UN urges support for Haiti

first_imgThe United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction has called for urgent support to improve disaster risk management in Haiti, following a damage assessment that shows the country lost US$2.7 billion, or 32 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), as a result of Hurricane Mathew six months ago.“Hurricane Matthew revealed disturbing truths about least developed countries which lack the capacity to respond adequately to climate change and the rising intensity and frequency of weather-related disasters,” said the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, Robert Glasser.His call came on the eve of the fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas, which opened in Montreal, Canada, on Tuesday.“While the government’s civil protection system prevented many deaths, it is unacceptable that over 600 people should have died in a hurricane that was so well-forecast,” he added.The magnitude of the losses shown by a thorough government-led Post-Disaster Needs Assessment would be a devastating blow to any economy. It came on top of two years of drought affecting the food security of one million people and the 2011 earthquake, which cost 120 per cent of GDP, he said.Glasser urged strong support for the three-year recovery plan developed by the Haitian government, the UN and other partners that seeks US$2.72 billion.last_img read more

Second cruise pier to be constructed in St. Kitts Nevis by…

first_imgSecond cruise pier to be constructed in St. Kitts Nevis by 2019 cruise seasonA contract for the construction of a second cruise pier was signed on Wednesday between officials from the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) .Minister of Public Infrastructure Ian “Patches” Liburd said the project has been in the works for several years and said it is a necessary expenditure for the groth of the tourism industry in the federation.The initial plans for the second cruise pier project, which began back in 2012, laid the road map for the current project, which is set to start by the end of the first quarter of 2018.The construction of the pier is expected to be completed within 18 months in time for the 2019 cruise season.Liburd said that additions were made to the initial plans for the second cruise pier to accommodate two Oasis-sized cruise ships, the world’s largest and longest passenger ships, versus the capacity to only accommodate one in the previous plan.He stated that the plans for the building of the pier also took into consideration withstanding the effects of adverse weather and harsh climate changes.He said that the undertaking will be funded through the joint efforts of local business establishments.“This is a testament to the commitment of the Canadian Government to this project and the improvement of our government to government relationships, which we hope will bear many more fruits in the future,” said Liburd.last_img read more

