Tropical Storm Maria threatens Eastern Caribbean islands

first_imgHurricane watchJust days after several islands were battered by a powerful Hurricane Irma, a hurricane watch is in effect for Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Saba and St. Eustatuius, St. Maarten and Anguilla. A Hurricane Watch is now in effect for several islands in the Eastern Caribbean as Tropical Storm Maria formed in the western Atlantic Ocean on Saturday.The Miami based National Hurricane Centre says Maria is packing maximum sustained winds of 50mph and is moving towards the Caribbean at 19 mph. Tropical Storm watchMeanwhile, a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for St. Lucia, Martinique, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.The National Hurricane Centre says interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles and the British and U. S.Virgin Islands should monitor the progress of the system.It is also expected that additional Tropical Storm or Hurricane Watches and Warnings will likely be issued on Sunday.On the forecast track, the center of Maria will be near the Leeward Islands Monday night.Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Maria will likely become a hurricane on Sunday.last_img read more

Freddie McGregor and Marcia Griffiths performing next week in Lauderhill

first_imgThe City of Lauderhill presents Freddie McGregor, O.D. and Marcia Griffiths, O.D. in concert on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 7pm at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center.Internationally acclaimed, Grammy nominated singer, Freddie McGregor, O.D., has made significant contributions to Reggae music since its inception. His undeniable vocal availability boasts hits like, “Push Come To Shove,” “Africa Here I Come,” “I was Born A Winner,” “Guantanamera,” his chart-topping hits, “Big Ship,” ” Lock Dem Down,” and “Bangarang,” and American soul classics like, “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely,” and “Can I Change My Mind.” With his profound natural talent, influenced by legends Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Bob Andy and many others, Freddie finessed his craft to become one of reggae’s greatest singers of all time! Be at the LPAC, as he performs his chart-topping hits!Marcia Griffiths is The Empress of Reggae Music, the Most Honorable Marcia Griffiths, O.D., First Lady of Songs, Female Vocalist Supreme. In a career spanning 40 years to date and still going strong, she hits high points internationally as a soloist and as a duo with Bob Andy, as “Bob and Marcia”. She has toured the world as a member of the I-Threes with Bob Marley and the Wailers. She hit the Billboard chart with “Electric Boogie Song” and created a world class dance, the Electric Slide. Since, she has performed all over the world and is known as “one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica,” and now is your chance to see her live in your city – as she performs her hits “All My Life,” “Love Is Automatic,” “Live On,” “Dreamland,” and more!Tickets can be purchased in person at the Box Office, by calling 954-777-2055 or online at lpacfl.com.last_img read more

Almost 2,000 COVID-19 Tests in Florida Destroyed in Transit

first_img“This month, the state has increased testing at drive-thru and walk-up sites across the state”, the department said in a statement. In total, these sites have allowed the state to perform more than 5,000 additional tests per day. Overall, between state supported walk-up sites and state-supported drive-thru sites, more than 196,000 tests have been administered.” The Division says it will continue to provide this testing across the state as they work to respond to COVID-19. Officials said that more than 90,000 tests have been administered throughout the state this month so far, and of that number, 1,702 were damaged. “Since May 1, we have opened drive-thru sites in Sarasota, Lee, Miami-Dade, Escambia, Broward, Brevard and Volusia counties, as well as walk-up sites in Opa Locka, Daytona Beach, North Lauderdale, Miramar and Sarasota. TALLAHASSEE  – The Florida Division of Emergency Management confirmed that almost 2,000 COVID-19 tests that were administered at drive-thru and walk-up test sites so far in May were damaged in transit. Every patient affected will be contacted and will need to be retested, department officials said Thursday in a statement. Affected patients will also be prioritized for retesting.last_img read more

