Barbados gastro outbreak not linked to sewage problem

first_imgBarbados health authorities have blamed a recent outbreak of gastroenteritis on the south coast to “a localized food-borne disease outbreak at a specific food business” even as the United States Embassy issued a statement indicating that recent tests at its residences “revealed bacteria at elevated levels in the tap water.”Localized food-borne diseaseThe Ministry of Health said it had conducted an epidemiological investigation into the matter and concluded the outbreak was “a localized food-borne disease outbreak at a specific food business” and it was continuing to focus its resources on the south coast as it sought to contain any threat to public health as a result of the sewage spills in the area.The Ministry of Health reported that no new cases of gastroenteritis had been reported since January 3, this year and that following the epidemiological investigation, 34 cases met the criteria for the gastroenteritis outbreak investigation.Addressing sewage spill The authorities say they have been dealing with the sewage spill that has severely affected the island’s south coast. Restaurants and other food outlets impacted by the more than yearlong sewage crisis, are being told they should not feel pressured to shut down, as the temporary fixes implemented by the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) seem to be holding for the time being.Earlier this month, BWA Rapid Response and Communications Manager Joyann Haigh said there had been no effluent on the streets for several days and that businesses could take solace in the fact that there was progress in tackling the problem.“We have put the station in Bay Street online, we also took some customers offline and this is taking some of the load off the south coast sewage station and placing onto the Bridgetown sewage plant,” Haigh told Barbados TODAY publication.US embassy cautions its staffersIn its statement, the US Embassy said as a precautionary measure, it is recommending to its staff to “boil their drinking water or use bottled water” and that it would continue to monitor the situation.It said staff members should follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) directions on how to stay healthy and safe, “which include guidance on safe drinking and eating.”last_img read more

Florida Sec. of State Detzner orders statewide machine recount

first_imgA release from the office of Florida’s Secretary of State indicated the first unofficial set of returns for the U.S. Senate, Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture races in Floridahas met the statutory threshold to trigger a machine recount. As required under Florida law, a statewide machine recount has been ordered by the Secretary of State.   The results of the machine recount (also referred to as the second unofficial set of returns) are due no later than 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 15 to the Florida Department of State. Florida’s timeline for the reporting and certification of election results, which includes the process for possible recounts for any races on the ballot, is available in detail on the Division of Elections website.  For additional background information on the recount process, please see Sections 102.141(7) and 102.166, Fla. Stat. (2013), and Rule 1S-2.031, Fla. Admin. Code.last_img read more

Fly Jamaica Airways sends home workers

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica  – The Jamaica-based Fly Jamaica Airways made all staff redundant on Sunday, March 31, saying the lack of planes to carry out operations has left it without any other alternative.In a March 29 letter signed by chairman and chief executive officer, Paul Ronald Reece, the airline, which has been trying to recover after one of its planes crash-landed at Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport in November 2018, said it wanted to thank employees for their “service, loyalty and dedication.No alternative“The Board of Directors of Fly Jamaica Airways regrets to inform you that due to our lack of aircraft and the impact that it has had on the Company’s financial position, we have no alternative but to make all employees redundant effective March 31, 2019,” Reece wrote in the letter.“It is with great sadness and remorse that we have arrived at this juncture. We were hoping for funding, but that has been slow in coming, therefore for the time being no other resource or options exist,” he added.Time requested to meet salary obligationsReece told the workers while the company is still committed to meet its financial obligations to them for the period “November 2018 to date, we ask that you allow us more time to do so”.Fly Jamaica Airways, which had direct flights between  Guyana and Jamaica, was certified by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) in September 2012, and made its inaugural flight from Kingston to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport in the United States on February 14, 2013.Four years later the airline was given permission by the Guyana government to begin direct flights between Guyana and Cuba. The airline also had flights to Toronto, Canada.On 9 November 2018, Fly Jamaica Airways Flight 256, made an emergency landing in Guyana, 45 minutes after take-off for Toronto.During the landing, the Boeing 757 aircraft with 118 passengers and eight crew members, overran the runway. The aircraft was severely damaged. One person is reported to have died later from her injuries.“If the Company’s circumstances change in the future and you are still interested in employment with the Company, you will be invited to apply for a position within the Company,” Reece wrote in his letter to staff.last_img read more

