Monthly Archives: August 2020

Andrew Gillum Realizing the American Dream

first_imgAs a child growing up in Gainesville, Florida, Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida, and Democratic Party candidate for Florida governor, had big dreams. His father was a construction worker and his mother a bus driver. The odds were stacked against Gillum from very early but that didn’t deter him from aspiring to lofty goals.Familiar with povertyGrowing up, Gillum, the fifth child of seven children knew first-hand what poverty is. This poverty nurtured strength of character and determination making it possible he could become the first black Governor of Florida.“I grew up in Richmond Hill in South Miami-Dade and attended High School in Gainesville. I know what it’s like to struggle. The  struggles that regular country people go through. I grew up in that,” Gillum told NW.He graduated from Gainesville High School in 1998. That year he was recognized by the Gainesville Sun as one Gainesville “Persons of the Year.” After graduation, he attended the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in Tallahassee.Early leadershipAt FAMU he served as President of the Student Government Association from 2001-2002. He was the first student member of FAMU Board of Trustees and Board member of the Black Youth Vote Coalition. That Coalition is a program of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation in Washington, D.C..Even before completing his higher studies he decided to contend in representational politics in Tallahassee, Florida’s capital. Before graduating, he was the youngest person elected to the Tallahassee City Commission. After ten years as a commissioner, Gillum successfully campaigned, for Mayor of Tallahassee and was elected winning 76 percent of the vote in 2014.Gillum plans if elected GovernorAmbitious to advance to state governor, Gillum outlined some of his plans to improve the lives of Floridians if elected.Among his priorities is education, He’s determined to provide opportunities for high-school graduates who have it difficult to advance to university.“The students who are not college bound must not fall through the cracks. They need to get a shot at providing for their families and themselves. They must be able to acquire a skill or gain access to setting up small businesses,” he said.Gillum referred to incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott as sleeping on the job.“We have a sleeper on the job as governor now. It all comes down to the fact that Rick Scott did not agree with the policies of President Barack Obama and he will do anything to wipe away his legacy,” he saidAttempts to “wipe away “Obama’s legacy were seen in the attempts to replace Obamacare, and in President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord, Gillum said.“When I am Governor, I am going to expand Medicaid, and make it illegal for Floridians to be discriminated against because of pregnancy or pre-existing health conditions,” Gillum said, “Also, in Florida, we are impacted by climate change and should be a leader in green technology. Solar and green technology can provide employment across the state. We should be cashing in on it not backing away. We should be telling the world what to do about climate change.”Gillum also promised to protect immigrants who he said were integral to Florida’s economy. “I know the positive impact immigrants have had on the growth of this state.”Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

Hero CPL introduce DRS for the final and semi-final

first_imgThe Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will be introducing the Decision Referral System (DRS) for the semi-final and final of the tournament. The last two matches of the tournament will take place on September 14 and 16 and will take place at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad.Each team will be allowed one unsuccessful review per innings and they will be able to review all methods of dismissal.Speaking about the introduction of the system for the last two matches of the tournament Pete Russell, COO of the Hero CPL, said: “The final matches of the Hero CPL are so important and it is vital that all decisions are as accurate as possible. We are reviewing the possibility of making DRS available for all matches in 2019.”last_img

