TT spared full brunt of Bret

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago was  spared the full brunt of Tropical Storm Bret – the first named weather system of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season that made its way through the twin-island republic late Monday night into Tuesday.The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) said there were no reports of injuries but several properties, mainly in the eastern and northern section of Trinidad, as well as in Tobago, had been affected by the storm.“We have no reports of injuries,” said the head of the ODPM, Captain Neville Wint, confirming that at least 27 patients at the St. Ann’s Hospital on the outskirts of the capital Port of Spain had to be evacuated to another part of the building after the roof was blown away.The ODPM also reported that trees and roofs were blown away by the storm.In Tobago, a family was rescued by disaster preparedness officials after a tree fell on their home.Schools, banks, and some commercial businesses remained closed Tuesday prolonging the long weekend that included a public holiday on Monday, observed as Labour Day.Caribbean AirlinesMeanwhile, commercial flights are expected to resume Tuesday after both the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and the ANR Robinson Airport in Tobago re-opened.Tropical Storm Bret The National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, its 8.00 am bulletin, said the storm was located near latitude 11.1 North, longitude 63.6 West.“Bret is moving toward the west-northwest near 21 mph and this general motion is expected to continue through today.  On the forecast track, the center of the tropical storm will continue to move across the southeastern Caribbean Sea today,” the NHC said.It reported that the maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts.“Little change in strength is forecast today, and a weakening trend is expected to begin later today and Bret is forecast to become a tropical depression on Wednesday.”A tropical storm warning is in effect for Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana including Isla de Margarita, while a tropical storm watch is in place for Bonaire, Curacao and Aruba.last_img read more

JWOF Annual Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon on March 17.

first_imgThe Hon Mrs. Justice Zaila Rowena McCalla, OJ, Chief Justice of Jamaica will be the keynote speaker for the fourth Annual Jamaican Women of Florida Women’s Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon to be held on Saturday March 17th, 2018, at Jungle Island in Miami, Florida.Chief Justice McCalla joins a notable list of empowering women who have graced the JWOF conference stage sharing the hills and valleys of their climb to such prestigious positions. Stellar legal careerThe Chief Justice’s stellar legal career commenced in 1976 with her admission to the Jamaican Bar, followed by service as a Clerk of Court, Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Senior Resident Magistrate, Puisne Judge and Judge of Court of Appeal, before being appointed Jamaica’s first female Chief Justice in June 2007.  She also has the distinguished honor of being appointed an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple Inn in London, England, in recognition of her contribution to the law in Jamaica. Panelist Davina Bennett     The Conference has a distinguished line up of powerful Jamaican women speakers including panelist, Miss Jamaica Universe 2017, and second runner-up at the Miss Universe Pageant, Davina Bennett.  Miss Bennett became the talk of the night on the international stage for wearing an Afro while representing the trail blazing spirit that Jamaican Women of Florida embodies.   The one-day event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and wraps up at 4:00 p.m. Scheduled events will include a panel of mentors, a silent auction, a day long shopping gallery with unique items, a signature to JWOF events. For the last five years, Jamaican Women of Florida, a group of professional women have continued to impart knowledge, mentoring and paving the way for the next generation through a variety of support programs, scholarship fundraisers, and charitable events. The annual conference highlights the culmination of support for upcoming powerful young women.Visit Jamaican Women of Florida’s website at or call  (561) 320-1391 for tickets or  more information. You can also visit us on Facebook at read more

Jamaica to benefit from IDB funding

first_imgThe Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing US$248 million in additional loan support for three government initiatives in Jamaica.Jamaican authorities said the Washington-based financial institution is providing US$160 million for the Public Sector Transformation Project; US$68 million for the National Identification System (NIDS); and US$20 million to further boost national security technology inputs.Agreement signed Finance and the Public Service Minister, Audley Shaw, and IDB President, Luis Alberto Moreno, signed the agreements at a ceremony that coincided with the seventh annual IDB Caribbean Governors’ Conference, which ended in Kingston on Tuesday.Shaw, who emphasized the importance of the public-sector transformation program, reiterated that 84 State entities are being targeted for closure, divestment, merging or subsuming back into Central Government over the next three years.Shaw, noting that the NIDS implementation is “absolutely important” for Jamaica, said the concept is similar to what obtains in the United States where “everybody born gets a social security card… and that is (the) main instrument that identifies you from birth.I would like to suggest that the backing of the IDB for the promulgation of the NIDS is, I think, ultimate proof of the efficacy of this program,” he added.Regarding the provision for national security, Shaw said “we simply need to bring more technology into the business of crime-fighting”, in order to strengthen public safety and citizen security.Moreno said the IDB’s latest support forms part of the financial institution’s commitment to assist Jamaica to embark on the engagements that will yield higher levels of growth and development.The seventh annual Caribbean Governors’ Meeting was hosted by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) under the theme “Jump Caribbean” and focused on helping the region to embrace the digital revolution as a developmental tool.last_img read more

