Month: August 2020

BVI’s acting governor orders continuation of controversial curfew

first_imgAn order has been made to continue the increasingly controversial curfew that is currently imposed throughout the British Virgin Islands (BVI). An order has been made to continue the increasingly controversial curfew that is currently imposed throughout the British Virgin Islands (BVI).Acting Governor Rosalie Adams ordered that effective December 1, the 11pm to 6am daily curfew continue until December 14. No indication has been made as to what will happen afterwards; heading towards Christmas Day.The continuation order has come at a time when there is still much public debate as to whether it should remain or be lifted.But according to Premier Dr. Orlando Smith’s latest known public statement, the curfew will remain until more power is restored to the territory.While speaking on radio two weeks ago, Dr Smith said  – “Without power, we don’t have the safety that we were speaking about earlier, and hence the curfew. And that is why we need to maintain that curfew at least until we have a satisfactory amount of lights back in the territory.”last_img read more

Aretha’s gone, but her music will live on

first_imgAmerica’s iconic Rhythms and Blues singer Aretha Franklin dubbed the Queen of Soul because of her soulful ballads died last week at her home in Detroit, Michigan after a long illness at age 76.Since her death tributes have been coming in from all over the globe. In South Florida there was a very interesting show on a local radio as the DJ hostess invited callers to give their tribute to Aretha and to state their what was their favorite Aretha single. So many are Aretha’s hit that there was hardly consensus, but the most popular turned out to be :Ain’t No Way,” “Natural Woman” and “Rock Steady.”Performance in Jamaica It may be little known that Aretha performed “Rock Steady” at what may have been her only Jamaican performance at the newly created Bob Marley Performing Arts Center at the World Music Festival in 1982.“I have fond remembrance of her performance said “George Brandt” a Kendall, Florida mechanic. “she was outstanding, and the song became a forever hit with me. I recall her also singing a soulful rendition of “Day Dreaming” at that show.”Greatness loss on the youthUnfortunately, some of South Florida’s younger generation is not as familiar with Aretha’s music as her fans mostly over fifty. When we asked a group 20-year-old  somethings what was their favorite Aretha hit they noticeable was at a lost. Only one young lady mumbled “Respect.” Another young man, Bradley Coombs, said he recalls hearing Aretha sounds, as his mother “constantly plays her songs on their CD player. I love to hear Aretha singing “Ain’t No way” and “Got to find me an Angel.”Phenomenal Apollo performanceWe were fortunate to see Aretha perform when she was still quite young, only 29, at the Apollo Theater in New York City in 1971. It took some three hours for the long line that wrapped around the theater to get in, but Aretha made the wait worthwhile, as she belt out hit after hit like “One step Ahead”, “Never Loved a Man” and a phenomenal version of “Spirit in the Dark” which had the entire theater on its feet, stomping and screaming “Aretha, Aretha.”  We have never forgotten that performance, even although it was 47 years ago.Tribute from Judy MowattIn an interview with the Jamaican Observer, Jamaican singer Judy Mowatt, a former member f the I-Threes said Aretha Franklin as one of her favorite acts.“In the 1970s Aretha’s music related to the human situation, especially for us as women. When you think of a song like “Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You”, this and other songs truly related to me back then. I would later learn that these were based on her own life experiences. I would later realize that when you are committed to a song, it really reaches people in a sincere way,” Mowatt explained. “I saw this when I performed my own songs like Black Woman. Our generation and those who grew up in the 70s and 80s have truly been influenced by Aretha.”Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee but grew up in Detroit. Her father was civil rights leader Rev C L Franklin. She is survived by four sons.Events to celebrate Aretha’s lifeMultiple events are planned for the celebration of Aretha’s life next week in Detroit. These events are expected to draw dignitaries, musicians and other high-profile figures from around the world.That includes a funeral service Friday, August 31st. A pair of public visitations will take place earlier in the week. The Free Press will provide live coverage of all events, memorials and celebrations throughout the week.Aretha Franklin public visitationWhen: Tuesday, Aug. 28th and Wednesday, Aug. 29th.Where: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. in Detroit. The viewing is in the museum’s spacious rotunda.Times: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. each day.The viewing is open to the public but expect long lines. Aretha Franklin’s funeralWhen: 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 31.Where: Greater Grace Temple, 23500 W. Seven Mile Road in Detroit, on the city’s west side. The service is limited to family members, friends and selected guests. Public seating may ultimately become available.Franklin will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, 19975 Woodward Ave. in Detroit, alongside late family members including her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin; her brother, Cecil Franklin; her sisters, Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin, and nephew Thomas Garrett.last_img read more

