I am the fastest – Bolt warns rivals

first_imgWith his retirement looming and a field of sprinters lining up to spoil his going away party in London this summer, sprint king Usain Bolt has sent out a reminder to any pretender to his throne.Even though his did not burn up the track when he performed for the last time in Jamaica at the racers Grand Prix in Kingston earlier this month and clocked 10:03, Bolt, is not worried about the challenges that must come.Instead the eight-time Olympic champion has thrown down the gauntlet and reminded his rivals that he remains the fastest man in the world.In the meantime Andre De Grasse – who took third in the 100m in Rio and silver in the 200m – clocked a wind-assisted 9.69secs in Stockholm to underline his growing threat to Bolt’s supremacy, and long-time rival Justin Gatlin won the US trials last week.But Bolt, who will compete in Wednesday’s Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, was defiant when asked if he would be able to keep up with the competition in his final outing on the global stage in August.“I am the fastest man in the world so I will say yes to that,” he said, before playing down De Grasse’s time in hugely beneficial conditions.“Every time I hear a wind-assisted time my friend NJ [Nugent Walker, Bolt’s executive manager] always calls me and says: ‘Why are we never this lucky?’ We always have negative wind.“The possibility with a strong tailwind is endless. We have always thought about it. I have never been that lucky.”last_img read more

Are the ICE Raids On or What?

first_imgMIAMI – The prevailing question in Miami and the other cities where it was announced by the Trump administration that immigration raids were to commence on Sunday, July 14, is did the raids actually happen?Small scale operationsAccording to Weston based immigration attorney Caroly Pedersen, the raid did occur over the announced weekend, but they were only small scale operations and were mostly unsuccessful. She cited, “Agents fanned out into immigrant neighborhoods in many major cities, only to find that either no one would answer the door, or, that the occupant inside told them they were refusing to open the door because they knew their rights!”Aggressive promotion backfired Pedersen believed the planned July 14 raid was not successful was because they were aggressively promoted raids. “ICE had long been planning secret raids to catch unsuspecting immigrants off-guard, apprehend thousands and then publicize the success of their operations across the news.But the by the White House announcing and publicizing the raids ICE officials lost the element of surprise and even worse news for them, immigrant communities were becoming more educated about their rights and armed with knowledge, better able to avoid apprehension. Immigrants have now come to understand that they are not required to open their doors to ICE agents or roll down their car window and can simply ignore them, unless they present a warrant signed by a judge, which most agents do not have.”The New York Times reports that a teenager in New York who had seen “know your rights” posts on the internet took the advice to heart when ICE agents knocked on the door at 1 a.m. on Sunday.  She recounted: “They said, ‘We need to talk to you, can you come outside, can you open the door?’ I said, ‘Do you have permission to come inside my house, do you have a paper?’” she recounted. “They said, ‘We’re not trying to come inside your house, we just want to speak with you.’ And I said, ‘No I’m not coming outside.” The agents left, then returned again at  5 a.m., “surrounding the house with flashlights and banging on the door and window” The girl went upstairs to be with her parents and hid with the lights off, “too scared to look outside,”. And miraculously, ICE eventually left, presumably defeated.However, Pedersen cautions that just because these raids were unsuccessful, does not mean ICE isn’t already reorganizing and planning secret, quiet raids hoping to catch immigrants when they are off guard.ICE constrained by lawThe law requires ICE agents to wait for their targets to come outside voluntarily in order to arrest them. Pedersen said ICE could be most likely planning creative tactics to try and lure their unsuspecting targets outside, for instance by carrying decoy photos to hold up to the windows of immigrants who are being targeted,  pretending ICE agents are looking for someone else in order to persuade them to open the door. Or ICE agents claim to be police officers responding to a domestic disturbance or gas leak.The New York Times also reports that the agency has even used social media like dating sites to try and lure targets into “dates” where they can be apprehended.ICE to utilize creative means“They are coming up with more and more creative means every day. So don’t think its over, not by a long shot. Keep vigilant and safe… don’t open your door to strangers!” Pedersen cautioned.last_img read more

