Christmas Cantata Holy Family Church in Miami Gardens, December 17

first_imgThe Holy Family Episcopal / Anglican Church in collaboration with the Consulate General of Jamaica at Miami will hold a Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 17, starting at 5:00 p.m.Part of Jamaica 55The musical affair, which is being held as part of the celebrations in South Florida to commemorate Jamaica’s 55th Anniversary of Independence, will include a diverse line-up of performers including internationally renowned percussionist, Willie Stewart; accomplished guitarist and composer, Eugene Gray; dub poet, Malachi Smith; singers, Herve Alce and Aminata Kamara; the Joy of Singing Chorale; the Mello Grove Steel Orchestra; and the St. Benedict’s Church Liturgical Dancers.A Family AffairDubbed as a “family affair with a distinct Jamaican flavor”, the Christmas Cantata is free to the public.  However, patrons are being requested to donate a ‘love offering’ that will benefit the Caribbean Cultural Summer Workshop to be held at the Holy Family Church next summer for children of Caribbean heritage living in the South Florida community.What’s a Cantata‘Cantata’ is a composition of voices that is typically performed with instrumental accompaniment.  Traditionally, this musical event is celebrated across the Caribbean region during the Christmas Season when families, friends and members of the community bring Christmas joy through the singing of carols at various locations such as churches, schools, visiting the sick and less fortunate, and in public areas like town squares and shopping centers.The Holy Family Episcopal Church is located at 18501 NW 7th Avenue in Miami Gardens.For additional information contact at 305-652-6797 or www.holyfamilyevents.comlast_img read more

CARICOM congratulates Haiti on anniversary of independence

first_img“This occasion is, indeed, cause for celebration, but it is also a timely reminder of the historic importance of the Haitian Revolution and its continued significance as a symbol of triumph over adversity in the quest for liberty, equality and control of national destiny,” LaRocque said in his congratulatory message to President Jovenel Moise.He said Haiti’s leadership as it represented CARICOM at major hemispheric and global fora, including the G7 and the Quartet of the Community for Latin American and Caribbean Countries (CELAC), earlier this year was highly appreciated.“These were important opportunities to articulate the interests and concerns of the Community to the most influential global actors,’ LaRocque said, adding that the 15-member grouping was looking forward to Haiti’s continued efforts to participate fully in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), which allows for the free movement of goods, skills, labor and services across the region.He said Port au Prince’s participation “will be of great assistance in creating an enabling environment for enhancing the welfare and advancement of all its citizens.”Haiti gained its political independence on January 1, 1804 after Jean-Jacques Dessalines, a former slave, led the revolutionaries at the Battle of Vertieres on November 18, 1803 where the French forces were defeated. GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin LaRocque has congratulated Haiti on its 215th anniversary of independence noting that the resilience, courage and determination of Haitians continue to be an inspiration to all.last_img read more

Legislators Resume Debate on Impeachment of President Moise

first_imgJovenel Moise PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Gary Bodeau, says legislators will seek to resume their attempt on August 21 to debate a motion aimed at impeaching President Jovenel Moise after a second attempt last week failed to materialise.At least 21 deputies had filed the motion accusing Moise of high treason, claiming that he had violated the Constitution and was leading the country to “the edge of the social explosion”.The first attempt at debating the matter earlier this month failed after the majority of the deputies, most of whom are aligned to Moise’s party, said that it was up to those who are accusing to provide evidence of violations of the Constitution.When the matter came up for debate last week Monday, only a few deputies were present at the start forcing an adjournment to later in the day when the quorum was obtained with 60 deputies present.However, soon after announcing the start of the session, Bodeau, spoke of the security situation outside the Parliament building where more than a 100 opposition supporters erected barricades of burning tires in front of the building.Following discussions with the presidents of the three parliamentary blocs, Bodeau said that a new date would be set for the debate.Bodeau also announced that the ratification session for Prime Minister Fritz William Michel will take place on Friday.Earlier this month, Moise called on Parliament to approve the nomination and government of Michel, describing him as “a brilliant civil servant who has devoted his entire career to serving the people of Haiti”.Michel, a former executive in the Ministry of Economy and Finance, became the fourth prime minister of this French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country since President Moise became the head of state in 2017.He has since named an 18-member Cabinet, equally divided between men and women and is waiting to present his general policy statement to parliament.last_img read more