Broward County School Board Reinforces Its Commitment to Black Students

first_imgThe resolution was authored by the School Board’s only Black member, Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Vice Chair, District 5. “All of our children are important,” said School Board Member Nora Rupert, District 7. “Sometimes we need to remind the community that ‘equity looks different.’” Read the full resolution here. “As a Board, equity is something that we have been committed to,” said School Board Member Laurie Rich Levinson, District 6. “We have spent a lot of time putting programs in place and adding resources, but there is much, much more to do.” “I hope this resolution sparks an ongoing movement of critical reflection and honest conversations in our school community to forge racial equity and disrupt systems of inequity in our classrooms,” said School Board Member Lori Alhadeff, District 4. “This Board has consistently demonstrated moral courage when it comes to racism and equity,” Dr. Osgood said. “We started having Courageous Conversations about race years ago and allocated funds to ensure equity across the District. It was important to me for this Board to take its position, put it in writing and stand by it.” “Thank you, Dr. Osgood for bringing forth this resolution to reaffirm this Board’s commitment to our students,” said School Board Member Robin Bartleman, Countywide At-Large, Seat 9. “This critical moment in our democracy calls for a bold reimagining of our public schools where we not only commit to close achievement gaps, but also to close what Eddie Glaude, professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, calls the ‘value gap’ – the belief that white people are valued more than others,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “This resolution is a message to our community that we value not only all of our students, but we recognize and appreciate their heritage, struggles and barriers that must be eliminated.”center_img “I want to remind the community that, as important as this resolution is,” said School Board Member Heather P. Brinkworth, District 3, “it is also about the actions we take as a Board.” “Knowing that we have narrowed the gap between our white and Black students is a reflection of the leadership of this Board,” said School Board Member Ann Murray, District 1. “It is important that we cultivate and teach that culture.” The School Board of Broward County, Florida reinforced its unified commitment to Black students by unanimously passing a Resolution on the Commitment of the Broward County Public Schools District to Black Students. “Across the nation there are great disparities,” said School Board Member Patricia Good, District 2. “As a District and as individuals, we have all worked very hard to rectify situations and remove barriers from many of our students to ensure equity in learning opportunities for our Black students.” As a show of solidarity, School Board members read the resolution in unison. “On behalf of all of us on the Board, as leaders, it is critically important that we take this type of leadership role and that we let our students know this truly is a shared voice,” said Donna Korn, School Board Chair, Countywide At-Large, Seat 8. last_img read more

Betsafe shows horse racing focus with Tipster Challenge entry

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Betsafe Horse Racing Manager Michael Robinson has reacted to the sports betting subsidiary adding a horse racing product to its service by signing up for today’s Tipster Challenge at Goodwood.Robinson has picked his seven winners at #GloriousGoodwood, which includes an extremely brave Nap of the Day in the 3:35. At the time of writing, Lancaster Bomber is priced at 28/1.He will be going up against bettingexpert’s horse racing guru Stephen Harris, who sits second in the competition with a 9.46-point average after ten weeks of action.____________________________________1:50bettingexpert: SunblazerShould relish this marathon test and will not mind any rain that falls to ease the ground.Betsafe: Star RiderLast year’s winner. Preferred over stablemate Aurora Gray despite a stiff mark.____________________________________2:25bettingexpert: Secret AdvisorRemains with potential off this handicap mark and can improve past some more exposed rivals.Betsafe: TamleekImpressive maiden winner. Followed up with a Chester Vase 4th place. Had Derby and Dante entries. Better trip today and could confirm potential.____________________________________3:00bettingexpert: Invincible ArmyRan well in a Group 2 over 6f last time and should relish a drop down to the minimum trip.Betsafe: Havana GreyDecent pace and can improve upon two wins in listed company.____________________________________3:35bettingexpert: Churchill (Nap of the Day)A top-class performer who simply got a poor ride at Royal Ascot and seems sure to be ridden much more positively here.Betsafe: Lancaster Bomber (Nap of the Day)Ostensibly a two-horse race, but Lancaster Bomber impressed when battling Barney Roy in the St James Palace Stakes and may be some value, even with question marks over today’s ground.____________________________________4:10bettingexpert: LamyaCaught the eye on her debut and could well be capable of a lot better with that experience behind her.Betsafe: Exceedingly DivaGood display on debut at Windsor and could improve upon that today at a decent price.____________________________________4:45bettingexpert: SkiffleMight appreciate this drop down in class and will not mind the expected easing of the ground.Betsafe: SkiffleListed race winner at this track and distance last year. Back down to 10 furlongs which looks like it suits.____________________________________5:50bettingexpert: Sun LoverHas a progressive profile and a brilliant draw in stall one under Atzeni.Betsafe: The WarriorTends to go well over C&D. May be exposed here but a decent price.____________________________________ 1Sarah Shannon – OneBet210.38 2Stephen Harris – bettingexpert29.46 3Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas37.80 4Harry Lang – Pinnacle47.00 5Alexman – OLBG25.10 6Tim Reynolds – Sun Bets25.00 7Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 8Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air24.50 9Conall McSorley – Metric Gaming14.00 10Charlie McCann – BetVictor12.25 11Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 12Rupert Adams – William Hill10.50 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Betsson sees strong prospects in disrupted Kenya June 19, 2020 ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Share Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020last_img read more

