Month: August 2020

Jamaica Tallawahs search for new coach

first_imgCaribbean Premier League franchise the Jamaica Tallawahs could be about to launch the search for a new head coach. The need for a new coach comes on the heels of news that their two-time title-winning coach Paul Nixon has signed to become the new head coach of Leicestershire in English County Cricket.The 46-year-old Nixon has replaced Pierre de Bruyn, who left the county in September after one year in the role. Nixon, who won the County Championship twice as a Leicestershire player, appeared in 19 one-day internationals and one T20 game for England.“The club has always been close to my heart and I have lived in the city of Leicester for 30 years, so I know how much it means to everyone here,” Nixon said on his new appointment.Leicestershire finished bottom of County Championship Division Two in 2017, failing to win any of their 14 matches.The county’s chief executive Wasim Khan told BBC that Nixon was the outstanding candidate.“The time’s right for Paul to return to the club. He’s had success in the Caribbean Premier League and his standing as a coach is improving all of the time.”The Jamaica Tallawahs are the representative team of Jamaica in the Caribbean Premier League of cricket. It was one of the six teams created in 2013 for the inaugural season of the tournament. The Jamaica Tallawahs play their home games at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.The Tallawahs won inaugural tournament by defeating the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the final at Queen’s Park Oval, they also won the 2016 CPL season. They are known for their formidable home record, winning 5 out of their 6 home games in CPL History since the end of the 2014 season. They are also the only team in CPL History to play all 11 local players in match which they did in 2013 at home against the TT Red Steel where all 11 Tallawah players were Jamaican.last_img read more

Chronixx among nominees for Grammy’s Best Reggae Album

first_imgJAMAICAN REGGAE ARTIST CHRONIXX AMONG FIVE NOMINEES FOR THE GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST REGGAE ALBUM 2017. The Jamaican singer receives his first GRAMMY nod for Best Reggae Album. The 60th GRAMMY Awards® will air (via CBS) on January 28, 2018 live from New York City’s Madison Square Garden and will be hosted by James Corden.Other nominees for Best Reggae Album include Common Kings, J Boog, Damian Marley and Morgan Heritage. Visit Grammy.com for full list.Rolling Stone Best Album listChronixx also makes history this week as the first and only reggae artist to appear on Rolling Stone‘s prestigious annual Best Albums list in recent years. Chronology was selected as one of their 50 Best Albums in 2017, raving that Chronixx is “the most promising reggae ambassador in a generation…here just when the need for healing music has never been greater.”19 Weeks on Billboard chartChronology has remained on the U.S. Billboard’s Top 10 Reggae Album chart for 19 consecutive weeks (peaking at #1) since its release in July.2017 has been impactful for the 25-year-old Rasta. At the start of the year, Chronixx landed a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for the second time and an international campaign as the face of Adidas Spezial Spring 2017 line – all in preparation for Chronology. He and his band Zincfence Redemption toured their biggest headlining tour to date —covering major cities across the U.S, Canada, Japan, France, England, Israel and the Caribbean — and opened for Ms. Lauryn Hill and Nas on their North American run this fall.This week, he will wrap the year’s whirlwind of shows in his native country of Jamaica on Dec. 1st in Kingston and Dec. 2nd in Montego Bay. Fellow reggae comrade Protoje will join him. In 2018, he will gear up for his Australia Chronology Tour.last_img read more