Former Windies president Pat Rousseau dies at age 85

first_imgFormer Cricket West Indies president, Pat Rousseau dies at age 85 in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, April 16, following a long illness. The prominent Jamaican lawyer and businessman led the then West Indies Cricket Board from 1996 to 2001, after taking over from the late Barbadian Captain Peter Short.Rousseau, 85, oversaw a turbulent period in West Indies cricket but was largely credited for overhauling the board’s commercial model and helping to monetize its brand.Skerritt pays tributeNewly elected CWI president, Ricky Skerritt, who served as Windies team manager under Rousseau, hailed the former administrator as a “sharp legal and business mind”, who had been “passionate” in all his pursuits.Read More: Ricky Skerritt elected president of Cricket West Indies“Pat was a strong man, always very focused and determined. He was a sharp legal and business mind, and it was reflected during his time in charge of the organization between 1996 and 2001,” said Skerritt, who assumed the CWI presidency last month.“He, along with former chief marketing executive Chris Dehring, was instrumental in signing a record (at the time) international television deal for the WICB, now CWI, with Sky and convincing the International Cricket Council to stage the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in the Caribbean.Ricky Skerritt“Pat was also the driving force behind the incorporation of the WICB in November 1998 – starting the transformation of the organization into becoming a more corporate operation – and the permanent relocation of the corporate headquarters to Antigua.”He added: “He was passionate about his work, he loved life, he was a keen follower of sport, leading to him and Dehring launching SportsMax, the first subscription television network broadcasting sport programming to the entire Caribbean, and he was a great mentor to many people. He will be missed.”Chris Dehring’s tributeJamaican Dehring, who also served as chief executive officer for the 2007 World Cup, described Rousseau as a “pioneer in just about everything he did”.“He was highly respected and he was the one who recruited me to the Board of West Indies cricket in 1996 … and has moulded me and was responsible also for the bid for Cricket World Cup,” said Dehring.“We spent a lot of time together travelling all over the world and I relished those moments and his death is not only a loss to Jamaica, but for the region and we are very proud of what he has achieved.” – DehringHe added: “He was a pioneer in just about everything he did and was never afraid to take on huge challenges and he had big vision.”After previously serving on the board’s marketing committee, Rousseau assumed the West Indies cricket presidency in 1996. He was re-elected unopposed two years later before beating late Trinidadian Alloy Lequay to win again in 2000.Read More: CPL-T20 tournament key but not enough to revive Windies cricket, says SkerrittDuring his tenure, Rousseau was forced to grapple with several controversies, even as on-the-field performances declined. He oversaw the controversial 1998 tour of South Africa which was nearly boycotted by a player’s strike, and was forced to fly to London to meet with players in order to rescue the tour.That same year, the board copped heavy criticism after the first Test against England at Sabina Park here was abandoned after 62 balls due to a dangerous pitch.Skerritt’s controversial sacking as team manager in 2001 also precipitated a chain of events which led to Rousseau’s resignation.He was replaced by prominent Barbadian and legendary former West Indies fast bowler, Sir Wes Hall.last_img read more

Rihanna Offers to Purchase $ 1 Million Worth of Ventilators for…

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados – In support of Barbados’ fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19), the island’s Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced that Bajan superstar Rihanna offered to purchase ventilators worth a total BB$1.4 million (US $700,000) to help the country fight against the pandemic.The news came today as the island confirmed six cases of COVID-19 on the island. The first cases were announced earlier this week, and two more cases were confirmed today.The two new cases are Barbadians: a male in his 20s and a female in her 60s, both of whom recently returned to the island from the United States.To alleviate the losses that many businesses and economies will feel, Mottley announced several measures including employment benefits for displaced workers, retaining of hospitality employees, a six-month moratorium on mortgage payments and the eschew of evictions, among other measures.Rihanna, who was born in Saint Michael, is the Barbadian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. She has funded several projects on the island including the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.last_img read more

BCPS to Host Virtual Graduation Ceremonies for Class of 2020

first_img × Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie announced plans for graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020.In a letter and video message sent on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, the Superintendent outlined the District’s decision to host virtual graduation ceremonies honoring the achievements of BCPS high school seniors.Read the letter here: Superintendent’s Letter to Class of 2020.Traditional graduation ceremonies, a customary celebration for students and their families, had to be altered due to restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.“After completing more than a decade of schooling, you have reached a proud milestone and are ready to jump into the next chapter of life,” Superintendent Runcie said in his message to seniors.“With the education and training you have received, you are well prepared to be successful on whatever path you take. Our goal is to use technology to make your graduation personal and memorable.”Over the past few weeks, administrators and teachers have met with seniors and representatives from across the District to consider graduation options and receive their input on plans.The decision was made that virtual graduation ceremonies for each high school will take place June 15 – 28, 2020, and will include all of the traditional pomp and circumstance, including speeches and roll call of graduates. Each graduation ceremony will broadcast live on BECON-TV and stream live.The date for each school’s graduation, along with more details, will be announced on Friday, May 1.“The District has been meeting with seniors to hear our ideas about graduation. We’ve been clear about wanting a traditional graduation, but we also know that we’re making sacrifices right now for our own health and safety, and for the greater good,” said Beau Simon, student advisor to the School Board of Broward County and senior at Cypress Bay High School.“With that as a background, the District has worked to create a plan that brings the characteristics of a traditional graduation into a virtual one. It includes things we said are important to us. It will allow us to make memories.”Below is the Superintendent’s video message to the graduating class of 2020.last_img read more

