Leeward Islands brace for Hurricane Irma

first_imgHurricane Irma, with winds of 130 miles per hour (mph) was churning its way towards the Leeward Islands on Monday. Whether officials predicted on Monday evening that the Category 3 storm would move near or over portions of the northern chain of islands on Tuesday night and early Wednesday.Hurricane warnings have already gone into effect for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Montserrat, St. Kitts-Nevis, Saba, St. Eustatius, Sint Maarten and Saint Barthelemy, while a hurricane watch remains in effect for the British Virgin Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Vieques, and Culebra.At 7:00 pm on Monday the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said that the storm was 560 miles east of the Leeward Islands and moving toward the west-southwest near 13 mph.Maximum sustained winds were near 130 mph with higher gusts.Additional strengthening is forecast through Tuesday night and it is forecast the hurricane could impact the islands with winds of up to 150 mph.Dangerous storm surge expected The NHC has also warned that the combination of a dangerous storm surge and large breaking waves will raise water levels by as much as six to nine feet above normal tide levels along the coasts of the extreme northern islands.The NHC said that near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.The NHC also said that hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning area by Tuesday night, with tropical storm conditions expected by late Tuesday.Irma is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of three to six inches across the Leeward Islands, with isolated maximum amounts of 10 inches across the northern Leeward Islands.“These rainfall amounts may cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides. Swells generated by Irma will affect the northern Leeward Islands during the next several days.” Flights to be canceled The regional airline, LIAT, said it was canceling several flights as a result of the storm.“The Miami based National Hurricane Center has advised that Irma is expected to affect the north eastern Leeward Islands as a major hurricane. In the interest of passenger and crew safety, several flights have been retimed and/or cancelled,” it said, naming flights from Antigua to St. Kitts, St. Kitts to St. St. Maarten, St. Maarten to Tortola, Tortola to Antigua, Antigua to St. Kitts and from St. Kitts to Tortola.last_img read more

CARICOM seeks aid for hurricane battered countries

first_imgBVI parliament building gone“You are talking every government building destroyed. The schools are gone and all of government headquarters. The ministers’ homes and all; no minster’s home was left not destroyed. Parliament gone . . . really, we are looking at an enormous amount of resources that will be needed,” Mitchell said after leading a delegation that visited the islands battered by the Category 5 storm last week.It is still too early to say but clearly if you have [a group of] countries like the BVI you have got to be talking hundreds of millions of US dollars, or close to a billion dollars or more,” he added. A “nuclear hurricane”CARICOM Secretary General Irwin la Rocque, who was part of the delegation, described Irma as a “nuclear hurricane”.“When it shook Tortola as a Category 5 and you have heard it being described as a nuclear hurricane, I now understand what they meant . . . The damage is just overwhelming.“One can shore up building codes as much as possible – and there is always room for improvement – [but] I am sure with a storm of that ferocity, that intensity and as large as it was, the only thing one could do is pray,” LaRocque said.,“We have just come from Anguilla. Clearly a lot of destruction but nothing to compare to what we saw in BVI. It seems like we are going to have to place more focus on the BVI than what we had been thinking before. That is my estimation of the situation so far,” Mitchell said. CARICOM mobilizing resourcesMitchell said CARICOM was mobilizing some resources to assist the ravaged islands, and would soon hold a donors’ conference in a bid to secure further help.“After we get a good idea of the problems and a picture of the destruction and the needs that we have seen . . .that should come soon. That will be CARICOM’s major initiative,” said the Prime Minister of Grenada.center_img Chairman of the 15-member regional grouping – the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell says while it is still too early to give a financial cost to the damage caused to the British Virgin Islands (BVI) by Hurricane Irma, it could reach a staggering US$1-billion.last_img read more