Florida Schools Remain Closed For The Remainder of the School Year

first_imgFlorida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that all of the state’s K-12 schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year.The governor made the announcement during a press conference on April 18.“We spoke with a lot of folks throughout the state. There were some differing opinions. Some parents were not interested in their kids going back. Some mothers [said] it’s been tough around the house, they would have liked to have seen them go back,” he said, “but I think, as we looked at the clock to see how well it would look like, we’ve got pretty good momentum for distance learning.”Following spring break, some 162,000 students in Broward County were able to successfully log on to the learning platform Canvas, to resume classes.“It’s not the ideal situation, but given where we are in the school year, we felt that was the best decision to go forward,” said DeSantis.Broward Public County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie showed support for the announcement, saying that “I think it was a very good decision”.Runcie said he understands it could be a hard time for some parents, but he is confident they will get through it.“I just want parents to know that look we’re there to support you,” he said. “We will work together, we will get through this. We have to, because our children depend on us.”last_img read more

Windies Coach in Self-isolation after Attending Funeral

first_imgThere has been no announcement by Cricket West Indies. Simmons will not oversee the final four-day warm-up match starting Monday at Old Trafford but fast bowler Alzarri Joseph told reporters Saturday his absence would not impact preparations. MANCHESTER, England – West Indies Head coach Phil Simmons will spend five days in isolation as a precaution after leaving the secure West Indies facility here to attend a funeral on Friday, media reports have said. Globally, the virus has been responsible for nearly 10 million infections and nearly half million deaths. The tourists have been prohibited from engaging in the traditional warm-up fixtures against county sides in an attempt to limit their interaction with the public. “We have a lot of coaching staff here that are very supportive of each player so that’s not really a problem for anyone.” West Indies arrived here June 9 and underwent two weeks of quarantine, while beefing up preparations in the nets. They played their first “inter-squad” three-day tour game last week. It has been just one of several stringent protocols put in place for the tour being played amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already resulted in 310 000 infections and 43 000 deaths in the United Kingdom. All three Tests – the first carded for Southampton and the last two at Old Trafford – will be played behind closed doors with strict sanitisation and social distancing measures in place. “That doesn’t really disrupt our preparations,” the 23-year-old said. “We have our jobs to do, we have preparations to keep going on. West Indies arrived in the UK on a secure chartered flight, were transported to Old Trafford in several buses to ensure social distancing and have been hunkered down ever since. In keeping with the COVID-19 protocols for the tour, Simmons will also be tested at the start and the end of the isolation period. If he is returned negative, he will then rejoin the touring party. CMClast_img read more

Freddy Shepherd: Former Club Managers, Player Attend Funeral

first_imgShearer ended his tribute by saying:“We miss you Mr Chairman, we miss you Freddy.” Former club captain Alan Shearer and Everton star Wayne Rooney were also present at the funeral held at St George’s Church, in Jesmond, Newcastle.A private cremation ceremony also took place immediately after the funeral service.Freddie Shepherd, 75, passed away at his home on September 25.The aforementioned Shearer while paying tribute to Shepherd during the service said:“It is well-documented that there was another, so-called big club after me, but it was Freddy along with Kevin (Keegan), Sir John (Hall) and Douglas (Hall) who was instrumental in getting me home.”“I left 10 years later with him as my great friend, playing for my club, breaking the goal-scoring record, living my dream.“I can thank Freddy for all of that.” he further added. Former Newcastle United managers Kenny Dalglish and Sam Allardyce attended the funeral of former club chairman Freddy Shepherd earlier on Saturday.center_img Relatedlast_img read more

