Tropical Storm Cindy churning slowly toward the Gulf Coast

first_imgFor Tomorrow’s weather forecastIt will be partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties with a high of 88 and a low of 73 degrees. Today’s news was brought to you by the Florida Department of Health in Broward County, who encourages you to Protect Your Baby, Vaccinate On Time, Every Time.  They remind you that Immunizations are SAFE, PROVEN PROTECTION. For more on these and other stories visit us at caribbeannationalweekly.com Make sure to pick your copy of Caribbean News weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet. Following heavy rains which lashed South Florida in the last few weeks, Broward County officials said they have been getting thousands of requests per day to eradicate mosquitoes. As a result, the County has been deploying manpower to  control of the spread. Due to the increase in the mosquito population, Broward County has trained extra personnel to help cover a wider area – this in addition to their normally scheduled spraying. They are also treating any standing water  to control the mosquito breeding.A pro-opposition radio station in St Vincent and the Grenadines has begun efforts to raise over 200-thousand Eastern Caribbean dollars it owes Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves after he successfully sued for defamation. Gonsalves had filed the defamation suit after comments were made on a radio program in 2007.This is the second lawsuit that the station has lost to the Prime MinisterJamaican theater returns to South Florida with two shows this weekend. The series, Shebada Meets Bad Boy Trevor, will kick off The at Miramar High School on Saturday June 25 and  will travel to the Coral Springs High School the following day. Both events start at 8:00 PM..And in Sports Organizers of the Diamond League meeting to be held in Monaco next month, have announced that eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt will run the 100 metres on July 21. Bolt, who is is competing in his final season before retirement,  will use the Monaco event as a warm-up for the world championships in London that start on August 5.Here’s What’s Trending.Tropical Storm Cindy is churning slowly toward the Gulf Coast, where millions of residents are bracing for heavy rain and potential flash flooding. The storm – the second of the Atlantic Hurricane season, could bring up to 12 inches of rain to some coastal areas of Texas and Louisiana.last_img read more

Florida Newly Appointed Task Force To Deliberate Reopening of the State

first_imgThese are the people on the executive committee selected to help the governor determine how to best reopen the state for business:Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette NuñezFlorida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy PatronisFlorida Attorney General Ashley MoodyFlorida Senate President Bill GalvanoFlorida House of Representatives Speaker Jose OlivaState Sen. Wilton Simpson, president-designateState Rep. Chris Sprowls, speaker-designateEducation Commissioner Richard CorcoranEnterprise Florida President & CEO Jamal SowellMiami-Dade County Mayor Carlos GimenezBroward County Mayor Dale HolnessPalm Beach County Mayor David KernerJohn Couris, President & CEO, Tampa General HospitalJosh D’Amaro, President, Walt Disney World ResortTodd Jones, CEO, Publix Super MarketsSyd Kitson, Chairman, Board of Governors for the State University SystemPaul Reilly, Chairman & CEO, Raymond James FinancialAlex Sanchez, President & CEO, Florida Bankers AssociationEric Silagy, President & CEO, Florida Power & Light CompanyJohn Sprouls, CEO, Universal Orlando Resort, Executive Vice President, Universal Parks & ResortsPatrick Sunderlin, Vice President, Global Supply Chain, Lockheed Martin CorporationJoe York, President, AT&T Florida and Caribbean As states like Texas and Georgia have reopened for business, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has appointed a task force committee to make recommendations about how to put Florida back to work.The 22-member committee, which included state elected leaders, county mayors and business officials from Disney World and Universal, have until Friday, April 24, to make their recommendations as to which businesses can reopen soon and when.Florida remains under a stay-at-home order until April 30. The Re-Open Florida Task Force executive committee is using this week to develop plans to reopen the economy while minimizing close contact at businesses.The governor has also created an Industry Working Group task force to tackle tourism, construction, real estate, recreation, retail and transportation issues.Last week, DeSantis controversially announced that state beaches and parks were allowed to reopen under strict social distancing guidelines. Beaches in Jacksonville were the first to reopen in the country since the COVID-19 pandemic. “Florida Flattening The Curve” – DeSantisIn the meantime, Gov. DeSantis said that Florida has began to “flatten the curve” when compared to other countries and other states in America.“We did not go the way of Italy, we did not go the way of New York City”, he said. “In fact, we’ve done much better”. As of April 22 (mid-day), Florida has 28,309 confirmed COVID-19 cases which include 893 deaths.Health officials, including Dr. Raul Pino from the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, have said it’s possible that the region already could have seen its peak in cases and deaths, although the threat from the pandemic remains far from over.last_img read more