China providing funds to build children’s hospital in Jamaica

first_imgChina is providing a US$36.1 million loan to Jamaica for the construction of the Western Children’s Hospital in the northwestern parish of St. James. China is also to undertake other projects to be agreed on by both countries.220-bed facilityThe 220-bed facility, which will be the first in Jamaica and will be built on the compound of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, with work expected to commence by the end of the current fiscal year, in March 2019.Funded under bi-country agreementFunding is being provided under an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement, which was signed earlier this week by Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith and China’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Tian Qi.Johnson Smith said the agreement and, by extension, construction of the hospital represent “another positive development and demonstration of the effective and strong cooperation between our countries.”She noted that the new facility will better enable Jamaica to reach its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “which we are seeking to attain in every aspect, including health. “We are [also] pleased that the hospital will not only create jobs in the construction phase, but in its development and implementation… will have need for more nurses,  doctors,  anesthetists, caretakers, and more service providers generally. So, we see this hospital as not only [pivotal in] attaining our health SDG, but certainly moving Jamaica towards prosperity,” the Minister added.last_img read more

How to Recognize Sinusitis

first_imgThe common symptoms include headache, facial tenderness, pressure or pain,  in some cases fever, cloudy, discolored nasal drainage, nasal stuffiness, sore throat, and cough. Some people may experience tooth or ear pain, fatigue, or bad breath. In noninfectious sinusitis, symptoms include itching eyes, frequent sneezing and a clear or whitish colored nasal drainage. The cells of the inner lining of each sinus are mucus-secreting cells, epithelial cells and cells that are part of the immune system.  frontal sinus (in forehead),maxillary sinus (behind cheeks),ethmoid sinus (between the eyes), andsphenoid sinus (deep behind the ethmoids). What is a sinus infection? Stagnated mucus provides an environment for bacteria, viruses and in some circumstances fungus to grow within the sinus cavities. In addition, the microbes can initiate and exacerbate sinus blockage. Functions of the sinuses include humidifying and warming inspired air, insulation of surrounding structures (eyes, nerves), increasing voice resonance, and as buffers against facial trauma, and decreases the weight of the skull The drainage of mucous from the sinuses can also be impaired by thickening of the mucous secretions, by a decrease in water content of the mucous brought on by disease, drying medications (antihistamines), and lack of sufficient humidity in the air. The epithelial cells have small hairlike fibers, called cilia, which move back and forth to help the mucus move out of the sinuses. These small cells may be damaged by many irritants, especially smoke and prevent them from helping the mucus to drain from the sinuses. Sinusitis is the Inflammation of the air cavities within the passages of the nose. This can be caused by infection or an allergy and irritation of the sinuses. Sinusitis commonly occurs when environmental pollens (from plants) irritate the nasal passages. It can also result from irritants, like chemicals or the use and/or abuse of over-the-counter nasal sprays, and illegal substances snorted through the nose. About 30 million adults have “sinusitis.” While spring is regarded as the season flare-ups of the sinuses, a number of people suffer from that bothersome and sometimes painful infection of the sinuses known as sinusitis when the climate in South Florida gets cooler.center_img A sinus is a hollow, air-filled cavity, or the hollow cavities in the skull connected to the nasal airway by a narrow hole in the bone (ostium). Humans have four pairs of these cavities. These are the: Source: http://www.medicinenet.com/sinusitis Treatment In many people, allergic sinusitis develops first, and later, bacterial infection occurs. For these individuals, early treatment of allergic sinusitis may prevent the development of secondary bacterial sinusitis. Symptoms of a sinus infection? Acute sinus infection from bacteria is usually treated with antibiotic therapy aimed at treating the most common bacteria known to cause a sinus infection, Antibiotic therapy is usually required for 10-14 days, and in more stubborn infections for 14-21 days. Sinusitis caused by virus infection can be treated by pain and fever medications,  decongestants and mucolytics. A common treatment is to inhale the steam of water vaporized with ingredients like Vicks vapor rub, Tiger-Balm, and eucalyptus. The various treatments help to drain the sinuses and offer relief. A sinus infection occurs when a virus, bacterium, or a fungus grows within a sinus and causes intermittent blockage of the sinus ostium. Drainage of mucus often occurs when the blockage is relieved. The drainage usually goes from the nasal passages to the throat or out the nostrils. Such infections also cause inflammation of one or more sinuses. This adds to blocking the openings of the sinuses and causes discomfort.last_img read more

