Month: August 2020

Private schools begin opening in South Florida

first_imgPublic School still closedPublic schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties are not yet open, but are hoping to reopen next week.Some schools were used as hurricane shelters during the passage of the powerful Category 4 weather system which devastated the Florida Keys, sections of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Brach before Irma fizzled out into a tropical storm as it approached the Florida/Georgia border.Life is slowly returning South Florida even though millions are still without power, internet and cable services.Curfews that were imposed by authorities during a state of emergency are being gradually lifted. Handful of schools openOnly a handful of private schools in Miami-Dade County are currently open following the storm.Schools were out of session for a week, and students and staff were excited to return to normalcy at the school as some of them are still living without power, and related air-conditioning at home. Although public schools in South Florida remain closed, other schools are beginning to open their doors and welcome students back into the classroom following the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.At the St. Rose of Lima school in Miami Shores, school was back in session Thursday morning.last_img read more

Black caps trash West Indies in ODI

first_imgA shambolic top-order collapse saw West Indies slump to a comprehensive defeat to New Zealand in their final one-day international.New Zealand sealed a one-day international series whitewash over West Indies with a 66-run win in a rain-affected Boxing Day clash in Christchurch.Set 166 for victory via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the third and final ODI, the Windies made an awful start, embarrassingly slumping to 9-5.They ultimately managed to bat out their allotted 23 overs at Hagley Oval on Tuesday, but were still well beaten as they finished on 99-9.Trent Boult (3-18) and Matt Henry (2-18) did the early damage before spinners Mitchell Santner (3-15) and Todd Astle (1-24) struck late.Earlier, the Black Caps reached 131-4 from 23 overs, thanks largely to Ross Taylor (47 not out) and Tom Latham (37).That duo were at the crease when rain hit with New Zealand 83-3 after 19 overs, with the weather causing a long delay.The hosts, who had already sealed the three-match series, managed 48 off four overs when play resumed, with Taylor and Henry Nicholls (18 not out off nine) doing most of the damage.Needing more than seven runs per over to chase down their revised target, the Windies’ chances were crushed inside four overs.Chris Gayle (4) was removed by Henry before Boult, coming off a seven-for at the same venue three days earlier, struck three times.The left-armer had Shai Hope (2) caught at midwicket before bowling Jason Mohammed (1) and Chadwick Walton (0), the latter with a brilliant yorker.Henry also had Kyle Hope (1) lbw, although replays showed the ball was missing leg stump, as the Windies were incredibly reduced to 9-5.Jason Holder (34) and Nikita Miller (20 not out) helped the tourists avoid complete embarrassment, but not defeat as New Zealand easily sealed a 3-0 series win.last_img read more

Bolt scores in friendly football match

first_imgTriple world record holder Usain Bolt scored for Team Mourinho in a friendly football match in Switzerland yesterday.Bolt was among a host of the biggest names in world football including the likes of Diego Maradona and FIFA president Gianni Infantino who were in attendance at the Hublot Match of Friendship 2018.The event, which marked watch-maker Hublot’s official countdown to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, saw five-a-side teams managed by Maradona and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho facing off in the Swiss city of Basel.Bolt who played for Team Mourinho, came off the bench to score as the teams battled to a high-scoring 11-11 draw.“For me it was wonderful,” Bolt said.“You can see their skills and it was a fun time, I’m happy to be here. It’s not easy! It’s all about movement but it was fun, the start of something great.”Mourinho when asked about Bolt said “When I listen to him speaking about football I thought it was more a funny thing, a kid’s desire, a kid’s dream but I think not at all,” adding “Maybe football lost a talent to athletics.”last_img read more