Ravens-Steelers: Five predictions for Sunday night

first_img5. It won’t match their 35-7 showing in Baltimore, but the Ravens will sweep Pittsburgh for just the second time in the 16-year history of the series, winning a 21-20 nail-biter. While it’s true the Steelers are entering Sunday having played better football than the Ravens recently, many have been too quick to dismiss what transpired in the regular-season opener. Yes, it’s extremely unlikely the Ravens force seven turnovers again, but the Baltimore defense completely overwhelmed the Pittsburgh offense in the most recent meeting between the teams. If we’ve learned anything about the Ravens so far this season, it’s their reputation for playing to the level of their competition. There’s never any shortage of motivation and passion when they meet the hated Steelers. If — and it’s a major one — Flacco can take care of the football and make just a few big plays at opportune times (215 passing yards and a touchdown pass), the defense will take care of the rest by pressuring Roethlisberger and creating a critical turnover that swings the game in the Ravens’ favor. Little needs to be said about what’s at stake when the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh for the first time since their crushing 31-24 defeat in the divisional playoffs last January. The winner of Sunday night’s game gains control of the division — with apologies to the unproven Bengals — and emerges with the psychological upper hand should these teams meet again in January.Sunday night marks the 32nd all-time meeting between the Ravens and Steelers in the regular season, with Pittsburgh holding an 18-13 edge. The Ravens will attempt to win their second straight regular-season game at Heinz Field and only their sixth game ever in Pittsburgh. Eight of the last 10 meetings (postseason included) between the teams have been decided by one score or less despite the Ravens’ 35-7 beating of the Steelers in Week 1.The Ravens are 3-1 on Sunday Night Football during the John Harbaugh era, but Sunday marks the first time Baltimore has played on the road for Sunday Night Football since the game moved to NBC in 2006.A win would give the Ravens a 6-2 start for the second consecutive year and for the third time in team history (2006 being the other).Here’s what to expect when the Ravens travel to Heinz Field to take on the Steelers to complete the season series …1. Ray Rice will gain enough yardage to offset the Steelers’ edge in the passing game. The Ravens bulled over the Pittsburgh defense to the tune of 170 rushing yards as an offensive line playing together for the first time exceeded even the most optimistic expectations in the regular-season opener. Ben Grubbs hasn’t played since then as the group has failed to reach that same level of dominance in his absence. The left guard will be a game-time decision, but it’s no coincidence Grubbs appears primed to return against the Steelers. Pittsburgh holds the edge at quarterback, but the Ravens can offset Ben Roethlisberger’s advantage over Joe Flacco by being productive enough on the ground to help control the clock and keep the Steelers’ passing game off the field. Pittsburgh’s run defense has improved, but Arizona and New England aren’t exactly dominant ground teams. Arian Foster ran for 155 yards and Maurice Jones-Drew gained 96 against the Pittsburgh defense, so it’s not out of the question for Rice to run for 80 yards on the ground — in addition to what he provides as a receiver out of the backfield. 2. The Ravens will win the turnover battle against a Pittsburgh defense that hasn’t created takeaways all season. Unsurprisingly, the teams find themselves occupying the top two spots in total defense, but a dramatic difference lies in their ability to create turnovers. Baltimore’s 16 takeaways is tied for second in the AFC while the Steelers have only forced three turnovers through their first eight games, last in the NFL. On the flip side, the Ravens and Steelers have each turned the ball over 13 times. Critics will point to Flacco’s inability to protect the football, but the Steelers’ preference to throw plays right into the hands of the Ravens, who are healthier in the secondary than they’ve been all season. If Flacco and the Ravens can make just enough plays in the passing game, it will force Roethlisberger to take more chances, increasing the likelihood of turnovers. The Ravens have the better, more opportunistic defense, and it will pay dividends on Sunday night.3. The Steelers will miss LaMarr Woodley more than they’ll benefit from the return of James Harrison — at least in this game. After playing coy on his Twitter page earlier in the week, Harrison returns to the lineup after missing four games with a fractured orbital bone. However, Woodley’s nine sacks had him in the Defensive Player of the Year discussion before the linebacker suffered a hamstring injury last week. Harrison is as tough as they come, but the month-long layoff will leave some rust, and the Ravens can devote more attention to him without Woodley on the opposite edge. Left tackle Bryant McKinnie played his best game of the season against Harrison in the season opener, so the Ravens are hoping for a similar, motivated effort in Pittsburgh.4. Terrell Suggs will continue to own the Steelers no matter what they try to throw at him. Max protection, tight end help, and double teams don’t matter when the Pro Bowl linebacker takes on Pittsburgh. Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians called Suggs the best pass rusher he’s ever had to face, and the ninth-year linebacker has sacked Roethlisberger more often than any other defender in the NFL. After accumulating six sacks in his last two games (one of those coming last January) against Pittsburgh, it’s clear the Steelers have no answers in stopping his harassment of Roethlisberger. Pittsburgh will hope veteran Max Starks’ insertion at left tackle will have an impact after Suggs abused Jonathan Scott in Baltimore, but he’ll need as much help as possible to keep Suggs’ shadow away from the quarterback. Playing in prime time, Suggs will collect two sacks of Roethlisberger and create a critical turnover in the second half.last_img read more

