Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Share 8 Views no discussions NewsRegional Jamaica welcomes ninth prime minister by: – October 22, 2011 Andrew HolnessKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The transition of leadership of the government of Jamaica will be completed on Sunday, when Bruce Golding will formally tender his resignation as prime minister to the governor-general, and education minister, Andrew Holness, will be sworn in as the country’s ninth leader.Golding, who presided over his final Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, used the occasion to thank his ministers for their support and hard work under his leadership.On assuming the most powerful executive position in the country’s political directorate, Holness will also create history by being the youngest person to do so, at age 39.Holness was endorsed as the JLP’s candidate to contest the West Central St Andrew constituency in the 1997 General Elections, which he won, to become the area’s Member of Parliament.In so doing, Holness became the youngest MP that year, at age 25. Between 1999 and 2007, Holness served as opposition spokesperson on land and development; housing; and education. Interspersed with these duties, was his successful defence of the West Central St Andrew seat, during the 2002 national elections. He was appointed education minister, a position he has held since, and also has the distinction of being the youngest person appointed a Cabinet minister by Golding.Caribbean News Now
“In different games we will set up slightly differently, like we did at Arsenal, where the plan was to dominate the space in the game. “It doesn’t compromise the style at all. I am happy with the evolution of the team this early but there is a lot more to come from it and it bodes well for this season.” Rodgers has been boosted by the return to training this week of striker Daniel Sturridge, who has spent most of the last four months in the United States recovering from a hip operation. The aim is to have him back in the squad by early September but Rodgers would not put a specific timeframe on the injury-plagued England international’s return. “There is no timeline on Daniel,” said the Reds boss, who also confirmed last summer’s £20million signing Lazar Markovic still has a future at the club despite him set to sign on loan for Fenerbahce. “He has obviously been away working in America and has come back and now it is just about him working hard to get back in to somewhere near the level of the group. “He looks well and really excited to be back among his team-mates, so we will just have to take that week on week.” “We’ve put in extra work and focus on that,” he said. “We are doing extra sessions on every aspect of our defending in terms of in-game static and moving positions and our set-pieces. “We are putting in an awful lot of work into that organisation, it is one of the things I picked up on from last season. “We brought in a lot of players thinking they could maybe settle into it quickly but the learning aspect from that was that I needed to do more on that (defensive) front this season. “That is something we have done. The coaches have been outstanding just making sure the players are clear in terms of their roles and responsibility both with and without the ball.” They may have only scored two goals so far but Rodgers said it was still early in the season and he was confident a stronger defensive set-up would not affect his preference for free-flowing, exciting football. “If you look at how I have always worked the pressing element and defensive organisation is crucial to that,” added the Liverpool manager, ahead of the visit of West Ham. “People always associated with the football and fluency but that does not come unless you have possession of the ball. Some shaky displays at the back in the previous campaign – which culminated with them conceding three at home to Crystal Palace and six at Stoke – had prompted calls in some quarters for a specialist defensive coach to be brought in. Rodgers was adamant that was not the solution but over the summer he has been more specific on the work he has done to tighten up his defence and has been rewarded with three successive clean sheets which have brought seven points. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he has paid more attention to defensive matters this season but insists it will not compromise the team’s attacking fluency. Press Association