EDITORIAL: The movement must be sustained

first_imgFrom the various media reports it definitely appears the March for Our Lives on March 24 was more successful than even anticipated. The march planned by students of Marjory Stoneman Mason High School days after the tragic mass shooting on that campus involved over a million young-people and adults marching in Washington D.C.; Parkland, Florida, and several other cities across America.Birth of a genuine movementThe massive response to this march, primarily seeking  lawmakers to pass tighter gun control laws, and the extent of its organization, indicates the birth of a genuine movement. And, although this movement is one initiated and organized by youth, it would be wrong to designate it as a youth movement. The youth initiative has attracted millions of American adults who not only share the young people’s quest for more stringent gun control laws, but who want to see changes in the nation’s political representation.Fair or unfair, there are people, who have criticized the March for Our Lives and the budding pro-gun control movement, for gaining momentum out of a tragedy affecting mainly white kids from an affluent American city.  But Saturday’s march was strong evidence of America’s racial and economic diversity. Marching along with the survivors of the shooting at the Parkland school were survivors of shootings in African American neighborhoods in Chicago, and other schools and cities. It’s a truly positive sign that those involved in this new movement are tolerant of their racial differences.Movement must be solidified As successful as Saturday’s march may have been, this does not solidify what now looks like a movement. For a movement to be successful it must be sustained, bred life into continually, to meet its objectives.The sight and sounds of thousands of people marching and gathering on American streets isn’t going to prompt members of the US Congress diametrically opposed to  gun control legislation to suddenly change their minds. Even if the consciences of these lawmakers are touched by the intensity of the march, and the powerful speeches made, their deep-rooted ideology is unlikely to budge in changing their minds or their votes.But, while it may not be easy to change the minds of these lawmakers, the undercurrent of the movement can be strong enough to remove them.Mission to register votersThe youth involved in this new movement have also embarked on a mission to aggressively register as many qualified young people, and people generally, to vote in the pending November mid-term general elections, and the 2020 presidential/general elections. It’s this registration drive, challenging though it may be, that will determine the success of this new movement.Nationally, rising political dissatisfaction, has already signaled the md-term elections could be more significant than previous ones. Now, this new movement, including the voter registration drive, and the call to “vote out” law makers who are against the movement’s agenda, could see a significant change in an election traditionally notorious for low voter turnout.Election after election, the appeal has gone out for people to step out to register, and for those registered, to vote. But, election after election, large percentages of people refuse to heed this appeal.Many who refuse to heed the appeal, are stuck with political leaders whose ideology and objectives vastly differ from theirs. These non-voters are often the first, and the loudest, to criticize these political leaders, when in fact they ought not be critical for usually it was their non-vote that placed these leaders in office.Movement must not relent in registration driveIt’s hoped that the new movement will not relent in its efforts to register new voters, including Caribbean Americans, who could be eligible to vote in November, Within the Caribbean-American community there are hundreds of people who despite being qualified to be US citizens, and therefore automatically qualified to register to vote, haven’t taken the responsibility to apply for citizenship. And, they are hundreds who despite being  citizens, haven’t taken the responsibility to register to vote. More alarming, there are hundreds who despite being registered voters refuse to take the responsibility to vote.The only way citizens are going to assure they have laws passed that improve the security and quality of their lives, and their communities, is to vote for politicians who indicate commitment to provide this security and quality of life.The March for Life may have spawned a movement for radical changes. These changes will not likely materialize unless more Americans turn out to vote for politicians committed to making these radical changes.last_img read more