German Bundesliga: Cologne Remain Winless After Stuttgart Defeat

first_imgUEFA Europa League (UEL) campaigners FC Cologne took their winless start to the new Bundesliga season to eight games following their 2-1 defeat at newly promoted Vfb Stuttgart on Friday night.Greek player Anastasios Donis gave the home team the lead seven minutes from halftime and not until the 77th minute did Cologne finally level matters through Dominique Heintz after much pressure. Their consistent frailties this season however came to the fore again on the stroke of fulltime as Congolese international Chadrac Akolo scored to snatch victory for Stuttgart.FC Cologne stay rooted to the bottom of the table with the defeat and are six points adrift of safety with just 1 point from 8 games. The win takes the hosts further away from the relegation zone to 10th position with 10 points.RelatedBundesliga Review: Bayern Extend Lead To 20 Points With Big Win Over FreiburgMarch 5, 2018In “Europe”Bundesliga Review (Final Matchday): Hamburg Suffer Relegation As Bayern, Dortmund Are StunnedMay 13, 2018In “Europe”Bundesliga Review: Bayern Dent Frankfurt UCL Hopes As Cologne Suffer RelegationApril 29, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Monica Puig and Maria Sharapova provide support for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico.

first_imgRelatedMaria Sharapova Releases Book, Says “Serena Hated Me” – Unstoppable: My Life So FarSeptember 13, 2017In “Features”Maria Sharapova Handed Wild Card Entry Into This Month’s US OpenAugust 15, 2017In “Sports”Maria Sharapova: Five-time Grand Slam Champion Retires From Tennis At 32February 26, 2020In “Featured” Tennis stars Monica Puig and Maria Sharapova have been to Puerto Rico to provide support for victims of the devastating ‘Hurricane Maria’ which hit the Caribbean Island on September 20. The hurricane left close to 50 people dead, many missing and many homeless. Power on the entire Island was also knocked out and about a million people are still without running water following the disaster.Monica Puig who became the small country’s first Olympic gold medalist in any sport by winning the Women’s singles in Rio last year started a fundraising campaign that has raised over £100,000 so far. The money has been used to buy lamps, stoves, propane cylinders, medication and more for the country. Maria Sharapova Sharapova is also  donating all profits from her candy company ‘Sugarpova’ through the end of the year.A number of other tennis players also pledged their support for the cause. Grateful for the love shown, Puig said:“It was amazing to see the support from other players and to see how much they really cared about what was going on. I’m the only tennis player from Puerto Rico, so I don’t really have that many people backing me.”Puig and Sharapova helped distribute supplies and visited San Jorge Children’s Hospital in San Juan. The pair shared their journey on Instagram and Puig thanked her fellow tennis player for the support.“Together we helped the lives of thousands of people today and this is just the beginning! Puerto Rico will come back better and stronger from this! Thanks for helping me give them hope and a smile!”last_img read more