Sandals Foundation commits to further investment in sustainable projects

first_imgToday, the Sandals Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International – celebrates 10 years of fulfilling its promise to the Caribbean community of investment in sustainable projects that improve schools and build capacity in the education system, restore and conserve marine wildlife and help marginalized people transform their lives through training and other community development programs. Over the next decade, the Foundation is planning to double down on protecting the Caribbean ecosystem and bringing its 14,000 employees and customers together to support over 120 projects and programs annually across Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Turks & Caicos.“Our goal has always been simple – to unite the Caribbean region, elevate its people, and protect its delicate ecosystem – and I am so proud of how far we’ve come in our first decade,” said Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resorts International and President of the Sandals Foundation. “To build on our momentum and bring even more awareness to importance of supporting the Caribbean, we are tapping into the power of social media to launch a campaign to galvanize the world to join in our efforts.”Called #FaceTheCaribbean, guests across the company’s 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts will have the opportunity to change the face of the Caribbean for generations to come – whether they choose to donate in support of a particular project, participate in the Pack for a Purpose® program and bring needed supplies to local schools, purchase merchandise and items from Caribbean Artisan Collections available in the Sandals and Beaches Resort Shops or get hands on through unique voluntourism excursions, such as the Reading Road Trip, that take them directly into local communities.Ten Years of Supporting the Faces of the Caribbean Since its inception in 2009, the Sandals Foundation has worked with its extensive network of donors, volunteers, partners, team members and social media activists to build schools, outfit computer labs and libraries, foster youth engagement through sports programs, manage marine protected areas, offer free medical, dental and eye care, provide women with the tools they need to thrive, and much more. To-date, the Foundation has raised $11,182,955, impacting well over 850,000 people in the region, with the overall dollar amount of projects and programs implemented valued at over 58 million dollars.Some key examples of the Foundation’s projects to-date include:Education: Worked with 578 schools across the region providing capacity building for teachers, awards scholarships to deserving students, initiatives to promote literacy and technological advancement in schools.Environment: In partnership with CLEAR Caribbean, established restoration programs inside Saint Lucia’s Soufriere Marine Management Area and trained local stakeholders to build, install and monitor two coral nurseries. So far, over 2000 corals have been propagated.Community: Launched the Women Helping Others Achieve (WHOA) program, an initiative aimed at positively impacting marginalized women across the Caribbean and helping them find the inspiration to transform their lives through vocational training, counseling, agricultural programs and more.Over the past decade, the Foundation has also extended support to neighboring islands on the ground in times of crisis, including natural disasters in Haiti, Dominica, Barbuda and some of the out islands of the Bahamas.Helping the Caribbean Marine EcosystemWhile the Sandals Foundation will continue to support projects across each of its core pillars, the organization is placing a special emphasis on the environmental component today and in the years to come.“The Caribbean Sea connects more than 700 islands and coastlines, which is a source of livelihood for thousands of people. The role we all play in supporting protected areas and teaching the next generation the importance of caring for their precious environment is crucial now more than ever,” said Heidi Clarke, Executive Director of the Sandals Foundation. “The Sandals Group of companies and Sandals Foundation have intensified our efforts by reducing plastic pollution through our operations and in our communities as well as ensuring we engage all the key stakeholders in our efforts.”The Sandals Foundation is already invested in countless projects that support marine conservation and environmental awareness, including:Floating Classrooms: Encouraged the development of responsible behaviors toward the natural environment through this unique program, which brings children face-to-face with the marine ecosystem. This is just one way the Foundation has educated more than 34,478 people on proper marine and land based environmental activities.Boscobel Sanctuary & Whitehouse Fish Sanctuary: In partnership with the Government of Jamaica, the Foundation established and manages the sanctuaries of the Boscobel and Whitehouse Special Fisheries Conservation Areas to combat the effects of overfishing along Jamaica’s coastline. Between 2013 and 2017, there was a 1300 percent increase in fish population in the Boscobel Marine Sanctuary.Endangered Species Conservation: Provided education and resources to impact the ecological conservation and protection of important species including the Grenada Dove, Sea Turtles and Parrotfish. Additionally, the Foundation has worked with land-based organizations to protect fauna and flora including the Lansan tree – unique to St. Lucia and Winward Islands – which has been victim to deforestation and over exploitation for its aromatic white resin used locally as incense.Last year, in partnership with Oceanic Global, a non-profit focused on providing solutions to issues impacting our oceans, all 19 Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts eliminated the 21,490,800 single-use plastic straws and stirrers used across the resorts each year, along with plastic laundry bags and plastic bags throughout gift shops. As of February 1, 2019, all resorts have eliminated Styrofoam. The company is currently exploring opportunities to eliminate other plastic across its resorts by September 2019.Environmental sustainability is critical to Sandals and Beaches Resorts’ core mission, and the company has earned its place as the only hotel chain in the world to have all of its resorts certified by the EarthCheck benchmarking and certification program, with nine resorts currently holding Master Certification. All resorts ensure environmental policies are put in place to reduce the company’s overall carbon footprint, as well.Face the FutureWhile the Sandals Foundation has made tremendous progress in the region, the work is far from over. The Foundation remains committed to investments that create a positive and sustainable impact on people’s lives and the environment.Over the next year, the non-profit will put a special emphasis on expanding awareness and funding to support the beautiful, yet vulnerable, Caribbean ecosystem. The Sandals Foundation has pledged to lead the charge in driving a sustainable future for the region and protecting its precious marine resources.With the help of partners, key stakeholders and volunteer team members, the Foundation is committed to engaging 100,000 people in environmental protection and conservation over the next 10 years. This commitment includes working with schools and educators to integrate marine education in their lesson plans, spearheading hands-on field trips to protected areas and engaging residents in coastal communities on proper solid waste management programmes. In line with its mission to reduce waste, the Foundation will also provide school children in the region with reusable lunch kits to reduce their dependence on Styrofoam.Funds raised through donations and partnerships will help to expand on training workshops aimed at building the capacity of educators and environmental club leaders on environmental conservation, as well as engage wardens and provide enforcement equipment to ensure proper management and protection of marine areas. With even greater focus on turtle conservation, the Foundation will work to certify Sandals and Beaches Resorts in turtle protection, continue support of its highly successful turtle tour and rehabilitate beaches to provide safer nesting grounds.The Foundation pledges to strengthen the resilience of coral reefs in the region, with a commitment to plant 30,000 coral fragments onto reef systems over the next 10 years. As part of this, locals will receive training in coral restoration, and guests at Sandals and Beaches Resorts will be able to participate in coral planting dives.last_img read more