Two-Month-Old Baby Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Jamaica

first_imgJamaica has recorded seven fatalities from the coronavirus. However, Tufton, did not provide details. CMC Meanwhile, concerning the death of a four year old, from COVID-19, Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton said the boy who died at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in the western parish of St. James on had a chronic co-morbid condition. The child is the youngest person to have died from COVID-19 in the country.center_img The Ministry of Health in making the announcement late Friday said the new positives include 12 males and 19 females from two months to 72 years. Of this number, 25 of the 31 cases are linked to the Alorica call center in the central parish of St. Catherine and six are still being investigated. KINGSTON, Jamaica – A two-month-old is among 31 persons who have newly tested positive for COVID-19 in Jamaica, bringing the total number of cases to 288.last_img read more

Broward’s Phase 1 Reopening Begins Monday

first_imgThe list of businesses and services allowed to operate is expanded.Professional services and other businesses located in multi-business office buildings can resume normal operations, to the extent they are designated as essential services pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-91.All businesses are strongly encouraged to perform remote operations and allow employees to utilize telework or other remote working methods that permit social distancing.Restaurants and food establishments can open for dining at a maximum 50% indoor occupancy, with six-foot distancing and other restrictions. Outdoor seating is allowed with six-foot distancing, but outdoor seating combined with indoor seating cannot exceed 100% of total occupancy limits.Retail establishments selling goods other than personal services can open at a maximum 50% indoor occupancy, with other restrictions.Businesses that provide personal services by Florida licensed professionals (including barbershops, cosmetology salons and cosmetology specialty salons) can open with restrictions, provided they are licensed with the State of Florida and comply with requirements pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-120.Existing licensed drive-in movie theaters can operate at up to 50% capacity, with restrictions.Community rooms, fitness centers and gyms located within multi-family housing developments or community associations can operate at their option, with restrictions, including 50% maximum occupancy. Residents only, no guests allowed. Hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and shower facilities shall remain closed.Public pools and private club pools (including municipal pools) can open, with restrictions. The water features at facilities operated by Broward County Parks and Recreation remain closed.Museums can open with a maximum 25% capacity, and restrictions. Groups of more than 10 are not allowed to congregate in any public space that does not provide for social distancing. Reopened businesses must adhere to a stringent cleaning regimen. Highlights of the County Administrator’s latest Emergency Order are: The new Emergency Order, which includes restrictions for an allowable return to business operations, also retains important requirements for members of the public to continue to observe CDC-recommended social distancing guidelines, and the wearing of facial coverings while in public places.  BROWARD COUNTY, FL –   Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-10 on Thursday, May 14, 2020, providing for a phased reopening of business activity, beginning on Monday, May 18, with restrictions in accordance with a modified Phase 1 of Governor Ron DeSantis’ statewide reopening plan. Broward’s beaches will remain closed.last_img read more

VIDEO: Watch Real Madrid Forward Score Brace On Loan At Flamengo

first_imgVideo Credit: Twitter.com – Deji Faremi Real Madrid forward, Vinicius Jr, scored a spectacular brace to get off the mark for Flamengo against Atlético Goianiense in the Brazilian Série A on Saturday.17-years-old Vinicius Jr signed for Real Madrid in May but won’t be eligible to make the switch to the Spanish capital until his 18th birthday on 12 July 2018. Known for his blistering pace, Vinicius Jr was an integral part of Brazil’s team that won the 2017 Under-17 South American Championship, scoring 7 goals and being named the tournament’s MVP.Vinicius Jnr scored a second. Again, blistering pace from the youngster. pic.twitter.com/huFgobYLaQ— Deji Faremi (@deejayfaremi) August 20, 2017center_img RelatedCristian Dell’OrcoJune 30, 2017Similar postVinicius Jr Reveals Reasons For Joining Real Madrid And Breaks The Ronaldo-Messi Comparison TableMarch 20, 2019In “Spain”Real Madrid Unveil Brazilian Starlet Vinicius JuniorJuly 20, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Netherlands’ U-20 WWC Qualification Excites Vera Pauw [AUDIO]