Premier League Review: 10-Star City Maintain Run As United, Chelsea Keep Up The Chase

first_imgStandings (Top 7):1. Manchester City 34 points2. Manchester United 26 points3. Chelsea 25 points4. Tottenham Hotspur 23 points5. Liverpool 22 points6. Arsenal 22 points7. Burnley 22 points Matchday 12 ResultsManchester United 4-1 Newcastle UnitedCrystal Palace 2-2 EvertonBournemouth 4-0 Huddersfield TownLiverpool 3-0 Southampton.Leicester City 0-2 Manchester CityArsenal 2-0 TottenhamWest Brom 0-4 ChelseaBurnley 2-0 Swansea City Manchester City will take some stopping if the evidence of the scintillating football they have played this season is anything to go by and that continued at the King Power Stadium on Saturday as they defeated Leicester City 2-0 in their Matchday 12 clash.Goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne either side of halftime was enough to give Manchester City a 10th successive league win thus maintaining their eight points lead at the top of the table.City rivals and nearest challengers Manchester United kept up the chase with a 4-1 win over Newcastle United with the help of returning big guns like Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Former Juventus midfielder Pogba scored on his return to action in addition to further goals from Anthony Martial, Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku, who ended his goal drought dating back to September.Champions Chelsea are also on City’s trail after they thrashed West Brom 4-0 to heap more pressure on manager Tony Pulis. Eden Hazard stole the show with two goals for the visitors in addition to other strikes from Alvaro Morata and Marcos Alonso. Antonio Conte’s men are 9 points adrift of Manchester City.center_img Relatedlast_img read more

Sky Betting & Gaming appoints Simon Ince as International Technology lead

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share William Hill closes Stockholm Gametek office July 1, 2020 PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Seeking to boost its international development and innovation capabilities, Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) has confirmed the appointment of Simon Ince as Director of International Technology.Ince joins SB&G’s operations from global technology giant Microsoft, where he held a number of senior management roles focusing on product development and delivery.The appointment of a Director of International Technology, comes as SB&G prepares to grow its business within its new markets of Italy and Germany, a core corporate focus for 2017 and beyond.Based out of SB&G’s Sheffield ‘Electric Works’ technology hub, Ince will lead the operator’s international development and engineering teams.Commenting on the appointment of Ince, Andy Burton, Sky Betting & Gaming’s Chief Technology Officer stated: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Simon, who joins us from previous senior roles at Microsoft and Cap Gemini. We are a great choice for senior technologists looking for heavyweight opportunities.”Ince thanked SB&G leadership for its kind words on joining the company: “I’m a huge believer in taking on big challenges underpinned by agile, lean, and Lean Startup, so I’m really happy to find a new home that has those principles embedded in its DNA.”last_img read more

FA charges Wayne Shaw over ‘Pie Gate’

first_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Paddy Power guarantees Hector’s Arsenal tree pledge June 24, 2020 Share FavBet’s Alex Hleb deal: “When contract is just a piece of paper” June 19, 2020 Submit Paddy Power: Maintaining brand identity with daring marketing campaigns July 27, 2020 Issuing a corporate communication, The English Football Association (FA) has charged former Sutton United goalkeeper Wayne Shaw on two breaches of its rules relating to betting and player misconduct.Following a review of the 20 February’s Emirates FA Cup fifth round tie between Sutton United and Arsenal FC at Sutton’s Gander Green Lane. The FA has charged Shaw with ‘influencing a football betting market’ contrary to FA Rule E5(a).The FA further states that Shaw had acted ‘in a manner which was improper and/or brought the game into disrepute’, contrary to FA Rule E3(1)The cup tie, which was broadcast by the BBC had been sponsored by UK bookmaker Sun Bets.  Before the match, Sun Bets had offered an 8/1 price on ‘Wayne Shaw to eat a pie live on air’. In the 86th minute of the game, Shaw obliged – being filmed eating a match pie on the sidelines.The UKGC flagged Shaw’s conduct, stating that the player had breached FA rules relating to betting. At the time the goalkeeper defended his actions, stating that his pie eating antics had been ‘a bit of banter’.The incident would reach national headlines, branded ‘Pie Gate’ by UK media. As a consequence of his actions Wayne Shaw would lose his job at Sutton United being forced to resign by club management.Shaw would admit that he was aware that Sun Bets were offering 8/1 odds on him eating a pie, but that no one connected to the club or his family knew of his intended actions.The FA has given Shaw until 6 pm on Friday 21 July 2017 to respond to both charges.last_img read more

