South Floridians are being invited to join the Trinidad and Tobago Independence Ball Committee, Inc. in celebrating celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago. Broward, FloridaThe Trinidad and Tobago Independence Ball Committee, a not-for-profit organization, is proud to present the 15th Annual Independence Ball to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the independence of Trinidad and Tobago. This anniversary falls on August 31, 2017.Ball is also fundraiser for charityThe T&T independence ball is an initiative to raise funds to donate to the Cyril Ross Nursery, a home in Trinidad and Tobago for children affected with HIV/AIDS. Proceeds will also go to the Florida Memorial University Caribbean Students’ Fund.The Signature Grand located at 6900 State Road 84 in Davie is the location for the ball which will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017, from 7pm to 2am.The Ball committee will celebrate the anniversary by enjoying the food, fun, cultural presentations, mix and mingle with friends and family and still make a financial contribution to the lives of our youths. This is an all-inclusive event to include valet parking, an hors d’oeuvres hour, dinner, bar services, cultural performances, a live Caribbean band and DJ music.
Tab expected to riseHe said the Caribbean’s tab was sure to rise as the mega-hurricane pounded the Bahamas on its path toward Florida, but it had already surpassed the costs – excluding the United States and Mexico – inflicted by Hurricanes Ike in 2008 and Hugo in 1989 (the equivalent of US$9.4 billion each in 2017).The estimated hardest hit by Irma was Dutch St Maarten ($2.5 billion) and the US Virgin Islands ($2.45 billion), followed by French Saint Martin ($1.55 billion) and the British Virgin Islands ($1.4 billion).No estimate was provided for Barbuda, where one person was killed. Prime Minister Gaston Browne had declared the island practically uninhabitable.The US territory of Puerto Rico was not hit head-on by the storm, but was projected to sustain US$790 million in damage, the CEDIM reported.The US$10 billion bill also excludes the more densely populated Dominican Republic and Haiti, which followed later on a destructive path, and for which CEDIM said the tally was likely to be high.The total bill for loss and damage could hit US$120 billion once the United States is included, according to data modeling firm Enki Research. A dozen island nations and territories affectedCompiled by the Center for Disaster Management and Risk Reduction Technology (CEDIM) in Germany, the estimate covered a dozen island nations and territories hit by last Friday, along with projections for the Turks and Caicos, which was in the hurricane’s path at that time.“This will likely be a $10 billion loss across the Caribbean – a huge loss,” James Daniell, the senior risk engineer at CEDIM, and head of its Forensic Disaster Analysis Group said. Irma the costliest storm everHurricane Irma damages in the CaribbeanThe hurricane ravaged section of the Caribbean may have to cough up $10 billion-plus for the repair bill from Hurricane Irma.Even as Hurricane Irma continued its trek across the Caribbean, disaster risk experts in Germany reported that it had already caused more than US$10 billion in damage. This makes it the costliest storm ever to hit the Caribbean region.
Andrew Holness KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The ruling Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) will be seeking to further increase its majority in the 63-member Parliament, when it contests the March 26 by-election in the Portland Eastern constituency, following the murder of the People’s National Party (PNP) parliamentary representative, Dr Lynvale Bloomfield last month.The JLP, which won the 2016 general election by a 32-31 margin over the then incumbent PNP, has since won two of three by-elections held last year, giving it a more comfortable three seat margin in the Parliament.Prime Minister Andrew Holness, addressing JLP supporters at a rally in Port Antonio, on the island’s north-eastern coast on Friday night, said Nomination Day will be March 8 coinciding with International Women’s Day, which, he told supporters is also the anniversary of the birth of Lady Bustamante, the wife of the JLP’s founder Sir Alexander Bustamante.“This will be a peaceful election. It will be an efficiently run election,” Holness said.The party has already named Ann-Marie Vaz, the wife of Douglas Vaz, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, as its candidate.The PNP has since indicated that its candidate will be former opposition legislator, Damion Crawford.Holness said he was confident Vaz would be victorious adding “I’m sure that Action Ann is committed. I’m sure that Action Ann respects the people”.Vaz said the government would continue its commitment to providing jobs in the constituency and spoke of the programs she has already implemented.“I’m here to solve the problems; I want the youths here to build East Portland”.Dr Bloomfield won the seat in the February 25, 2016 general election, receiving 8,606 votes to the JLP’s Derron Wood’s 7,220 votes.Bloomfield, who was into his second term as a parliamentarian, was found dead at his Passley Gardens home on February 2, with more than 20 stab wounds.Police have since charged 20-year-old Simeon Sutherland in connection with the murder, after initially taking him into custody and releasing him last month.