first_imgFormer Netherlands coach, Vera Pauw, has expressed delight in her country’s qualification for the U-20 Women’s World Cup to be staged in France next year.The Amsterdam-born football coach, who has also managed three other national teams – Scotland, Russia and South Africa – was speaking to busybuddiesng.com from her base in the Netherlands.It was at last month’s UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship that the Dutch ensured their debut appearance at the global showpiece, and they did so by making sure of a semi-final berth at the European tournament.They went on to lose 2-3 in their last four tie against eventual champions Spain, but that counted for little at the end of the day.“Well, we need to realize that the qualification for the World Cup for U-19 is now because coincidentally this year is connected to qualification for the World Cup. The U-19 have reached the last four of the European Championships already a few times but those were in years there was no qualification connected to it,” began Pauw, who played 89 times for the Netherlands Women’s National Team as a defender.“But of course it’s fantastic because it will give the players a lot of experience at the top level, playing a tournament. There is no training like playing a tournament at that age level. So I am very excited about that.Like Pauw pointed out, the Netherlands emerged winners of the 2014 UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship with Vivianne Miedema – one of the stars of this year’s UEFA Women’s EURO – finishing as the highest goal scorer and Most Valuable Player, but there was no World Cup the following year.In 2015 however, their dream of a World Cup place ended when they failed to qualify for the final tournament. Then in 2016, with no World Cup in sight, they reached another semi-final, before finally booking a maiden ticket this year.Other European teams that have qualified for the U-20 Women’s World Cup are Spain, Germany, England and hosts France.New Zealand have also qualified from the Oceania Football Confederation.The 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup will be played in France from 7 to 26 August 2018 and North Korea are the reigning champions.  Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Vera-Sept-12.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RelatedNetherlands Qualify For First Ever U-20 Women’s World CupAugust 16, 2017In “Europe”FIFAWWC: Road map to France 2019September 23, 2017In “UEFA”FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup: FIFA Inspection Team Says Decision Yet To Be Taken About Nigeria’s Suitability To Host Event (AUDIO)August 7, 2019In “FIFA”last_img read more

Vettel And Hamilton Show Quality As Rain Disrupts Japan GP Practice

first_imgFerrari once again started great in Japan after posting incredible pace in Malaysia last time out. Vettel finished P1 just two-tenths of a second ahead of rival Lewis Hamilton on supersoft tyres as drivers got in the mood for the Suzuka circuit.Hamilton finishing 0.211s behind shows great improvement from Sepang where Mercedes struggled for pace. Valterie Bottas’ struggles continued in P1 at Suzuka finishing almost a second behind Vettel while Malaysia GP winner Max Verstappen finished 1.5s behind as his Red Bull suffered charging issues.Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne where 12th and 10th respectively in what is to be Honda’s final home race as McLaren’s engine partners.Heavy downpour just before the second practice started led to drivers pulling out of the session with 14 drivers driving out of the sodden pits for installation laps but only 5 drivers were able to post times at the end.Lewis Hamilton – who definitely loves the rains – took P2 on full wet tyres ahead of Esteban Ocon (2nd) and Sergio Perez (3rd) both of Force India while Brazilian Felipe Massa (4th) and Lance Stroll (5th) completed the list of those who finished Practice 2. Hamilton was the only driver of the three major teams – Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari – to post a time in the P2 session.Kimi Raikonnen, when asked what was learnt so far from Practice today said “We didn’t even try to learn anything”.Mercedes would be extremely delighted with the pace the W08 is showing in Japan after recent struggles they look like they stand a real chance to top Ferrari for pace.The rains could also cause havoc for the teams this weekend as more showers are expected during Saturday’s final practice session. Qualifying and the main race on Sunday are expected to be dry.It’s make or mar for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari as a win for Hamilton might all but ensure that the title stays with the Silver Arrows while a double podium finish for Red Bull puts Ferrari’s place on the constructor’s championship in serious jeopardy.The Japanese GP get underway in Suzuka 6am on Sunday.RelatedHamilton Wins Again To Egde Closer to Fourth TitleOctober 8, 2017In “Formula One”Analysing How Ferrari Are Behind Impressive Mercedes in 2017October 20, 2017In “Formula One”Stern Test For Top Challengers As Hamilton Start Japan GP in PoleOctober 7, 2017In “Formula One”last_img read more