Jamaican Government Provides Assistance for Nationals Stuck in the US

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican government and other diaspora officials have provided assistance to Jamaican nationals that are currently stuck in the United States due to the travel restrictions of COVID-19.Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, recently appealed to Jamaican seasonal workers to stay on their assigned properties, as official try to secure accommodations for them. In a statement on Facebook, Marks wrote:“I am pleading with all Jamaicans who are currently on seasonal work programs here in the US to stay on your assigned properties. Though the properties are not currently operational, an agreement has been reached with the employers to secure accommodation for all workers during this time.” Seasonal workers are foreigners that come to the United States on a visa to work for a temporary period. As many businesses close their operations, seasonal workers are left with little guidance concerning what to do and where to go.Jamaica is currently under an Emergency Order and all airports have been close to incoming passenger flights till April 7, which means Jamaican nationals that visited the US temporarily will have to stay put until the travel ban is lifted.Marks further cautioned members of the diaspora to avoid going to the airports with the intention of trying to board a flight to Jamaica. “Yesterday [March 25] was a difficult day where we were faced with the task of transporting and finding accommodation for over 200 persons who showed up at various airports. Today more persons are showing up at airports trying to connect to Jamaica… There are No passenger flights to Jamaica!”, Marks wrote.“I am calling on Jamaicans at home who have family members in the US to discourage them from attempting to travel at this time”, she said.Meanwhile, the Jamaican government has had to rescue scored of other nationals that were stuck in an airport in Atlanta. More than 100 Jamaican hospitality workers turned up at the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport between March 24 and 25 to catch flights home but were left stranded.Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kamina Johnson Smith said through cooperation among the Consul General in New York, in Miami and the Honorary Consul in Atlanta, housing arrangements were made to assist the stranded Jamaicans.last_img read more

La Liga Review: Top Two Sides Continue Winning Run

first_imgThe top two teams, Barcelona and Valencia, maintained their lead over the rest of the chasing pack after securing wins in their respective Spanish La Liga Matchday games on Saturday evening.League leaders Barcelona needed a goal from each half from Gérard Deulofeu and ageless playmaker Andres Iniesta to beat basement club Malaga for an 8th win from 9 games. The home win ensured they stay four points ahead of in-form Valencia.In the game of the weekend, Valencia thrashed Sevilla 4-0 at the Mestalla to stay on the trail of Barcelona with goals from Goncalo Guedes (2), Santi Mina and Simone Zaza.Real Betis are also upwardly mobile and have leapfrogged Sevilla into 5th place after a 2-0 win over visitors Alaves courtesy goals from Antonio Sarabia and an Alexis own goal.Matchday 9 ResultsLevante 1-1 GetafeBarcelona 2-0 MalagaValencia 4-0 SevillaReal Betis 2-0 AlavesRelatedlast_img read more

Paris Masters 2017 Stage 2 Highlights; Nafael Defeats Pablo Cuevas Remains Number One