Jamaica’s team selected for inaugural Athletics World Cup

first_imgJamaica has announced a 40-member track and field team to attend the inaugural staging of the Athletics World Cup to be held in London, England from July 14 to 15.The team will be headed by ace woman sprinter and Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, and also include Olympic sprint champion Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce who continues her return to international competition after taking off to give birth to her son last year. Thompson will compete in the women 100 meters and the women 4 x 100 meters relay. Fraser Pryce will also join the relay team along with Jackson and Jonielle Smith. Jackson will also compete in the women 200 meters.Other prominent women athletes on the team include: Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles champion Janieve Russell and Olympic Games 400m bronze medallist Shericka Jackson; national champion Stephenie-Ann McPherson who will to compete in the 400m; The male athletes on the team include: 100m champion Tyquendo Tracey and discus champion Fedrick Dacres; Commonwealth Games 110m hurdles champion Ronald Levy and Kemoy Campbell.The Athletics World Cup will feature eight of the world’s top track and field nations.The complete Jamaican team and the events they are down to compete in are:Men Jahnoy Thompson (200m)Rusheen McDonald (400m)Jauvaney James (800m)Kemoy Campbell (1500m)Ronald Levy (110mh)Annsert Whyte (400mh)Tyquendo Tracey, Kenroy Anderson, Nesta Carter & Javoy Tucker (4x100mrelay)Jevaughn Baker, Ivan Henry, Rusheen McDonald & Steven Gayle (4x400m relay)Ramone Bailey (long jump)Jordan Scott (triple jump)Clayton Brown (high jump)Cameron Walker-Shepherd (pole vault)O’Dayne Richards (shot put)Fedrick Dacres (discus)Orlando Thomas (javelin)Cannigia Raynor (hammer)Women Elaine Thompson (100m)Shericka Jackson (200m)Stephenie Ann McPherson (400m)Simoya Campbell (800m)Simoya Campbell (1500m)Jeanine Williams (100mh)Janieve Russell (400mh)Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson & Jonielle Smith (4x100m relay)Stephenie Ann McPherson, Christine Day, Anastasia Le-Roy & Tiffany James (4x400m relay)Tissanna Hickling (long jump)Shanieka Ricketts (triple jump)Saniel Atkinson-Grier (high jump)Lloydricia Cameron (shot put)Shadae Lawrence (discus)Kateema Riettie (javelin)Nyoka Clunis (hammer)Shanieka RickettsManagement TeamDr. Warren Blake (Team Leader)Garth Gayle (Team Official)Ludlow Watts (Team Official)Maurice Wilson (Head Coach)Bertland Cameron (Coach)Paul Francis (Coach)Julian Robinson (Coach)Gavin James (Massage Therapist)Nathanael Davis (Massage Therapist)Collin Turner (Massage Therapist)Sylvan Edwards (Team Official)last_img read more

Done Deal – Villarreal Signs Bacca From AC Milan

first_imgRelatedMilan Confirm Bacca, Lapadula DeparturesAugust 17, 2018In “Europe”AC Milan Complete Transfers For Attacking DuoAugust 17, 2018In “Europe”La Liga Watch: Top Two Maintain Unbeaten Status With Stalemate As Sevilla Show Power Of Recovery AgainNovember 27, 2017In “Europe” Villareal have completed the signing of AC Milan striker, Carlos Bacca, on a season long loan deal reportedly worth €2.5m.Villareal announced the signing, which includes an option to buy for €15.5m next summer, on their official twitter handle and will unveil the player to the fans on Thursday.#CVFNews | Y el ‘9’ del #Villarreal es…? ¡@carlos7bacca! #BenvingutBacca pic.twitter.com/0ocxSS0elU— Villarreal CF (@VillarrealCF) August 16, 2017The Columbian striker joined AC Milan from Sevilla in 2015, scoring 34 goals in 78 appearances at the San Siro before falling out with Milan manager Vincenzo Montella last season.last_img read more

New Manager Announces First Squad Ahead Of France Friendly

first_imgNew England interim manager Mo Marley has announced her first squad ahead of next Friday’s friendly in France.Speaking on the squad, Mo Marley said:“The squad put in an excellent performance against Russia last month and we want to keep that momentum going against France.”“We know France are an excellent side and it will be a tough challenge for us. It’s a good opportunity for me to see the players in action against top opposition, especially considering our two important home World Cup qualifiers next month.“I am really looking forward to working with this group of staff and players over the next three games.” Marley added.Marley was confirmed as interim manager in September after former manager Mark Sampson was sacked.England Women Squad:Goalkeepers: Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool), Mary Earps (Reading), Carly Telford (Chelsea)Defenders: Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Jessica Carter (Birmingham City), Alex Greenwood (Liverpool), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Liverpool)Midfielders: Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Jade Moore (Reading), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Reading), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Reading)Forwards: Karen Carney (Chelsea), Danielle Carter (Arsenal), Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Melissa Lawley (Manchester City), Nikita Parris (Manchester City), Jodie Taylor (Arsenal)Relatedlast_img read more