France National Team Coach Pens New Deal Until 2020

first_imgFrance’s senior national team coach Didier Deschamps has penned a new contract until 2020 according to the country’s Football Federation.The former national team captain took charge of Les Bleus in 2012 before leading his side to the 2016 European Championship on home soil. They lost that final 1-0 to eventual winners Portugal.In addition to his previous successes, Deschamps has also secured qualification for France ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Speaking about the no-brainer decision to hand the 49-year old a new deal, the French Football Federation president Noel Le Grant said:“Didier for me is the best, there is no contest.”RelatedArsenal’s Guendouzi Gets First Call-Up To The Senior France National Team For EURO 2020 QualifiersSeptember 2, 2019In “France”Giroud Will Be Fit For World Cup Opener – France Coach DeschampsJune 11, 2018In “Europe”Benzema Blasts FFF President Over World Cup SnubMay 31, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Itai Frieberger – 888’s technology dynamics will meet future consumer multi-faceted demands

first_img GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share Playtech offloads casual games subsidiaries  July 16, 2020 Share Related Articles 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Presenting investors 888 Holdings full-year 2016 financial results, Chief Executive Itai Frieberger has stated that following a ‘fantastic year’, 888 now enters a crucial period in its existence as the company vows to compete in a ‘multi-faceted arena’.Updating corporate shareholders, Frieberger detailed that 888’s 82% profit increase was a testament to the firm’s governance strategy, focusing on a ‘continued drive into regulated markets’. Detailing his personal perspective, Frieberger tells 888 stakeholders that he has witnessed the industry evolve from being ‘wholly unregulated to fully regulated’ as more national jurisdictions come into play.888’s CEO notes that part of his firm’s success has been driven by the ability to develop technology and platforms with regulatory challenges in mind. Building these effective operational processes have been key to 888’s ongoing growth both at B2C and B2B levels.However, 888’s leader heeds a warning to upcoming industry challenges, stating that all industry operators and service providers will be challenged by multi-facet demands from consumers and clients.As with many industry CEOs’ Frieberger details that tomorrow’s winners’ will be the enterprises that can offer best product and efficient scalability for a more demanding consumer wanting a high engagement multi-product experience.Confident in 888’s future performance, Frieberger notes his firm’s effective in-house technology output driven by ‘top of the range development teams’. Noting his firm’s technology muscle, Frieberger states that 888 development teams successfully delivered on a combined 200 projects for its B2C and B2B operations in full-year 2016.Ending his presentation, Frieberger states that 888’s technology scale cannot be matched by competitors and that its unique dynamics’ will guide the company’s future performance against new multi-facet demands.last_img read more