A glance at the top 25 polls right now might cause some college basketball fans to do a double take. Contenders typically seen in the rankings: UConn, Illinois and Maryland have been replaced by perennial conference doormats Virginia Tech, Washington State and Vanderbilt. Even several mid-majors have worked their way into the polls. Some of the biggest programs in college hoops, however, continue to struggle to reach the “also receiving votes” category.While a handful of big-time teams have become mired in mediocrity, and some mediocre teams have risen to power, it’s easy to wonder what happened and how things changed so quickly. Only a season ago, UConn was an upset loss to George Mason away from the Final Four. And just two years ago, Illinois went on its undefeated streak. But as has become the norm these days, graduation, and more significantly players leaving early, has decimated some of the big programs, leaving them noticeably absent from their normal spots on the national stage.North Carolina’s return to contention immediately following a national championship, despite losing its entire starting lineup, has become the exception to the rule. Losing as many players as the Tar Heels did is tough for any program to overcome, as we’re seeing this season across the country. Don’t forget, though, that like this season’s struggling powerhouses, the Heels went through hard times recently as well. Only five seasons ago, North Carolina was bounced in the quarterfinals of the NIT, and the season before that, in Matt Doherty’s final season as head coach, the team finished with an 8-20 record and missed the postseason entirely.Other teams atop the polls right now, especially last season’s finalists UCLA and Florida, had similar experiences. Only through rebuilding and finding the right pieces — be it recruits for the Gators or a new coach for the Bruins — did those teams finally return to the top after suffering through uncharacteristically bad years.Currently, Kentucky, one of the most dominant programs of the past decade, is fighting its way back to the status it once enjoyed. Ranked No. 25 in the coach’s poll, the Wildcats have begun their resurgence. But stuck in a dog-eat-dog SEC conference they still have not completed the restoration to glory.As the “big boys” lose players, second-tier conference teams — usually relying on experience and cohesiveness — have been able to step up and make statements within their respective leagues. Looking across the power conferences this season, the leaders are not teams that have been traditionally successful. Parity is spreading throughout the NCAA.Ohio State and Wisconsin have jumped Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan State for Big Ten supremacy, while second-year member Marquette sits right behind Pittsburgh in the Big East. Virginia Tech is amazingly atop the standings in the ACC, and after Kansas in the Big 12 comes Texas A&M — a school never known for its basketball prowess.As the disparity in talent levels between conference teams dwindle, inter-conference games have become unpredictable this season.In the SEC, seven of the 12 teams have appeared in the polls this season. But because the talent levels between teams are so similar, few of those schools can consistently remain there.In fact, no SEC West team has a winning conference record right now despite having three teams with legitimate tournament hopes.On the West Coast, no conference has been more difficult to predict this season than the Pac-10, where six of 10 teams have been ranked at one point or another. In a league typically dominated by two teams — some combination of Stanford, UCLA and Arizona — there are five teams with a shot at the conference title this season.Parity isn’t just victimizing the power conferences. Although three mid-major teams (Nevada, Air Force and Butler) are highly ranked right now, no team has been able to distinguish itself among its peers the way Gonzaga and others have in years past.Sure Gonzaga and Southern Illinois — traditionally the top two mid-major programs — are having success this season, but they’re being overshadowed by newcomers to the bracket-busting scene as well. Practically the entire Missouri Valley Conference, as well as other surprise teams, is establishing itself as dangerous.Considering the difficulty to stay dominant year-in and year-out, even in the mid-major conferences, the success teams like Kansas and Duke have had in the modern era look even more impressive.Duke, which plays in college basketball’s most famously difficult conference, the ACC, has only missed one NCAA tournament since 1984, despite having oodles of players skip onto the NBA ahead of schedule. Kansas, also a top program for the past decade, weathered the loss of longtime head coach Roy Williams, in addition to the NBA defections, to remain the Big 12’s elite team.So what does the future hold in store for UConn and Maryland and Illinois? Well, if past experience is any indication, the wait shouldn’t be too long before these teams make it back to the top again.Kentucky has already started to re-emerge after a break and Notre Dame has too. And certainly Florida, UCLA, and UNC showed what they’re capable of after suffering through down years.Looking at history, traditionally strong programs like this year’s group of fallen giants don’t stay down for long. As time goes on, the success they once basked in will eventually return. Until then, though, teams like Virginia Tech and Butler will be able to enjoy their moments in the sun.
