Month: August 2020

Andrew Gillum could be Florida’s first Black governor

first_imgAndrew Gillum…could be Florida’s first African American Governor BY Garth A. Rose“Lordie, Lordie, I think this young man is another Barack Obama in the making,” Miranda Locksley, a resident of the City of Tallahassee, commented as she referred to that city’s Mayor Andrew Gillum who could be Florida’s next, and first African-American, governor.Some tout him as Florida’s next, and first African-American, governor. He officially launched his bid Wednesday.Gillum, 37, debuted in Florida politics when at age-23 he was elected to the Tallahassee city commission. In 2014, at age 34, he was elected mayor. Now, Gillum, plans to justify his description as a “rising star” in Florida’s Democratic Party by seeking to create history as Florida’s first African-American Governor to succeed incumbent Governor Rick Scott who terms out as governor next year.Gillum was born in Richmond Heights in South Miami Dade in 1979.  After attending the Frank C. Martin Elementary School, his family relocated to Gainesville. He    later attended Florida A &M University (FAMU). There, he made history as the first student member of FAMU’s Board of Trustees. In 2003, he was recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation as the “Emerging Leader for 2003.” He justified the award when that year he was elected to Tallahassee’s city commission even before  graduating from FAMU.Although the Democratic primaries for Florida Governor isn’t until August 2018, Gillum is highly touted to prevail. Following Miami politician Daryl Jones in 2002, Gillum is only the second African-American to run for governor in Florida.One of the first South Florida officials to endorse Gillum’s bid for governor is Broward Commissioner Dale Holness who first met Gillum in 2004.“From that time, I recognized in Andrew Gillum an unusually gifted politician who genuinely represents the interest of Floridians. I  recognized his integrity, energy, positive thinking and dedication to astute political leadership, and commitment to job creation, providing affordable healthcare, and improving the local economy. As mayor, he showed remarkable initiative in stimulating Tallahassee’s economy by refunding utility deposits to residents thus enhancing their purchasing power. I genuinely believe Andrew Gillum is qualified to be Florida’s next governor.”Within days of declaring his bid for governor, Gillum raised $1 million towards his campaign.In 2008 and 2012 Democrats candidates Alex Sink and Charlie Crist respectively, lost agonizingly close elections to Scott.  Several Democrats in Central and South Florida believe Gillum has the potential to excite a huge Democratic voter turnout next year, giving the party a real chance of electing the first Democratic governor since Governor Lawton Chiles’ election in 1991. and reelection in 1994.last_img read more

Britain provides more aid to hurricane ravaged Caribbean countries

first_imgAt the World Bank meetings last month, the UK announced a private sector task force will mobilize business to play a prominent role in the reconstruction in the Overseas Territories.The task force will identify and drive forward practical ways of increasing flows of private sector financial support to reconstruction in the region. Prince Charles visits Dominica The British government has allocated over 92 million pounds sterling to assist Caribbean islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Hurricane assistanceBritain is providing more financial assistance to Antigua and Barbuda as well as Dominica to help recovery and long-term reconstruction on the islands following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September.International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt, who accompanied Prince Charles on a visit to the two hurricane ravaged countries over the weekend, set out a new £15 million package for Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda. Dominica will receive £12 million and Antigua and Barbuda three million pounds.The visiting British government official said this in addition to a further £15 million recently allocated to the affected Overseas Territories. United Kingdom stepped up“We can be proud that in their time of crisis the United Kingdom stepped up to provide the vital immediate relief that was fundamental in getting these islands back on their feet,” said Mordaunt.DominicaThe support package, which brings the total UK contribution to £92 million, will include £10m to help Dominica to rebuild critical infrastructure damaged during the hurricanes. The United Kingdom’s contribution to Dominica also includes an additional two million pounds for early recovery, building on the five million pounds committed in September.Antigua and BarbudaLondon said that for Antigua and Barbuda, it stands ready to assist with a three million pound fund which will be deployed once the priorities for reconstruction on Barbuda are agreed with the local government.Anguilla, BVI and Turks and CaicosFor the Overseas Territories of Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos, the £15 million is delivering accelerated power reconnection and support to prisons, repairs to air and sea ports and support for policing. This is short-term funding to aid the territories’ early steps to recovery.last_img read more