BVI implements new application process of permits

first_imgThe government of the British Virgin Islands is in the process of testing a new online application process for entry permits.Premier Dr. Orlando Smith, in a recent announcement said while the online platform is being created, employers are now able to send work permit applications directly to immigration.“As of Monday, February 19, any company can have their work permits processed for the employees by having all the documents for the employees sent from the company directly to the Immigration Department. This would also apply for the owners or managers of companies,” Smith said.“We expect this to be up and running within the next few weeks… This will add to the efficiency of the application process at the Immigration Department,” he said.Meanwhile, the Premier said organizations or persons responsible for any number of volunteers are now required to submit volunteer applications to the facility based in the capital of Road Town.Persons must write to the Chief Immigration Officer indicating the name of the parent organization, when persons are expected to arrive in the territory, and how long they plan to stay, the Premier said.“This request will then be facilitated by the Immigration Department,” he added.The changes are being rolled out to improve the Immigration process which has been described as chronically cumbersome.According to Immigration officials, persons comprising mostly expatriate workers have been flocking the department in crowds since the hurricanes.These persons are forced to stand in extremely long lines to get their Immigration documents processed.The problem is compounded by the influx of persons entering the territory to assist with recovery.last_img read more

AAA: Gas prices drop again, but higher prices are coming

first_imgGas prices have steadily declined during the past couple of weeks, but that downward trend is likely coming to an end. Refineries are entering their seasonal maintenance period, which can place significant upward pressure on prices at the pump. Historically, maintenance season has caused gas prices to jump 15-75 cents from February to June. Last year, pump prices only rose 15 cents during that time, because oil prices struggled to maintain strength. When gasoline jumped 60-70 cents in 2015 and ’16, oil had risen $15-$20 per barrel. “Energy prices are rising again, which should signal the end for the steady slump at the pump,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Wholesale gasoline prices jumped last week, amid reports that refinery activity along the gulf coast is slowing down. This will make it more expensive for retailers to purchase gasoline, and that added expense will eventually be passed along to the consumer. Based on movements in the market last week, the short-term increase could amount to only a few cents, but motorists should expect a minimum total increase of 20-30 cents this spring.”Florida gas prices drop 16 cents in 17 daysGas prices for the month of February are their highest in four years. Florida gas prices declined during the past 17 consecutive days, for a total discount of 16 cents. The state average of $2.52 is 5 cents less than a week ago and 3 cents less than last month. However, motorists are paying 24 cents per gallon more than this time last year – the difference of $4 for an average-sized tank of gasoline.The most expensive gas price averages in Florida are in West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.66), Sebastian-Vero Beach ($2.64), and Naples ($2.63).The least expensive gas price averages in Florida are in Jacksonville ($2.43), Punta Gorda ($2.45), and Orlando ($2.47).last_img read more

BCPS School Drive Helps to Distribute Supplies to Displaced Bahamian Students

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY- Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), in partnership with Broward County Government, is proud to announce the conclusion of a successful school supply drive to help Bahamian students displaced by Hurricane Dorian in September. More than 270 students are now enrolled in BCPS to finish out the school year in Broward County.The successful drive netted thousands of items to assist elementary, middle and high school students and their families to finish the school year.The donated school supplies will be distributed to students and families from the Bahamas via the District’s Welcome Center, located in the Lauderdale Manors Early Learning & Family Resource Center at 1400 NW 14th Court in Fort Lauderdale.The Welcome Center provides families with support for student registration into District schools, and once registered, connects families to school social workers and provides school supplies, uniforms, clothing, food and information on local resources. In addition, the Welcome Center offers access to a variety of health services, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Broward.last_img read more

