Month: August 2020

Brathwaite, Roach up in International Cricket Council rankings

first_imgWest Indies opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite and pace-bowler Kemar Roach increased their ranking in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) player rankings, despite the West Indies losing the first Test against New Zealand in New Zealand recently.In the rankings released on last week, Brathwaite rose two places to 17th in the batting rankings, the highest placement for a Windies player, while Roach rose three spots to 20th position.Brathwaite, the West Indies vice-captain, but who is captaining the team in the 2nd Test subbing for Captain Jason Holder who was suspended, had an impressive 91 score in the second inning of the first Test played in Wellington.Roach, was the West Indies best bowler in the losing venture, and is now the highest ranking West Indies bowler.The WIndies medium pace bowler Miguel Cummins also rose in the international ranking, moving up four places to 77th in the bowling rankings.Australian Steve Smith and England seamer Jimmy Anderson remain on top of the batting and bowling rankings, respectively.West Indies won toss in New Zealand matchMeanwhile the West Indies won the toss and put New Zealand into bat in the deciding second and final Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday.The Windies must win the match to square the series after New Zealand comprehensively won the first Test in Wellington by an innings and 67 runs.The pitch, which had been covered in recent days to prevent it over-cooking in an ongoing Hamilton heatwave, was more brown than is customary in New Zealand.Both West Indies skipper Kraigg Brathwaite and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said it was obviously ripe to bowl first.“It’s a bit firmer than usual when we do play here, it should do a bit early on,” Williamson said.New Zealand have built a healthy record at Seddon Park where they have won three and drawn one of their past four Tests, including an eight-wicket win over the West Indies four years ago.The West Indies have made one change from the first Test.Left-arm allrounder Raymon Reifer will make his debut for the West Indies, replacing regular captain Jason Holder who has been suspended for an overs violation.last_img read more

South Florida Cricket Round-Up – Palm Beach Titans, Lauderhill Jammers Emerge…

first_imgPalm Beach Titans defeated Ambassador by 6 wickets while Lauderhill Jammers won over Southshore by 21 runs to emerge the victors in the South Florida Cricket Alliance competition last weekend.At John Prince Park, Ambassador batted first, scoring 125 runs from their allotted 20 overs. Halden Martin reached 53 with 2 fours and 4 sixes while Oniel Walker added 20, which included 4 fours. Leon Tulloch pitched in 13. Bowling for Palm Beach Titans, Andre Fraser, Fizal Mohammed and Imran Hossain each bagged 2 for 13 and 34, respectively. In reply, the Titans reached the target of 126 runs in 18 over while losing only 4 wickets. Andre Fraser top scored with 41 runs, which included 4 fours and 3 sixes while Fizal Mohammed added 19 and Iman Hossain 17. There was 25 extras in the Titans inning. Bowling for Ambassador, Michael Laing took 2 for 19 but Titans won by 6 wickets. Meanwhile, at MAQ Ground, Lauderhill Jammers reached 166 for 6 from their 20 overs. Dean Morgan added a whopping 63, which included 1 four and 5 sixes while Simeon Pierre added 57, which included 2 fours and 5 sixes. Bowling for Southshore, Rohan Ebanks and Byron Bowes each took 2 wickets for 25 and 33, respectively.Southshore in replay could only reach145 for 5. Damion Rowe added a brilliant 91 in the losing cause while Rohan Ebanks contributed 17 not-out and Dwayne James, 16. Omari Williams was the pick of the bowler for the Jammers, bagging 2 for 16 from his allotted4 overs to hand his side the win by 21 runs.last_img read more