Tipperary’s performance against Clare in the National Football League left a lot to be desired according to selector Paul Fitzgerald.The sides finished all square at 11 points apiece in Cusack Park in their Division 2 clash.This result leaves Tipperary in 5th place on the table on 3 points ahead of the visit of Meath to Semple Stadium in a fortnights time. Speaking to Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson after the game Paul Fitzgerald said Tipp have a lot of work to do ahead of that game.The game at Cusack Park was overshadowed by an incident involving Tipp selector Shane Stapleton who was taken to hospital.It’s reported Stapleton hit his head off the ground after he was allegedly pushed by Clare’s Jamie Malone, who was shown a red card.Stapleton was kept in hospital overnight for observation after reportedly suffering a seizure. Photo © Tipp FM
Jamaica’s women’s hockey team defeated Panama 3-0 in the 2017 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games qualifying hockey tournament at the Jamaica National (JN) Mona Hockey Field in Kingston recently.The Jamaicans earlier defeated Guatemala 6-0 in their opening encounter on Sunday, November 5, to lead the tournament with maximum six points ahead of Guyana (four points), Bermuda (three points), Puerto Rico (one point) and Guatemala (zero).In the game against Panama, Kamille Griffiths scored for Jamaica in the 11th and 12th minutes, while Ebony McLean got the other goal in the 38th minute.In other results, Guyana, who blasted Panama 6-0 on Sunday, were held 0-0 by Puerto Rico, and Bermuda defeated Guatemala 4-0.The teams are vying for one of two spots in the field hockey competition at the 23rd CAC Games, which will be held in Barranquilla, Colombia, next year.It was a bright start by the Jamaicans as they took control of the game by dominating position of the ball. From the consistent pressure, Griffiths found the back of the net in the 11th minute through a penalty corner taken by Krystal Holgate. Griffiths grabbed her second a minute later from a field play to put Jamaica 2-0 up at the end of the first quarter.Although the Jamaicans dominated and produced attacking plays which should have increased their lead, they squandered many goal scoring opportunities and were goal-less in the second quarter.
Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Advancing UK betting’s social responsibility agenda, bet365, William Hill, Flutter Entertainment, Sky Betting & Gaming and GVC Holdings have this morning committed to a ‘package of safer gambling measures and support for problem gamblers’.The ‘UK Top 5’ directive follows discussions with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on social and safer gambling responsibilities.The package of measures aims to fund an ‘expansion of treatment for problem gamblers’ and initiatives to create a safer gambling environment.Peter Jackson – Flutter EntertainmentOn funding, the betting groups pledge to carry out their previously announced ‘tenfold commitment’ of increasing the voluntary levy on betting profits from 0.1% to 1% gross-gaming-yield, targeting a combined £60 million in funding by 2023.Speaking on behalf of the companies, Peter Jackson, Group Chief Executive of Flutter Entertainment, said:“This is an unprecedented level of commitment and collaboration by the leading companies in the British betting and gaming sector to address gambling-related harm and promote safer gambling.“The whistle-to-whistle advertising ban was a good start, now we are funding a significant expansion in treatment and we continue to work on a number of areas of collaboration and best practice. Our aim is nothing less than a step change in how we tackle gambling-related harm.”The collective details that treatment is central to its enhanced measures, as the five companies commit to spending a ‘cumulative £100 million on treatment over the next four years’.Tackling any public concerns, the betting groups pledge to be transparent on their funding commitments, with progress on directives reported through ‘annual assurance statements’ provided to the UK Gambling Commission.A further new directive sees the betting groups commit to deeper data sharing on problem gamblers helping support of UK betting’s new self-exclusion programme GAMSTOP.Lord Chadlington is a Conservative peer who has been a leading advocate for safer gambling measures.He said: “This initiative should ensure that the necessary reforms to protect the young and vulnerable particularly with the growth of online gambling will be rooted in independent research – on everything from online gambling harms to associated suicide. That evidence base should also be used for education and for treatment.“We must be certain that through the consultation process, a means is secured for the funds to be administered and the programmes evaluated, independent of the contributing companies and the gambling industry as a whole.” Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020