Guyana’s Election Crisis Deepens As Allegations of Fraud Arise

first_imgPresident David Granger and members of the APNU+AFC Coalition (APNU+AFC photo) GEORGETOWN, Guyana – What started off as a very normal and standard electoral process in Guyana, quickly turned into one of the most astounding local elections that the country has had in recent times.On March 2, citizens of the CARICOM state went to the polls to vote for the next governing party: a choice between the ruling  Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (ANPU-AFC), led by President David Granger and the main opposition, the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) led by Irfaan Ali.As the polls closed on the night of March 2, the results from the polling regions trickled in slower than usual. Hours turned to days as the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) announced that they were having “several hiccups” which halted the counting process in a number of regions.Still, by March 4, two days after the polls had closed, the returning officers in nine of the 10 regions declared official results, with the main opposition party, holding a significant 51,439-vote lead in the elections.Then on Thursday, March 5, the electoral commission made the decision to release unverified results from Region Four, the largest voting region in the country that propelled the ruling party ahead in the vote count, and therefore, winning the elections. Not only was the commission’s move a direct violation of a court injunction, but sparked confusion and allegations of electoral fraud on the part of the ruling party.The announcement of the results was criticized by four groups of international observers and main Western embassies, who said the process did not follow the country’s laws and lacked transparency.In their joint statement on Friday, March 6, the US, British, Canadian and EU officials all said they were worried about alleged electoral fraud influencing the results of the 2 March vote.“We call on President Granger to avoid a transition of government which we believe would be unconstitutional as it would be based on a vote tabulation process that lacked credibility and transparency,” the joint statement said.Despite the commission’s announcement of unverified results, the GECOM has not yet declared a winner of the elections. That did not stop President Granger from celebrating the announcement on Thursday, with his supporters decked out in green, chanting “black power wins again.”Meanwhile, the main opposition party and Guyana’s main private-sector association, which formed part of the observer mission, accused the head of Guyana’s electoral commission of allowing “attempts to perpetuate election fraud.” Opposition leaders say the elections commission altered Region Four’s results to give Mr Granger’s coalition a victory over the opposition PPP. They have denounced the results and say the PPP won the election.US Western Hemisphere affairs official Michael Kozak said “no candidate should declare victory or be sworn in “while serious questions remain about credibility of March 2 elections.” Billions At Stake for Guyana’s Next GovernmentBillions are at stake for the next government of Guyana – the world’s newest petrol state. Production in the offshore oil fields, estimated to contain at least 8bn barrels, began in 2019. Economy experts say that the first proceeds from the oil boom is expected to generate tens of billions of dollars for Guyana this decade.Thus, a disputed election and corrupted start to a new era of economic growth in Guyana could derail the country’s plans to use its newfound oil wealth to spur economic development.Many local politicians have agreed that the confusing elections have been a terrible start to this new era. “This is an embarrassment that this emerging oil giant has to be sitting here at this table now and speaking on the brink of a dictatorship,” said Kian Jabour of a minor opposition party, A New and United Guyana.The government said it expected up to $300m in oil revenues this year alone, which if managed properly, could be largely beneficial for the country of 800,000 residents.last_img read more

Sheriff Tony Dedicates $1 Million to Racial Equity and Implicit Bias…

first_imgOn Friday, June 5, the Broward County Chiefs of Police Association (BCCPA) held a news conference at the Broward Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Building to show their solidarity against the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and to announce a plan of action. “I’m committing $1 million to fund the launch of this program,” Sheriff Gregory Tony said. This is an increase in the $500,000 that was initially committed to this initiative in 2019. Watch the Sheriff Tony’s announcement below:center_img In light of the tragedy, law enforcement agencies across Broward County will join BSO in participating in the countywide Racial Equity and Implicit Bias Training Program for law enforcement officers which aims to combat racism. Standing together to ensure a safer Broward, Sheriff Tony and BCCPA routinely discuss concerns in the community and work toward the best solutions.last_img read more

“My Mind Is Made Up”, No U-Turn On England Retirement – Rooney

first_imgEverton striker, Wayne Rooney has declared that there will be no U-turn on his decision to retire from the English national team.The former Manchester United captain, who made his England debut against Australia in February 2003, scored 53 goal’s in 119 appearances for the Three Lions before quitting last month.In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, Rooney said: “My mind is made up,”119 – Wayne Rooney made 119 appearances for @England; the most of any outfield player in the team’s history. Service. pic.twitter.com/OUjEeVzYbr— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 23, 2017“I’ve seen that happen a few times where players have come out of retirement and gone to tournaments, and it’s not right.”Having burst onto the scene at Everton, Rooney appeared at his first major tournament for England as an 18-year-old youngster at Euro 2004 and then went on to become England’s all-time highest goalscorer.“The lads now who are trying to qualify for Russia, if they get there, they’re the lads who will deserve to play in the tournament. So my decision is made,” he added.RelatedWayne Rooney Announce Retirement From International FootballAugust 23, 2017In “England”Rooney’s Departure Was Emotional – MourinhoJuly 26, 2017In “England”Rooney Sings Swan Song For England At WemblyNovember 16, 2018In “England”last_img read more