Cruise Ships Allowed To Disembark at Broward County’s Port

first_imgSOUTH FLORIDA – The eyes of the world have been fixed on South Florida recently, as elected officials, government administrators, health care professionals, law enforcement and a myriad of other organizations in Broward County have been engaged in an unprecedented fight against COVID-19 – a fight that is requiring tough choices and difficult decisions.For most of the day Thursday, two Holland America Line cruise ships carrying approximately 1,250 passengers and 1,200 crew lay off the coast of South Florida, awaiting clearance to dock at Broward County’s Port Everglades. Because some of the passengers have tested positive for COVID-19, and four passengers have passed away, the ships have been denied entry at other ports along their route to the U.S.The Zaandam and the Rotterdam Cruise Ships were given permission to dock at Port Everglades late Thursday afternoon, after having been at sea for nearly a month.“Residents have been understandably concerned about potential impacts in our community,” said Broward County Mayor Dale V.C. Holness. “This is a humanitarian situation, and the County Commission’s top priority is protecting our 1.9 million residents while providing a contained disembarkation option for people on board who need to get safely home.”South Florida is the epi-center of Florida’s COVID-19 crisis, with more positive cases and deaths from the coronavirus than the rest of Florida combined.Holland America Line’s parent company, Carnival Corporation, submitted a revised plan that first had to meet the stringent requirements of Broward’s Unified Command, which consists of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Health Department in Broward County, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Broward Sheriff’s Office Departments of Law Enforcement and Fire Rescue, Port Everglades Pilots Association, Broward County’s Port Everglades Department and Broward County Administration.Highlights of the final, approved plan include:Nearly all of the guests onboard are deemed well and fit for travel per guidelines from CDC and will transfer from the ship, wearing masks, in sanitized, chartered coaches with limited person-to-person contact.On Friday and Saturday, they will be taken in groups directly to the tarmac at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, to board charter flights home. They have been self-isolated on board the ship since March 22 and will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.Approximately two dozen guests onboard have mild illness and the plans calls for these guests to continue to isolate on board until they are recovered. Disembarkation for these individuals will not occur until they meet CDC guidelines for being fit to travel.Approximately 15 individuals need immediate critical care shoreside, and a local health system partner here in Broward has agreed to accept them for treatment, with a transfer procedure that protects the patient, the health care workers and the community.Among the passengers are 311 American citizens, including Floridians. Passengers who are residents of Florida will be provided private transportation to their homes.“The passengers that are sick want medical attention, as any of us would,” said Mayor Holness. “The ones that are well simply want to go home. They have families and lives they want desperately to return to. We can safely help them, and we should.”last_img read more

Non-violent Undocumented Immigrants in South Florida Detention Centers To Be Released

first_imgA federal judge has ordered authorities to release more than 1,200 undocumented immigrants from three South Florida detention centers to prevent a wider spread of the coronavirus. U.S. District Court Judge Marcia Cooke said the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement must submit a report Sunday with steps to bring down the centers population from 1,400 to about 350. So far, ICE says nine detainees at the Krome Detention Center in Miami have tested positive. At least eight staff members have been infected. The three centers are Krome Detention Center in Miami, Broward Transitional Center in Pompano Beach and the Glades County facility in Moore Haven. Cooke’s ruling, which was made on Thursday, comes after several protests were held outside of the detention centers in South Florida. Family members and friends of the prisoners said it was unfair to keep those arrested for misdemeanors in prison when they were being exposed to COVID-19. Cooke also slammed the federal immigration agency for not providing detainees ‘masks, soaps and other cleaning supplies’ and for failing to promote social distancing at the three jails. In an Op-Ed to Caribbean National Weekly, Miami-Dade State Attorney, Melba Peason also called for the release of nonviolent offenders from state jails, as well as a moratorium on seeking cash bail for nonviolent offenders to slow the spread of COVID-19.last_img read more

Former Arsenal Player To Return In ‘Director Of Football’ Role – Reports

first_imgWidespread reports have revealed that North London side Arsenal have agreed a deal with former player Marc Overmars to become the club’s director of football as from next season.Arsenal have reportedly been keen to appoint a director of football for several years but have met with a resistance in the form of manager Arsene Wenger.However, that is set to change with Wenger getting ever closer to the end of his long reign at the club.According to popular Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb, Arsenal have already reached an agreement with Dutchman Overmars about assuming the role as from next season.Marc Overmars is not new to the role having been the director of football at Dutch club Ajar Amsterdam since 2012.RelatedArsenal Legend Fired From Assistant Coach Job At AjaxDecember 22, 2017In “Europe”Kanu Tips Emery To Succeed As Arsenal Manager (AUDIO)July 16, 2018In “England”I’ll Return to Football, Maybe Not Management – WengerMay 24, 2019In “England”last_img read more