There’s a hot spot in Kingston, Jamaica called Lorna’s Catering that is usally swarmed with people during lunch hours. Lorna’s is known far and wide for super-tasty traditional Jamaican food that doesn’t make you feel heavy and bogged down. The prices are also exceptionally reasonable.The couple behind the takeout joint, Lorna and Franklin O’Neill, returned to Jamaica from Florida in 2010 after the real estate market in the US came crashing down. Their life savings and many investments disappeared along with the plummeting economy. For them, Lorna’s was a new start. They were forced to rebuild their finances from the ground up.Nearly a decade later, the restaurant, though relatively humble and unassuming, has made its mark in Jamaica as one of the best places to eat across the island. It has been featured by US-based media including the Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel and VICE, as well as top media outlets in Jamaica. They’ve also won several Jamaica Observer Food Awards.If you can’t get your hands on a Lorna’s meal because you live outside of Jamaica, the small business offers a free cookbook on its website, which includes recipes for its most popular dishes.Below is their Oxtail recipe.LORNA’S CATERING OXTAIL RECIPEOXTAIL TIPSUse soya sauce to brown your Oxtail and add some punch to the flavor as well.Broad Beans are a MUST for a really scrumptious Oxtail. Don’t leave them out!The key to a good Oxtail is to find the balance between creating a stew-like consistency and having chunks of meat on the bone, that are still able slip off easily. If you’re Jamaican, you know what we mean. If not, we’re sorry we can’t explain any better.Either way, perfecting this takes some practice. Basically, you’re aiming to not have all the meat and beans totally mashed out, but yet you still do want it somewhat mashed out to create that stew-like consistency we’re talking about. Watch your pot carefully, and you’ll get it, we promise.INGREDIENTS3lbs Oxtail1 1/2tsp Salt1tsp Black pepper3 Tbsp curry powder2 Cloves garlic2 Tbsp Cooking oil2 Medium onions, sliced1 tsp Dried thyme (or 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves)1 Tbsp hot pepper sauce2 Tbsp Tomato ketchup1 tsp Wocester sauce3 cups Water1 Can (190z) Lima beans (also called butter beans), drain and set aside liquidINSTRUCTIONS1. Season oxtail with salt, black pepper, 2 Tbsp curry powder and garlic2. Place sliced onions on top, cover and place in refrigerator overnight or for at least for 2 hours before cooking3. While heating oil in heavy saucepan remove onions from top of meat4. Add oxtail to the sauce pan and sear to seal in juice5. Add 1 cup of water, thyme and onion. stir. Stir in hot pepper sauce, tomato ketchup and worcestershire sauce; cook for 5 minutes.6. Add 1 Tbsp curry powder; stir. Add 2 cups of water (enough water to just cover meat); cover and simmer until meat is tender (2 to 2 1/2 hours). TIP: The meat should be so tender it’s falling off the bone7. Add lima beans (with half their liquid) to the cooked meat and stir8. Raise heat and bring to a rapid boil until gravy thickens, stirring at intervals so that no sticking or burning occurs. Remove from heat.Serve with steamed Jamaican rice and peas, and a mixed green salad.