Athletics Legend Splits From His Coach

first_imgLong distance specialist Mo Farah has announced his split from coach Alberto Salazar.The 5,000m and 10,000m gold winner at London 2012 and Rio 2016 also revealed that his decision was based on a desire to move back to London rather than drug use allegations that Salazar is being investigated for by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada).The 34-year old Athletics legend said: “I’m moving back to London. I really miss home.”He will now team up with Gary Lough, who formerly coached and is married to Paula Radcliffe, women marathon record holder.In an interview with the Sun, Mo Farah explained the reason behind his decision.  He said:“I am a firm believer in clean sport and I strongly believe that anyone who breaks the rules should be punished.”“I’m not leaving the Nike Oregon Project and Alberto Salazar because of the doping allegations.“This situation has been going on for over two years, if I was going to leave because of that I would have done.“If Alberto had crossed the line I would be out the door, but Usada has not charged him with anything. If I had ever had any reason to doubt Alberto, I would not have stood by him all this time.”Speaking further, Mo Farah said:“I’m leaving simply because my family and I are moving back to London. We all loved spending our summer here and [Farah’s wife] Tania and I realised how much we have missed spending time with our friends and family – and the kids are so happy here, too.“We want the kids to grow up in the UK. It’s the right thing to do for my family. But both Nike Oregon Project and Alberto are based in the USA, so it just would not be possible to continue our relationship from London.” he concluded.RelatedBritish Athlete Mo Farah Accuses Media Of Racism Over Banned Former Coach SalazarOctober 12, 2019In “Athletics”Top Athletics Coach Salazar Hit With 4-year Ban For Doping ViolationsOctober 2, 2019In “Athletics”Sir Mo Farah! Athletics Legend Officially KnightedNovember 14, 2017In “Athletics”last_img read more

Ganapati builds momentum by sponsoring key industry events

first_imgShare SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019 Submit Related Articles David Webb, BetConstruct: Why meeting new regulations is the industry’s big challenge for 2019 April 4, 2019 StumbleUpon Share After entering the market in September 2016, Ganapati Malta has pressed ahead with plans to promote its online games at a select number of key industry events throughout 2017.Following its sponsorship of the SBC Awards 2016, London Baby 2017 and a successful ICE Totally Gaming debut in February of this year, the online supplier has been confirmed as the sponsor of the Digital Industry Supplier award at the fourth edition of the Global Gaming Awards in October.The award, held in association with Gambling Insider at The Venetian Las Vegas, will be presented to the industry supplier which has developed the most transformative products for online gaming.Mark Rehorst-Smith, Commercial Director at Ganapati Malta, said: “It was a clear choice for us to sponsor such an award at the GGAs. Innovation and transformative products are vital to our industry, they’re key to what drives us forward and at the very heart of our strategy.“Following our success at ICE, our plan was to attend and get involved in a select number of events throughout the remainder of 2017. We’ve made our initial entrance to the space, so now we’re going to build on that momentum steadily as we continue to move forward with distribution and technology advancement.”Ganapati has been confirmed as a sponsor of Betting on Football 2017 (3-5 May), the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference, while the Malta-based company will also be sponsoring an Asian market profile panel at the SBC-organised event, focusing on the Chinese football revolution. Why realistic odds and outcomes trump top graphics for virtuals March 28, 2019last_img read more

Full Flexibility! BetConstruct launches ‘Spring BME’ at iGaming Super Show

first_imgShare Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 Hosting a special dinner for iGaming Super Show delegates this week, industry platform and software provider BetConstruct unveiled its Spring Business Management Engine (Spring BME).BetConstruct management detailed that Spring BME was one of the company’s major releases for 2017, boosting the operational dynamics of its existing client portfolio.The industry technology developer describes Spring BME as a ‘rich set of products, services, tools and technologies that combine together to provide a complete management infrastructure’.Moving forward BetConstruct clients will be able to manage all betting markets and games inventory through ‘single click’ functionalities within the Spring BME dashboard.Adding further client functionality, the Spring BME allows for marketing, legal, accounting and risk management systems to be integrated within its dashboard service. Issuing a product briefing, BetConstruct management detailed“All the products by BetConstruct, in-house built or integrated from other providers, are available on the dashboard. Once any product is selected, e.g. Live Casino or Fantasy Sports, it appears on the operator’s website. At the same time, when a new slot game is added to BetConstruct game portfolio, Spring BME notifies the user and allows to instantly offer the game to the end-user. Deployed in retail, desktop and mobile, including native apps, over 26 solutions and 240 payment methods are now brought together on a single dashboard.”BetConstruct management stated that Spring BME, continues the firm’s commitment to business clarity and its focus on enabling ‘Open Source projects’ for its stakeholders. Share VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020last_img read more