Jeevan Jeyaratnam – Abelson Info: Players that can emerge from under the radar at Russia 2018

first_img StumbleUpon Share WATCH: How will VAR impact in-play betting markets? August 2, 2019 Share Golden Race launches La Libertadores virtual football cup April 30, 2019 International friendlies frustrate more than they satisfy, but in a World Cup year they take on great importance for those coaches hoping to make an impression in Russia this summer. They also provide a final chance for fringe players to force their way into the reckoning for the main event.Undoubtedly, there will be players, perhaps still under the radar, that are likely to become hot property after the FIFA-hosted finals. Given the scope of its Goalscorer Pricing & Settlement feed (GPS), Abelson Odds, are well positioned to identity some of the lesser known, or forgotten, talents that will be on show this summer. Jeevan JeyaratnamWe spoke to the Head of Compilation at Abelson Info, Jeevan Jeyaratnam who gave us his insight on who the standout stars could be at this Summer’s much anticipated World Cup.center_img Submit Related Articles Interwetten targets €100 million GGR mark for 2019 August 5, 2019 SBC: Could you reveal some of the lesser known players who could announce themselves to the footballing world at this Summer’s World Cup? Jeevan Jeyaratnam: Poland’s Piotr Zielinski isn’t yet a guaranteed starter for Serie A contenders, Napoli but he is already a mainstay in a Polish midfield hoping to build on an excellent Euro 2016. Zielinski can operate behind Lewandowski in a 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1, or as a right forward in the 3-4-3 formation trialled last week against Nigeria and South Korea. He will have just celebrated his 24th birthday in June and is primed to stamp his mark on the World stage. Peru’s captain and record scorer Paolo Guerrero’s proposed one-year drug ban was reduced to six months in December, meaning he is eligible for selection in June’s showpiece. He has been Peru’s most important player for years, but arguably that has changed in his absence. Jefferson Farfan’s star looked to be dwindling when he moved to Al-Jaizira in 2015, but a move to Lokomotiv Moscow in January 2017 has coincided with some of the best form of his career. He will be vital for a Peru team that snuck through the CONMEBOL qualification, and into a play-off with New Zealand, amid accusations of match-fixing.The Argentinian’s talent-laden conveyor belt shows no sign of slowing down, Lautaro Martinez is the latest European-bound sensation. Joint-top scorer in the 2017 South American Youth Football Championship, striker Martinez received a first senior call in last month’s internationals, making his debut, from the bench, in the 6-1 thrashing suffered at the hands of Spain. Inter Milan are rumoured to have fought off Borussia Dortmund to the 20-year-old’s signature, a move expected to complete in the summer.PSV and Mexico’s Hirving Lozano is primed for a move to a major European league after a sensational season in Holland. The left or right sided forward has netted 14 in 24 starts for PSV this season. With seven assists and two red cards added to the mix, he is a very exciting 22-year-old. Scorer of two goals against Belgium last month, he has surely done enough to ensure Javier Aquino is usurped from the left-forward spot this summer. Morocco have a number of Dutch-based talents at their disposal, experienced Karim El Ahmadi, youngsters, Sofyan Amrabat (both Feyenoord), Zakaria Labyad (Utrecht), Mimoun Mahi (Groningen) and Yassin Ayoub (Utrecht, joining Feyenoord in June), but it is midfield playmaker, Hakim Ziyech (Ajax) that excites the most. At 25-years-old, he is yet to reach his prime, and a good World Cup will surely see him move to a bigger club. With 12 assists and eight goals, in 28 appearances for Ajax this term he will be a key component of Morocco’s World Cup bid, providing the bullets for highly regarded striker Ayoub El Kaabi.Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has excelled after a transfer from Genk to Lazio in 2015. A centre-midfielder with an eye for goal, he is set to become a long-lasting midfield lynchpin for Serbia. The tall 23-year-old is dominant in the air and will form a key part of a tough Serbian midfield.SBC: When it comes to the golden boot are there any unlikely candidates you think could be in the running? JJ: A word of caution, the World Cup Golden Boot is adjudicated differently to many of the bookmakers World Cup Top Scorer markets. The FIFA Golden Boot uses a count-back method, including assists, and then minutes played, to absolve tie-breaks.Operators will be hoping that cash-out provides this market with an extra dimension this time, with profits possible for punters with wagers on players who have a good start to the tournament. Oleg Salenko, at USA 1994, is the only winner (joint in this case, it was the catalyst to include tie-breaker count-backs) of the award to have exited the tournament at the group stage. Realistically, and it sounds obvious, you need a player who is fancied to make at least the round of 16. Six goals are generally required to put you in with a chance.This all makes finding unlikely winners tough, though James Rodriguez won the accolade, at a best price 300/1, in 2014 for a Colombian side that ‘only’ went as far as the quarter-finals.As for players at big prices that might provide some interest; Isco (Spain) is still available at 66/1, each-way. He has been in sensational form for the national team, with seven goals in his last eight appearances, he tends to play left-forward for Spain but more centrally and with more defensive responsibility for Real Madrid.The aforementioned Hirving Lozano (Mexico, 200/1) is another worthy of consideration. Mexico look to have a great chance to qualify from a group featuring Germany, Sweden and South Korea. Lozano was the top Mexican scorer in qualifying.The well-known Aleksandr Mitrovic (Serbia 200/1) is the first-choice front-man for a Serbian side with a better than fair chance of beating Switzerland to the second qualifying berth, behind Brazil, in Group E. A loan move to Fulham has reinvigorated him, form carried over to the latest set of international friendlies, where he scored a brace against Nigeria. He has 13 goals in 35 appearances for his national team.  As always, it is best to search around for the best prices but do be aware of differing each-way terms. Mitrovic is available, win-only, at 500/1, for example.SBC: With the tournament being played in Russia, are there any Eastern European players that could become stars at this World Cup? JJ: Russia may well feel they have another Oleg Salenko on their hands. Salenko scored six times for the Russians in USA ’94, although that did include five against Cameroon in a 6-1 rout. He never scored another international goal, though hopes for Fedor Smolov are much higher. A transfer to West Ham in January looked likely but failed to materialise. FK Krasnodar’s target man is a prolific goalscorer, even in a league averaging just 2.13 goals per game, last season. Smolov has racked up 50 goals in just 68 appearances for Krasnodar. He has 12 in 30 games for the national team and is the undisputed number one choice. You might wonder why I haven’t selected him as a bet in top scorer market, the reason is that I really don’t fancy Russia to qualify from their group and given that scenario, he should be bigger than 100/1. If Russia are to advance they will need Smolov firing, much of that will depend on the quality of service he receives. Of the other Russian players worthy of consideration, Aleksandr Golovin is the young star. This World Cup might come a little soon for this 21-year-old to fully embrace his talent but he is very highly regarded. Alan Dzagoev has long been considered the most talented Russian footballer of his generation but he is injury prone and tends to play a deeper role than he did in his youth. SBC: Who are some of the lesser known defensive players who can make a name for themselves at this World Cup?JJ: The plethora of player-based data available to operators this summer will mean that it shouldn’t be just the goalscorers that attract the attention of the punter. With markets based on pass completion, tackles and headers won, all possible, there is scope for defensive-minded players to come for the fore. Of the lesser-known ones, Thomas Delaney (Denmark) has established himself at Werder Bremen after a switch from Copenhagen in January 2017. He is tough tacking ball-winner with an eye for goal. Tomoaki Makino is a mainstay of the Japanese defence. At 30, he is no longer considered an emerging talent, but after helping Urawa Red Diamonds to victory in the Asian Champions League he is considered vital to Japanese hopes in Russia. With four goals in his 30 international caps, he is a centre-back with an attacking instinct. Wilmar Barrios isn’t a guaranteed starter for Colombia, but perhaps he should be. The defensive midfielder has recorded a pass success of 84% for Boca Juniors this season. He moves around the pitch well and at 24-years-old, looks to have a bright future.last_img read more