One year later: Miami-Dade schools committed to safety and security

first_imgPolice:a professional law enforcement officer assigned to every M-DCPS school location, through the establishment of Memorandums of Understanding with 18 police agencies to augment our police force. a number of contracts entered into with community agencies for mental health screening/assessment, individual and group counseling, family counseling, substance abuse intervention, teacher/parent consultation and case management reduction in the points of entry to school sites for employees, students and visitors. Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has been steadfast in its commitment to ensuring the safety and security of its students, employees, and visitors. For years, the District has invested in enhancing school safety through school police, infrastructure improvements, and personnel training and development aimed at averting potential tragedy.New measures initiated after Parkland school tragedyImmediately following the unspeakable act of violence committed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14, 2018, the District initiated the process of reviewing safety protocols and identifying opportunities for improvement. This review was comprehensive in nature, spanning school-based operations to communication methods, and facilities infrastructure to human capital needs. Over the last 11 months, a multipronged system of safeguards has been deployed to ensure that the District’s schools remain safe spaces for creativity and learning. Following are some of the most significant actions taken by M-DCPS:  68 new officers hired in less than a year through an aggressive hiring campaign by Miami-Dade Schools Police Department (M-DSPD). Communications:enhanced communications outreach, including text messages, to parents and employees during emergency situations. the establishment of redundant and failsafe notification mechanisms for critical incidents. school-site personnel also have received directives regarding the mandatory use of the VMS and implementation of the “challenge and check system.”  This practice directs faculty and staff to stop all unknown individuals NOT wearing staff, student or visitor’s identification. These individuals are escorted to the designated Access/Entry point for proper screening. Mental Health: mental wellness programs infused into the curriculum for preventative and awareness measures including anti-bullying, sensitivity training and creating a culture of respect appropriate training for school-site staff ofhostage situations, bomb threats and active shooters. updated M-DSPD Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to provide clear language related to how police officers are to move forward in the event of an active assailant incident.  “Raptor” visitor management system (VMS), which year-to-date has screened 1.2 million registered visitors to school sites and facilities. enhanced and systemic training of personnel and students. designation of hard corners at school sites. Process will be completed by the end of February 2019. increased outreach to promote social media responsibility using the hashtag #ThinkBeforeYouPost 105 public address systems (PAs) have been upgraded and an additional 66 upgrades are currently in progress allowing for quick, clear schoolwide and exterior area communication.  installation of security cameras in 102 schools, bringing the total camera count to more than 15,000 Districtwide. new security signage was installed at schools directing visitors to the main entry point.center_img partnerships created with universities such as Florida International University and organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to bring added prevention and awareness programs into schools to inform students and parents of the many services available for students and to work to erase the stigma often associated with mental illness. Training:regular emergency drills are carried out at all school locations, including scenarios for Active Shooter, Bomb Threats and Hostage Situations. One of these scenarios is executed monthly, on a rotating basis and is documented accordingly. newly created Police Command Center (PCC), which serves as the nucleus of the M-DSPD’s intelligence-led policing strategy, greatly improving the ability to identify, assess, and respond to threats. The Department of Mental Health Services was created in July. Mental Health Team established to support students with both school and community-based services to meet their specific needs. 30 Mental Health Coordinators were hired to identify and assist students who may be at-risk of or suffering from mental health or emotional issues. professional development provided for administration, faculty and staff on topics that include: Progression of Mental Health Services/Support, Multi-Tiered System of Support, and Youth Mental Health First Aid.  perimeter fencing of school sites are regularly checked and inspected. Procedures are in place that elevate all work order requests for perimeter fencing, classroom and exterior door lock repairs to critical incident status. expansion of the “See Something, Say Something” campaign. Facilities:locked classroom doors during the school day so that anyone seeking to gain entry will be required to have a key or knock. the passage of Proposition #362 provides increased funding to hire an even greater number of officers, with the eventual goal of placing our own M-DSPD school resource officers at every M-DCPS school. increased student and staff awareness/education of early warning behavior signs. Threat Assessment Team established at each school to assess student threats mandatory identification badges for all school-site personnel and all students in secondary schools. use of social media to raise awareness of the“See Something, Say Something” initiative using the hashtags #SeeSomethingSaySomething and #SafetyFirstMDCPS from the command center, police can view cameras real-time and monitor the Raptor VMS and ShotSpotter technology, a military grade ballistic-identifying software.last_img read more