Sporting Index celebrates 25th birthday

first_img Share Share HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Kenneth Alexander: Industry’s regulatory future is in-play as live sport resumes June 15, 2020 StumbleUpon UK greyhound racing fast-tracks unlimited races June 9, 2020 Related Articles Submit Spread-betting firm Sporting Index is today celebrating its 25th year in business, having traded markets since being founded in April 1992.Since its historic first bet, a buy of Conservative seats in the 1992 General Election, Sporting Index has given punters 25 years of market spreads and ‘industry firsts’. Which include being the original two-way market, the first to offer cash out features, and unique markets that aren’t found anywhere else – and it continues to set trends that others follow to this day.In 2001, Sporting Index was the first bookmaker to launch an online, fully interactive sports spread betting service, and in 2003, unveiled ‘Bet on the Move’ – the UK’s first ever mobile betting application.The operator can further claim to have invented ‘backing and laying’ before being taken up by online betting exchanges.Sporting Index has also suffered its fair share of big losses over the years. In 1994, Brian Lara’s 375* against England cost Sporting Index dear – each of his boundaries cost the firm £1,500. More recently, Barcelona’s thrilling comeback over PSG last month also saw the traders come out second best, with the final total goal minutes of 424 well above the opening prediction of 202.One of Sporting Index’s most well-known features has been its innovative and unique markets – some have raised a smile, some an eyebrow, but most have raised the bar. One of the most fondly remembered markets was ‘Jerry Springer’ during England’s 5-1 victory over Germany in 2001, which predicted the number of German headers during the match.Commenting on reaching the 25-year business operations milestone, Simon Trim, CEO of Sporting Index, said: “Sporting Index has enjoyed an incredibly successful 25 years where we’ve constantly pushed the boundaries of sports betting.“The industry landscape is vastly different today than in 1992, and we feel we’ve helped to lead the way in much of the major innovations that have taken place.“A big “Thank You” must go to all of our employees and customers who have been part of the journey, and here’s to the next successful 25 years.”last_img read more

Genius Sports appoints ‘integrity expert’ Kevin Carpenter as Group Special Counsel

first_img ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Updating the market, sports data systems and integrity services provider Genius Sports has informed that it has appointed renowned sports lawyer Kevin Carpenter to the role of Group Special Counsel for Sports Integrity.A sports law veteran, Carpenter joins Genius Sports’ executive team from private sports consultancy Captivate Legal & Sports Solutions. Focusing on sports integrity and match fixing disciplines, Carpenter is a recognised figurehead in international sports law.In his new role as Special Counsel, Carpenter will be tasked with the role of advising on sports integrity and best practices for Genius Sports ‘partnerships with governing leagues and federations’.  Steven Burton, Managing Director of Genius Sports, commented on the appointment “I am thrilled with Kevin’s appointment to such an important role in our business. Protecting the integrity of sports is at the heart of what we do and this is only possible by providing our partners with true expertise. Kevin’s track record and reputation throughout the industry spoke for itself.”Carpenter has deep knowledge of sports multi-national stakeholder legal practices, having consulted international sports governing bodies such as FIFA, INTERPOL, the IOC, the Council of Europe and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on integrity matters.Genius Sports governance has further informed that Carpenter will lead its ‘educational & consultancy services’ for sports program’Kevin Carpenter commented on joining Genius Sports: “I am delighted to be joining the Genius Sports team, helping to protect the integrity of sports across a number of key areas. Genius Sports has rapidly established itself as a true leader in sports integrity, not only in the protection against match-fixing and betting-related corruption but also in their commitment to forming official, long-term partnerships that enable sports to enhance their operational efficiency, better engage with fans and maximise their commercial potential.”last_img read more