first_imgThe world number one, Rafael Nadal remains on course to win the Paris Masters and started the tournament as the favourite.But Cuevas proved a tricky opponent, especially with his monster serve and gritty rallying.Cuevas, like Nadal, is best on clay and there was a threat these two could simply wear each other out.Nadal did struggle during long rallies but broke his man in the first and third sets to claim the win 6-3  6-7  6-3.Del Potro beats Haase in the 3rd round of Paris Masters.Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina serves the ball to Joao Sousa of Portugal and moved closer to securing the last spot for the season-ending ATP Finals by beating Robin Haase 7-5, 6-4 in the third round of the Paris Masters on Thursday.Del Potro, who lost to Roger Federer on Sunday in the Swiss Indoors final, is in 10th place in the race to qualify for the tournament. Only the top eight players will compete in London and there is one place left, to be taken in Paris.”I would love to reach London once again. It could be a fantastic moment for me,” said Del Potro, who was way back in 47th place in the race before the U.S. Open. ”I’m excited to keep improving for this kind of surprise. I love to surprise myself and that’s what I’m doing now.”Del Potro has a tough challenge next, against big-serving American John Isner.The ninth-seeded Isner, last year’s runner-up to Andy Murray, hit 25 aces as he beat sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (10), 5-7, 7-6 (3).Seventh-seeded David Goffin of Belgium was through to the finals in London, despite a surprise loss to unseeded Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-3. The Frenchman reached the quarters of a Masters for the first time since Shanghai in 2014 in his final tournament before retiring.Goffin will have waited nervously on the result of Frenchman Lucas Pouille’s result against Jack Sock. But Pouille’s 7-6 (6), 6-3 loss to the 16th-seeded American sent him through, at Pouille’s expense, making him the first Belgian to qualify for the season finale.”I would have preferred to have qualified by winning and Lucas is a friend,” Goffin said. ”But I am still so happy to have qualified.”Earlier, Dominic Thiem lost early again, this time falling to Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4.Since losing to Del Potro in five sets in the fourth round of the U.S. Open, the fifth-seeded Austrian has won only two matches in five tournaments.Verdasco, meanwhile, next plays Sock in the last eight.Also, Filip Krajinovic advanced with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 wins against Nicolas Mahut of France. The Serbian qualifier next plays Rafael Nadal or Pablo Cuevas.Nadal, who is guaranteed to finish the year with the top ranking for the fourth time in his career, has never won the Paris Masters.RelatedFrench Open Recap (Men): Top Seed Nadal, Cilic, Others Secure 3rd Round SpotsJune 1, 2018In “Sports”Federer Secures 95th Career Title After Basel Open TriumphOctober 29, 2017In “Sports”Nadal To Make A Comeback at Paris MastersOctober 29, 2018In “Tennis”last_img read more

David Clifton: Licensing Expert – First thoughts on UKGC’s FOBTs & social responsibility recommendations

