Miami-Dade revised school calendar

first_imgMiami-Dade School Board approves revised school calendarAs a result of Hurricane Irma, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) had to cancel seven days of school last month.  Even with the loss of the seven instructional days, the District exceeds the minimum instructional hours required by the state in order to participate in the Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP).However, the loss of instructional time resulted in impacts to student learning and therefore adjustments to the school calendar were necessary to return this valuable time to students and teachers. Following are the changes to the calendars approved by the School Board on October 11, at its regular monthly meeting.Five dates were converted to regular school days on the Revised Elementary and Secondary School Calendar — 2017-18 and the Revised Juvenile Justice Center School Calendar — 2017-18. The impacted dates are:January 19, 2018 (previously a teacher planning day);February 15, 2018 (previously a secondary early release day);April 19, 2018 (previously a secondary early release day);April 20, 2018 (previously a teacher planning day); andMay 17, 2018 (previously a secondary early release day)Two dates were converted to regular school days on the Revised Adult/Vocational Education School Calendar — 2017-18. The impacted dates are:January 19, 2018 (previously a teacher planning day); andApril 20, 2018 (previously a teacher planning day)last_img read more

Warner’s extradition proceedings postponed

first_imgJack Warner Embattled former FIFA vice-president, Trinidadian Jack Warner has succeeded in having extradition proceedings against him put off for another nine months.Warner, who remains a prominent figure in the FIFA corruption scandal which saw several high-profile officials indicted by the US courts in 2015, received a blow in his bid to avoid extradition to the United States where he will face corruption charges.  In November of last year, a Trinidad and Tobago court threw out an appeal filed on behalf of Warner that challenged the legality of the extradition order.In submissions, Warner’s attorneys had argued that the procedures adopted by the attorney general in signing the extradition treaty two years ago violated his rights as a citizen based on the Extradition Act.  The judge disagreed but gave the former CONCACAF boss leave to appeal the decision.  Following a return to court on Monday, Justice Mark Mohammed agreed that the appeal against the decision would be heard in November.   Warner was represented by Senior Counsel Fyard Hosein and attorneys Anil Maraj and Sasha Bridgemohansingh. He is accused of 12 offences related to racketeering, corruption and money laundering, allegedly committed in the US and Trinidad and Tobago, dating as far back as 1990.last_img read more

Fading La Niña delays onset of wet Caribbean season

first_imgThe Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says the onset of the wet season may be delayed by a few weeks in much of the Caribbean region.“By contrast, The Bahamas, Cuba, and French Guiana might be wetter than usual, with extreme wet spells being a potential concern for flooding and flash floods,” CIMH said, blaming a “quickly fading La Niña” which is associated with cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures, for the situation.In its latest Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) outlooks for the period May to October this year, released Tuesday, the CIMH said heat discomfort, surface wetness and large water reservoir recharge rates related to wet spells may show a slower increase than usual.“However, dry spells and episodes of Saharan dust incursion may be frequent in Belize and the islands,” it added.CIMH said it continues to “see no drought concern developing throughout most of the region” with a drought watch however being issued for Antigua, north Bahamas, south east Belize, western Cuba, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, central Suriname, Tobago, Virgin Islands.It said copious rainfall during the wet season of 2017 and no large deficits having been built up since the start of the Caribbean dry season in most places, with south-eastern Haiti, north-western Guyana, south-western Jamaica, western-Puerto Rico being under long term drought, while north west Guyana is under short term drought.“Shorter term drought is evolving in coastal portions of Suriname, and might possibly develop in other portions of the Guianas. Long term drought is evolving in southeastern Haiti, and might possibly develop in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao (ABC) islands, Antigua, western Cuba, northern and south-eastern Belize, coastal portions of French Guiana, St. Maarten, and portions of eastern Suriname.”The CIMH said that from May to July, night-time temperatures may be warmer than usual in ABC islands and the north-western Caribbean but cooler in the Lesser Antilles with the maximum day time temperature being cooler than usual from Trinidad southwards.“The hottest part of the year (August till early October) will likely be at least as warm as usual,” CIHM said, noting that “there will likely be less heatwave days than in most recent years across the region during this period.“Notwithstanding, there is a 15-20 percent chance for at least 14 heatwave days in Belize, eastern Cuba and Trinidad in the period May to July 2018,”it said, adding that “although there is the likelihood of a few heatwaves in many locations which may cause heat stress in human populations or livestock, the heat stress should be less acute than in most recent years.”last_img read more