Liverpool Star Receives ‘Disgusting’ Death Threat

first_imgLiverpool defender Dejan Lovren has confirmed that a “disgusting” death threat against his family was sent to him via social media.The 28-year old Croatian international made this confirmation in an Instagram story as he shared a screengrab of a private message in which the sender disclosed that they would “murder” his family.On the threat, Lovren said:“I cannot ignore when my family is threatened.”“I just can’t and won’t accept that.” he added.Dejan Lovren has come in for a lot of criticisms after his performance during the recent 4-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.He was at fault for Tottenham’s opening two goals during the game and was substituted by his manager, Jurgen Klopp, after just 31 minutes.RelatedWhat Jon Moss Told His Assistant In Anfield EpicFebruary 5, 2018In “England”Lovren Throws Jibes At Manchester United Ahead Of Huge ClashMarch 10, 2018In “England”Klopp Confirms Liverpool Injury Woes Ahead of Arsenal ClashDecember 28, 2018In “England”last_img read more

Bruin Sports & WPP form new venture to distribute NFL Game Pass to Europe

first_img Related Articles New York sports investment firm Bruin Sports Capital has entered into a joint venture with international communications and marketing services firm WPP to become the lead supplier of NFL ‘Game Pass’ subscriptions for the European market.Having agreed Game Pass distribution rights with the NFL, Bruin and WPP will move to create a new sports content agency based in London, which will initially focus on the distribution of Game Pass broadcasts via OTT (over-the-top) services.Project stakeholders have informed that Bruin Sports owned Deltatre technology will power the distribution of NFL Game Pass across 61 European countries and territories. The NFL Games Pass subscriptions will feature live season games, NFL Redzone match day broadcasts and access to NFL Network content.“Sports content is set to be more valuable than ever, especially given how fans are increasingly choosing to consume,” stated George Pyne, CEO at Bruin Sports Capital.“Bruin is going to continue to be an aggressive investor in forward-looking technology and business models, such as OTT platforms and SVOD as this endeavour demonstrates. We are thrilled to work alongside the NFL and WPP on this business”.Leading the partnership’s marketing, WPP has assigned its group dedicated sports marketing agency Two Circles to work alongside Bruin Sports and Deltatre. Sir Martin Sorrell, WPP Founder and CEO was confident in the new ventures ambitions;“We’re confident that Game Pass will grow to become one of the NFL’s most important licensed assets and will reach new levels in Europe with the support of our media, sports and tech know-how, and the Combined marketing capabilities of Two Circles, MEC and Ogilvy,” Submit Reading the weather: The ‘nerdy’ aspect to RotoGrinders analysis February 26, 2020 Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world July 16, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Wetherby provides a Betfair first