first_img Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles it is not just betting operators who will be disappointed with much of the Commission’s advice; it contains no positive news for casino and arcades operators either. David CliftonIt’s been a long wait, and an even longer debate, but in an announcement that will undoubtedly have a very strong influence on Government gambling policy, the UK Gambling Commission has advised that whilst a stake reduction for FOBT (category B2) machines is appropriate to reduce the risk of gambling-related harm, that alone is unlikely to have more than a limited impact.The Commission’s advice, therefore, builds on the above by identifying a package of measures which it considers, taken together, could “form a coherent strategy for tackling harm in relation to machine play”.The Commission’s headline recommendations are that:FOBT slots stakes should be limited to £2,the stake limit for FOBT non-slot games (that include roulette) should be set at or below £30 if it is to have a significant effect on the potential for players to lose large amounts of money in a short space of time,the facility for machines to allow different categories of games to be played in a single session should be banned,there is a strong case to make tracked play mandatory across machines categories B1, B2 and B3,similar kinds of protections, such as player limits, that are in place on FOBTs should be extended to category B1 and B3 machines, andsteps should be taken to make limit-setting more effective, for example ending sessions when consumers reach time and money limits.The Commission advises that, when setting a maximum stake for B2 machines, the Government should consider the likely impacts on gambling-related harm, commenting that whilst lower stake limits reduce the potential for players to lose a lot of money in a short space of time, it can be expected that players will respond to lower limits by adopting riskier staking strategies, playing for longer or switching to other gambling products.Those who had forecast a £2 staking limit for roulette-type FOBTs will take note of the Commission’s comment that “a very low stake limit would make B2 a ‘softer’ form of gambling that is available in arcades, bingo halls and pubs, which are less tightly regulated than the betting shops and casinos in which B2s are permitted”, which is why the Commission has stuck with the principle that ‘harder’ forms of gambling are to be permitted in more tightly regulated venues. However, it also makes clear its expectation that operators will provide adequate staffing levels to maintain a safe gambling environment, saying: “appropriate levels of well-trained staff are necessary for operators to meet our expectations in full around social responsibility and keeping gambling crime free”.In what may lead to a ray of hope on the part of operators, the Commission is suggesting to Parliament that the effect on consumer choice of a maximum stake reduction is an important consideration, for example where imposition of lower limits will reduce the staking options for consumers and a very low limit is likely to remove a popular game (roulette) from betting shops. This may be what led to the Commission’s Executive Director, Tim Miller facing a challenge on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme that the industry had “got to” the Commission. However, this was entirely refuted by Miller, who made it clear that the Commission has focussed solely on the impact on the consumer, with the consequence that the betting sector’s economic arguments (such as increased unemployment arising from betting shop closures) have played no part whatsoever in the Commission’s recommendations.He also emphasised that, contrary to some immediate media reports, it is not the case that the Commission is recommending a reduction to a maximum £30 stake for non-slot FOBT games. He said that it would be consistent with the Commission’s advice if the Government decides to impose a lesser maximum stake than that and, in so doing, it will be important that it takes into account public and Parliamentary opinion. This is consistent with what is said in the Commission’s advice, namely that “gambling regulation needs to be rooted in an understanding of what is acceptable in society, so it is important to take account of the opinions of consumers, parliamentarians, local authorities, faith groups and other stakeholders”. It follows that this is by no means the end of the saga. It is merely the beginning of the end.Although newspapers will no doubt continue to focus their attention on merely the so-called “crack cocaine” FOBT staking limits, it is important to understand what else the Commission is proposing.A key recommendation by the Commission, described by it as presenting a ‘strong case in principle’, is mandatory tracked play across category B1, B2 and B3 machines in order to increase the availability of information, giving:consumers access to information that it says “would help them keep track of their own play and make informed choices about whether to continue”,operators “no excuse if they fail to identify players that are starting to show signs of problematic gambling” andGovernment and the Commission “a clearer picture of whether the industry is meeting its social responsibly obligations,” so that it can target its regulatory interventions appropriately.This represents a triple-blow for betting operators because, in addition to what they believe will be a large reduction in demand if machine play has to be tracked, there would also be obvious adverse cost consequences as well as a considerable step being taken in the direction of account-based play.In terms of additional cost, operators would need to ensure that they have the hardware and the infrastructure in place to allow machines to:identify who is playing (even if only via a number),track what the player does on the machine andtransfer data to a storage facility where it can be stored securely and analysed.In addition, the substantial ongoing cost would be involved, including for:the capture and storage of (a) player details at registration (if this was required) and (b) all of the play data that would be linked to an individual player’s account,additional data protection requirements where more personal information is linked to a player’s account, particularly bearing in mind the new GDPR arrangements that come into force on 25 May 2018 andmonitoring player data to identify potentially problematic behaviour justifying intervention, which the Commission says “is likely to lead to a step-change in the level of resource operators use to monitor player behaviour”.The Commission’s answer to operators’ concerns about mandatory play tracking is that they would expect operators to respond “by incentivising players to sign-up, and by developing innovative new products that would not require their play to be tracked”.Another key recommendation is the proposed ban on FOBTs being able to allow different categories of game to be played in a single session, which would stop players from switching rapidly on one machine between a fixed odds game such as roulette (that provides them with the opportunity to manage their own risk by spreading their stake) and slots games (that have a lower return to player and potentially more volatile outcomes, and that offer less opportunity for players to manage risk through different staking strategies). The Commission’s data shows that B2 slots sessions give rise to a greater proportion of significant losses and a greater proportion of significant wins than is seen in other B2 sessions (which are mainly roulette) – hence the recommended £2 maximum stake.I predict that the betting shop operators will seize on the Commission’s comment within its advice that “any restriction on freedom of choice requires careful consideration”. However, what has been clear from the outset of this entire saga is that the Government’s decision will be evidence-led. The Commission’s newly announced recommendations are based on its analysis of data from “billions of plays on B2 machines”, so that is going to be difficult, if not impossible, to contradict.In terms of other aspects of the Commission’s advice:it will consider extending requirements around time and monetary limits from B2 to B1 and B3 machines, and explore how to strengthen those measures,it does not support permitting direct debit card payment methods for gaming machines until there has been sufficient research into the adequacy of any harm mitigation measures,if the industry fails to implement improvements in funding the present voluntary arrangements for problem gambling research, education and treatment, the Commission thinks it is entirely appropriate that the Government should consider alternative options, including a statutory levy,the Commission will continue to work closely with the ASA to enforce advertising standards, particularly when there is a risk of consumers being misled and engagement is to continue with the main social media platforms to explore how vulnerable people can limit their exposure to gambling advertising online.in terms of online gambling, the Commission will:consult on:amending the LCCP to require age verification to be completed on all consumers before they can deposit money and gamble, and for play-for-free games to be available only after age verification is completed,introducing a CDD requirement that operators have more information about their customers at an earlier stage (including a requirement for players to be verified before they are allowed to gamble) and setting limits on players’ spending that could only be increased once operators have further verified information about the player (for example via “an affordability check”) and Submit StumbleUpon Sharecenter_img Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 undertake further work on:assessing the effectiveness of current consumer protections,reviewing game and product characteristics to identify whether particular features pose a greater risk of harm than others,reviewing its requirements on the protection of customer funds (including whether there are sufficient protections around dormant accounts),considering whether gambling on credit should continue to be permitted, andconsidering whether it needs to make changes to LCCP in order to ensure that consumers can withdraw funds more easily UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 ________________David Clifton – Director – ‎Clifton Davies Consultancy LimitedThe Betting industry’s regulatory agenda and current context will be discussed at the upcoming ‘Betting of Football Conference’ (#bofcon – Stamford Bridge London -20-23 March 2018). 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Official data double including women’s first for STATSCORE