Jamaica’s opposition party files court motion over national ID system

first_imgJamaica’s opposition People’s National Party (PNP) on Tuesday filed a motion in the nation’s Supreme Court against the government, seeking to delay the implementation of the National Identification System (NIDS).The NIDS is intended to provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans, where each citizen will be provided with a randomized nine-digit NIN, which they will have for life.The layered roll-out and management of the NIDS will be handled by a new agency, the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA), which will replace the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) and provides more enhanced services.Violation of people’s privacySpeaking at a news conference on Tuesday, Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips said the system is a violation of people’s privacy and the party took particular issues with various sections of the Act, which speaks to data protection and the Jamaican passport.The party is also alleging that the NIDS infringes on the right to security of the person; the right to equality before the law; the right to privacy; the right to a passport; the right to protection of property rights; and the right to due process.Breach of Jamaican Constitution“The claim form filed in court says that Sections four, six, 15, 20, 23, 27, 30,36, 39, 41, 43 and 60 as well as the Third and Sixth Schedules all breach Section 13 of the Jamaica Constitution.“We are further asking the Supreme Court for a declaration that the provisions of Chapter three of the Constitution are likely to be contravened in relation to the claim and in relation to other Jamaican citizens and other persons ordinarily resident in Jamaica by virtue of the provisions of the Act,” Phillips added.“As a result, we are seeking an order that the sections are null and void and are of no effect and should be struck down,” he said.In February, Phillips had spoken of the party’s intention to take the matter to the Constitutional Court arguing that he would not allow the sections of the law that encroached on the constitutional rights of the people to go unchallenged.Needed to combat corruption Last November, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, said the establishment of a reliable NIDS for Jamaicans was pivotal to the government’s thrust to combat corruption.The Senate approved the National Identification and Registration Bill after a prolonged debate and 168 amendments.The government has said it is designing and developing the NIDS that will provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable the capture and storage of personal identity information for citizens and persons ordinarily resident in Jamaica. It said the NIDS will become the primary source for identity assurance and verification, and will result in improved governance and management of social, economic and security programs.last_img read more

Rohr Expected In Camp As Home-Based Eagles Prepare For CHAN Qualifier – NFF Chief

first_imgChairman of the Nigeria Football Federation Technical Committee, Christopher Green, said the 64-year-old German tactician is keen on watching some of the best legs from the local league as Nigeria’s main team pursue a place at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia and at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in 2019. Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, is expected to be in the camp of the home-based team as they prepare for a Championship for African Nations (CHAN) qualifier next month, according to a senior Nigeria football official. “Gernot Rohr is so passionate and wants to be in Nigeria to see how the preparations go.” Green said exclusively . “At the same time, he would also have a look at the domestic players to see if there are any that could be drafted into the Super Eagles main team, as he wants an open platform for everyone to have a chance.” Rohr’s assistant, Salisu Yusuf, is directly in charge of the CHAN team, and on Monday released a list of 30 players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) who will fight for a starting berth when the camp resumes on July 16 in Kaduna. Writer: Chuma NnoliYou can follow him on Twitter @chumannolicenter_img Nigeria would play Togo or Benin Republic next month in a 2018 CHAN qualifier, with the main Super Eagles team set to face the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in September, in a clash to book a ticket to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Relatedlast_img read more