first_img Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Share There was a racing first at Wetherby this week, as for the first time ever three horses were beaten on Betfair’s exchange at odds of 1.01, while the surprise winner Pookie Pekan was an in running 1,000-1 shot.The event became possible when Northern Girl, who was at the time leading the race fell and inadvertently obstructed Dulce Panem, subsequently the path was cleared for a surprise winner in the race. Betfair’s Barry Orr said: “This is a first in our 18-year history. We’ve had plenty of races where two horses have traded at the basement price of 1.01 and got beaten but never three in one race. And then to see a 1,000 [999-1] winner is nothing short of amazing. “There was plenty traded at 1.01 and a tenner at 1,000 on the winner. It’s the glorious uncertainty of racing taken to an extreme on what we thought was a quiet Tuesday.”Recalling previous winners that had traded at 1,000, Orr added: “Who can forget AP McCoy remounting Family Business back in 2002 to win having traded at 1,000 or Western Warhorse in the 2014 Arkle, matched at the same price?”Winning trainer and owner Stuart Coltherd also commented: “We were lucky, but we deserved a bit of luck as it has been that sort of season for us. I’ve always liked this horse but I’ve been waiting for better ground for him.”last_img read more

Football’s global superstars inspire new markets on 1xBet

first_img MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Why leading esports titles should not be overlooked as substitutes to real sports April 15, 2020 European operator 1xBet has enhanced both its B2B and B2C offering with the all new “Player vs Player” and “Player vs Team” markets.Punters can now bet on a player to score more goals than the whole opposing team, as well as betting on a player to score more goals than a particular player of the opposing team.For instance, if the match is Morocco vs Portugal, it would be possible for a customer to place a bet on Cristiano Ronaldo to score more goals than the whole Moroccan team.Eugene Kiryukhin, 1xBet’s Director for Development of International Partners, was quick to stress the value of this new offering, by saying: “Football is a team game. But sometimes football players become superstars with fans of their own – and an inspiration for the young.”He added: “Often, the whole team is organised around one star footballer. And so, we thought it would be interesting to assess the contribution of players to the overall match result, with the help of our new markets.”The firm also announced its Bet Builder option, which allows customers to combine several bets into one with the best odds, with markets such as match result, double chance, total goals, correct score all available.The new additions come after 1xBet increased its advertising presence last month when securing a long-term agreement with Tottenham Hotspur, becoming the club’s ‘Official Betting Partner for Africa’.The company will get coverage at the club’s home matches via the LED perimeter system, as well as a presence on the new website and digital channels across the continent until 2022.1xBet will be exhibiting at next week’s Betting on Sports conference. Access the full agenda here. Related Articles Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