first_img StumbleUpon Share STATSCORE has become the official sports data provider for both Futsal Ekstraklasa and the Women’s PGNiG Superliga.The Poland-based company already held exclusivity over the official data supply for the Men’s PGNiG Superliga, Slovnaft Handball Extraliga and Polska Hokej Liga.The deals dictate that STATSCORE scouts are the only ones legally entitled to enter the indoor venues to gather the sports data. Futsal and handball enthusiasts will, therefore, get fast updates for every goal, attack and much more for both competitions.“Becoming the official data provider creates great value but it also means new responsibility,” said Jakub Myszkorowski, Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE. “Every data point has to be 100% accurate and delivered with no delay because the stats will be point of reference for everyone. This made STATSCORE hire and train a new group of scouts dedicated to these two new competitions.”Futsal Ekstraklasa is the first futsal competition covered by STATSCORE as an official data provider. It will be served by the company’s dedicated LeagueCenter.“This is another step towards making this competition more professional and to strengthen our trademark,” said Futsal Ekstraklasa’s CEO Maciej Karczyński upon signing the contract.“Futsal Ekstralasa is the top tier of the Polish futsal leagues,” added Myszkorowski. “It is contested by 14 teams. The two clubs with the most amount of titles are CLEAREX Chorzów and PA Nova Gliwice, both with five. This makes Silesia the strongest region in Polish futsal. “Do we need to mention that STATSCORE was also born and raised in Silesia and now has its head offices in Katowice – what a great coincidence!”Meanwhile, PGNiG Superliga – the second new addition to the STATSCORE stable – is the major organization for Polish handball. PGNiG, the biggest Polish gas and oil mining company, has been the official sponsor of the competition since 2010.Working on the women’s side, this new deal represents the first time that STATSCORE has become the official data provider for a female competition.Supporters of the women’s league will now be able to track every key incident from all games, said the company, which should bring about a completely new experience for all those following the tournament. Submit Bookmaker STS strikes Polish Futsal partnership March 3, 2020 Share Related Articles STATSCORE chosen as the main sponsor for Futsal Ekstraklasa August 11, 2020 SBC’s Year In Review: August’s big betting news December 27, 2019last_img read more