Congresswoman Seeking Temporary Protected Status for Bahamian Hurricane Dorian Victims

first_imgYvette Clarke WASHINGTON, D.C., CMC –Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman, Yvette D. Clarke, has introduced legislation aimed at providing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Bahamian nationals, recovering from the effects of Hurricane Dorian that swept through the archipelago a week ago killing at least 50 people and causing widespread damage in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, along with fellow Caribbean Caucus Co-Chair Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett, as well as Congresswoman Barbara Lee introduced the measure late Tuesday.Plaskett is the delegate to the United States House of Representatives from the US Virgin Islands’s at-large congressional district, while Lee represents California’s 13th Congressional District in Congress.“My legislation – the TPS for Victims of Hurricane Dorian Act – will help provide some respite in America for people whose lives have been drastically impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas,” Clarke told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC).“When life throws a massive curveball, Americans stand up to help those who have fallen on bad luck,” added Clarke, chair of Immigration Task Force for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).“As a Caribbean-American myself, my heart hurts for those whose lives have changed as they know it back home in the Caribbean. My legislation will assist in easing these folks’ new reality as a result of the devastation they’ve experienced from Hurricane Dorian,” she said.Clarke said the TPS for Victims of Hurricane Dorian Act would allow Bahamians in the US to remain in the country during “this difficult chapter for the islands under the TPS program.“There is a longstanding history of using this program to permit victims of natural disasters and other humanitarian crises in designated countries,” she said.The US Congress created the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the Immigration Act of 1990.It is a temporary immigration status provided to nationals of specifically designated countries that are confronting an ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary and temporary conditions.TPS provides a work permit and a stay of deportation to foreign nationals from those countries who are in the United States at the time the US government makes the designation.According to the American Immigration Council (AIC), a country may be designated for TPS for one or several reasons including an ongoing armed conflict, such as a civil war, that poses a serious threat to the personal safety of returning nationals; an environmental disaster, such as an earthquake, hurricane, or epidemic, which results in a substantial but temporary disruption of living conditions.AIC said the US Secretary of Homeland Security has the discretion to decide when a country merits a TPS designation. It said a TPS designation can be made for six, 12 or 18 months at a time.In order to qualify for TPS, AIC said an individual “must be a national of the foreign country with a TPS designation (or if stateless, have last habitually resided in a country with a TPS designation); be continuously physically present in the United States since the effective date of designation and have continuously resided in the United States since a date specified by the Secretary of Homeland Security.As of May 2019, AIC said 10 countries including Haiti, had been designated for TPS and the designation had not expired.Official and relief agencies in the Bahamas said that the damage Hurricane Dorian wreaked on roads, airports, communication grids and other infrastructure is presenting a “logistical nightmare” for emergency responders and aid workers trying to get basic supplies to the neediest storm victims.”“Anywhere we could put a warehouse has been destroyed by floodwaters and may not be safe for storing supplies. Communications are down, electricity is down,” Christy Delafield with the aid group Mercy Corps, which has a team on the Grand Bahama Island, told the US National Public Radio (NPR).US officials say they have processed thousands of evacuees from the Bahamas arriving by plane and on cruise ships, according to NPR.But it said it’s unclear whether the Trump administration will grant Bahamians TPS, which would allow evacuees to live and work in the US.last_img read more

