Brianna Lyston – the 12-year-old sprint sensation

first_imgThere was never any doubt that the future of Jamaica’s track and field legacy is safe, but the performance of the diminutive 12-year-old Brianna Lyston has done more to underline that fact than any other at the recently concluded Inter Secondary Schools Association (ISSA) Boys and Girls Championships in Kingston, Jamaica.The child prodigy left the fans inside the turnstiles spellbound as she shattered the class four 200 meters sprint record. Lyston was flawless and displayed a sprinting technique that seemed so effortless as she blew away the opposition.Brianna is one who, if she remains healthy, is destined for glory.She first turned heads two years ago, when she sauntered to victory in both the TA/Sagicor National Athletic Championships, and the Caribbean Union Teachers Championships held in Trinidad and Tobago.There she broke the record in the both the 200-metre and 300-metre events. Her time of 42.41 seconds in the Under-11 category for the 300m was over a second faster than the winning time recorded for boys in her age group.But she seemed to be warming up for the premier schools athletics championships of the world to showcase her real talent and she did not disappoint.In fact, Brianna Lyston achieved a feat that may well take decades to surpass. Her record time of 23.72 Is within two seconds of the senior women’s 200 meters record held by Florence Griffith-Joyner.She had already broken the championship record of 24.21 set by Joanne Reid in the semi-final with a sub 24 second time.To add to her amazing feat was an equally easy win in the 100 meters in a time of 11.86.This St Jago High School athlete still has a far way to go before she can conquer the world but for the time being Brianna Lyston has emerged as one of the brightest stars from Champs 2017 and the world is paying close attention.last_img read more

July 30 Voter Registration Deadline Announced for Florida’s Primary Election

first_imgFlorida Secretary of State Ken Detzner reminds voters that the deadline for registering to vote in Florida’s Primary Election is July 30. “The July 30 deadline to register to vote or update your party affiliation to be in effect for the Primary Election is just around the corner. I encourage all eligible voters to check their voter registration status and ensure they are registered and that their information is up-to-date,” said Secretary Detzner. “The Department’s new voter registration website RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov makes it convenient, easy and secure to register to vote or update your registration information online.” Individuals not registered to vote in the State of Florida must submit a completed voter registration application by Monday, July 30 in order to participate in Florida’s Primary Election. Voters who are already registered but want to update their political party affiliation must update their voter registration information by Monday, July 30 in order to have the change in effect for the Primary Election.Check current voter registration Floridians can check their current voter registration status, register to vote or update their existing registration through the Department’s new online voter registration website RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov.  An update to a voter’s signature for provisional and vote-by-mail ballot verification purposes for the Primary Election must be submitted no later than the start of the canvassing of vote-by-mail ballots, which may start as early as August 13. Florida is a closed primary state As a reminder, Florida is a closed primary state which means that only voters who are registered members of political parties may vote for their respective party candidates for an office in a primary election. However, if the winner of the primary race would face no opposition in the general election, then all voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in that race in the primary election. For more information, please visit the Division of Elections’ website atdos.myflorida.com/elections.last_img read more

EU Diplomat Welcomes Jamaica’s New Sexual Harassment Legislation

first_imgSource: designer491 / shutterstock KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The European Union Friday welcomed the decision by Jamaica to table legislation aimed at improving the treatment of women in the society, especially the workplace.The EU Ambassador to Jamaica, Malgorzata Wasilewska, told a luncheon here that the recent tabling of the Sexual Harassment Bill signals the island’s seriousness in dealing with the situation.Gender Affairs Minister Olivia Grange tabled the Sexual Harassment Bill earlier this month that is expected to go before a joint-select committee of Parliament where the public will have a chance to contribute. The EU diplomat said together with the passage of the Disabilities Act and the recent review of laws which aims to protect vulnerable populations including women and those with disabilities, the island was moving in the right direction.“We know there is still much further to go but there have been important signs of progress which must be acknowledged,” Wasilewska told the luncheon hosted by UN Women and the gender and disability affairs committee of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ).She said that the World Economic Forum had found that women with disabilities experience a threefold daily challenge, including being a woman, as well as being disabled.PSOJ president, Howard Mitchell, said local businesses have to confront situations where unqualified men are being hired over qualified women.“If you believe in your cause, you have to make some noise,” Mitchell said, acknowledging that the PSOJ also has work to do.Over 15 percent of the population or more than 500,000 persons were identified as disabled in the last census in Jamaica in 2011.The EU is co-financing the “Win-Win: Gender Equality Means Good Business” being implemented in Jamaica and other Latin American states. It is being led by UN Women and the International Labor Organization and aims at promoting gender equality in the private sector.last_img read more