Arena Racing Company agrees double greyhound deal

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Arena Racing Company (ARC) has agreed a global deal with Vermantia, shortlisted in four categories at the SBC awards 2017, for distribution of greyhound racing content from the UK and Australia.Vermantia, the worldwide omni-channel content provider, will become ARC’s exclusive supplier to a range of international markets, and preferred worldwide partner for producing and delivering bespoke channels to retail operators.Content is to be integrated into Vermantia’s connect platform, which comprises live video and racing data from over 4,500 greyhound fixtures across the UK and Australia, giving consumers betting opportunities on 120 live races per day.Martin Cruddace, ARC Chief Executive, said: “Our cooperation with Vermantia is a landmark for ARC, in line with our strategy for expanding the reach of our proven and valued media rights. “In Vermantia, we found both the international retail distribution experience, and the enabling content technologies necessary to rapidly and effectively rollout our premium greyhound content to the global markets.”Vermantia Founder & Chief Executive, Filippos Antonopoulos, added: “We are excited to team up with ARC, a partnership based on our common belief that, a comprehensive schedule of premium live greyhound racing delivered with a fully customisable and enabling betting channel, can be a real revenue booster for any retail operator. “Our combined offering is simply the best of its kind worldwide, and we feel really privileged that ARC chose Vermantia as its trusted partner for their international markets.”This follows news that ARC has also agreed a long term media rights partnership with Australian wagering and gaming company Tabcorp.As part of the agreement, which commences in January 2018, Tabcorp is to distribute ARC’s UK greyhound racing on it’s Sky Racing service in Australia, in addition to offering betting on the events.ARC will distribute greyhound and horse racing content from Sky Racing Australia for the online and retail markets of various European territories.Brett Gorman, Tabcorp General Manager of International, commented: “We are delighted to agree this deal with ARC.  “We see this as an important strategic development involving two international media rights holders in a growing and competitive marketplace. “Both ARC’s greyhound offering, and our own horse racing and greyhound racing, are long-established and well-proven products. We look forward to a long and successful relationship.” Sharelast_img read more

Arsenal unveils blockchain partner in industry first

first_img StumbleUpon Share Elliott Robinson: Exceeding Expectations in 2019 December 30, 2019 Sportech strengthens product and commercial teams with three new hires December 9, 2019 CashBet has announced a landmark partnership with Premier League giants Arsenal ahead of the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) of its new cryptocurrency, CashBet Coin.Designed specifically for iGaming, the CashBet Coin brand will be given prominent placement via in-stadium advertising channels for all Arsenal home games at the club’s Emirates Stadium.The first-of-its-kind deal, which makes CashBet Coin the club’s exclusive and official Blockchain Partner, sees Arsenal become the first major team in world football to officially partner with a cryptocurrency.Dr. Mike Reaves, CEO and Founder of CashBet, said: “With our ICO for CashBet Coin, we are actively targeting a global, multi-billion dollar marketplace of iGaming content providers, operators and players.“We are delighted to do so in partnership with one of world football’s true giants in Arsenal, enabling us to build our brand and engage this audience in a meaningful way.“Designed specifically for iGaming, CashBet Coin will improve the online experience for real money, casino, social, skill-based, eSports and sports betting players through increased trust and transparency, faster payouts, reduced fees and dedicated player protection.”Vinai Venkatesham, Arsenal’s Chief Commercial Officer, added: “We are pleased to welcome CashBet Coin as our partner. We are looking forward to working with CashBet Coin as they launch their new cryptocurrency.”The ICO presale will begin on 24th January and ends on 20th February, followed by the public sale beginning on 20th March and continuing until 27th April. Premier League eyes 17 June resumption May 29, 2020 Submit Share Related Articleslast_img read more