St. Kitts Government Imposes EC$500 for Not Wearing Mask in Public

first_imgHowever, the government warns that under the new regulations, a police officer may issue an EC$500 fixed penalty notice “to any person who contravenes the provisions of Section 15 in relation to wearing a face mask in public places. In addition, the wearing of a mask is not mandatory if a person is within a private space including in a private vehicle. BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –The St. Kitts-Nevis authorities have imposed a EC$500 (USD $185) fine on persons who fail to wear a mask in public as efforts continue to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The twin-island federation has recorded 17 positive cases of the virus and no deaths. It said that the wearing masks when in a public place has been expanded and that “notwithstanding the provisions of the Small Charges Act, Cap. 4.36, a person shall wear a face mask, covering their nose and mouth, when in a public place, once a period of emergency is declared in relation to COVID-19.” It said that a person shall not be required to wear a mask, if he or she is under the age of three years old; or if he or she suffers with a disability, cognitive impairment, dementia, asthma, chronic obstructive lung disease or other similar health condition”. “The curfew now in effect – 2:00am until 4:59am – has been reduced by two hours; the curfew used to be from 12:00 midnight until 4:59am,” the statement said, adding “this means that the public will be allowed to move freely, and businesses and enterprises will be allowed to operate, from 5: 00 am of one day to 1:59am of the following day. “Social distancing and physical distancing protocols still apply, and establishments are expected to make the necessary arrangements to facilitate them,” the government statement noted. “If the person without the mask is between the ages of 3 and 18 years old, the parent or guardian of the minor shall be issued with the fixed penalty notice,” the statement added. The government has issued the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No. 13) Regulations, 2020, which shows that a curfew remains in effect from 5:00 am and shall expire at 4:59 am (local time) on Saturday, August 29. CMClast_img read more

Jamaica’s Police Commissioner Tests Positive for COVID-19 As New Curfew Is…

first_img“What we have decided to allow, but this will be under observation, if it does not work, we will shut that down as well, we will allow drive through meaning that the political party should present a route to the police…and they can drive through but not stop and greet”. Holness said that the curfew was necessary to restrict the movement of persons, since the virus cannot move on its own and among the measures would be restrictions regarding churches being prohibited from holding funerals. He said the government would also be reviewing the access to beaches and water parks. The police information arm, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), says he is now in isolation at home after presenting flu-like symptoms. He says members should strictly observe the established COVID-19 protocols and immediately seek medical support once they exhibit any flu-like symptoms. “This is to say that motorcades with more than two buses what we call Coaster buses, motorcades that are stopping and greeting, motorcades that are carrying persons by bus that will be prohibited and the police have been advised. According to the CCU the commissioner’s immediate support staff are all being tested and have been placed under quarantine and sections of his office have also been closed for sanitisation. The coronavirus has also affected the operations of several entities in these parishes, including the Jamaica Defense Force, Digicel, the National Commercial Bank, Kingston’s tax offices, the Kingston health department and Jamaica Customs, which have all had to temporarily close due to one or more positive cases among their staff. Anderson has also called on all members of the force, particularly those on the frontline to take all necessary precautions as they carry out their daily functions. “They will of course be able to hold their regular worships. Burials however will continue with strict observations and enforcement of the 15 person rule and the 15 includes the funeral officials and the persons preparing the grave sites”.center_img “It just takes on errant person who is not following the protocols to come in the midst of a campaign event even if it is just 20 persons and infect the entire gathering,” Holness told reporters, adding that motorcades in the convention sense will be prohibited. “It is just a very controlled drive-through. We will ask the police to observe and report and if the activity, which is one that suggests it is not being followed then we will have to ban all kinds of such campaign activities,” he said, adding that the authorities will allow five persons to undertake door to door campaigning. The news comes after the government announced a 7 PM to 5 AM curfew for Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine and Clarendon following a spike in cases in these parishes over the last two weeks. Over the weekend, it was announced that Jamaica’s Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson has tested positive for COVID-19. Holness said as a result “there should be no gathering at any point” and persons would not be allowed to alight from the vehicles and mix with the crowd. Holness said that the new measures would also affect the campaign for the September 3 general election and that discussions had taken place with the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) in that regard. The government says that the island is now beginning to show signs of community spread as the COVID-19 cases are steadily on the rise and also becoming more random. The curfew in the four parishes is set to expire on September 2, the day before the island’s general elections. As of Sunday, Jamaica had over 1,500 COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths. Some 31 staff members at the Kingston Public Hospital were also placed in quarantine after eight positive cases were detected among the staff.last_img read more