The 2020 Hero CPL Not Canceled Yet

first_imgCASTRIES, St. Lucia – As a number of sporting events around the world are being either cancel or postpone due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of the Hero CPL tournament say its “too early” to make a decision.The following statement from organizers gave an update on the tournament, scheduled for this summer:“In light of recent media reports and as the effects of the COVID-19 virus impacts people around the world there has been some understandable speculation with regard to the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season which is scheduled to take place from 19 August to 26 September 2020.CPL has been in constant communication with our medical advisors in recent weeks, as well as speaking with Cricket West Indies about the current situation with regard to cricket around the world, and at present there has been no discussion about moving the event.CPL believes it is too early to make such a decision, but this is an evolving situation and we are carefully watching how events unfold in the Caribbean and around the world.At present the CPL team are planning for the tournament to take place as scheduled whilst also looking at alternative plans should they be needed.Our thoughts at this time are with the many CPL fans, players and staff from around the world who have been impacted by this crisis and we hope that they and their families stay safe and healthy.”last_img read more

Dani Alves: Most Decorated Active Footballer, Third On All-time List

first_imgDani Alves could easily pass for one of the most underrated footballers in the history of the game, but the Brazilian right back at the moment is the most decorated active footballer with 34 titles, and third on the all-time list only behind Maxwell-36 titles and Ryan Giggs-35 titles.It has taken a period of 16 years for the likeable, ever smiling defender to amass his laurels, starting from his first triumph at Brazilian club Bahia: Campeonnato Baiano 2001, to his latest conquest with new club PSG at the weekend: Trophee des Champions.Alves gained global attention at the 2003 FIFA U20 world cup, where he was selected as the third best player at the tournament. He completed a permanent move to Spanish La Liga club, Sevilla in the summer of 2003 going on to spend the next five trophy-laden years at the Seville-based club, recording some landmark achievements including winning successive UEFA Cup titles; 2005-06, 2006-07.A move to Barcelona in 2008 appeared to be deserved, as he was recruited by the Catalan giants in their revolution of the club under the new management of Pep Guardiola. Alves constantly delivered during his eight year career at Barcelona, where he played under four different coaches and was always an undisputed starter.Not surprising for a defender, he never actually got the deserved praises for his contribution to a Barcelona side, whose forwards always grabbed the headlines with each victory and trophy conquest. The 2016 departure of Alves from Barcelona to Juventus on a free transfer exposed numerous deficiencies at the club, thereby highlighting his value to the club.Barcelona to date have failed to find a replacement for the Brazilian at right back, struggled for consistency in both La Liga and UEFA Champions League last season, a competition they were coincidentally knocked out by Juventus in the quarter-final, with Alves playing a huge role in ensuring the famed MSN (Messi, Suarez, Neymar) forward line failed to score a goal in 180 minutes of football over two-legs of the encounter.After spending a season with Juventus, where he earned his third successive league winners medal in two different countries, and also ended up on the losing side in the 2017 UEFA Champions League final, Alves appeared to be headed to Manchester City to reunite with Guardiola after personal wages had been agreed, only for him to make a U-turn at the last minute, rather favouring a move to PSG.Majority felt his switch to the French capital was motivated by money as the Qatari billionaires reportedly doubled the wages offered by Manchester City.The player in his defence insisted that he moved to France because he wanted to be a winner, and he has proven just that, less than a month into his PSG career when he netted his first goal and clinched his first trophy against Monaco at the weekend in Morocco.Considering the two-year deal he signed at PSG, and the quality of the squad on parade at the club, it shouldn’t be surprising if Alves becomes the most decorated footballer of all-time at the end of this season.Relatedlast_img read more