Mansion – launches ‘Are You Ready’ campaign for brand new Casino.com

first_imgShare Submit Share Related Articles Following the rebrand and relaunch of its legacy assets Casino.com this March, online gambling group Mansion has announced that it has launched its supporting Casino.com UK TV advertising campaign.The TV campaign ‘We are Ready to Play, Are You?’ will launch on Monday 24 July on selected Sky UK channels.Commenting on the UK campaign, Mansion marketing detailed that it wanted to create an authentic feel and message for its relaunch of Casino.com, one of the oldest online gambling brands.Shelly Suter-Hadad, Mansion’s Managing Director and COO said, “We’ve intentionally veered away from the elitist, VIP vibe or headache-inducing animation that’s commonplace on screen and are bringing something fun and fresh to the table. The concept is the Casino.com party, and everyone’s invited.”In addition, the advert also stars some company employees; the live dealer is Mansion’s Casino Manager Chris Mousdell with three of the walk on parts casino and VIP team members.“This gave the anticipation and company buzz about the advert all the ignition it needed!  We’re really happy with the final creative and are looking forward to seeing the results.” said Faye Morse, Director of Marketing CommunicationsFurther to its TV campaign, Mansion will support the relaunch of Casino.com by executing a complimentary campaign of branded Casino.com London taxis that will run alongside the advert to further reinforce the message.Casino.com – ‘We are Ready to Play, Are You?’ Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020 COVID-19: How the virus is impacting sports events across the globe March 13, 2020 SBTech confident of resuming full client operations following cyberattack March 31, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Danske Spil launches Perform’s Watch & Bet Retail service

first_img Submit Danish FA backs Danske Spil’s Safe Play campaign August 24, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Danske Spil will bring premium live sports video to customers throughout shop opening hours after launching the new new high resolution Watch & Bet Retail service from Perform across its land-based retail estate.The service includes thousands of premium and well-timed streams for Danish bettors, including La Liga, KHL and WTA tennis, along with stats to aid betting decisions and Perform’s suite of 100,000 live action visualisations.State-owned Danske Spil is the latest operator to offer Perform’s live streams to their retail customers, joining a growing number of land-based lotteries and blue chip sportsbooks across the globe.Jens Nielsen, Sports Betting Director at Danske Spil, said: “At Danske Spil we constantly strive to offer entertaining and high quality experiences to our customers. With our new retail streaming solution, developed and operated in cooperation with Perform, we have taken a big step forward in modernizing our betting shop environment. “By combining high resolution live sports streaming with our corresponding betting offer on user-friendly screens and tablets, we are now able to deliver a top-class live sports and in-play betting experience to our retail customers.”John Harlow, SVP Perform, added: “Danske Spil have created a fantastic-looking experience with our new low latency, high resolution streams and statistics. We’re sure their customers will appreciate being able to watch and bet on quality sport during retail opening hours and we’re really proud to see our content being used so creatively.”Nielsen will play his part in the opening session of this year’s Betting on Football conference – ‘Peak betting – are economies of scale causing stagnation?’ He will be joined for this Leadership & Vision track session by Marco Blume, Director of Trading at Pinnacle Sports, and Guy Harding, Head of Commercial at Oddschecker. For more information about the event, click here. Related Articles Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020last_img read more