Pooran Hit with Four-match ball-tampering Ban

first_imgLUC­KNOW, Afghanistan, CMC – West In­dies stroke­mak­er Nicholas Pooran was slapped with a four-match ban for ball-tam­per­ing, cast­ing a dark shad­ow over the Caribbean side’s re­cent one-day white­wash of Afghanistan.The in­ci­dent took place dur­ing the third One-Day In­ter­na­tion­al on Mon­day when tele­vi­sion footage showed the 24-year-old “scratch­ing the sur­face of the ball with his thumb­nail”.On-field um­pires Bis­mil­lah Shin­wari and Ahmed Dur­rani, along with third um­pire Ahmed Pak­teen and fourth um­pire Izat­ul­lah Safi, re­port­ed the mat­ter and Pooran on Tues­day plead­ed guilty to the charge of “chang­ing the con­di­tion of the ball”.The 24-year old Queen’s Park Crick­et Club play­er will now miss the three-match Twen­ty20 In­ter­na­tion­al se­ries against the Afghans start­ing here Thurs­day and al­so sit out the first T20 of an­oth­er three-match se­ries against In­dia next month.There was no need for a for­mal hear­ing af­ter the Trinida­di­an ac­cept­ed the ban.“I want to is­sue a sin­cere apol­o­gy to my team­mates, sup­port­ers and the Afghanistan team for what tran­spired on the field of play on Mon­day in Luc­know,” Pooran said in a state­ment.“I recog­nise that I made an ex­treme er­ror in judge­ment and I ful­ly ac­cept the ICC penal­ty. I want to as­sure every­one that this is an iso­lat­ed in­ci­dent and it will not be re­peat­ed. I promise to learn from this and come back stronger and wis­er.”Pooran, a tal­ent­ed left-hand­ed bats­man, has al­so been hit with four sus­pen­sion points which trans­lates in­to five de­mer­it points.In re­sponse Crick­et West In­dies (CWI) pres­i­dent Ricky Sker­ritt said: “Mr Pooran is a young play­er who has made a grave er­ror of judge­ment. He will suf­fer the penal­ty and will be missed from the team as a re­sult. I am con­fi­dent that this sit­u­a­tion will be used by Pooran, and all con­cerned in CWI, as a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”Sker­ritt said the in­ci­dent takes some of the shine off West In­dies’ first one-day se­ries win in five years and the sub­se­quent white­wash af­ter the Caribbean side beat Afghanistan by sev­en wick­ets in the open­ing ODI last Thurs­day be­fore clinch­ing the se­ries with a 47-run vic­to­ry last Sat­ur­day.Man­ag­er of the Guyana Ama­zon War­riors team Omar Khan in re­sponse to the news said, “I have known Nicholas since he made his de­but a few years back and I can tell you that he is not one that will de­lib­er­ate­ly bring the game in­to dis­re­pute. He must have got­ten caught up in the mo­ment and made a sil­ly er­ror. We must re­mem­ber that he is a young man who is fierce­ly com­pet­i­tive and wants his team to win. He went over­board there with that sit­u­a­tion and now he pays the price.” Khan who was his man­ag­er at the Hero CPL 2019 added: “We must stand with him and give him all the sup­port that he needs at this time. He is a de­cent guy and one who will not want to harm the sport of crick­et and af­fect his rep­u­ta­tion of the West In­dies team and al­so him­self. He has to un­der­stand the con­se­quences of his ac­tion and I am pos­i­tive that he will come back very strong from this sit­u­a­tion.”The ban comes as a huge blow for the left-han­der whose star has been on the rise over the last 12 months, be­com­ing one of the West In­dies’ most de­pend­able bats­men.He was their lead­ing scor­er at the ICC World Cup ear­li­er this year where he av­er­aged 52, re­turned home to av­er­age 36 in a three-match ODI se­ries against In­dia and was last week praised for his ma­tu­ri­ty af­ter scor­ing a match-win­ning 67 against Afghanistan in the sec­ond ODI last Sat­ur­day.Pooran cur­rent­ly boasts an ODI ca­reer av­er­age of 44.58, will re­turn to York­shire as an over­seas play­er for the 2020 sea­son and has signed to play in the ma­jor­i­ty of next year’s T20 Blast, hav­ing fea­tured for the coun­ty in that com­pe­ti­tion in 2019.last_img read more

