Month: August 2020

Mosul suicide bomber identified as Jamaican

first_imgA suicide bomber from the Islamic State (IS) group was a Jamaican-born British citizen who was detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.The British fighter who IS claimed detonated a suicide bomb against Iraqi forces outside Mosul was named in British media as Jamal al-Harith, who was detained at the United States base between 2002 and 2004.An image released by IS and published on Monday by the SITE Intelligence Group was confirmed as al-Harith by his brother Leon Jameson.A photograph shows him smiling, dressed in camouflage clothing and appearing to be sat in a vehicle with wires and switches in the background..Harith, a Muslim convert of Jamaican origin, who was born Ronald Fiddler, was jailed in Afghanistan by the ruling Taliban because he held a British passport.After the regime was toppled he was arrested by US troops in early 2002 and sent to Guantanamo, where he alleged experienced beatings and inhumane treatment.When he returned to Britain in 2004 he was briefly questioned by police and released without charge.Harith reportedly travelled to Turkey and crossed into Syria in April 2014.The following year his wife, Shukee Begum, travelled to Syria along with her five children in what she said was an effort to convince her husband to abandon IS.Harith is numbered among several Jamaicans who have been linked to radical Islam and terrorism.Shortly after the September 11 bombings in New York, another Jamaican, Richard Reid, attempted to blow up an airliner with a bomb in his shoe. He became known as the shoe Bomber.Rishard Reid known as the ‘Shoe Bomber’ is now serving a life sentenceReid is now serving a life sentence in a Colorado prison.el-Faisal deported from Britain and KenyaMuslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal was deported from Britain to Jamaica after serving several years in prison there for inciting terrorism. Now domiciled in the land of his birth, el-Faisal, was also deported from Kenya after authorities there accused him of stirring up trouble.last_img read more

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Miami-Dade and Broward County schools to close as Irma approaches

first_imgBroward County Schools Robert Runcie, the Broward County Superintendent of Schools, also announced Broward County Public Schools and District offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Runcie said the schools are being closed as the District and Broward County prepare for Hurricane Irma, which includes the preparation of schools designated as hurricane shelters. The District continues to monitor and prepare for the storm.BCPS will also operate on a normal schedule on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.The District will continue to provide information and updates via a variety of communication channels, including the District website (browardschools.com), robocalls, social media (Twitter @browardschools and on Facebook facebook.com/browardschools), the free BCPS mobile app, BECON-TV and local media. The District will also continue to update its Information Hotline, 754-321-0321, with the latest information. Miami-Dade Schools On Tuesday in separate news conference school superintendents in Miami-Dade and Broward County decided to close county schools to make preparation as Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida.Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho announced all Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) will be closed Thursday, September 7, 2017, and Friday, September 8.  Tropical storm and perhaps hurricane force winds produced by Irma are possible in portions of Miami-Dade County beginning Friday.  Since M-DCPS does not operate school buses during sustained tropical storm force winds and families need time to prepare, the two-day closure is warranted.M-DCPS administrators are in close communication with local, state and federal officials.Wednesday, September 6, is expected to be a regular school day across the District, but in an abundance of caution, night adult education classes, activities, and athletic programs for Wednesday, September 6, 2017, have been canceled.  Wednesday after-school care continues as usual.As this is a fluid situation, District officials will continue to provide updates as the hurricane’s projected path and possible impact to South Florida become more predictable. Colleges to close alsoColleges in the region including Miami Dade Colle, University of Miami, and St. Thomas University are also canceling classes Thursday and Friday in advance of a potential strike by Irma.last_img read more

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VP Pence praises Jamaica’s economic reform pursuit

first_imgUnited States Vice President Michael Pence has referenced Jamaica’s economic reform for praise, among others in the Americas he hailed for their positive approach to growth. “Let me thank the many countries that have demonstrated courage to pursue economic reforms to empower job creation, innovators and citizens alike, from Argentina to Jamaica.”Bold action welcomed Vice President Pence who was addressing a protocolary meeting at the Organization of American States headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday, said he and President Donald J. Trump welcomed the bold action taken by these countries. “And we look forward to expanding our ties of commerce and exchanges for generation to come.” Audrey P. Marks, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the OAS, was also on hand at this special sitting of the OAS Permanent Council, called in the U.S. Vice President’s honor.Among other areas he emphasized in his address to the ambassadors of the countries of the Americas, as well as observers and other guests, the Vice President pointed out that “as we strive to expand opportunity for our citizens, we must never forget that security is the foundation of our priority and under President Donald Trump.US committed“The United States has remained committed to working with our allies and partners to ensure the safety and security of our people across the hemisphere,” he told the Permanent Council, the second highest decision making body of the OAS after the General Assembly. Mr. Pence recalled that since its inception, the OAS has played a critical role is strengthening security partnership across the wider region.Vice President Pence said there are tremendous opportunities to forge stronger trade relationships with countries in the hemisphere, and over the past year his country had successfully expanded access for vital agricultural products. The US is also strengthening its energy and infrastructure partnership across the region, he noted, and is working with Canada and Mexico to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and to ensure that it holds to the original spirit of the special  trade arrangement.last_img read more