On the last two Saturday night’s the Washington Capitals have raced out to 2-0 first period leads and on both occassions, they’ve ended up losing the game. This time, at least they weren’t defeated until the gimmick, losing to the New Jersey Devils, 3-2, when David Clarkson beat Michal Neuvirth (17 saves) in the fourth round. Troy Brouwer and Jason Chimera tallied for the Caps in the first period but then the Devils got goals from Petr Sykora and Ryan Carter in the middle frame. After a scoreless third period and overtime the teams went to the shootout where Alexander Ovechkin and Zach Parise tallied before Clarkson’s game winner. The defeat drops the Caps to 10-4-1 (21 points).Here are the highlights, quotes, and analysis of a contest that was not easy to watch:– The shots on goal total in this one was 19-17 in favor of New Jersey. A combination of things conspired to make this a non-aesthetically pleasing tilt. First, the bad Verizon Center ice which was rough due to a concert on Friday night then a Georgetown basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Second, both teams played each other the night before in Newark and with the Capitals shortening their bench on Friday due to Mike Green’s injury and Alexander Semin and Cody Eakin’s benching they were tired. What added to the fatigue was the fact that Green couldn’t play and d-man John Erskine’s shoulder acted up, forcing him out as well. With Jeff Schultz back in on defense, Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau chose to move Brooks Laich to defense to get six warm bodies on the blue line. That put Mathieu Perreault back in the lineup up front. But #85 had no jump and actually lost a key faceoff that put the Devils back in the game. As a result, he along with a fading Cody Eakin, didn’t skate in period three either (both had just over five minutes of ice time in this game). In addition, defensemen Roman Hamrlik left in period two with an undisclosed injury and did not return. Third, the Devils are very good at blocking shots but Washington was just out of sync for most of this game. Finally, throw in some poor officiating (Brian Pochmara, Mike Hasenfratz) and you had a recipe for bad hockey.“I was starting to get a little tuckered at the end, but I think that when stuff like that happens when there’s injuries you just have to try to not push it too much, try not to get out of position, try not to get caught and conserve where you can. That’s a team that, no matter what, keeps on coming. Even if we got that third one, they would still be coming. They never give up,” said Caps d-man Dennis Wideman on the role of fatigue in the Caps defeat.– The Caps came out fast in this one getting nine shots in the first 16 minutes (h/t @TedStarkey). They were skating well and going to the net early on. Chimera’s tally went in off of his shin pad on a John Carlson point blast while Brouwer stole the puck from Adam Henrique and scored on a breakaway. After that it seemed like Washington’s skates were being sponsored by a cinder block company because they looked really slow and for nearly 21 minutes between periods two and three they didn’t even have a shot on net! Late in regulation they started getting it together but old Caps nemesis Johan Hedberg (15 saves) robbed Brouwer and Jeff Halpern in the third period and then stoned an all alone Wideman from 20 feet out in overtime. The “Moose” was a big reason the Devils left town with the two points.“It’s a double-edged sword. Will you take a point? Yes. When you have a 2-0 lead, will you take a point? No. The goals that they scored were mistakes on our part. If we wouldn’t make those mistakes, it probably would have been a 2-0 game,” said Boudreau on Saturday’s result.– Both the Caps and the Devils went 0 for 5 on the power play, although Chimera’s goal came right as Anton Volchenkov’s penalty was expiring. New Jersey’s power play looked better getting six shots on goal to Washington’s four. The Caps struggled to get set up with the man advantage and with Laich on the right point instead of Green, things just aren’t the same. Hopefully #52, who is listed as day to day, is back on Tuesday for the game in Nashville. If he can’t go and either (or both) Hamrlik and Erskine are out, Washington could recall 2009 2nd round draft pick Dmity Orlov from Hershey. The young puck rushing blue liner would certainly help the offense and the power play, but he is clearly still learning how to play defense in the North American game. The other left handed defense option from Hershey would be Patrick McNeill.