Paddy Power – Boris in the dock following repeat of ‘Brexit NHS claim’

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Paddy Power Politics has installed UK Foreign Affairs Secretary Boris Johnson as the clear 11/4 market favourite to become the next Conservative cabinet minister to leave/resign from their post of duty.Johnson came under fire this weekend, following the publication of his Daily Telegraph opinion piece ‘My Vision for a Bold & Thriving Britain, enabled by Brexit’, in which the secretary repeated his claim that ‘£350 million a week could be freed up by Brexit for the NHS’.The claim would be criticised by UK government organisations and Johnson detractors, stating that the Foreign Affairs Secretary had again purposely misused official government statistics to drive his agenda.Furthermore, internal Tory Party pressure has mounted on Johnson as cabinet colleagues have detailed that Johnson’s Telegraph article directly undermined PM Theresa May’s efforts to progress with tough EU-exit negotiations.UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd told BBC Politics that Johnson was attempting to ‘back seat driving’ Brexit negotiations tactics and that his intervention was unneededThe all-encompassing subject matter of Brexit has deeply divided the Conservative Party, with Paddy Power now placing ‘Bojo’ at 11/4 to leave his role as Foreign Secretary before any other cabinet member departs. PM Theresa May next in the betting at 5/1 .Paddy PowerChancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond (7/1), Party Chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin (10/1), and Education Secretary Justine Greening (11/1) are next in the Paddy Power betting markets.Politics Spokesman Paddy Power commented on Johnson’s position: “The pressure is mounting to force Boris Johnson out – something he’ll know plenty about having spearheaded the UK’s Brexit campaign.“I’m not sure he’ll be too worried about being our favourite to leave his cabinet position next – after all, he clearly has eyes on a different job, anyway.”Paddy Power ‘Next Cabinet Minister to Leave’11/4       Boris Johnson5/1         Theresa May7/1         Philip Hammond10/1       Sir Patrick McLoughlin11/1       Justine Greening12/1       Liam Fox14/1       Michael Gove14/1       Chris Graylinglast_img read more

DraftKings expands Fantasy Football to Ireland and Austria

first_img Betfred secures British Masters title extension July 27, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 DraftKings, the world’s largest Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) platform, has announced plans to expand into Ireland and Austria.The Boston-based provider will offer several football leagues to Irish and Austrian players, including the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League and Spanish La Liga, as well as golf (PGA and European Tour), mixed martial arts, Esports, Canadian Football League, EuroLeague Basketball and an extensive range of American Sports.The platform launch will be marked by a promotion offering gamers the chance to win tickets to the upcoming Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Manchester United this Saturday.Jason Robins, DraftKings Chief Executive, said: “Sports fans in Europe are embracing the game inside the game through DraftKings’ contests and content.“As we looked to expand our European footprint, it was an easy choice to launch in Ireland and Austria, given their renowned passion for sports.”The Emerald Isle had long been earmarked by the company as a desirable expansion market, due to the country’s well-known passion for all things sport.The Philip Lee Sport Report II notes that there are 2.7 million people in Ireland interested in sports, of which 2.1 million attended professional and amateur sporting events in 2016. The country also spent €2.5 billion on the sports industry last year alone.Jeffrey Haas, DraftKings Chief International Officer, said: “Ireland’s sports culture runs deep, with hundreds of thousands of passionate fans following both ‘proper football’ and ‘gridiron football’ across European and American sports leagues.“Irish football fans will find many opportunities to test their wits on DraftKings while enjoying a new way to sweat the action during fixtures.“We enhance that connection with our exciting contests, innovative content and real-time sports analysis and data. DraftKings is essentially the second screen for sports fans watching a match at the pub, at home or on the go.”The expansion into Ireland and Austria comes 18 months after DraftKings first opened in Europe, with considerable growth figures recorded during this period.September 2017 saw 51% year-over-year growth in entry fees and 31% year-over-year growth in new customers in the UK, and 46% month-over-month growth in registered customers in Germany – the largest monthly growth to-date. Share Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