Positive Signs from Primary Elections but Plenty Work Still Needed

first_imgThe primary elections, definitely in Broward County, also boosted the electability of Black candidates. Several key positions in Broward County including County Sheriff, public defender, supervisor of elections, state attorney, clerk of the courts, are likely to be held by a Black official after November 3. Voter turnout increased significantly in South Florida from an average of 18 percent in primary elections, in 2016 and 2018, to 27 percent. The final turnout count could have been higher, but the respective supervisors of elections indicated that fairly high numbers of voters who requested mail-in/absentee ballots did not return the ballots or returned them late. The August 18 primary elections in Florida displayed some positive signs which augur well for the general election on November 3—and hopefully going forward. Voters, however, should still be vigilant, since there is potential for some negatives. It’s also necessary to enhance education and information to voters on how to cast their votes, especially for people who may opt to vote by mail or during early voting.  Another positive take away from the recent primary elections is the success of Caribbean-American candidates. Of the 32 Caribbean Americans who sought office, nine were successful, and two will face run-off elections in November. While 21 Caribbean Americans failed in their bid, their presence motivated significant voter turnout. Several of the losing candidates also gained well over 25 percent of the votes in their respective races. Additionally, many mail-in ballots were rejected because voters either did not sign the provided envelope in which the ballots were placed, or signed with unrecognized signatures. Voters are reminded that if they vote with mail-in ballots they must place their signature on the envelope as requested, and with signatures that are as close as possible to their normal signature. The election of these officers is a testament to the surging influence of the Black vote in South Florida. While the supervisors of elections indicated a significant increase in demand for mail-in ballots, the fact that a high number of ballots were not returned to the SOE offices is also of concern. It’s likely the COVID-19 pandemic will still be a major factor in the region for the next several months, and most voters could be wary of voting in person. But it seems voters need more education about how to vote by mail. Not one ballot can be afforded to be rejected. The relative success of Caribbean American candidates is a good sign of the growth in the influence of this community in South Florida politics, and their willingness to support candidates of their own ethnicity. This should continue. Including Haitian, Dominican Republican and Puerto Rican Americans, there are over 800,000 first- and second-generation Caribbean Americans in South Florida. It’s only natural to expect this population will have more confidence in being represented by their own in public office. It’s certainly hoped those candidates who lost their respective races will not be deterred from seeking office in future elections. There’s much more work to be done to increase voter turnout in November. While turnout in South Florida averages some 73 percent in recent general elections, the missing 27 percent can have serious consequences, in deciding the president and the U.S. Congress. CNW has ascertained that a fair percentage of voters are unaware they can complete and drop off their mail-in ballots either at polling sites or directly at an SOE office. Some voters, wary of the possibility of ballots being held up at post offices, held on to their ballots, ignorant that they could be dropped off.   While any improvement in voter turnout is worth noting, the flip side here is that 73 percent of registered voters didn’t vote. It cannot be good for South Floridians that only over a quarter of the population is choosing the officials, who will be handling their issues. What’s also concerning is that there continues to be a lack of interest in voting for local government. County and city governments, local school boards, and local courts are the ones that directly affect residents in their day-to-day lives. Finally, it has come to light there are still large numbers of Caribbean Americans—mostly seniors—who are citizens and eligible to vote, but who are not registered voters. Caribbean Americans are urged to ensure everyone in their household who is eligible to vote is registered to vote. The deadline to register for the November 3 election is October 5. This election is too important to leave any vote uncast.last_img read more

‘Hungry’ Wells Eyeing Big Season for City, Bermuda

first_img“I do really believe this is going to be my best season yet. If I can reach my personal milestones and targets that will hopefully help us towards trying to achieve promotion.” “I definitely still have intentions of representing my country and doing my best to help us qualify for the Gold Cup and have a good run to see what we can do in the World Cup qualifiers,” Wells added. The group winner will progress to the second round. Meanwhile, Wells is also looking forward to his international commitments. “I’m just taking it one game at a time in pre-season, focusing on my fitness and being as sharp as I possibly can be. They are away to Canada (October 8) and Suriname (November 13) and will host Aruba (October 13) and Cayman Islands (November 17) at the National Stadium. CMC He is also ready to pull on his national team shirt again when Bermuda play in World Cup and CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers. “I’m hungry and totally looking forward to the season,” Wells told Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newspaper. “Those are some games that I’m looking forward to,” Wells said. Bermuda will be involved in World Cup qualifiers from October 8 to November 17 and will resume their bid to qualify for the Gold Cup next July. Bristol City striker Nahki Wells is “hungry” ahead of the new English Championship season and the 30-year-old Bermudian believes it could be the best of his professional career. Bermuda have been drawn in Group B alongside Canada, Aruba, Cayman Islands and Suriname in the World Cup qualifiers. City drew 1-1 against Premier League side Aston Villa in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Wednesday and will host League One outfit Swindon Town in another friendly on Saturday ahead of their League Cup first-round match at home to Exeter City on September 5. “This is our third week of pre-season now and we’re in a good place at the moment,” Wells added. “The pre-season is going well and we’re all up to speed.” Wells, with four pre-season goals under his belt already, says he is in good physical shape, is highly motivated and determined to play his part in helping the West Country club push for promotion again to the Premier League. Wells, who scored five goals for City last season after being sold by Premier League club Burnley in the January transfer window and 15 earlier for Queens Park Rangers, where he had been on loan, has every reason to be optimistic after notching a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over League Two outfit Cheltenham Town last week.last_img read more