Scott Longley – Dispelling the myths of sports data rights…

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Share Related Articles DraftKings CBO – Industry ‘only just scratched the surface’ of US sports betting July 16, 2020 BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Scott Longley – Clear & Concise MediaSports leagues and governing bodies have emphasised the distribution of their data rights through ‘official partnerships’, sanctioned by chosen tech partners. Adjusting to digital disruptions across all media and entertainment verticals, the debate on sports data rights should not be handled as a black-or-white matter…________________Arguments over sports data – who owns it, who distributes it, who uses it – have become more heated in the past couple of years, maybe not coincidentally since expanded regulated sports betting became a reality in the US.These questions on ownership and rights go to the heart of some of the disputes that are affecting the data supply arena in both Europe and the US right now.For the sports, the simple yet misleading answer to the questions of who owns the data is that they do. Simple, because it seems to make logical sense – they are the sport, whether that is a league or a governing body, and therefore what is produced is their’s to keep.Yet, such a simple premise is misleading, because in law there is no copyright over the actual fact of what has happened in the field of play. A team or player scoring a goal or points against another team does not constitute a copyrightable piece of information.The essential building blocks of today’s data rights and distribution landscape have long been put in place in Europe and yet still arguments rage over essentially settled legal points such as the influence of the EU’s ‘Database Right‘.It is why sports have consistently lost out over claims that fixture lists have any inherent copyright attached and it is why there are numerous pieces of case law which have together established this basic fact.It is only when an element of extra work or investment in resources is added to the basic data that database rights come in to play. This is, in essence, why the Database Right exists. It protects those who put the effort into collecting and distributing data, giving them legal protection over the investment that they make and what they organise and relay. This right is not exclusive to sports and it applies to anyone putting in that effort.Now, to start adding the layers of complexity, we need to see official data deals against this legal context. While having an official stamp regarding data can provide a competitive edge, it is not an absolute necessity. This, of course, has become a contentious area on both sides of the Atlantic where sports are looking at different ways and means to force bookmakers to use the official product, either through legislation or through restriction of alternative data sources.Rights at IssueWhich brings us around to where the real sparks are flying currently in Europe around exclusive data deals. Any sport is wholly within its rights to ask for an exclusive official data deal, but that exclusivity doesn’t mean they have the right to foreclose all other arrangements for the collection and distribution of data related to that sport.While they may wish to enforce property rights to refuse entry to the stadia – itself a point of conflict that may or may not pass muster in the courts –they can’t stop data being collected legitimately by any other means.Arguably, also, such attempts are detrimental to their own economic interests. In attempting to squeeze more out of data deals by creating an exclusive premium product, a sport will be cutting off potential revenues from other suppliers and their downstream customers who may wish to have an official product but for whom the singular premium feed does not make commercial or economic sense.To be clear here claims that other suppliers are somehow ‘stealing -or-pirating’ data when supplying unofficial or what might more properly be termed open-source data is legally misleading. These other suppliers are often more than willing to pay for official access or accreditation but they are being denied the opportunity by sports insisting on one exclusive arrangement and a single ‘source of truth’. In pursuing such deals, sport is often cutting off its nose to spite its face, leaving money on the table that could otherwise be benefiting its constituents.This all matters because ultimately such measures also only act to hold back on innovation in data supply to the bookmakers with the ultimate loser being the consumer. Multiple licensee official deals also act as an insurance in terms of integrity, where multiple data sources mean avoiding the risks associated with a single point of failure or potential corruptibility.The arguments currently raging over official and exclusive data are more than just old news; they are harmful to the relationship between betting and sport and ultimately lead to damaging allegations of impropriety where none exists.For the good of all concerned as well as public perception, it is maybe time for the operators, the sports and their suppliers to agree a system of distribution which balances their respective interests and is designed to allow each participant to rise above the squabbles and set the framework for the future relationship between the two sectors.__________________last_img read more

BGC warns government of ‘migration limitations’ on UK’s night time economy

first_imgShare StumbleUpon ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share Michel Dugher, Chief Executive of the newly formed Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has warned the UK government that its post-Brexit immigration policy could impact the nation’s tourism and night-time economies.  The BGC has become the latest UK trade body to question the Conservative government’s points-based immigration policy, which it aims to sanction from the start of 2021.This February, UK Home Office Secretary Pritti Patel unveiled the department’s planned policy, which will introduce a cap on low skilled migrants (EU and non-EU) earning below the £23,000 salary threshold.  The UK government has maintained that it will allow policy dispensations, for migrant workers fulfilling job categories which may have face a worker shortfall. However, UK trade bodies criticised the government for unclear terms of its policy.The Home Office’s policy was criticised by a number of business and health organisations, who argued that companies would be severely restricted in filling vacancies normally occupied by low-skilled migrants. The BGC has backed the UK’s Federation of Small Businesses, which warned the government that its proposed measures will hit hospitality and tourism businesses hard. Leading the BGC, Dugher pointed to the fundamental role that casinos play in the UK’s night-time economy, in which incumbents service high-value tourism from China, the Middle East and elsewhere.Should the government proceed with its controversial points system, Dugher said that casino croupiers will not qualify as having the specific skills, qualifications, salaries.He added: “Casinos are a hugely important part of our country’s leisure industry attracting thousands of wealthy tourists to the UK from around the world. In order to remain competitive, our casinos need the best croupiers with great arithmetic agility.“While we are determined to grow the number of UK croupiers through the NVQ in Gaming Operations available at many colleges and through the world-class Nottingham Casino Academy, we need the ability to employ the best from around the world.” Submit Related Articles UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020last_img read more