Other Nations Prepared Ahead, Nigeria “Rushed Down” To The World Championships – AFN VP

first_imgThe Vice President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Olamide George has declared that Team Nigeria “rushed down” without adequate preparation, to the just concluded World Athletics Championships in London.Speaking exclusively to Athletics Africa, Olumide George explained the various problems and challenges plaguing athletics in Nigeria and how the present AFN board plans to tackle them.Olumide George said: “The problem we have with visa, it’s not just easy, all other countries have arrived the competition venue weeks before the competition,”“Before the competition, IAAF have sent letters across to every consulate that needs to get information about athletes coming for the Championships,”“I think it is the duty of the embassies to be responsive, we can’t blame Nigerian government for that.”Team Nigeria returned home from London without any medal, meaning Nigeria have failed to win a medal in eight of the last nine World Championships, a disappointing return for the most populous African nation.“As a nation, we can’t deny one fact that we have some real issues, by the grace of God we would get back home and address these issues,”“Nigerians have to be patient with us, we inherited this [problem], it is a known fact, we are setting up some structures in place immediately we get home,”“We have to rush down to partake in this competition, we had our swearing in not too long, we had to start putting in place necessary things when other Federations have settled down to prepare ahead.” Olumide George added. RelatedNigeria Athletes Set To Miss World Athletics ChampionshipAugust 4, 2017In “Sports”World Athletics Championships: Home based Athletes Finally Issued VisasAugust 3, 2017In “Sports”ATHLETICS: Carry Your Cross, Sports Ministry Abandons Nigeria’s Athletics Contingent To U20 African Championship In Ivory CoastApril 13, 2019In “Athletics”last_img read more

Anthony Joshua favourite for SPOTY 2017

first_imgShare Share COVID-19: How the virus is impacting sports events across the globe March 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Bookmakers gear up for a bumper-weekend of sports May 31, 2019 Champions League final drives Super Saturday betting June 3, 2019 Coral has already started taking bets for BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 and has made Anthony Joshua the 11-4 favourite to take the crown.Andy Murray won this year’s to become the first person to hit a SPOTY hat-trick but is priced at 4/1 to retain it once more next year.Joshua is set for a mammoth year. His showdown with Wladimir Klitchsko on home turf at Wembley in April and a win will see him in good stead to hold the WBA, WBA, IBF and WBO titles at the same time this year. He’s priced at 7/1 with Coral for this to occur in 2017.Elsewhere in boxing, David Haye is evens to win a world title whilst Amir Khan is odds-on at 4-7 to pick up one of the four full world titles.Of other potential SPOTY contenders, the recently knighted Mo Farah is odds-on at 1-2 to win double gold at the London World Athletics Championship in the 5000m and 10,000m events. Jessica Ennis-Hill, who herself became a Dame alongside Farah and Murray’s knighthoods, is 4-1 to come out of retirement and compete in London.Coral’s John Hill commented: “The betting suggests Anthony Joshua could be set for a big 2017 as he is our early favourite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. We’ve taken a flurry of bets on the IBF title holder becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world next year, while he is the warm favourite to beat Wladimir Klitschko in April at Wembley.“Mo Farah is set to retire after the World Athletics Championship and we make him odds-on to go out on a high in London by winning double gold.”last_img read more

Finnplay selected as platform provider for GoWild’s return

first_img Itai Zak, GoWildMalta-based European igaming operator GoWild Gaming (GoWild), will relaunch its online gaming services utilising industry tailored systems provider Finnplay as its principal development and operations platform.Under the leadership of new CEO Itai Zak, the former Chief Executive of industry software and technology provider SBTech (2011-2016), GoWild announced this January that it would relaunch its commercial services by Q2 2017.Confirming the relaunch of GoWild, a brand with a 10-year igaming history, Zak detailed to industry stakeholders that GoWild would look to compete as by implementing a ‘multi-product, multi-brand and vertical’ strategy.Following a review of industry platform providers, GoWild partners with Finnplay which will deliver content from 15 games developers including NetEnt, Evolution Gaming, Novomatic, Scientific Games, and Microgaming Quickfire titles.Itai Zak commented on GoWild partnering with Finnplay for platform provisions; “Today’s online gaming customer expects instant access to the best gaming content on one platform without any hassle. Finnplay’s solution improves the customer experience and, in the end, customer satisfaction, by providing marketing leading casino games for both web and mobile. From the operators’ side, our business is now in our full control as Finnplay’s technology stack allows us to own the platform rights and further enhance the platform. We look forward to a long and productive partnership.”Securing its first major partnership of 2017, Finnplay CEO Martin Prantner backed GoWild ambitions stating that his firm would provide the best platform for its multi-brand/product strategy.“We are delighted to partner with one of Europe’s fastest growing casino companies and specialists that have been operating since 2009. Our platform will allow GoWild Gaming to continue to accelerate its multi-product and multi-brand strategy with access to market-leading games content providers”. StumbleUpon Submit 888 focuses on bolstering safer gambling measures amid COVID-19 crisis March 24, 2020 Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 9: Esports future, online shift and Brazil betting soap opera June 4, 2020 Share SBC Digital Summit: Innovation on hold despite online casino growth – Alex Tomic April 29, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