Jamie Reeves – FFMag – Bringing fantasy football to print

first_imgShare Share StumbleUpon Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Related Articles Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 At the end of the 2016/17 Premier League season, Jamie Reeves, the man behind FFMag, released an e-mag version focusing on Fantasy Premier League (FPL) strategy. Jamie Reeves, FFMagThe number of downloads (5,000) convinced him to launch a crowdfunding campaign for the operation of a new print product. A few months on, and having reached over 150% of the fixed funding goal, SBC News spoke to Reeves about publication of the magazine, exceeding the initial target and plans for next season.SBC: With the abundance of fantasy football material already online, and with print often considered a content medium on the wane – were you surprised by the uptake in the crowdfunding campaign?JR: Absolutely. When we launched the first e-magazine in March we never intended to produce physical copies, because like you said, it’s arguably a medium on the decline. We then had hundreds of people ask where they could buy future editions in print, so we did the maths and figured out the money we needed to raise in order to make that a reality next season.It was obviously still a very pleasant surprise to see people then actually get behind the campaign. It’s one thing saying you’re interested in a print subscription, but it’s another thing buying one in May…2/3 months before the Premier League starts again!You’re right in saying that the fantasy football tipster market is very saturated right now, but we see that as a good thing because competition drives creativity. Our aim was always to produce a magazine that provides content that is second to none, and that’s how we plan to continue.SBC: Will the delay between writing, publication and delivery be a problem with the content to be provided?JR: Each month the Premier League fantasy football calendar presents a new set of questions and decisions. The basis of the magazine will be theories and analysis to help equip readers with the fundamental knowledge to tackle the upcoming month successfully.This kind of content does not expire and is something that we tested with Edition 1. In fact, you can go back and read that now, and whilst you won’t be able to put it directly into practice – you will definitely gain lots of important insight.Alas, the people have spoken and the people want part of the magazine to be dedicated to player tips for the upcoming month as well. We advocate a calculated approach to FPL, rather than encouraging sporadic weekly transfers, so this shouldn’t create too much of a problem.I think it’s fair to say that you won’t be finding any features written around one specific player, as statistics change and there’s always a risk of injury/suspension. Instead, you can expect tips that don’t expire so fast such as fixture analysis, defensive/attacking forecasts and so forth.We’re doing everything we can to ensure physical copies arrive at the fastest speed possible. The option to read our e-magazine will be there for all print subscribers, so if it’s a very congested schedule they can always have a skim read online between glancing at their letterbox in anticipation.SBC: Having far exceeded the initial target, what are you going to do with the extra money? Do you have anything else lined up?JR: It’s important to remember that the crowdfunding campaign was more for idea validation, and whilst it ended up surpassing our target, it doesn’t mean we now have disposable cash. We made the print subscription as competitively priced as possible, which is tough as an independent publication because we do not qualify for the printing and distribution discounts that larger publications do.The additional money does mean that we can improve our website, accessibility of the e-magazine, and pay our writers and designers without having to scrape the bottom of our own pockets. Now that our idea has been validated, you can also expect to see us bring some truly innovative ideas to the fantasy football space!SBC: Are you going to extend beyond the Fantasy Premier League website and consider strategies for Daily Fantasy Sports, or is that an area that you won’t be considering? Do you think there’s potential for UK consumers to be as enamoured with DFS?JR: The magazine will fundamentally cover Fantasy Premier League, because that’s what our readers want. However, due to my background within DFS, it’s fair to say that I’m looking to work with certain products to ensure they can tap into a wider market of fantasy football players.I spoke in detail with Sam Cooke of Esports Insider about how this magazine could play a key part in raising the profile of daily fantasy sports in the UK. You can read that interview on their website.There’s also a reason we chose the name Fantasy Football Mag rather than Fantasy Premier League Mag. You can expect to see us delve into other domestic leagues and competitions that have fantasy football games (MLS, Champions League & Tippeligaen) as soon as next season. There’s also a certain world competition at the end of next season, which we intend to cover in print.SBC: What’s the main demographic you’ve seen for the download of the magazine? Have you seen much uptake from outside of the UK? JR: When it comes to both digital downloads and print subscriptions our main demographic has been the UK followed by the US. The e-mag is already showing the signs of developing a vast worldwide reach, meanwhile, we’ve sold print subscriptions to 27 different countries including Antarctica, Mauritius & Colombia. Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020last_img read more