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US visitor to Bermuda fined for having ammunition

first_imgA visitor to Bermuda from the United States who was forced to spend part of his honeymoon in prison after a bullet was found in his backpack, has been fined US$350 by a magistrate. He was the second American visitor caught with live ammunition in the country, where guns are illegal, in the past week. On Monday, the Magistrates’ Court heard that the ammunition was discovered as James Latham, 20, of Virginia, tried to re-board the cruise ship Anthem of the Seas at Dockyard.The court heard that the bullet was discovered by security personnel as Latham tried to go on board on Saturday.Latham, who admitted the offence, told the court he went to a shooting range at home before he started his trip and was unaware that the round was in his bag. He told the court that he was on his honeymoon  when he was arrested. “I am truly sorry,” said Latham who described the one night and two days he had spent in jail as “very scary”. “This won’t ever happen again,” he added.Magistrate Tyrone Chin said Latham’s honeymoon had been memorable “for all the wrong reasons.”Last week,  Julie Martin, 36, a real estate agent from the state of  Kentucky, was fined US$800 by Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo after she admitted having five rounds of live ammunition in her handbag without a license as she preparing to leave Bermuda on the same cruise ship during a previous visit to the island.last_img read more

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Jamaica developing long term solutions for coffee industry

first_imgTwenty varieties of coffee being evaluated “Variety trials have, so far, been carried out on two farms… one in the Blue Mountain region and the other in the Jamaica High Mountain region. Approximately 20 varieties are being evaluated with quality evaluations slated to begin shortly,” Shaw said.Shaw’s remarks were read by Minister without Portfolio in the Economic Growth and Job Creation Ministry Daryl Vaz to launch Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).The MoU, which was signed by JAMPRO, JACRA and the Jamaica Coffee Exporters Association, establishes a formal framework to guide a promotional campaign and marketing strategy to support the Jamaica Blue Mountain and Jamaica High Mountain coffees.The Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Day, to be observed on January 9 between Jamaica and Japan, is being held in recognition of the formidable relationship forged between the two countries since 1953 when Jamaica sent its first shipment of coffee to the Asian country.It also marks the day the largest shipment of coffee left the port of Kingston en route to Japan in 1967.More solutionsOther solutions being examined are the implementation of a coffee nursery policy to guide the way nurseries operate, in order to adequately regulate and monitor varieties that are cultivated; and the establishment of a coffee training institute, aimed at certifying the regulatory cup testers.“The (nursery) policy is currently in its draft stage and will be completed by the first quarter of the financial year 2019. The regulatory cup testers would lead the way as certified trainers for the industry stakeholders, including coffee shop personnel, coffee makers in hotels and restaurants,” Shaw said, adding that the training institute will be fully operational by September. KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Jamaica government is examining long term solutions to place the coffee industry in a better position in the future.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw, said among the solutions suggested is the reduction of infringements on the Jamaica Blue Mountain and Jamaica High Mountain coffee trademarks on the international scene, as well as locally, through the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA).It also includes variety monitoring activities to ensure adaptability and disease resistance.last_img read more

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2017/18 La Liga Fixtures: Holders Real Start Title Defence At Deportivo

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone will welcome rivals Real Madrid to their new home for the first time in the league on the weekend of November 19 with the return leg slated for the weekend of April 8/9/10. Photo Credits: AS, La LigaRelatedThe Big Seven Matches This WeekendDecember 23, 2017In “Europe””This Year Will Be More Difficult” – Zinedine ZidaneAugust 19, 2017In “Europe”Difficult Trips For Top Clubs As Barça Seek To Maintain 100% RecordOctober 14, 2017In “Europe” Spanish champions Real Madrid will begin the defence of the league title they won last season at the Riazor against Deportivo La Coruna after the full fixture list for the 2017/18 season was revealed at the RFEF Las Rozas head-quarters on Friday morning.Real Madrid will be guests of Deportivo La Coruna on the opening La Liga weekend slated for August 18/19/20 while arch rivals Barcelona welcome Real Betis to the Nou Camp in what would be Ernesto Valverde’s league debut as Barcelona manager.In the pick of the other opening round games, 2013/14 champions Atletico Madrid will play newly promoted Catalan club Girona with UEFA Champions League (UCL) qualifier Sevilla hosting Espanyol at the Ramon Pizjuan Stadium in Seville.The first el-clasico of the season is scheduled for the Santiago Bernebeu on the weekend of December 20 though that would likely change due to Madrid’s involvement in the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup. The return leg would be played on the weekend of May 6, 2018.last_img read more