Share Related Articles CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 Share Spanish gambling group Codere SA has launched ‘CODWIN’, its new Italian market AWP games (fruit machines) distribution unit, formed by the merger of its shareholdings in subsidiaries Gap Games Italia and FG Slot.Italian industry news sources report that the launch of CODWIN, had been formally approved by Gap Games and FG Slot investors at an April shareholder meeting, allowing majority shareholder Codere Italia to form its new business unit.Andrea Rigodanzo, former managing director of FG Slot, has been tasked with leading CODWIN, in which Codere Italia seeks to consolidate its Italian fruit machine businesses lowering operational costs.“It is an extremely difficult time for the legal gaming sector, in particular for operators and supplier of gambling machines. Therefore, we decided to join forces and face the challenges that the market is imposing on us together.” – Rigodanzo explained to Italian media.Year-on-year tax increase since 2014, have seen Italian gambling duties on slot machine wagering increase to 23.83% (2014 – 13%), reflecting a near 70% net duty on operating incomes imposed on gambling machine operators.Further market headwinds saw the Italian government’s ‘2017 Budget Law’ sanction a 35% reduction in the number of slot machine licences allowed in Italy to 265,000 units.The high costs of operating slot machines have seen many leisure and hospitality venues discontinue their licensing.Codere has been active in the Italian gambling market since 2001, when the Bolsa Madrid firm acquired the eight bingo hall properties of Operbingo, moving to establish its presence in Northern Italy.Facing significant market costs in 2019, Codere governance revealed that it was assessing all options with regards to its Codere Italia division. TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Submit
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Now, Duel of the Laker Titans.Popular as the NBA is here with two teams playing to packed houses and pulling down hundreds of millions in local TV revenue, it’s been a long time since we were actually relevant, with the Clippers still in eclipse while disappearing early in the playoffs and the Lakers coming off No. 14-14-15-14 finishes in the West.That may be about to end. Whether it’s real or mere perception, both teams are under dynamic new management ready to rock and roll on the trade market and free agency, hoping for dramatic advances … and a real shot at the ultimate prize, LeBron James, a 2018 free agent. The Lakers’ plans/hopes go like this:1. Get a point guard — Check.That’s Lonzo Ball, who comes billed as the most gifted young playmaker since Jason Kidd, which would make him infinitely better than the maturity-challenged, scoring point guard D’Angelo Russell, whom Johnson bade farewell in his inimitable style (“He has the talent to be an excellent player… but what I needed was a leader.”)Lonzo is Magic’s Magic, an unselfish player who makes everyone around him better… or, in other words, the kind of player the Lakers haven’t had since Magic.Given their 53 percent chance of losing their lottery pick, it’s nothing short of a coup.Of course, Lonzo comes with his own maturity issues — those of his father, the mouth who keeps roaring, now guaranteeing his kid will lead the Lakers to the playoffs next season.How long before the ego-tripping LaVar, who’s only signaling his frustrations with his own life’s accomplishments, realizes that living through his son is only making it harder for Lonzo, with the entire league targeting him as if he was Michael Jordan instead of an NBA rookie?Remember Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox outscoring Lonzo, 39-10, in the NCAA Tournament, in all-out attack mode, he said, “to shut LaVar Ball up?”On Lonzo’s first night in the NBA, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid tweeted a plea to Sixers No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz to “dunk on him so hard that his daddy runs on the court to save him.”Oh, right. LaVar might not ever realize it as long as someone in the press is there to ask him about his greatness as a father.All together, Lakerdom: “Nice job so far, LaVar. Now shut the hell up.”2. Get Paul George — Still working on that one.George, a 2018 free agent, told the Pacers he won’t re-sign and wants to play for the Lakers.Unfortunately for the Lakers, teams are lined up willing to deal for George as a one-year rental, including the