LMC Fines Wikki Tourists, To Play Three Matches Behind Close Doors

first_imgThe League Management Company (LMC) of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) has fined Wikki Tourists N2.250 million and ordered the Buchi side to play three home games behind closed doors.The decision came after some Tourists fans assaulted match officials in the NPFL game between Wikki Tourists and Enugu Rangers last week in Bauchi, an incident that left one assistant referee injured due to an object thrown from the stands.A statement on NPFL’s Official Website explained: “The club(Wikki Tourists) was charged for violations of Rules B13.18, B13.52, C11 and C1 covering breaches of field encroachment by supporters, failure to ensure adequate security, assault of match officials and conduct likely to bring the league to disrepute.”“For the encroachment of the supporters on to the field of play and throwing of objects, Wikki were fined N1m and N750,000 for failure to ensure adequate security.”“Pursuant to rules C12, the club was also ordered to pay compensation of N250,000 to each of the match officials attacked and injured by the supporters.”However, the LMC has arrested and charged to court, three suspects, Mohammed Isa, Hamisu Mohammed & Yola Ishaya aka Chara, for throwing objects at match officials during the league game in Bauchi.“Two of the three games would, however, be served should there be a recurrence of the incident before the end of the season. Furthermore, the club will also pay the full cost for the repair of the damaged Rangers bus.” NPFL added.The match was stopped for over 30 minutes following the incident and later resumed, as both teams battled to a 1-1 draw in the Matchday 33 fixture.Relatedlast_img read more

2017 CAF Champions League: Holders Mamelodi Sundowns Booted Out

first_imgRelatedCAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Top 4 emerge as champions bow out.September 25, 2017In “Features”CAF CL: Hilal Shock Etoile, el Kaabi Hat-trick Powers Wydad Past Petro LuandaDecember 29, 2019In “Africa”CAF Top Eight TeamsJuly 11, 2017In “Africa” Defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa have been eliminated from this year’s CAF Champions League after they lost 4-3 on penalties to Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca in the second leg of their quarter-final tie at the Prince Abdellah Stadium in Rabat.Sundowns led 1-0 from their home leg but failed to keep out hosts Wydad as Salaheddine Saidi’s first half strike was enough to force the dreaded penalty shooutout. The home team then went on to emerge 4-3 winners thus sealing a semi-final meeting with USM Alger of Algeria.USM Alger eliminated Mozambique champions Ferroviario Beira on away goals after a 1-1 aggregate scoreline. Both teams played out a goalless draw in their second leg clash in Algeria with the hosts moving to the next stage having secured a 1-1 draw in the first leg.Egyptian giants Al Ahly are also through to the last four of the competition following a 4-3 aggregate win over Esperance of Tunisia. After an event-filled 2-2 draw from the first leg in Cairo, Al Ahly showed why they are one of the favourites to win by producing a comeback victory against their hosts.Al Ahly won 2-1 courtesy second half goals from Ali Maaloul and Nigerian forward Junior Ajayi as they recovered from going down to a 40th minute penalty from Tunisian international Taha Yassine Khenissi. They will next face the winner of the tie between Al Ahli Tripoli of Libya and Etoile du Sahel from Tunisia for a place in the 2017 CAF Champions League final. Al Ahli and Etoile meet in Tunisia on Sunday with the tie delicately poised at 0-0 from the first leg.last_img read more

Playtech focuses on ‘real-time’ rewards and engagement with Captain Up partnership

first_img Share Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Shimon Akad – PlaytechSeeking to boost its client retention capabilities, FTSE-listed gambling technology and platform provider Playtech has entered a strategic partnership with real-time user engagement specialists Captain Up.The partnership will see Playtech incorporate Captain UP real-time engagement and retention tools which will reward in-play customers playing on the Playtech client network.Captain Up engagement tools, combine social communications, gamification mechanisms and active rewards to incentivize players, with the company claiming that its services help develop partner retention beyond a ‘static interaction’.Captain Up development teams have prior industry experience having worked on retention based project and games for UK operator Ladbrokes and 888 Bingo.Commenting on the retention focused partnership Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, said: “This integration enables our licensees to access an even broader range of unique technologies that can help differentiate their offerings and significantly enhance their player engagement, through the use of real-time analytics. We have known about Captain Up for some time and we’re very pleased to be working together.”Implementing Captain Up engagement tools, Playtech teams will look to drive initial partner benefits for user real-time interactions and enhanced player loyalty.Uri Admon, Founder and CEO, Captain Up, welcomed Playtech as partner stating: “We are delighted with the opportunity to join forces with Playtech, and offer its customers the tools to maximize user value, using our Engagement and Retention platform.”last_img read more