La Liga Watch: Top Two Maintain Unbeaten Status With Stalemate As Sevilla Show Power…

first_imgValencia and Barcelona have maintained their unbeaten start to the league season after the top two La Liga teams played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at the Mestalla.In-form Spanish striker Rodrigo gave the home side the lead on the hour mark but Los Che could not hold on for what would have been a massive win as Barcelona fought back eight minutes from time through left back Jordi Alba for a share of the spoils.Sevilla showed their power of recovery again on Sunday evening after coming from two goals down to win 3-2 at 10-man Villareal.Eduardo Berizzo’s men had earlier recovered from a 3-0 deficit to play a 3-3 draw against Liverpool in their UEFA Champions League (UCL) clash on Tuesday night and they showed that again in the league.Clement Lenglet and Franco Vazquez scored two goals within one second half minute to pull Sevilla level at 2-2 after Cedric Bakambu and Carlos Bacca had given Villareal a 2-0 lead.Sevilla however went on to snatch the points 12 minutes from time courtesy Ever Banega’s penalty after Villareal defender Victor Ruiz was penalised and subsequently sent off for two yellow cards.Week 13 Results (Sunday)Villareal 2-3 SevillaValencia 1-1 BarcelonaDeportivo La Coruna 2-2 Athletic BilbaoReal Sociedad 2-2 Las PalmasTop 4 (Standings):1. Barcelona 35 points2. Valencia 31 points3. Atletico Madrid 27 points4. Real Madrid 27 pointsRelatedLa Liga Review: Atletico Capitalise On Barcelona To Narrow Gap With Valencia WinFebruary 5, 2018In “Europe”Spanish La Liga Wrap (Saturday): Top Two Secure Wins As Atletico Falter AgainOctober 29, 2017In “Europe”La Liga Review: Atletico Thrash Sevilla To Trim Gap On Leaders BarcelonaFebruary 26, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Triggered Article 50 changes UK political betting dynamics

first_img Related Articles Scottish bookies warn of job losses without government support July 21, 2020 Having triggered Article 50 which begins the process of withdrawal from the European Union, the UK now enters an unprecedented cycle in its politics, with Brexit negotiations likely to dominate all political agenda and discussion.Following PM Theresa May’s official triggering of Article 50 on the 29 March, all bookmakers have updated their respective political markets as the Conservative government states that there will be ‘no return to the EU’.UK Political context  is now focused on whether the government can fulfill its 2-year negotiation mandate, and successfully extract the country from the EU with a functional deal with its biggest trading partner.Updating its political markets, William Hill has priced 2/7 (78% chance) that Britain will officially leave the EU in 2019. William Hill politics offer 9/2 that it will happen earlier, in 2018 or before, and 5/1 that it will take longer than expected, happening in 2020 or later.‘Although 2019 may look a shoo-in, this process has never happened before so there is every possibility it may be over surprisingly quickly, or negotiations may become  unexpectedly lengthily.’ commented William Hill politics spokesman Graham SharpeMeanwhile, competitor Betfair has chosen to focus on Brexit’s impact on the frosty relationship between Scotland and the UK.Betfair politics details that the chances of a Scottish independence referendum being held before 2019 are just 17% – down from 60% after the Brexit vote – according to the latest Betfair Exchange odds on the day Article 50 was delivered.The bookmaker notes that SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has made a convincing case for a second ‘IndyRef’ in recent months, pointing to the fact that the majority of Scots voted to Remain on June 23, and the Exchange made it a 4/6 chance in the wake of the vote.Naomi Totten, Spokesperson for Betfair commented on the market  “Now that Britain is committed to the process of leaving the EU, Nicola Sturgeon is pushing hard for another referendum to give Scottish people a chance to decide if it wants to be part of a post-Brexit Britain but the odds of another IndyRef occurring before 2019 have drifted and there’s now an 86% chance that Scotland will not get to decide on its future before 2019.” EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Submit BGC welcomes decision to reopen Scottish casinos July 31, 2020 Share Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

SBC Leader Profile – Michael Brady – Bede Gaming – Growth Outside of the Box!