Usain Bolt and Girlfriend Welcome Their First Child

first_imgHowever, his A-League career lasted just eight weeks and in January 2019 he announced he was taking a step back from sport to focus on a business career. The athletics star, who retired from running in 2017, is the only male sprinter to win Olympic 100m and 200m titles at three consecutive Games. Bolt and Kasi Bennett, an entrepreneur who runs a marketing agency, have been together for over five years, but it wasn’t until 2016, when Bolt confirmed their relationship, saying they had just “gotten really serious.” The couple have shared moments from their journey to becoming parents with the public, starting with a pregnancy reveal on social media in January. Jamaicans and sprinting fans around the world were ecstatic about the announcement of “Baby Bolt” on the way and even gave suggestion on baby names. Well-wishers including Bolt’s forming running mate, Asafa Powell, who joked that Usain’s first child was long overdue. In March, the couple had an elaborate gender reveal in Jamaica, where it was revealed that the Jamaican sprinter would become a “#GirlDad” in short order. Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt and his longtime girlfriend, Kasi Bennett welcomed their first child on May 17- a baby girl. In 2018, the 33-year-old opened up about their relationship in an interview with Australia’s STELLAR Magazine. Bolt revealed that he was ready to start a family “in the near future”. “It’s never a good time to have kids. It took me a while to figure that out. You just have to buckle down and do it. It’s in the near future, so, hopefully. We’ll see”, he said. Following his retirement from Tracks, he went on to pursue his dream to become a professional footballer, training with Norwegian club Stromsgodset and turning down a deal with Maltese club Valletta before joining Australian club Central Coast Mariners. Usain Bolt and Kasi Bennett via Instagram Via social media, Prime Minister congratulated the couple on the birth of their first child. Since then, Bolt has dabbled in various endeavours including producing dancehall and now Soca music. He also has s string of partnerships with G.H. Mumm Champagne, Hubolt, Alpro, Xoom, among others.last_img read more

High Expectations…mybet to launch new IT platform on 21 March

first_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Flutter strengthens igaming offering with CasinoEngine December 17, 2019 Submit Nearly two years in development and having taken up significant corporate funding, Frankfurt Xetra-listed bookmaker mybet Holdings has announced the upcoming full launch of its in-house developed IT platform.Updating investors, mybet CEO Markus Peuler detailed that the platform would be ‘put into full operation on 21 March’, making it the biggest infrastructure release in mybet’s corporate history.Following a poor full-year 2016 in which mybet governance had to reduce its corporate revenue forecasts and earnings due to a significant decline in player activity, much pressure has been placed on the delivery of the new platform.Throughout 2016, mybet governance had detailed that the delivery of its new platform would help the operator compete within its core European markets.Detailing platform insights, mybet governance stated that the new technology would allow for better convergence of its sportsbook and casino verticals. The platform will be further supported by a new responsive design allowing easier access from mobile devices.Further technical features include a clear search function, a freely adjustable favourites menu and a newly structured bet slip facilitating the navigation through the enhanced mybet offering. mybet development has also improved user journey and interaction features on as player registration and depositing segments.Commenting on the upcoming platform release, Markus Peuler CEO of mybet holdings stated;“The new hard- and software forms the base for a future-proof product offering of mybet. In terms of scope and presentation of the offering our product platform is now absolutely competitive. In addition, the data generated during the introduction phase already show clear improvements in the performance of technical parameters as well as from an economic perspective. We will make every effort to substantiate these promising signals with measurable results in our daily business from 21 March 2017 onwards” mybet returns with Deutsche Eishockey play-off sponsorship March 6, 2020 Share bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook despite dire opening  May 4, 2020last_img read more

Back Again…PIRC warns against Paddy Power Betfair executive compensation

first_img Submit Share Share BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Shareholder advisory Pensions & Investment Research Consultants (PIRC) has again criticised Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) governance regarding executive rewards and bonus arrangements, ahead of the FTSE firm’s annual general meeting this Wednesday.PIRC advises PPB investors to reject the firm’s remuneration report, due to concerns regarding the ‘termination arrangements’ for PPB governance and leadership.The shareholder advisory points to last year’s €3.7 million payment of former group Chief Operations Officer and Paddy Power (legacy) CEO Andy McCue, which deemed ‘excessive’ by PIRC officials.Furthermore, PIRC has urged shareholders to oppose the motion which would allow PPB governance to sanction an executive buyback program for up to 10% of the firm’s total holding.The advisory states that PPB governance have given ‘no clear justification’ for allowing the program. The advisory further details that PPB investors should have a better level disclosure relating to executive targets and bonus incentives.Dating back to 2014, PIRC has attacked Betfair (legacy) corporate governance and leadership of executive reward misconduct, and not acting in the best interest of its shareholders and their dividends. Related Articles Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO   July 13, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

AJ backed for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

first_img StumbleUpon GVC hails SportsAid programme developing next generation of British athletes August 7, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share Anthony Joshua is the clear favourite to be crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year, after the Watford boxer enjoyed a hugely successful year defeating Wladimir Klitschko to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the World. Joshua went onto defend his crowns in Cardiff against tough challenger Carlos Takam, furthermore, AJ could be looking at an equally as triumphant 2018 with the fighter priced up at 4/6 to beat his newly returning domestic rival Tyson Fury. Nonetheless, although Joshua is clearly heading the BBC Sports Personality of the Year market, Mo Farah is the proving most popular pick with punters, according to Ladbrokes.AJ is as short as 1/7 for the BBC gong, while Lewis Hamilton is his nearest challenger at 7/1. Chris Froome has drifted from 10/1 to 33/1 this week, and that’s a price he shares with the most popular selection in the market in Farah.And the bookies can report that before the 12-strong shortlist was announced, Jermain Defoe was the most backed sports star in the field.Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “It’s hard to see past AJ after another stunning year in the ring, but at 33/1, plenty of punters reckon that if anyone is likely to cause an upset, it’ll be Farah.”Ladbrokes Latest BettingBBC Sports Personality of the YearAnthony Joshua – 1/7Lewis Hamilton – 7/1Mo Farah – 33/1Chris Froome – 33/1Harry Kane – 40/1Jonathan Rea – 50/1Adam Peaty – 66/1Jonnie Peacock – 66/1Anya Shrubsole – 100/1Johanna Konta – 100/1Bianca Walkden – 200/1Elise Christie – 200/1last_img read more

