office applications, we were also integrating all the existing vendors from the old system, as well as integrating some new ones. We did our first production deployment mid-2016, which then allowed us to test our processing capability with our test merchant and from there we have continued to develop the offering to subsequently launch MoneyMatrix officially at ICE 2017. I have lots of ideas, so our roadmap for feature development is quite long, which I see as a positive but I am also looking forward to the feedback of our clients so we can improve the product even more.SBC: Assessing current industry payment services, where are they lacking in terms of servicing client operations and processes? SB: For me, I think it is important to work in partnership with our clients, to understand their businesses, their aspirations and what is important to them in terms of payment processing. I think it’s important to deliver the tools they need to manage their businesses cost efficiently and effectively and to provide in-depth reporting and analysis to assist them in growing their business operations and share with them opportunities to develop even further. I would like to help clients optimize their processing and increase their sales opportunities. For me, this is what is currently lacking from the payment service industry. Some partners do provide some assistance with performance analysis, benchmarking and optimization opportunities, but it is sketchy at best. The emphasis is on selling the solution, not whether that solution is the right fit for your business model – the industry can definitely improve in this area. Also, the industry is not interested in helping clients optimize their payment roadmaps – each individual company is selling a product which requires separate negotiations, integrations, maintenance etc. With MoneyMatrix, we have turned this approach on its head – we take care of all of that for our clients, and they only need to interface with one provider – MoneyMatrix – to meet all their needs.We want MoneyMatrix to be different, we want to make payment processing simple and straightforward. We intend to use our knowledge, tools and expertise to support our partners and give them the information they need to be able to make data driven decisions to push their businesses forward.SBC: Should payment processing be handled by industry platform providers who service key functions such as system capabilities, player reporting, CRM functionalities etc…? SB: Well, this is a business decision for operators, but of course MoneyMatrix has been built with all the functionality we know operators will want and more; plus, we have a host of new features coming soon. I think it’s important for operators to evaluate their business needs and look at all options before deciding either way. As I said at the beginning of the interview there are always pros and cons to both approaches and operators should be fully conversant with their current and future business needs to make the right decision for their businesses. In-house solutions require a significant investment in terms of people, technology, PCI Compliance, and experience in managing payments and fraud. The payment processing universe is so diverse that it’s easy for an operator to think: ‘I’ll just integrate a few solutions and get up and running’, but managing a payment portfolio is a lot more sophisticated than that and it requires investment in experienced staff who understand what they are looking at to quickly assess and respond to what’s going on. Experienced fraud and payment professionals are not cheap to employ for a good reason; it takes years to accumulate the wealth of knowledge to be able to run a solid fraud and payments team. Couple this with the development overhead, hardware/cloud services cost, annual PCI Audit costs, vendor account management, etc., coming to a provider such as MoneyMatrix makes a lot of sense. Even if you have an existing system or team, MoneyMatrix could still be integrated into your platform, and with our portfolio of solutions this could be an option to free up an operator’s valuable development resources which can then be re-deployed elsewhere within the business. With our ability to link key services such as fraud and KYC, an operator can increase the volume of automation thereby making significant savings in the number of resources they need to hire, another significant plus. There are lots of options for operators now, whereas in the past we had to do everything ourselves because there were no other solutions, now there are operators who can reap immediate benefits from solution providers like MoneyMatrix.SBC: Finally, following its initial launch, how do you see MoneyMatrix growing as an EveryMatrix service?SB: MoneyMatrix is not just an EveryMatrix service, we are a licensed regulated financial institution within our own right with the ability to provide payment processing to any merchant operating within the E-commerce space. This is an important point to make, because whilst we are proud of our association with EveryMatrix, we want operators to know that they do not have to be EveryMatrix customers in order to be a MoneyMatrix customer. That said, we have benefited from having EveryMatrix as a partner as it allows us to look closely at what is happening within the gaming space, the current challenges, and design our product and business units to target those pain points. I think we have a fantastic opportunity to create something unique and whilst our initial focus may be gambling, we know this product has value outside the sector and we can help merchants achieve online success without having the considerable burden of negotiating, developing or manually managing their payment processing. The gambling industry is ahead of the curve in understanding the benefits of localization, linking fraud and KYC at a transactional level, as well as utilizing customer preference to leverage sales conversions – MoneyMatrix can deliver this knowledge and expertise to all its partners.Ultimately, we need to ‘walk the walk’ not just ‘talk the talk’ but if we keep moving on the trajectory I am setting for this company, I have no doubts the sky is the limit for us. Our core objective is to make payments simple and we are on the right path to achieve this.____________________Sandra Barton – CEO MoneyMatrix Division – EveryMatrix
Related Articles In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Today we head across the pond to the USA, recently announced as joint hosts (alongside Canada and Mexico), of the 2026 World Cup, where Keith Whyte, Executive Director at the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), gives The World Cup’s Finest an American flavour. Watch the euphoria of a last minute Landon Donovan winner eight years ago, embrace the love for the charismatic Ronaldinho and discover a penchant for the Netherlands.First World Cup memory 17 June – 17 July 1994 (World Cup, USA). While like many US kids I played soccer up though high school, I didn’t really begin to follow the game until I studied abroad at Leiden University in the Netherlands in 1991. I was hooked and when I returned to the States continued to follow the world game. The first World Cup I really tuned into was 1994. I remember watching Roberto Baggio skying a penalty far over the bar. And of course, Americas first soccer celebrity, defender Alexi Lalas with his flaming red hair and beard, and the horribly cheesy USMNT uniforms in the 1994 WCFavourite World Cup:Goal Landon Donovan (USA v Algeria, 2010). Landon’s goal was dramatic for so many reasons. USA was just a minute away from crashing out of the group stage in the 2010 World Cup. The game was tied 0-0 in the 90th minute. Donovan received a 40 yard thrown clearance from the keeper in stride as he sprinted from our own half. He swept the ball ahead and kept going, as another pass found our forward in the box. His shot was saved, but the Algerian goalie coughed up a rebound. Landon arrived to hammer it into the net, having run almost 70 yards to finish the play he started.Player Ronaldinho. One of my favourite players to watch in the World Cup was Ronaldinho. So much pressure is placed on the team that it seems many of the players lose their samba-style to the crushing weight of expectations. But not Ronaldinho – he played as he always did with flair, joy and the trademark goofy grin. But he was a lot more than just juggling, his powerful free kick goal against England was one of the best long range shots I’ve seen.Team USA, each participating year. My favourite team is USA of course, and it is unforgivable that we did not quality this year especially out of our relatively weak group. Hats off to Costa Rica and Panama, and I was impressed by the passion of the Mexico team. My second team is the Netherlands from attending university there. Game Netherlands v Spain, 2014. One of the few times in recent memory when the Dutch team was greater than the sum of their parts, was their 5-1 demolition of a very strong Spanish team in in 2014. Kit Netherlands, 1974 and 2010. I collect a national team or club jersey from every country I’ve visited. While I have a prized Japan blue primary jersey with flames on the sleeves to celebrate 20 years since they debuted in the World Cup, the best kit has to be one of the Dutch orange & black primary jerseys, either 1974 or 2010.The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day. SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Submit