Chroma Sports – Sponsor Profile – #bofcon2017

first_img StumbleUpon Share Chroma Sports 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 Chroma Head of Business & Product Development Yosef Salameh 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?YS: The amount of televised coverage that there is of football plays a part in why betting on it is such an attractive proposition. The sheer volume of available markets for a host of games also makes it an appealing sport to bet on. There are often over 100 markets for any given big match, with a number of variations to get involved in. Because a number of these can last/continue to the end of the match (unlike a simple correct score or result bet which can be down within five minutes), there is appeal to stay engaged with both the live sport and the bet you have placed. The intrinsic nature of live football and social media platforms have allowed the betting companies to interact with customers to promote, engage and market their products, and often displays of punters winning large sums against these bookies is an attractive proposition for potential consumers. SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?YS: Gambling on football has changed hugely over the last five years. Whereas going into a bookmakers still has its own appeal, having everything you need on your phone or device makes it a very swift process and one you can get involved in at any point during a match. Features such as in-play and cash-out have helped the market grow into what it has become. Another key element is the activation tools which some companies promote and allow fans – and even non-fans – to be a part of. These games and apps have grown in popularity over recent times, with cash incentives offered without a stake even having to be placed in a number of cases. Such games have allowed a new target market and customer base to be reached and have allowed the betting companies to grow their brand in return for a fun, easy and appealing game. In fantasy sport, a move away from the classic format of season-long games have been replaced by daily fantasy and short form games, which are easy to play, don’t necessarily consume huge amounts of time or effort and can be resolved and resulted quickly. This has allowed for a just-as-interested audience to thrive, without feeling like they have to commit hours of time per week to play the games. SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?YS: Statistics and data are such a huge part of how the new breed of football fan engages with the sport. As the client demographic for bookmakers changes, the need for richer content and analysis, rises. The peripherals to any good sportsbook are becoming more and more important and the need to create a “destination site” for football fans is there for all to see in a crowded marketplace. SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?YS: Being able to create your own bespoke betslip is a big change in the industry. Being able to create your own betslip based upon whatever obscure outcomes you can think of has become extremely popular, as have the messenger services that allow you to do this. The slicker this process becomes, the more value there is to the end customer. The ability to converse in a personal way with your customer base will aid retention, and as we all know, retention is key in this industry. SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?YS: The specialism that Chroma holds in the world of fantasy gaming makes the session on DFS and customer engagement especially relevant for us. Chroma products are all about using data and statistics to create engaging products for our clients and the rise of DFS has been a large part of defining our strategy. 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 Related Articles 10bet announce Drogba as brand ambassador September 13, 2019 Share Submitlast_img read more

Ganapati chooses iGaming Super Show to iGnite its latest game

first_img Related Articles Share Submit iGaming Super Show pleased at 9% jump in numbers August 8, 2017 Ganapati Malta bolsters operational team with Bell & Negotei hires June 22, 2017 Share Ganapati Malta: Finding a niche by capturing the Japanese culture December 19, 2017 StumbleUpon Online casino content supplier Ganapati will be showcasing its original game She Ninja SUZU and releasing new images of the upcoming Tokyo Saints at next week’s iGaming Super Show.At 12:15 on Wednesday 12 July, Ganapati Malta CEO Mitsuya Fujimoto will be presenting the games at iGnite, a new open conference area on the show floor in Amsterdam where software suppliers, insights companies and game developers can address the entire igaming industry.Fujimoto commented: “With Ganapati Malta, coming up to our first year of business we are so excited to have been accepted to showcase at iGnite and share with the incredible operators, affiliates, regulators and fellow suppliers that attend The Super Show.“At Ganapati Malta, we pride ourselves on creating the highest quality of online slot games by taking an organic approach when producing games by merging proven maths and game logics with our complex characters and strong narratives. This is clearly visible in our upcoming original game, She Ninja Suzu and I can’t wait to share this.“The open conference format of iGnite offers the ideal platform for us to showcase with everyone our games and the ethos of Ganapati Malta. We can’t wait to be part of this world class event.”last_img read more

21Bet ‘absolutely delighted’ with Gloucester partnership

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit 21Bet upgrades to Digitain sportsbook ahead of World Cup June 15, 2018 More bets wagered on Six Nations as England tipped for success February 22, 2019 Share Ladbrokes boosts Irish profile by announcing new Ambassador club September 10, 2019 Having extended their venture into the world of sports sponsorship by becoming the official betting partner of Gloucester Rugby, 21Bet CEO, Richard Hogg told SBC, ‘we’re absolutely delighted with the partnership’.A cornerstone of the sponsorship is the temporary renaming of the West Terrace to the ‘21Bet Terrace.’Hogg a committed rugby fan further stated: “They are steeped in history and have the most iconic Rugby stand there is in The Shed and so to have the extent of exposure that we have in the newly renamed ‘21Bet Terrace’ is considered a real coup.”“What also impressed us was just how forward thinking they are with a lot of technical advancements and initiatives upcoming”.21Bet are also offering a price boost on Gloucester finishing in the top 6 this season, Hogg said: “We’re 100% behind the team and think that they will go from strength to strength under new coach Johan Ackerman.“The better the club fare, the more exposure we are likely to get and so it’s a win-win situation. Nothing will please us more than to be paying out the Gloucester fans at the end of the season. 7/1 to finish in the top 6 represents huge value”, Hogg added.last_img read more