Saturday’s Top Premier League Stats

first_imgLukaku hits landmark goal… But not enough Romelu Lukaku scored his 150th club career goal on Saturday but it wasn’t enough to get a win for Manchester United at Stoke.Lukaku scored 41 at Anderlecht, 17 at West Bromwich Albion, 87 for Everton and now 5 for Manchester United. He would have to shoulder part of the blame for the dropped points though as he missed a clear cut chance to win the game for United in the 81st minute after good work by substitute, Anthony Martial. Lacazette enjoying the Emirates French striker, Alexander Lacazette scored in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth at the Emirates to mark his second goal in as many home league games for Arsenal. It’s amazing to note that he’s only the second player ever to do that in the history of the club, after Marouane Chamakh in 2010.Morata scores another headerIt is becoming a common sight to see Chelsea’s new Spanish striker, Alvaro Morata, do the damage on the pitch with his head. Following his opening goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory at Leicester, Morata has now contributed to 5 goals for Chelsea, all with his head! Aguero ‘Kops’ Liverpool at home…. AgainIt was a very big win for the Citizens at the Etihad and even though there is now the weekly talk of who leads the lines for City, Pep Guardiola started Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus and once again, Aguero scored for City against Liverpool. The Argentine striker has now scored in all six home Premier League games he has played in against the Kops.First goal… First Win… Brighton gets started! It was a landmark moment on the South Coast as Pascal Gross scored Brighton and Hove Albion’s first Premier League goal in the club’s history.The Seagulls are playing in their first ever Premier league season and after breaking the goalscoring duck, Pascal Gross added another goal and assisted Tommer Hemed to score a third to complete a historic 3-1 win for the Premier League first-timers. There was plenty of action in the Premier League on Saturday as all ‘top six’ teams were in action due to the resumption of Continental hostilities during the new week.Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City took 10-man Liverpool to the cleaners at the Etihad while the Bet365 Stadium proved to be difficult host to yet another Title challenging team as Manchester United could only pick up a draw against Stoke.There were convincing wins for the big London clubs and Everton was the casualty at home as Spurs got maximum points. Here are the top stats and moments of the games played on Saturday.center_img Happy Happy Harry! After seeing off his much spoken of bogey month, Harry Kane scored on the first day of September in England’s World Cup qualifier and he’s opened his account for the 2017-2018 campaign for Spurs as they saw off Everton at Goodison Park.It was his 100th and 101st goals in just 169 games for Spurs and he has achieved this feat in lesser games than Premier League greats like Ruud van Nistelrooy, Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Thierry Henry. Klopp hits new lowIt was a humbling defeat for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool at the Etihad on Saturday as Manchester City thumped the Reds 5-0 to inflict Klopp’s worst defeat since his Mainz team was beaten 6-1 by Werder Bremen in October 2006.After the same number of Premier League games, Jurgen Klopp is still behind Brendan Rogers for total points amassed by the club in the Premier League.RelatedLiverpool Vs Manchester City Combined XI: Who Makes The Team?November 8, 2019In “England”Manchester City Pummel Huddersfield To Go TopAugust 19, 2018In “England”Saturday’s Top European League StatsOctober 15, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Malaysia GP: Make Or Mar For Ferrari in F1 Battle

first_imgThe Formula 1 is back from a 2-week recess after an eventful showing in Singapore last time out where Ferrari had a double DNF and watched on as Mercedes and Red Bull racked up important points on both the driver’s championship and the constructor’s championship.Mercedes arrive in Malaysia full of confidence as Lewis Hamilton comfortably sits atop the driver’s championship table 28 points more than 4-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel.The second half of the F1 season has not been quite favourable for the Scuderia as they had an embarrassing showing on their home grid in Monza and followed that up with Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen ending their trip to Singapore at the beginning of the very first lap. On both occasions, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have been the direct beneficiaries of a somewhat inexplicable and unfortunate chain of performance and results from Ferrari.It is not too long ago that Sebastian Vettel had a healthy 14points lead over Hamilton, the Englishman has turned the tide and with just 6 races left of the 2017 F1 season, Malaysia is definitely make or break for Ferrari. Another Mercedes podium here all but confirms Mercedes as the top constructor, a win for Lewis Hamilton increases the points gap between him and Vettel, a situation the Australian can’t afford to be in at the end of proceedings on Sunday.Hamilton will be hoping for better luck on the Malaysia circuit as his engine blow-up here in 2016 was a major reason Nico Rosberg ended the year as Champion.On the occasion of Malaysia’s final race in the foreseeable future – they have failed to reach a contract extension agreement with the Formula 1 – Vettel is expected to be driving for redemption, Hamilton wants to consolidate on his recent fantastic run.The Formula 1 is back with four races in 5 weeks and starts this weekend in the Malaysia GP Sep 29 – Oct 1.Relatedlast_img read more

Vermantia expands virtual games portfolio with LEAP Gaming

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: Decoding the customer engagement enigma June 30, 2020 PBS launches virtual sports solution for SSBTs July 7, 2020 Share The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 Related Articles Vermantia has announced a new partnership deal with LEAP Gaming, a provider with over nine years’ experience of creating realistic 3D Games and Virtual Sports products across multiple platforms.Dan Fischer, LEAP GamingThe partnership enables Vermantia to expand its virtual games portfolio by adding new virtual sports, including Virtual Tennis and Virtual Speedway, all available for retail, online and mobile.The new games by LEAP will be integrated onto Vermantia CONNECT, the company’s proprietary gaming platform, which allows operators to select virtual games from a single-source collection.Dan Fischer, LEAP Gaming’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We are excited to partner with Vermantia which enables us to reach a larger, diversified customer base.“Our virtual games, being already successful among premium online operators, are now accessible also to the retail networks of large operators being powered by Vermantia’s solutions.”Yiannis Gangas, Vermantia’s Chief Product Officer, commented: “We are delighted to kick off our collaboration with LEAP Gaming in line with our strategy for making available to our customers the widest choice of premium virtual games in the marketplace.“Though this agreement, LEAP games will become instantly available to all our existing and new customers through a seamless integration to our CONNECT platform.”last_img read more