– Semin, in my opinion, didn’t respond too well to his benching on Friday night. #28 had one shot on net and no hits. He took another minor penalty and continued to not move his feet and shy away from contact. In the gimmick, he fumbled the biscuit and didn’t even get a shot off. I’ve seen enough in his time with Washington to see that things just aren’t going to change and General Manager George McPhee might be wise to just move him now since he is an unrestricted free agent after the season. Bottom line is I can’t see the Caps winning a Stanley Cup with the inconsistent winger on their roster. Boudreau wasn’t publicly harsh on him afterwards, but if he was unhappy with him, I doubt he’d say anything to diminish any trade value Semin might have.“I thought he tried really hard. I mean, he got a penalty early, he went for the puck. That wasn’t a lazy penalty… I thought his effort overall, he tried really hard and he was engaged in the game,” said Boudreau on Semin’s performance in the loss.– Neuvirth made some very good saves in this contest and can’t be faulted on either tally. He was very sound in his positioning, which helped him rob Sykora up high in tight in period one. He got beat by some nice moves in the shootout but overall was one of the better Capitals in this game.– Ovechkin had a mixed bag of a night. He was skating hard and was a physical force on the ice (11 hits). However, he was terrible with the puck trying too many curl and drag moves instead of just firing the biscuit on net or getting it deep. Volchenkov did a nice job on the Gr8 in this tilt.“I have opportunities to shoot the puck and score, but sometimes I make it too quick and make not good decisions. My job is to score goals, not to make hits. The second period I had probably three chances to score but I didn’t do the right thing,” said Oveckhin when asked to assess his play.– So the Capitals get a point but they should’ve put this game away early in the second period. Now they head to the road for three games starting in Music City at 8pm on Tuesday against the Predators. Nashville is a gritty, grind out it out club that has super goaltending (Pekka Rinne). Coach Barry Trotz is one of the best coaches in the NHL so the Caps will have to play a lot better than they did this week if they want to get two points.Notes: I wouldn’t be surprised if Eakin is sent back to Hershey, he looks overmatched right now and playing five minutes a game is not helping his development. I’d like to see Chris Bourque brought up if a forward is needed…Wideman logged 33:52 of ice time to lead all players. Carlson played 26:50 and Karl Alzner 23:34. Laich played over 23 minutes, including time at forward on the penalty kill. Hamrlik played 9:44 before leaving due to an injury that Boudreau said was caused by a New Jersey cross check (h/t Katie Carrera of The Washington Post)…Mike Knuble only played 12:04 and seems to be in the Boudreau dog house too…the Caps won the faceoff battle 35-33.
Iheancho, who will wear the No.8 jersey at the King Power Stadium, joins fellow Nigerian international, Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa in the Craig Shakespeare tutored side.More to come shortly…RelatedIheanacho Will Leave Us For Leicester City – Pep GuardiolaJuly 30, 2017In “England”Leicester City Boss, Brendan Rodgers Vows to Transform Erratic Kelechi IheanachoMarch 16, 2019In “England”Kelechi Iheanacho Opens Up About Displacing Jamie Vardy At LeicesterMay 27, 2020In “England” Nigerian youngster, Kelechi Iheanacho has completed his move from Manchester City to Leicester City, for an undisclosed fee.The 20-year-old forward penned a five-year contract with the Foxes and could make his debut for the club on Friday, a pre-season friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach.#WelcomeKelechi pic.twitter.com/FcoO4QFStk— Leicester City (@LCFC) August 3, 2017Excited about his move, the Nigerian told Leicester City’s official website: “It feels good and I’m happy to be part of this team. I know the ambition of the team and speaking with the manager, he let me know what I need to do – to help the team achieve what they want. I was convinced and I’m happy to be here.”