St Vincent and the Grenadines recalls UN diplomat after domestic violence…

first_imgSt. Vincent and the Grenadines diplomat is recalled after he was alleged to have abused his wife physically. The St. Vincent and the Grenadines government Monday said it had recalled one of its diplomats accredited to the United Nations amidst a report that he punched his wife, also a diplomat, in the mouth last Friday in the presence of her mother.Recalled for consultationPrime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said his government had recalled “for consultation”, Sehon Marshall, 43. a counsellor at the island’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.The government has also instructed Xandra Marshall, the Deputy Counsellor General in New York not to report for work until further notice.Gonsalves said his government is treating the matter “with utmost seriousness” and is considering all the alive legal options in this matter.“From what I have said, you can deduce certain possible conclusions, certain outcomes, really, but, as always, we have to act sensibly, deliberately, firmly as all circumstances and the law and the guiding principles admit,” Gonsalves told listeners to Star FM, a radio station owned by the ruling Unity Labor Party (ULP).Opposition party to recall diplomatThe main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) had called on the government to recall the diplomat after the New York Post newspaper reported last Friday that police officers who responded to the incident at the family’s home where Mrs. Marshall was allegedly slapped in the face, could not arrest her husband because he has diplomatic immunity.The NDP said that it is ““deeply concerned about allegations of domestic abuse and violence against women” adding that the “reported allegations are extremely serious allegations of violence and domestic abuse and cannot be treated lightly.NDP condemns violence against women“We in the NDP categorically condemn any and all forms of violence against women,” the party said, noting that the incident allegedly occurred as the global community observed International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women on November 25.Gonsalves said that the government had condemned the alleged incident, which he said “degenerated into domestic violence.The incident occurred less than two weeks after Mrs. Marshall, 36, was appointed, and even before she has signed a contract with the government.Marshall has become the second diplomat who the government  has recalled since 2014.last_img read more

United States Now Has The Most Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus in…

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C – As of March 26, the United States of America now leads the world in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases.America surpassed China and Italy, with over 82,000 cases, now becoming the global epicentre of the deadly virus. On Wednesday, March 25, over 200 deaths were recorded within a 24-hour period, making it the deadliest day in the United States, as it related to COVID-19.While deaths, and the number of confirmed cases, has slowed in China, cases in the U.S. have skyrocketed. Many doctors and other health professionals have warned that the worst is yet to come, predicting hundreds of thousands of deaths.Over 1,000 people have now died from the virus in America.President Donald Trump has been widely criticized for mismanaging the pandemic, which will do down as one of the greatest health crises that America has ever seen.Earlier this week, the United States recorded its largest number of unemployment claims filed in one week.According to Bloomberg, “A total of 3.28 million people filed for unemployment insurance in the week ended March 21, dwarfing previous highs in Labor Department reports published since 1967. Two weeks earlier, before closures of businesses swept across vast swaths of the country, the number stood at 211,000, close to a half-century low.”Virtually every sector and industry has been negatively affected by the virus. The United States of America, along with the rest of the world, is now bracing for a recession, much worse than the one in 2008.last_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Gernot Rohr Release Super Eagles List For Cameroon Clash

first_imgSuper Eagles of Nigeria Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has released the names of players that will do battle against Cameroon in next month’s all important 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.Captain, Mikel Obi, Chelsea’s Victor Moses and defender Leon Balogun returns to the team after being sidelined by injury.28-year-old Hapoel Beer Sheva striker, Anthony Nwakaeme gets his first call up as reported by the last week.Nigeria will host the Indomitable Lions on September 1 in Uyo before immediately traveling to Cameroon for the September 4 second leg.The Super Eagles top group B of Africa’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier with six points following victories against Zambia and Algeria.THE FULL LISTGoalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal)Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Elderson Echiejile (Sivasspor FC, Turkey); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Ola Aina (Hull City, England)Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)STANDBY: Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Henry Onyekuru (Anderlecht FC, Belgium); Kenneth Omeruo (Chelsea FC, England); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Alhassan Ibrahim (Akwa United); Stephen Eze (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United)RelatedRohr Unveils 23-man Squad For Zambia ShowdownSeptember 26, 2017In “National Team”Rohr Invites 23 Eagles For South Africa ClashOctober 29, 2018In “AFCON Insider”VIDEO: Watch Super Eagles Observe Traditional Team Walk Ahead Of Cameroon ClashSeptember 1, 2017In “National Team”last_img read more