Denmark Thrash Ireland To Qualify For Russia 2018

first_imgRelated2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Review (UEFA): Poland Become Sixth European Nation In RussiaOctober 9, 2017In “FIFA”Denmark, Ireland World Cup Playoff Clash In The Balance After StalemateNovember 12, 2017In “FIFA”Russia 2018 Playoffs (UEFA): Italy Handed Tough Sweden Test; Home Nations Get Tricky OpponentsOctober 17, 2017In “FIFA” Denmark have booked their place at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia following their 5-1 thrashing of the Republic of Ireland in Dublin in what was the second leg of their World Cup playoff.Denmark failed to secure any home advantage in the first leg as both sides played out a goalless draw but that didn’t come back to haunt them after they produced a five-star performance to beat their hosts and seal a return to the World Cup having missed the last edition in Brazil.They didn’t have it their own way as they had to overturn an early goal scored by Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy. The lead was turned on its head with two goals in three first half minutes from Andreas Christiansen and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen.The Danes continued from where they left off with Ireland’s chief tormentor Eriksen adding two further strikes to take the matchball before former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner wrapped up the comprehensive 5-1 victory for his side.With their exit at the playoff stage, the Republic of Ireland have now failed to qualify for the last four World Cup tournaments as they join other Home Nation rivals like Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to sit out Russia 2018.last_img read more

RakeTech continues M&A drive acquiring Scandinavian assets of Agonas AB & Astro Media Group

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Raketech appoints ‘proven pro’ Klas Winberg as new CMO November 26, 2019 Share Oskar Mühlbach chosen as Raketech CEO December 12, 2019 Raketech set to intensify company growth with new appointments October 1, 2019 Share Michael Holmberg – RakeTech GroupMalta-based Industry affiliate network RakeTech Group (RakeTech) has confirmed that it has executed a double of acquisition of Agonas AB and Astro Media Group AB (Astro Media) continuing the expansion of its Scandinavian marketing portfolio.The confirmed acquisitions continue RakeTech’s M&A growth strategy, adding Agonas AB a ‘real-time’ Scandinavian TV listings and sports content portals to its network, while Astro Media services a number of high coverage Swedish casino affiliate websites.Through its acquisition of Agonas AB, RakeTech will gain the digital assets of TVSporten.dk and TVKampden.com, supported by Swedish sports portal TVMatchen.nu. RakeTech details that its network will gain from a further 2.5 million monthly viewers with Agonas AB generating betting tips and sports content for Raketech services.Astro Media will further strengthen RakeTech’s Swedish casino affiliate portfolio by gaining the high coverage websites of Casinointernet.se, Nya-Casino.se, KasinosOnline.se and Svenska-Casino.se, plus a network of over 100 additional websites“Our strategy is to diversify our business, and Agonas provides us with a new vehicle to create unique editorial content. Their experienced team will help develop RakeTech into an established provider of sports media content,” commented Michael Holmberg, RakeTech Group CEO to the media“Astro Media have a proven model for developing quality online traffic and generating affiliate leads in large quantities. The acquisition will further strengthen our commanding position in Sweden.”The acquisitions, which remain undisclosed have been executed through RakeTech’s €70 million strategic purposes M&A fund secured at the start of 2017. RakeTech governance completes a busy H1 opening to 2017, in which the company acquired the assets of BetExpert and Turtle Gaming, as the company continues to grow its industry profile.last_img read more