W2 Global Data – Sponsor Profile – #bofcon2017

first_img StumbleUpon Share SBC Magazine Issue 8: International expansion and picking up the sporting slack April 7, 2020 SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019 Share Related Articles Submit Warren Russell, W2W2 Global Data is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Warren Russell, Chief Executive Officer, about why football is such an attractive sport for betting and how the market is changing from a consumer perspective.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?WR: Football is a hugely popular sport that is almost universal. There are many significant championships and regional events such as the Euros, Copa America and of course the World Cup. Many people believe they can outsmart the bookmakers and that is the main attraction for them. SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?WR: Football betting has gone from being able to bet on the final score of the game in a branch, to ‘live’ in play betting, to being able to bet on anything. It ranges from who will score the next goal, to the minute of the next goal or who will win the next corner.SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?WR: New technology allows access to new markets and ways of betting to generate new income streams and build on the popularity of the sport, as well as providing more betting opportunities on the sport. From W2’s point of view, we are here to support the operators with age and identity verification to ensure they comply with legal requirements.SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?WR: I believe that if you can use machine learning, and if you are able to video the game directly into Artificial Intelligence (AI) you might be able to see the patterns that are more likely to lead to certain results. This could be used in setting the odds or marketing strategies.SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?WR: I think the event will be a fantastic opportunity to meet up with all the key players in the industry and find out all the latest developments and trends. Payment Expert brings together industry leaders to conclude Digital Summit Payments track April 29, 2020last_img read more

US ambitions sees FanDuel shut down UK operations

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Unfortunately, we will not be offering contests this season. We hope to be back in the future. Details: https://t.co/SrjbnizgPA.— FanDuel (@FanDuelUK) July 28, 2017Daily fantasy sports operator FanDuel has shut down its UK-facing operations in order to focus its commercial growth in its home US market.Over the weekend FanDuel.co.uk sent emails communications to affected players informing them of their decision to shut down UK services and refunding player accounts. Furthermore, the DFS operator confirmed its market closure via Twitter.Business news sources have reported that FanDuel governance will instead prioritise US home market growth above international expansion, as the operator enters a crucial period ahead of the start of the 2017/18 NFL season (start date 8 September).This July, both FanDuel and main market rival DraftKings called-off their planned merger to become the outright DFS leader, as the combination would not be approved by the US Federal Trade Commission – FTC.FanDuel, a company which was originally founded in Edinburgh in 2009, and maintains offices within the Scottish capital, entered the UK fantasy sports market in August 2016 having been granted a UK Gambling Commission licence. In its initial launch, the operator focused its DFS services on the English Premier League.In its closure email, FanDuel management detailed that ‘almost £1 million’ was won by its UK customers over the past year.  At present, FanDuel competitor DraftKings remains active within the UK fantasy sports market. Share Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 BGC – Scotland and Wales must come clear on casino reopenings July 28, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

Kiron Interactive secures Romania ONJN Class II licence

first_img Share StumbleUpon Industry virtual sports game and systems provider Kiron Interactive has today confirmed that it has been approved a Romania Class II licence by national regulator Oficiul Naţional pentru Jocuri de Noroc (ONJN).The Class II licence will allow Kiron to distribute its premium suite of 20 virtual sports titles and further games to licensed bookmakers and gambling operators within Romania’s newly regulated market.Kiron becomes one of the first virtual sport providers to have its games and services approved by ONJN.  Speaking to industry media Steven Spartinos, CEO of Kiron Interactive, stated that his company had big ambitions to expand its services within Romania.“We are thrilled to have been awarded a permanent licence by the regulator, and it is fantastic news that our suite of virtual sports and number games will now be available to Romanian customers.” Spartinos commented“Gaining this licence underlines our immense progress as the industry’s leading provider of virtual products, and we are excited to develop our product line in the country’s regulated market.” Submit Share Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020 Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Related Articles Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020last_img read more