Pau Gasol Makes Eurobasket History

first_imgSpanish power forward, Pau Gasol became the Eurobasket all time scorer with 1,111 points following Spain’s victory over Hungary on Thursday.37-year-old Gasol, who plays for San Antonio Spurs in the NBA, overtook Frenchman Tony Parker’s 1,104 points to become Eurobasket top marksman. Related Gasol has been the top scorer in three Eurobasket Championships, 2003, 2009 and 2015, leading Spain to the title also on three occasions 2009, 2011 and 2015.last_img

Formula One Set For Exciting Grand Finale In Abu Dhabi

first_imgAfter an exciting and gruesome season of intense racing and competition, the curtains would be closed on the 2017 Formula One season this weekend in Abu Dhabi, a province in the United Arab Emirates.The world championships may have already been wrapped up, but Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull will be hungry for victory to take the final bragging rights of the season and the morale booster heading into the winter break.Valtteri Bottas edged out Lewis Hamilton for pole position at the Abu Dhabi GP as Mercedes sealed a dominant one-two in the final qualifying session of 2017.World champion Hamilton held an advantage over Bottas for much of the hour but a sensational Q3 lap from the Finn, a track record 1:36.231, saw him beat his team-mate by a tenth of a second to claim his fourth pole of the season.It was the first time Bottas has ever sealed back-to-back poles in F1, and he added: “I was so gutted in Brazil getting pole and missing the win. I have a clear target for tomorrow.”Sebastian Vettel, so often Hamilton’s main rival in an enthralling campaign, was closest to troubling Mercedes for Ferrari but still more than half a second adrift in third.Daniel Ricciardo produced his best lap of the weekend to beat Kimi Raikkonen to fourth and will join Vettel on the second row for Sunday’s race. Encouragingly for the Australian, he out-qualified Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen by 0.3 seconds.Massa arguably drove the lap of the day for Williams to knock McLaren’s Fernando Alonso out in Q2.The Brazilian, taking part in his final F1 qualifying session, will certainly have enjoyed getting the better over his former Ferrari team-mate as McLaren’s last Saturday with a Honda engine ended with neither driver in Q3.“I want to have fun tomorrow. I have nothing to lose, risk everything you can. Let’s have fun,” he addedMassa has never finished outside of the points in Abu Dhabi and his qualifying performance maintained his record of always starting in the top 10 at the circuit.“It’s a good way to retire. You finish with good lap times, good races, taking the best out. I’m happy that I’m finished with my head up and competitive.”Who will come out on top in the F1 2017 season finale and take the bragging rights into the winter? Don’t miss the Abu Dhabi GP live on Supersport 6 on Sunday afternoon – lights out for the race is at 2pm[tps_header][/tps_header]RelatedBottas Caps Off Fantastic 2017 For Mercedes With Abu Dhabi VictoryNovember 26, 2017In “Formula One”The 2017 Formula 1 British Grand Prix PreviewJuly 15, 2017In “Sports”Lewis Hamilton Set For a Perfect Finish to the SeasonNovember 24, 2018In “Formula 1”last_img read more

Racing Post welcomes new Tech leaders in Kryvossidis & Savoy

first_img Share Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Related Articles Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Nikos KryvossidisUK betting media group, The Racing Post has confirmed the appointment of Nikos Kryvossidis as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Kryvossidis takes over from Paul Carse who departed the business earlier this year.Kryvossidis joins Racing Post leadership team, from UK National Lottery operator Camelot Group, where he previously served as CTO of Camelot UK Digital properties (2015-2017). Kryvossidis has further industry tech leadership experience have held executive positions at OpenBet (2011-2015).Racing Post continues to invest in expanding its digital capabilities and product portfolio. This investment in digital is evident with the recent appointment of Edgardo Savoy in the newly created role of Director of Software Engineering. Savoy joined from Paddy Power Betfair where he held roles across the retail and digital sides of the business.Edgardo SavoyRacing Post CEO Alan Byrne commented on the appointments: “Having the expertise, flair and skills of both Nikos and Edgardo is a great boost for Racing Post. Both have considerable experience, not only in all technical aspects of our industry but in working for global organisations.”Nikos Kryvossidis commented on joining Racing Post leadership: “I am looking forward to working with such a respected brand as Racing Post and building on the company’s recent successes”.Edgardo Savoy backed Racing Post digital ambitions: “Racing Post is an amazing brand and the company has a great customer culture. The journey ahead is all about using technology to create value for customers, at pace. It’s exciting.” StumbleUponlast_img read more

Gaming brand to take Manchester United sleeve sponsorship?