NPFL: Kano Pillars Signs Stephen Eze for an Undisclosed Fee

first_imgFour-time Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Champions Kano Pillars have signed defender Stephen Eze from FC Ifeanyi Ubah for an undisclosed fee.The former Sunshine Stars center-back joins Pillars after a two-year stint with the Anambra Warriors. He is expected to replace Jamiu Alimi who is reported to be on his way to the Major League Soccer (MLS) next month.The CHAN Eagles star was a part of Nigeria’s squad to the 2016 Championship for African Nations in Rwanda, where the Eagles failed to get past the first round of the tournament.The strong central defender, 23, also helped Nigeria reach the final of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana, losing 4-1 to the hosts.RelatedYusuf Lists Ezenwa, Odey, 28 Others For CHAN FixtureJuly 11, 2017In “Africa”Super Six Tournament: Ezenwa Headlines 30-Man CHAN Eagles SquadDecember 10, 2017In “Competition”NPFL Matchday 33 PreviewAugust 5, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

Betfair Politics – Mon Dieu! Francois Fillon back in the race for France 2017 as market hits £11 million

first_img Submit Related Articles Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Share Betfair Politics reports that against all expectations (even perhaps his own), scandal hit Francois Fillon is back in the race for France 2017, as its political betting market hits £11.5 million in matched wagers. Updating its French 2017 General Election market, Betfair reports that Fillon is trading as second favourite currently priced 5.2, just ahead of Front National’s Marie Le Pen who has seen her presidency odds drift to 5.5.Recent national polls suggest that conservative ‘Les Républicains’ voters are prepared to back Fillon as France heads for its first round of poles this Sunday 23 April.France’s two-ballot system, in which the two most popular opening candidates are selected for a ‘Presidential run-off’ hosted on 7 May is currently favouring ‘En Marche’ leader Emmanuel Macron (1.72) to win the Presidency.However, in what has become a peculiar betting market Marie Le Pen remains the firm favourite to win the first round of electoral voting priced by Betfair at 1.90.Updating the media Betfair Spokesperson, Naomi Totten said: “There is plenty of action on the political markets, with £1.5m matched on the Next French President market alone this week. The big moves have been from Jean-Luc Melenchon who is now trading at 11/1 but was backed as short as 7/1 on the weekend.“Fillon has also come back into the running and is now the second favourite ahead of Le Pen. The market is likely to see a boost in activity on Thursday, with each of the main candidates taking part in a live television interview in the absence of the cancelled live debate.”The intriguing France 2017 Presidential race has been called ‘impossible to read’ by political commentators due to the number of candidates participating and fluctuating polls. Further twists are expected before this Sunday’s first round of voting… FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020last_img read more

BetGames.tv targets LATAM & Africa expansion with BestGoldBet live gaming partnership

first_img Golden Race continues LatAm expansion through Universal Soft May 26, 2020 Lithuania-based live gaming specialist BetGames.tv has announced that it has secured a new licensing agreement to distribute its live content portfolio to industry platform provider BestGoldBet.BestGoldBet is a developing market omni-channel gambling provider with an established presence in the LATAM, CIS and African betting markets.Moving forward, BetGames.tv will integrate its full portfolio of live table games and live lottery on BestGoldBet’s BGB platform, making its content available to regional B2B customers. BetGames.tv detailed that would make its most popular games available to BGB clients including ‘Bet on Poker’, ‘Bet on Baccarat’, ‘Wheel of Fortune’ and ‘Dice Duel’.Christian Maglia, Head of Sales for BetGames.tv, commented: “We are very excited for this partnership. BetGames.tv continues to work towards delivering a complete gaming experience and this latest initiative represents a key milestone in our strategy to expand in Africa and Latin America.”Domenico Lapesa, Chairman of BestGoldBet, said: “ We are happy to announce that the portfolio of BetGames.tv is now available on our platform DGB. Our objective reflects the best offer of the Real Casino and Live Games which will link directly to the markets of South America and Africa, in a short time. These games will also be active at a B2C level through Roombet.net, I’am convinced that the live games offering from BetGames.TV will amaze our clients.” Related Articles Share New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 SBTech boosts platform offering with BetGames.TV deal April 14, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