Beehive – Sponsor Profile – #bofcon2017

first_img 10bet announce Drogba as brand ambassador September 13, 2019 Submit Related Articles Share SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019 David Webb, BetConstruct: Why meeting new regulations is the industry’s big challenge for 2019 April 4, 2019 Share Adi Dagan, BeehiveBeehive is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Beehive CEO Adi Dagan about why football is such an attractive sport for betting, how the market is changing from a consumer perspective and how betting and football stakeholders can work more effectively together.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?AD: The volume of games and accessibility of leagues speaks for itself, but football also has the benefit of lending itself to in-play and mobile betting perhaps more than any other sport. Given the predominance of the sport in social settings, and the growing number of variables within any given game (as well as away from the pitch), football has no equal. Even when it comes to team sports, the relative rigidity of action and positions limits the number of available betting markets – few have the flexibility or the visibility of football, and none have both in unison. This, in turn, allows for efficient marketing by allowing a genuinely granular segmentation of bettors and betting patterns, the like of which isn’t seen elsewhere.SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?AD: Consumers have never had more choice when it comes to betting on football, and it can sometimes be daunting when faced with an influx of odds and markets from all corners. But this also helps drive operators to introduce greater choice and more innovations to help savvy punters get the most from the experience, be that through competitive promotions, custom bets or whatever the next innovation ends up being. It has never been more important to make consumers feel important and wanted, which is where Beehive’s use of big data comes into play, making relationships personal in order to retain the trust and support of players. We have always seen it as our task to offer omni-channel marketing solutions, something which lends itself to football betting due to its own omni-channel nature. And within that framework, our refusal to stand still means we have adapted, and will continue to adapt, to any changes within the industry to ensure our partners are perfectly placed to stay ahead of the curve.SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?AD: It can be tempting to get complacent when it comes to betting and football, and to fall back on the benefits offered almost naturally by the world’s most popular sport. Instead, if stakeholders want to truly maximise what they can get from the football space, a marriage of effective marketing and promotional tools can be vital in setting oneself apart from others in a hugely crowded space. The more attention-to-detail, the better, and an attentive approach can be achieved effectively through a proper harnessing of big data in analysing existing and new customers, both individually and as a small, medium and/or large group. Not only are new consumers arriving with different demands and expectations, but the demands and expectations of existing consumers is changing (and may continue to change) as the industry itself develops, so it has never been more important to adopt a marketing approach that leaves no stone unturned and makes no assumptions about a certain demographic of player without this being backed up by hard data.SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?AD: The growth of AI has near-endless potential when it comes to an understanding of customers in all aspects of sports betting, but especially in the realm of football betting where stakeholders have reams of data with which to work. At Beehive, we anticipate seeing the benefit of AI in helping improve marketing strategies through an even stronger understanding of bettors’ needs and expectations, as well as helping tailor promotions to patterns which can be missed – or picked up more slowly – when more traditional, pre-AI approaches are used. By realising the opportunities afforded by the rise of AI, those at the forefront of football betting will be well-positioned to remain there, while newcomers to the industry can make up significant ground and make strides towards being able to deliver the best strategic approach possible.SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?AD: As we have made great strides in the field of VIP detection, a discussion of the relative value of VIP programs and their changing value in the football betting space. As we make it our priority to develop a personalised experience, we see value in any discussion of how those within the space are adapting existing programs to changing audience behaviours as the landscape of football betting shifts along with technological developments. StumbleUponlast_img read more