first_img Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 Government denies casinos a July reopening July 10, 2020 Share Share Michael BradyHaving formed one of the fastest growing technology companies within the betting and gaming sector, Michael Brady, CEO, of Bede Gaming tells SBC how his firm’s growth has been driven by thinking outside the box and working on new industry dynamics with its growing portfolio of clients… _______________________________ SBC: Hi Michael, Bede Gaming is one of the newer industry platform providers. How and why has your team gained noticeable and significant industry partnerships in a short space of time?                              Michael Brady: Primarily because we have taken a far more flexible and open approach to platform provision, particularly when compared to legacy providers. Bede was born out of our own frustrations with other providers not being flexible or fast enough to fit with companies’ digital objectives.  We identified an opportunity to offer a platform in partnership with operators, rather than simply rolling out a one-size-fits-all solution to everyone. This means sharing APIs with operators and allowing them to personalise and differentiate their offering to players. We aren’t restricting clients to only follow our path, they can follow their own direction and Bede’s APIs mean integration is lightning fast. We integrated the Kambi Sportsbook in 10 weeks for Rank, for instance. Through a single integration, operators can get access to nearly 2000 games across multiple providers. The result is a platform that gives operators the control to react swiftly to the challenges of the industry, whether they be adapting to new legislation or entering emerging markets.SBC: How does the development and planning of your operations and services differ from industry legacy platform providers? MB: I would say there is a fundamental difference in the way we develop. We are far more collaborative than legacy providers, many of which have achieved scale to an extent where they have lost touch with what operators want. We heard many operators telling us that they’d love to leave their legacy provider, but there was no viable alternative. Bede proves there is another way; we plan our offering around the demands of our clients, so that means building strong relationships. We’ve done exactly that with the likes of Rank Group, and it has been mutually beneficial for both sides. Feedback on our platform allows us to improve immeasurably and because we build on a single code base, all operators benefit from all updates. This open approach results in a scalable model rather than the silos created by some legacy providers.SBC: As an industry tech stakeholder, Bede is unique in offering three integrated services (platform, white-label and games content), how do you maintain an effective balance between each provision? MB: Increasingly, operators are looking for ways to bring these different components together without sacrificing quality, and that is at the heart of what we do at Bede. Having a truly open platform, like ours, allows customers to choose the suppliers they want to work with, as well as knowing they have access to the best-in-class providers already integrated with Bede. The three different services we offer gives operators the flexibility to pick the option that is right for them. As integration is such a straightforward procedure, we are able to build relationships across the board with suppliers and content providers, and in many cases offer a greater depth of integration than an operator could achieve if they went the direct route.SBC: Your team has placed a significant emphasis on client security and data protection? Why is this a core dynamic for your firm’s development and strategy?  MB: Security is a critical issue for operators today, and this will only increase when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes law in May 2018. The GDPR places a greater level of accountability on data processors on issues such as information security breaches. It means that if an operator is not completely confident in the security of its data, it is playing a potentially catastrophic game. This was the motivation behind Bede applying for and achieving ISO 27001 certification, which verifies our platform to the highest security standards in the industry. Only a handful of providers have the certification, so it places us much higher than our competitors in that it marks us out as taking the right measures to protect our partners. With Bede, they are in safe hands.SBC: Looking ahead what new services and provisions does Bede want to bring to market in the coming months, what should industry stakeholders keep an eye out for? MB: We are always developing our core platform and also expanding our content aggregation service, Bede PLAY, with additional titles from the best games developers around the world. Operators are looking for this combination of flexible platform and world-class content provision to compete in the fast-changing gaming landscape of today. Bede PLAY brings together the best land-based and digital content and provides operators with Bede’s powerful marketing tools, all from a single integration. Legacy platforms simply don’t offer the level of control and speed to market operators are after but we are showing there is another way. It will only be those who can adapt to the challenges of newly-regulating markets that will succeed._______________________Michael Brady – CEO – Bede Gaminglast_img read more

William Hill – Can Blade Runner 2049 break The Oscars mould?

first_img William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share Publishing its early ‘Academy Awards 2017 (The Oscars)’ markets, bookmaker William Hill has placed ‘Blade Runner 2049’ as a surprise 12/1 longshot to win the ‘Best Picture’ category.Released last week, director Denis Villeneuve’s 35-year sequel of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film-noir classic ‘Blade Runner’ has been met with glowing critical response.To date, no sci-fi film has ever won the ‘Best Picture’ Academy Award, could Denis Villeneuve’s dystopian and existential thriller break the Academy’s mould?“Blade Runner 2049 has opened to almost universal acclaim and has to be a major contender for Oscar Glory,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.At present, all bookmakers have priced Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic ‘Dunkirk’ as early Oscars 2017 Best Picture favourite, leading the market at 4-1/3-1 odds.Still very early days for Academy 2017 contention, the majority of Hollywood studios have yet to release their awards contenders which will begin to hit theatres this autumn.In the run-up to Oscars 2017, Bookmakers and movie insiders expect a strong showing from ‘The Shape of Water’ (‎Guillermo del Toro – Fox Search Light), ‘Call Me by Your Name’ (Luca Guadagnino – Sony Classics) and ‘Downsizing’ (Alexander Payne – Paramount Pictures).Blade Runner 2049 – Trailerlast_img read more