ASA upholds complaint against ambiguous William Hill advert

first_img StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share William Hill has been told “to make significant conditions to offers in their ads clear, and to ensure that they do not contradict the claims they qualified” by the Advertising Standard Authority (ASA).Reacting to a complaint made regarding a television advertisement in September of last year, a complainant challenged whether certain conditions of a promotion relating to horse racing were made sufficiently clear, and prominently included in its main body.The advert revolves around the ‘2 Clear’ promotion, giving players a 15% free bet bonus if their horse wins by two lengths or more in any live ITV flat race featuring six or more runners.During the course of the ad it was stated the terms “free bet bonus” and “Live ITV Flat Races” flashed on screen as references, while small text at the bottom of the screen noted “Selected UK flat races. 6+ runners.”In its response William Hill detailed that they understood the concern of the complain, but after having reviewed the promotion, concluded that consumers would be well informed of its requirements.Detailing the small print at the bottom of the ad the firm stated it was included to “underline that it covered live races only, not all races,” and dismised the potential of the withdrawal of multiple horses to be a rare occurrence.In its assessment the independent review recognised the on-screen text detailing qualification to the offer, but considered featured terms, such as “bet on any live ITV flat race” and “available on all live ITV flat races” contradictory.Adding: “We noted it was common in flat horse races for runners to drop out right up until the beginning of the race. “We understood there would be instances where a consumer might decide to place a bet on a race, and not know until the start of the race that their bet would no longer be eligible for the bonus as the race no longer had the requisite amount of runners. “We considered that this was a significant qualification that should have been prominently included in the main body of the ad and that it was not sufficiently clear for it to be presented in the small text at the bottom of the screen.”The ad in question must not appear in its current form again, while a reminder to ensure conditions relating to offers are clear and do not contradict qualification claims, was also issued.The ASA also investigated, and dismissed, two claims against gambling website playojo.com, regarding a paid-for Facebook advertisement.Featuring a anime style image of a woman wearing a low-cut top and texts regarding offers with a “learn more” link at the bottom, the appeal to under-18s and misleading nature of the offer, due to no terms and conditions being featured, was questioned.In its defence, PlayOjo stated the ad was part of a targeted campaign with the 18+ feature selected, with the offer clearly stated within the ad and in further detail via the featured link.Considering the evidence the ASA didn’t uphold the complaint and found no breaches in either case. Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

William Hill unveils new guarantee on ITV races

first_img Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Commencing this week, William Hill will start trialling a new bet guarantee offer on TV races for retail and online customers. William Hill has outlined that its shops will lay customers to lose a minimum of £5,000 for win bets on all races that are shown on ITV Racing, with online customers also able to bet to win a minimum of £1,000 at the available price.  Both offers will be available on the day of the race from 10am onwards. For early bird customers prices will be available on all ITV races at the five day declaration stage so customers can choose to bet at the early prices or have a guaranteed minimum bet on raceday.The group detailed that they have dropped their previous guarantee on Pricewise selections, emphasising that this new offer provided customers with a fairer option. Group Trading Director Terry Pattinson commented: “William Hill recognise that some customers are frustrated by not being able to get a sizeable bet on televised races, while we also want to ensure that early prices are there for our recreational customers and are not picked off by the few.  We hope this offer appeals to both groups and the bet guarantee will apply to customers who may have been restricted in the past.”The decision follows on from Ladbrokes bringing its policy in line with Coral’s and extending its ‘lay to-lose’ horse racing bets guarantee across all the operator’s retail outlets. The group had already put in place a policy to lay bets to lose no less than £5,000 per capita on all races ITV races. However, moving forward Ladbrokes announced it would add Class 4 and above handicaps to races that it will lay to lose no less than £2,000.last_img read more