UKGC mulls credit betting restrictions

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Tracey CrouchUK gambling policy stakeholders are considering banning or severely restricting betting transactions undertaken through credit verticals, in a move to protect national gambling consumers.The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is reported to be considering drastic actions on limiting credit cards with a view to reducing ‘the risk that consumers will gamble more than they can afford’.“We will consider prohibiting or restricting the use of credit cards and the offering of credit but will explore the consequences of doing so”The review of credit betting was outlined in yesterday’s UKGC industry update on ‘How to make online gambling safer’.The Commission is currently assessing player safety with regards to; provisions available for consumers to protect themselves, gambling product characteristics, protection of consumer funds and industry consumer terms and conditions.So far, 2018 has been a year of realignment for all UK licensed betting operators, who have been forced to readjust their operations to adhere to new policies on sign-up bonuses, promotions and marketing terminology.In yesterday’s industry update, Tracey Crouch UK Minister for Sport and Civil Society stated that the government was committed to developing a sustainable industry in which consumer controls were available to protect minors and vulnerable players.In its update the commission acknowledges that for licensed operators credit cards fund between 10 to 20% of the total that their customer wagers.last_img read more

6 of the Best – 1xBet’s Evgeniy Kiriushin

first_imgShare Share Last Thursday, SBC News relaunched its popular ‘6 of the Best’ series, taking a closer look at some of the key personnel within the sports betting and gaming industries.This week, we caught up with Evgeniy Kiriushin, Head of Business Development at 1xBet, to find out about his personal favourites.Best HolidayOne of the best holidays was when I went with friends on a wild trip with a tan around Iceland! It was good opportunity to reset my mind, enjoy freedom and cohesion with nature, and understand how big the world is and how important it is that we keep our planet green!Best AlbumMuse – Absolution, 2003; it is a great combination of alternative and rock music with the amazing voice of Matthew Bellamy. My generation grew up with these songs. Even now when I listen to Hysteria or Time is running out I get goose bumps.Best FilmDifficult question, but I think that the Matrix is my favourite one. For me, all films in the same or similar genre take something from The Matrix. It was a revolution in film industry, given that now when I watch 90% of films I can say “this idea was in The Matrix”.Best Sporting ExperienceI’m a fan of Anastasia Kuzmina; the Olympics in 2018 was for me one of the most interesting and exciting because she got two silver medals and one gold!Best BookThe Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Dostoevsky’s last and greatest novel is both a brilliantly told crime story and a passionate philosophical debate. By reading this book you can learn about religion, free willing and morality fighting at the same time. The book contains great life lessons and questions which everyone should ask themselves.Best AppI have two favourites. The first is Nike+ Running – it is really useful application for people who like running, it tracks your run, checks your time and gives you feedback during the run, while allowing you to programme the achievement you want to reach and set a training plan.The second one is Cyklomapy – in this application you can find plenty of exciting cycling roads, each with a different level of difficulty. You will never get lost even if you lose internet connection. Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

Comms pro Annika Billberg joins RakeTech corporate advisory

first_img Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Share Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Industry affiliate marketing network RakeTech has confirmed the appointment of Annika Billberg as a new member of its Board of Directors.Advising RakeTech’s corporate strategy, Billberg is a seasoned leadership executive in media, communications and commercial development.Billberg currently serves as Chief Brand & Communications Officer for Stockholm-listed financial services and credit management firm Intrum SA.Christian Lundberg, Raketech Chairman, commented on the appointment of Billberg as a corporate advisor: “Over the last year, Raketech has undergone a substantial transformation journey, both in terms of staff and its way of working. We have doubled the number of employees to more than 100 people, acquired several leading assets, and rolled out a new operational model based on three clear growth pillars. To have the right expertise on the board is vital for our continued development, and both the board and management team welcome Annika to the company.”RakeTech moves to strengthen its corporate advisory, has undertaken a series of acquisitions in 2017 and 2018. Furthermore, the company details that corporate guidance is further needed as the betting industry’s places a higher emphasis on responsibility for all stakeholders.Annika Billberg commented on joining RakeTech governance: “Raketech is an exciting company with lots of opportunities ahead. I look forward to supporting the management team in the continued journey, with more acquisitions as well as new products and markets on the agenda. The company has also made solid progress in looking over its activities within sustainability and responsibility, where there is good potential to take the lead and push the entire industry in the right direction.” Submitlast_img read more