Related Articles TIU denies two requests to lift provisional suspensions July 27, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Victoria Police charges two following tennis corruption investigation June 29, 2020 The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has expressed concern that the growing number of alerts it receives for suspicious betting patterns is reflective of an increased level of corruption in tennis.As part of its first annual report, the TIU said that while alerts alone were not proof of corruption, the system led to nine players and officials being sanctioned in 2016.The 292 alerts received last year was almost 20% higher than the 246 in 2015, with eight of them from Grand Slam, ATP and WTA matches. Worryingly, 96 of these 292 alerts came between July and September, a busy period in the tennis calendar which includes two of the four Grand Slam’s.Secret files exposing evidence of alleged match-fixing at the top of the game were also revealed by the BBC and BuzzFeed in 2016. The files stated that, over the last decade, 16 players ranked in the top 50 had been repeatedly flagged to the TIU over suspicions they have thrown matches.While all the players involved could continue competing, the TIU has now changed the system so that from 1 January 2017, a player suspected of a corruption offence will be given a provisional suspension. Previously they could continue playing until a disciplinary notice had been served.Nigel Willerton, Director of the TIU, commented: “The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) responded to a substantially increased workload in 2016 with significant expansion and development, designed to provide tennis with the level of resource and expertise needed to meet the challenges posed by corruption in the sport.”The annual report came soon after news broke of Nick Lindahl’s seven-year ban for match-fixing. The Australian, who achieved a career-high ranking of 187 before retiring in 2013, has also been fined £28,000 for plotting to throw a match at a minor Australian tournament in his final playing year.While the report makes a lot about the healthy co-operation the TIU has developed with bookmakers and gambling regulators, there is still a great deal of work that could be done in the area. Most of the bookmakers are part of the ESSA integrity organisation and there are only a handful of regulators seemingly involved.However this is a good positive step for tennis in address the issues of match fixing which are plaguing the sport and hopefully the TIU will be given the backing it needs to build on the work done so far.
Related Articles Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Submit Share Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 YouTube the world’s most popular video streaming website, is set to launch its digital TV subscription service ‘YouTube TV’, initially offering US viewers access to 40 premium broadcast channels for $35 per month.Speaking to US media, Susan Wojcicki CEO of YouTube stated that its TV service would ‘lean heavily on sports content’ with viewers able to watch broadcasts of ‘pro and college football, basketball, baseball, plus other sports’.Bloomberg news reports that YouTube’s $35 package will include access to 10 sports channels including; the ESPN Network, ComCast, NBC Sports and FOX Sports TV. Due to complex Streaming and TV content policy, Google-owned YouTube will initially roll-out the service in ‘limited US markets’, where the company has the appropriate content rights.Reacting to the news of YouTube TV, a number of technology news sources have labelled the service as the potential ‘cable cutter’ which could be a ‘game-changer’ for viewership of sports and entertainment content.Technology commentators further point to YouTube’s popularity which cannot be matched by traditional TV broadcasters. This week Sundar Pichai CEO of Google detailed that YouTube outputs ‘one billion hours of content’ per day. YouTube management did not give any insight on its international ambitions for the TV service. However, a number of technology insiders have noted that Google could make a play for the Premier League multi-billion broadcast rights competing against Sky and BT Sports.
Share Submit Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Share John Cruces, DafabetThrust into the Sponsorship Spotlight this week was John Cruces, Head of Sports Marketing and Sponsorships at Dafabet.We caught up with him to discuss sponsorship of Sunderland and Burnley, the introduction of ‘sleeve sponsors’ in the Premier League, and the form of the record-breaking Bhoys.SBC: Can you explain to SBC readers why you chose to ‘double up’ on Premier League sponsorship, and what are the differences between the two deals?JC: Simply put, the position became available to add to our portfolio of sponsor assets.When speaking to Burnley (as Sunderland were existing partners), they impressed us with their vision and what they looked to achieve and they’re well on the way to doing so for this season. We thought what was proposed represented value for both ourselves and the club so we went ahead.Difference between the deals? We don’t believe there are in our approach – we try to localise some things in terms of fan offerings, but in the main we look for consistency in how we promote ourselves. From the other side, thankfully the clubs we’ve worked with have been proactive and helpful, hence us usually having longer term deals than other gaming firms. We firmly believe the best partnerships are those where both sides contribute and longevity helps sustainability accordingly.SBC: Have you spent any time assessing Mansion’s approach to sponsoring both Crystal