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Manchester United, the world’s richest football club, could be about to sign a deal which would see a gambling brand appear on its famous red shirts for the first time. Unlike the rest of the Premier League, Manchester United has been very selective in the number of partners it has from the gambling industry, limiting itself to a single commercial deal at any one time and only then restricting visibility to digital channels and perimeter board advertising. But it seems the introduction of the sleeve sponsorship concept in the Premier League has made the club re-evaluate the policy.Manchester United has come close to having a gambling brand on its shirt before; in 2006 it had all but agreed on a £75m deal with online casino brand Mansion, but seemingly got cold feet on the association with gambling and the deal fell through. Mansion went on to sponsor Tottenham Hotspur for four years and have partnered with several other Premier League sides since.This time the gambling operator in the running appears to be the Asian-facing operator ManBetX, which is already a Premier League shirt sponsor with Crystal Palace.ManBetX has recently worked with Asia-based agency the Football Factory, which was an instrumental part of the deal that saw the brand announced as the International Presenting Partner Asia for Italy’s Lega Serie A at the start of the season.The Football Factory has also got links with Manchester United. Just last year the firm brought Manchester United Legends to play in Australia for the benefit of both the Manchester United Foundation and the DT38 charity.A spokesperson for Manchester United said that the club were in a number of discussions with potential partners and highlighted that there had been a lot of interest in the sleeve sponsorship opportunities across the Premier League.A complication for any such deal to occur would be that Manchester United currently has an exclusive partnership deal with gambling operator Marathonbet which does not expire until the end of season. This would mean that any deal would not be activated until next the season started. Jaap Kalma, former AC Milan Chief Commercial Officer and ambassador for Betting on Football Conference at Stamford Bridge on 20-22 March, commented: “The sleeve sponsorship appears to be a very interesting option for both gambling companies and football clubs since it became a possibility in the Premier League because it opens up a whole new range of strong visibility options for a relatively lower level of investment.“The opportunities around sleeve sponsorship is one of the many things we are discussing at the SBC Sponsorship Forum, part of the Betting on Football Conference, as well as issues around social responsibility and public perception.”Before the season started, Manchester United were strongly linked with a sleeve sponsorship deal with dating application Tinder, but the two organisations were unable to make a match. Share Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020last_img read more

Match-fixing suspicions raised in Wimbledon first round

first_img TIU denies two requests to lift provisional suspensions July 27, 2020 Related Articles Possible signs of match-fixing have been flagged in the first round of a men’s doubles match at this year’s Wimbledon, report various US media outlets.It is detailed that online global bookmaker Pinnacle Sports has subsequently confirmed that the match was “flagged as suspicious due to irregular betting patterns,” after “a series of bets from accounts with a history of wagering on suspicious matches” were placed in the immediate build up.The New York Times has named the match in question as that involving Spanish paid David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, who fell to a 7-6 6-4 6-7 6-1 defeat against João Sousa and Leonardo Mayer, of Portugal and Argentina respectively, last week.Speaking to ABC, Pinnacle’s Sports Integrity Manager Sam Gomersall stated that “we would anticipate some minor odds movement in any tennis match”.Before adding: “We followed our strict protocol when it comes [to] match-fixing alerts by notifying the authorities on site at Wimbledon and reducing our market offering immediately.” It is reported that Association of Tennis Professional (ATP) has referred the matter onto the Tennis Integrity Unit, who said in a statement “The TIU has become more transparent, hence our publication of [quarterly] match alert data, but that is also balanced against the need for operational confidentiality, as in this matter”.This follows news in May that Argentine Nicolás Kicker had been found guilty of match-fixing offences, as announced by the TIU, making him the highest ranking player at that time to be convicted.Made hours before the draw for the French Open, Kicker was subsequently removed and a month later was handed a $25,000 fine and six-year ban, three of which are suspended on a probationary basis. Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Victoria Police charges two following tennis corruption investigation June 29, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Submitlast_img read more