Cavaliers, Celtics, Wizards, Trail Blazers … and Clippers.Indiana GM Kevin Pritchard called George’s announcement “a total gut punch,” signaling the Pacers just need time to sort through all the offers.A GM who offered multiple No. 1 picks couldn’t even get into the conversation. The Pacers told him they had much better offers.With George thinking Lakers, they have the advantage of being able to offer more for a player they expect to keep than the other teams can offer for a one-year rental.So far, that appears to have been Julius Randle or Jordan Clarkson plus draft picks.It remains to be seen if the Lakers will offer Randle and Clarkson, and if that will get it done.3. Get better — With George next season, it’s doable.Without George, a sudden dramatic upturn is a longshot, no matter what you-know-who says.4. Get LeBron — Brand-conscious as James is, he might consider becoming the king of Los Angeles in his twilight years — if he thinks the Lakers are promising enough to join.Unfortunately for the Lakers, they’re hardly the favorite to land Bron.That would be the Clippers, according to their plans:1. Keep free agents Blake Griffin and Chris Paul.CP3 is still considered a safe bet to return, but Blake, heretofore said to be in love with this area, is now thinking about other places like Boston, which he said he would place on his Mt. Rushmore of NBA cities.The Celtics are targeting Blake and Utah’s Gordon Hayward, another free agent, so stay tuned to see whom they pick and who picks them.I don’t know if Blake cares about West joining up. If Kevin Durant didn’t come to Golden State because of Jerry, KD noted later how impressed he had been by West in a telephone conversation. Not many execs get you that kind of advantage but West has before.2. Keep on keeping on.The Clippers have posted win totals of 56-57-56-53-51 the past five seasons … despite Paul and Blake missing 146 games, almost two seasons’ worth.3. Get Bron.Assuming they accomplish Nos. 1-2, they would be the favorites in the Bron Derby.First of all, they would be good enough to offer Bron a chance at unseating the Warriors.Even better, CP3 is Bron’s best friend among NBA players, with each of them godparents to the other’s children.The Clippers might not even need West for this one, not that having him will hurt.Have a nice summer of imagining all the possibilities, for a change.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Southern California News Group print editions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersFront office people aren’t normally charismatic, with top GMs such as San Antonio’s R.C. Buford all but anonymous, but the local teams have icons on the job.The Lakers, who ran out of charisma when Kobe Bryant fired up his last 50 shots in his finale, have Magic Johnson in charge … a big reason they might beat everyone to Paul George, Indiana’s 2018 free agent … now pushing for a trade to the bedraggled Lakers after years in which no star player would look at them.The Clippers are actually under their same management with Jerry West tacked on, a small move that went a long way, seeming to multiply their considerable charisma.This comes at an opportune moment with James approaching another of his many crossroads — a year from free agency with his Cavaliers once more in turmoil after the owner, whom Bron is leery of, fired the GM, whom Bron liked, amid reports that Kyrie Irving is shopping for a new home so he’s not left on the sinking ship.However it turns out, it’s enough to keep the league salivating for a year, with both local teams expected to be on Bron’s list.
The 22-year-old was unable to add to her tally of 14 World Championships golds in South Korea, though, as Titmus passed her with only a few meters to go and held on dethrone Ledecky with a magnificent swim. Australian teenager Ariarne Titmus ended the great Katie Ledecky’s perfect 400 meter freestyle record at major international events to take gold at the World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju on Sunday.American Ledecky had only failed to be crowned world champion on one occasion when she had to settle for 200m silver in Budapest two years ago. Titmus touched the wall in 3:58.76 to claim her maiden long-course world title.Legendary duel between Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky of USA in the Women’s 400m Freestyle! Titmus overtaking Ledecky with only a few meters to go, winning in 3:58.76. All the action live on https://t.co/bEozhdW5qV #FINAGwangju2019 #Swimming #FINA pic.twitter.com/xknw7yMLxH— FINA (@fina1908) July 21, 2019″I knew that I properly had that in me.” said the 18-year-old Tasmanian.Great Britain’s Adam Peaty smashed his own 100m breaststroke world record by clocking 56.88 in the semi-finals.