Palace and Bournemouth?JC: Not really. We may have looked at how they do their LED or the like, but not because they’re another gaming brand – but because they’re present as per other companies from other industries. We prefer to concentrate on what we do and let others do the ‘following’SBC: How do you change marketing plans to reflect increased exposure? For example, Sunderland were on TV four times in the first five game-weeks, then Burnley had a run of three consecutive televised matches (GW 6-8) which included a Monday Night Football and two Super Sunday appearances. This meant you were screened live in the UK on eight of the first 10 weeks.JC: We can’t choose the fixtures or how they fall sadly, not even the respective club managers can – although over the years it hasn’t looked that way!But seriously we had a good run of fixtures if you’re talking UK channels.However, given the percentage of our players who are based in Asia, all the games are televised so we get the coverage all season round. Which is why we sponsor Premier League teams, such is the popularity worldwide. So, with that in mind, we try to see the season as what it is and concentrate season long into making the most of our assets.SBC: We have been gathering opinion on the value of the Premier League sleeve, which will be open for sponsors from 2017/18. Now you have experienced front-of-shirt sponsorship in the Premier League, and the benefits that come with it, are you inclined to pursue ‘sleeve sponsorship’ in the coming years?JC: Personally, I think given this is ‘new’ it’s very much a toe in the water mindset now. Some of the ‘agencies’ are living in cuckoo land from what I’ve seen though in what percentages they put it against actual shirt front. But we don’t deal with these, so they can quote whatever they wish.I’m also of the view that considering virtually all clubs have existing betting partners, that the sleeve won’t be overly sold to the industry except maybe those already on shirt fronts who should get first refusal. I’d see it a better fit to other industries if I was working for the club trying to sell the space.For now, we’re likely to let this settle down – unless we see something we deem value.SBC: Just finally, we can’t let you go without mentioning the league form of another Dafabet sponsored side, Celtic. How pleased are you with the team’s winning run, and the publicity it has generated for the company?JC: We’re extremely pleased, that goes beyond saying.We know records will be broken – they already have been and the season is already a huge success, so to be a part of that is fantastic for us.It will result in bonuses being paid but the coverage that we will receive is worth it. We simply hope that the run continues, the treble is won and fingers crossed the Bhoys go unbeaten for the remainder of the season – Hail Hail! Dafabet grows cricket portfolio with Durham and Sussex deals July 15, 2020 StumbleUpon AsianBGE launches live instant win channel with Pin Projekt June 24, 2020 Related Articles
StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Submit Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Industry affiliate Better Collective has confirmed the launch of its latest sports betting product BetBehind, an enhanced ‘auto-betting tool’ which allows users to instantly back the best tipsters from its extensive player/tipster community on bettingexpert.com.Detailing the release of BetBehind, Better Collective development states that it has brought ‘outside industry utility’ to sports betting user engagement, with the company focusing on ‘auto trading’ dynamics from the financial trading sector.BetBehind will open bettingexpert’s community to new users, as punters will be able to follow top performing tipsters such as Carlooo, who since July has a winning yield of 17.7% attributed to his circa 1,400 tips on bettingexpert tips portal.Jesper SogaardA pleased Jesper Søgaard, Founder and CEO of Better Collective, commented on the launch of BetBehind a key product release for 2017:“BetBehind serves as a complementary product to the rest of our flagship suite. When seen on a spectrum, bettingexpert.com lies on the left, where users can review all tips and confirm their own sports passions with a community of peers. In the centre is SmartBets—made for sports passionate people looking for statistical support and advice on where to get the most value from the bookmakers.“BetBehind now lies on the right end—appealing less to users seeking to fulfil sport passions and more to those putting their trust in numbers. For these users, entertainment is not about sports, it’s in the act of successful sports betting.”Issuing an initial product breakdown Better Collective details the following BetBehind key features: Direct Bet feature with selected partners Follow bets in-play to see if they are winning or losing Personalisation through filters for sports, leagues, tipsters, and more Stake Management options using proven strategies (like the Kelly Criterion) Detailed track record of betting performance“The launch of BetBehind goes to show we’re continuing to think outside the box at Better Collective, and we’re proud to present it in our flagship portfolio,” added Søgaard.“The launch of BetBehind sees Copenhagen based Better Collective close a successful 2017, both at product and enterprise level. In 2017, Better Collective was again recognised as a leader in Danish tech enterprise, collecting its seventh Børsen Gazelle Award.”Furthermore, bettingexpert.com was crowned ‘Affiliate of the Year’ at the 2017 SBC Awards for its constant commitment to responsibility, user knowledge and insights of betting markets and focus on community innovation.