Home crunch triggers FTSE bookmakers’ Australian arms race

first_img FTSE bookmaker William Hill Plc has lit-up the Australian gambling market, by confirming that it has entered ‘in-depth discussions’ with Crown Resorts to acquire its controlling 62% stake in online betting subsidiary Crownbet.The cumbersome merger of Tabcorp-Tatts has dominated the Australian betting industry’s agenda and context in 2017, however, seeking to expand its international assets William Hill may have moved to trigger an ‘Australian arms race’, as FTSE betting giants are pressured to deliver international growth.Closing on Friday, UK news sources revealed that FTSE competitor Paddy Power Betfair (PPB), was also in discussion with James Packer’s Crown Resorts with regards to acquiring Crownbet, an asset deemed ‘non-core’ by Packer who has chosen to focus on Crown Resort’s new Australian casino developments.Moving forward, PPB governance desires to support its ‘fast-growth’ Sportsbet Australia division, which reported a 29% revenue uplift during Q3 2017, becoming Australia’s leading online wagering destination.Outgoing PPB Chief Executive Breon Corcoran has labelled Sportsbet Australia, as the betting group’s ‘shining star’ for international development and growth a key corporate objective for inbound PPB leader Peter Jackson (former WorldPay CEO).Facing tougher UK home market prospects, with significant incoming regulatory change, stricter advertising standards/practices, increasing costs, and all-around domestic GDP and Sterling forecasts downgraded (Brexit impacts). FTSE betting governances are being pressured by investors to deliver true international enterprises, making Plc bookmakers less reliant on home comforts.Ladbrokes Coral which is currently ‘reviewing all strategic options’ with regards to its corporate future, has fresh eyes on the Australian betting market, having appointed Jason Scott as new Ladbrokes Australia CEO this August.The lucrative Australian betting market, will not only become a ‘FTSE bookmaker playground’. As last week, the governance of Stockholm-listed European online gambling firm Kindred Group Plc revealed that it would significantly increase its marketing spend and coverage within Australia.Henrik Tjarnstrom, Kindred Group CEO stated that his company would now seek to expand its Australian digital services, as the established multi-market operator aims to enhance group revenue channels by creating lucrative assets ’beyond Europe’.Though Tabcorp governance, may have finally gained the ACT merger approval to combine its enterprise with Tatts, Australian analysts’ are all in agreement that the legacy operator faces its biggest threat from digitally shrewd and well-funded European players.Nevertheless, although Australia may appear a golden destination for FTSE players, industry stakeholders have been warned that regulatory concerns are growing with regards to betting exposure, much like home these concerns have become a political point of contention and conflict.The increased international attention is welcomed by industry investors and analysts seeking new ground. However, as market activity heats up, it is unlikely that all European players will survive the rugged and brutal reality of Australia’s betting terrain. Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020last_img read more

BHA begins Cheltenham investigation after deaths of six horses

first_img Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Related Articles The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is to launch a review after six horses died at last weeks Cheltenham Festival.During the first day (Tuesday 13 March) of the four-day event, Mossback and Report to Base died, while Sandsend broke a leg in the County Hurdle in a race to the finish on the final day (Friday 16 March).Also on that final day Some Plan, Dresden and North Hill Harvey all died of injuries sustained in the Grand Annual Chase.Jamie Stier, Chief Regulatory Officer for the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), said at the conclusion of the festival: “I must first express my sympathy towards to all those who will have loved and cared for the horses who suffered fatal injuries this week. Everyone who follows this sport does so because we love these fine animals and it is extremely sad when we lose any horse.“The BHA will be reviewing the circumstances leading to the fatalities at the Cheltenham Festival. We will examine the evidence from the past week over the next few days before deciding how we will pursue the review.“We continue to use research, safety measures, regulation and education to reduce fatality rates to as close to zero as possible. This is what has contributed to the overall fatality rate within British racing reducing by a third in the last 20 years, and the fatality rate in Jump racing reducing to below 0.4% of runners.“We will also be examining whether the existing penalties for misuse of the whip, and how they apply, constitute an adequate deterrent to jockeys.” Sharelast_img read more