ABB dismisses latest FOBT report as being “flawed”

first_img Arcades denounce DCMS reclassification postponing June reopening   June 12, 2020 GVC expects strong full year results following online growth January 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles UKGC gambling statistics highlight retail declines May 29, 2020 Share Submit The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has expressed its belief that a report which estimates the potential economic cost of cutting fixed odds betting terminal (FOBT) stakes to £2 was “flawed.” The report, which was conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) for the British Amusement Catering Trade Association (BACTA), came to the conclusion that if the Government were to cut the stakes on FOBTs to £2 the economic implications for betting wouldn’t be as significant as first anticipated. The CEBR projected that the potential losses for betting shops would be up to 47% lower than the government had originally detailed in its impact assessment. Which outlined that the industry would lose £639 million, however the CEBR has claimed that the reduction would only lead to a £335m deduction in annual gross gambling yield for high street betting shops.Commenting on the research, an ABB Spokesperson said: “This is a flawed report, funded by those with vested commercial interests, with no access to betting shop industry data.“The Treasury’s own analysis, with detailed betting shop data, has estimated that the net negative cost to the UK economy of a £2 stake would be a staggering £8.5bn at worst over the next ten years, and £5.5bn at best.”Research that has previously been done by the ABB has outlined that such a drastic reduction in the stake would subsequently lead to 4,500 shop closures, 21,000 job losses and £1.1 billion lost tax revenue within two years.The government is currently in the midst  ’12-week consultation period for proposals on ‘changes to gaming machines and social responsibility requirements across the UK gambling sector’.  At October’s Triennial review to gaming machines stakes and  has announced that the current maximum stakes on FOBTs will be cut from £100, to between  £50 – £2.last_img read more

Parimatch boosts esports presence through Team Spirit agreement

first_img StumbleUpon Parimatch hails top talent of inaugural ‘Universal Sports & Games Hackathon’ August 14, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Share CIS region online bookmaker Parimatch has continued to boost its presence in the esports industry after inking a new six-month agreement with Russian esports organisation, Team Spirit.Under the new agreement, Parimatch will see their logos displayed across team apparel, while also gaining brand exposure via the Team Spirit social media platform. In addition, the operator will offer their support to the teams across the organisation, including Dota2 and CS:GO.Stepan Shulga, Head of Esports at Parimatch added: “Our company operates in the key markets in the CIS, so partnering with Team Spirit is a natural fit. The teams include well known players, and we do not doubt the success of the dragon squads in the regional and international arenas.“We value a systematic approach, competence during negotiations and dedication to eSports. We have already received exceptional support from the organisation’s management, and look forward to a close and productive partnership.”The operator will have their logos displayed across the players’ apparel, while also featuring across Team Spirit’s social media platforms.Nikita Chukalin, General Manager of Team Spirit: “Parimatch is undoubtedly the best bookmaker in the CIS market for eSports, and we are proud to work with them.“When choosing a partner, we always pay special attention to the status of the company and its relationship with our audience.“We are excited to partner with Parimatch and I am sure that we will have a long and fruitful cooperation. Cheer on Team Spirit with Parimatch!” ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky August 11, 2020last_img read more

SBC bolsters content marketing team with Martyn Elliott appointment

first_img SBC (Sports Betting Community), the leading specialist sports betting events and media business, has moved to further strengthen its growing team with the appointment of Martyn Elliott to the newly-created role of Content Marketing Manager.Elliott brings with him more than 15 years of experience in the content industry, including writing for sports and news websites, managing editorial teams, and designing and implementing B2B content marketing strategies for international companies.Among the projects he will be working on for SBC is the new fortnightly Betting on Sports webinar series, which will see well-known experts provide in-depth insights into some of the new opportunities and key issues facing the industry.  The webinars will also act as a preview of the 13 tracks at the industry-leading Betting on Sports 2019 event in London, when 3,500 delegates will be treated to a 300-speaker line-up that includes illustrious industry experts like Jason Robins (DraftKings), Paris Smith (Pinnacle) and Sergey Portnov (Parimatch). Opening the webinar series on July 10 is Rare Breed – Betting on Politics, a discussion on how to price markets in what, after a series of poll-defying results over recent years, has become a highly unpredictable sector.The panel for the session comprises Sarbjit Bakhshi (Head of Politics, Smarkets), Matt Shaddick (Head of Ladbrokes Politics) and Steve Donoughue (Owner/CEO of GamblingConsultant.co.uk).Dennis Algreen, SBC’s Marketing Director, said: “We’re delighted to have Martyn on board to drive our marketing with additional creative, customer-focused content. The new Betting on Sports webinar series is a great example of  how we are developing our content offering, and there are plenty more new ideas to come.”Elliott added: “It’s an exciting time to be joining SBC, which is renowned for the quality of the content delivered at its events and through its media channels. The company has ambitious plans to further leverage its content offerings and I’m looking forward to being involved in some innovative projects to support them.” To register for the Rare Breed – Betting on Politics webinar (3:00pm GMT 10 July), click HERE. GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUponlast_img read more