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William Hill forms 2-year ‘matchday experiences’ partnership with BD Sport Group

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 William Hill and in-stadium marketing specialist BD Stadia (BD Sport Group) have entered a two-year partnership focusing on enhancing the bookmaker’s ‘live’ matchday coverage and fan engagement initiatives.The deal follows a successful campaign period for William Hill in-which BD Stadia ran a number of in-stadium ‘betting experiences’ during matchdays’ at Chelsea FC, Everton and Tottenham Hotspurs.The extended partnership will see six new stadiums added to William Hill’s campaign portfolio, which will now include; Bolton Wanderers, Bradford FC, Huddersfield Town, Preston North End, QPR and Stoke City.Further matchday marketing provisions will include branded betting booths, staff uniforms, betting coupons and corporate hospitality suites and boxes.Tony Warwick, BD Sport Group & Joint Managing Director, commented on the agreement: “It’s exciting that William Hillhave recognised the dynamic engagement our service provides on a match day at White Hart Lane and Stamford Bridge and are partnering with us to expand that across the country. We are extremely pleased to be working with them for the next two years and look forward to football fans collecting their winnings on line and in shops.”In its August corporate update, William Hill governance detailed that the bookmaker would be ramping up its UK marketing spend in the coming months, trailing new channels to engage its target audience with its digital betting services.Kristian Welch, William Hill Marketing Director, backed BD Sports as marketing partners stating: “BD Sport have done an excellent job activating our stadium betting partnership rights with Chelsea, Everton and Spurs, and we are delighted to be able to extend our relationship with these new Premier League and EFL club deals.” William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

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Racing Post Touch product gets informative new feature

first_imgShare Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Racing Post B2B has further improved its popular Racing Post Touch product, with the addition of full form for horseracing.Racing Post Touch has been a permanent fixture in a number of betting shops and now the Racing Post B2B team aim to broaden the horizons of the product by introducing full form for horse racing.The addition of full form adds the option for customers that want to view detailed form in the same format they are used to from the Racing Post betting shop display paper.Not only does the feature allow customers to compare the detailed form for horses side-by-side using the show and hide feature, it also gives more casual customers valued Racing Post content including verdict, tips, key stats and predictor. The offering includes all British and Irish racing and selected international meetings.Racing Post Touch users will now be able to access a vast array of stats and data for race entrants and previous races which will include:Detailed stats on the horse including name, weight, breeding, jockey, trainer, silk, age, sex, rating, previous starts/wins/placings, record on certain ground, record with headgear, record over course and distance, record in class, record going left/right handed and prize moneyPrevious form up to 4 races prior which includes: previous race details (course/distance/ground/date/runners/grade/prize money), finishing position, starting price, distances, time of race, weight carried, ratings and records of horses in the race following the race.Alan Pepperell, Head of Retail at Racing Post B2B, commented: “We are excited to be adding full form to our popular Racing Post Touch product. Full form caters for all retail horse racing customers with the ability to give a quick snapshot of a race through the verdict or predictor, displayed on a single interactive screen.“This is another great addition to our product range and provides a valuable tool for the customers of our partners when analysing races.” Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020last_img read more

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The fine art of pricing a penalty shootout

first_img As the nation prepares for England’s first World Cup semi-final since Italia 90, England fans frantically hope that the anxiety of the Colombia game isn’t replicated and Southgate’s side win in 90 minutes.However, should England’s fate see them head to spot kicks tonight, we take a look at the challenges that are presented to a trader as they look to price the dreaded penalty shootout. SBC spoke to Head of Compilation at Abelson Info, Jeevan Jeyaratnam who revealed his belief that a shootout is far from a lottery, as well as looking at some of the key factors in pricing penalties. SBC: In general, how difficult is it to price which side will win a penalty shootout? Jeevan Jeyaratnam: A common misconception is that a penalty shootout is a “lottery” with both sides having an equal chance. This is not far from the truth, however, if we breakdown the mechanics it is more nuanced than that.There are a couple of approaches to pricing a penalty shootout, the first, a more accurate but laborious process, involves using player parameters to determine the likely more experienced, and therefore successful penalty takers in each team- a “penalty prowess” player/team parameter. Generally, the team with better players are going to be favourites for the match, this team would also be slightly more likely to win a penalty shootout. Therefore, pre-game shootout odds should reflect that superiority, albeit if the game has gone all the way to penalties there is far less variance between the two teams’ chances. Most firms won’t be going to the detail of analysing each player’s parameters. So, method two, derived from the match supremacy, allows us to use the 50-50 idea as a benchmark, before adding a small deviation to allow for the superiority of one side over another. If we look at bet365’s prices, at 90mins, prior to the England v Colombia shootout, we can see England were regarded as slight favourite to win a shootout (3.10 v 3.25). At the end of the extra-time period the prices had snapped to 1.90 v 1.90, but a closer look at the Asian Handicap prices shows England at 1.875 (53.33%) v 1.975 (50.63%) for Colombia. This is as we would expect to see given that England were judged to have the superior team at kick-off. It is small but significant difference. The reason for the variation in pricing what is essentially the same market is likely due to margin and odds ladders, and possibly different supplier feeds. The Asian prices were bet to 103.96% while the top of the page “To Win Shootout” prices were bet to 105.2%. Always shop around!SBC: In the Croatia versus Denmark game, we saw Modric miss a penalty in the game before stepping up to take one in the shootout, can in-play penalties have an impact on pricing for a shootout? JJ: Invariably the team’s regular penalty taker is an experienced and competent individual, able to handle the pressure situation that comes with a penalty. Bearing this in mind, we wouldn’t expect to see this affect a player taking another penalty in the shootout. Of course, if we were updating individual player parameters in real-time, there would be an additional data point for both taker and keeper, but honestly these would have little impact on the pricing.SBC: Additionally, in that shootout we saw dominant performances from Schmeichel and Subasic, how much can a strong keeper sway a sides’ odds before heading into a shootout? JJ: Of course, a better than average goalkeeper is a benefit, and if we were allocating player/team “penalty prowess” parameters, this would be reflected. It is fair to say that most firms/supplier feeds will set up their penalty shootout prices as such;As a starting point we know that 75% (1.33) of penalties are scored and 25% missed (4.00). That sample is going to be mainly comprised of experienced penalty takers. So, to score the 1st pen, 1.30 (76%), to miss, 3.40 (29.41%) is a likely offer. The same prices would probably be used for the 2nd pen. After that we’d likely see some degradation in the quality of the taker, the offer might look like this; to score 1.33 (75%), to miss, 3.25 (30.76%). The “to score” price would continue to fractionally slide the further the shootout went. SBC: For the Russia Spain game it was clear for long periods, Russia were playing for penalties, can the moral victory of getting to penalties increase a smaller teams’ odds of winning a shootout? JJ: Psychologically I’m not sure of the impact of this, it isn’t something we’d worry too much about from a compilation perspective. I’d actually argue the opposite, in that the smaller teams may feel they have already achieved their goal before embarking on the arduous task of winning a shootout.SBC: Can the body language of players have any impact at all on the odds for a penalty shootout?JJ: We all recall times when we’ve said, “he doesn’t fancy this, I think he looks like missing”, and when that hunch is confirmed, we remember it. What we don’t recall with such clarity is the times that the player goes on to prove us wrong and score. This is evidence of confirmation bias and really has no bearing on price. If a player has agreed to step up for a penalty then there’s every chance he feels confident enough to convert it. There is, of course, extra pressure on penalties that must be scored in order to avoid defeat, likewise, those whose success can mean victory. At a very detailed level this could affect pricing but realistically, with margins, it isn’t something firms should be worrying about at this time. 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Scientific Games joins GLMS global integrity programme

first_img StumbleUpon Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Pat McHugh – SGCNasdaq-listed industry technology and systems supplier Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has become the first lottery betting supplier to join the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) programme.The GLMS programme is a lottery industry mutualized monitoring system on sports betting aimed at detecting and analysing suspicious betting activities that could question the integrity of sports competitions.The programme sees global lottery stakeholders work together in the interest of sustaining the integrity of sports betting as GLMS associate members.Servicing the newly open US sports betting market, SGC has launched its new Managed Trading Services (MTS), operating risk, liability, and player management provisions for US sector incumbentsPat McHugh, Senior VP Global Lottery Systems for Scientific Games, detailed to media : “We are very impressed by the strong growth of the GLMS over the past year, and we are honoured to support its good efforts now as an Associate Member. The work of GLMS both in the field of monitoring of betting patterns and in establishing a culture of integrity is outstanding. Scientific Games is fully aligned with this important global effort to safeguard the integrity of sports betting for lotteries.”As a GLMS Associate Member, SGC will be associated to GLMS visual identity and will be further supported with the programmes integrity alerts. Ludovico Calvi – GLMSIn addition, SGC will gain access to GLMS education and prevention tools, and its combined stakeholder information network.Welcoming SGC as a new partner, GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi stated: “I am pleased to welcome Scientific Games within the GLMS network. The inclusion of Scientific Games as the first lottery supplier GLMS Associate Member further enhances our efforts to become a truly global sports integrity body. We warmly thank Scientific Games for this support in the massive fight against manipulations of sport competitions, which also shows their strong commitment to responsible and sustainable sports betting. We are looking forward to welcoming further GLMS associate members in the near future.” Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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