Spain suspends lottery ticket sales during COVID-19 lockdown

first_img Spanish state-owned lottery operator Sociedad Estatal Loterías y Apuestas del Estado (SELAE) has issued a country-wide suspension on the sale of tickets across all points of sale and online.The suspension comes after Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, said he was imposing drastic measures to fight the coronavirus, including a national lockdown.As of Sunday, the sale of all tickets as well as the payment of prizes less than €2,000 (£1,816) have been suspended, while draws taking place from 16 March will be postponed until a later date.However, SELAE has confirmed that any tickets purchased for the postponed draws will remain valid until the later date. The EuroMillions and El Millón draws scheduled for 17 and 20 March will be held as scheduled, though no more tickets will be sold.While the country is in lockdown, financial institutions such as banks will remain open, allowing those with winnings in excess of €2,000 to collect their prize. Nevertheless, SELAE has emphasised that players wait until the state of emergency is declared over, with an extended deadline to collect winnings in place.The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching ramifications for the gambling and sports industries, with a number of sporting events cancelled or postponed.The UK has seen gambling groups Flutter Entertainment and GVC Holdings predict substantial EBITDA losses, while a number of US casinos have been forced to close their doors to protect both customers and staff. How Stats Perform is taking CONMEBOL betting to the next level June 17, 2020 Related Articles Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Share Restructured GVC sidelines Oddschecker affiliate services  July 8, 2020last_img read more

Everton 0-0 Liverpool: Misfiring Reds lose vital ground in Premier League title race

first_imgLiverpool were unable to regain their spot at the top of the Premier League after only managing a goalless draw at Everton in the 233rd Merseyside derby.The Reds were guilty of missing a number of big chances, with Mohamed Salah missing two huge chances, while Fabinho missed a sitter in the second-half.And, while the Toffees’ wait for a win in his fixture was stretched to 17 matches, Blues fans took great delight in putting a significant dent in their rivals’ hopes of ending a 29-year wait for a title.Jurgen Klopp’s side now trail City by a point with nine matches remaining.It was a typical derby encounter and Everton contributed hugely to that as, despite just six wins in 14 home league matches, they took the game to their opponents.Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Virgil Van Dijk plenty to think about with his harrying and harassing and although it occupied the Holland international he remained the calmest man on the pitch.Similarly Bernard, preferred to Richarlison on the left wing, posed plenty of questions of full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, although Salah was even more of a problem for Lucas Digne without actually being dangerous.The one chance Salah, still looking for his 50th league goal for the club, was presented to him when Morgan Schneiderlin got caught out of position in central midfield and Fabinho slipped through a pass, but the Egypt international narrowed the angle too much and Jordan Pickford pulled off a good save.Everton’s best chance came when Theo Walcott broke down the right but he blazed wide under pressure from Andrew Robertson.Salah wasted another chance 10 minutes into the second half when put through thanks to Joel Matip’s weaving run but the Egyptian delayed and Michael Keane got back to block.The first substitution was Everton’s on the hour with Richarlison replacing Walcott, a sign Marco Silva sensed the game was still there to be won.Klopp responded with a double-change of Firmino and James Milner, with the former creating a headed chance for Mane within a minute of coming on.Digne produced a goal-saving interception to prevent Fabinho converting Van Dijk’s knockdown while a sliding Bernard failed to connect with Richarlison’s cross on the break.Liverpool were winning the midfield battle but Everton were defensively resolute, although Matip skewing a header wide contributed to their efforts.A fourth draw in six matches is turning a stutter into more of a stumble for Liverpool and will require significant remedial action if they are not to see City, with nine wins in their last 10, disappear into the distance. –Source: talkSPORTlast_img read more

Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton seals 6th world title

first_img Source: BBC Lewis Hamilton sealed his sixth world drivers’ title with second place in the United States Grand Prix.The result means Hamilton becomes the second most successful F1 driver of all time – moving him to within one championship of all-time record-holder Michael Schumacher, whose tally of seven is now within his reach.Hamilton failed in a valiant attempt to win the race by trying a different strategy to Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas but that did not matter such was his points advantage.Hamilton held off Max Verstappen for second as Bottas stroked to victory.Hamilton had said before the race that he was not thinking of sealing the championship in Austin, Texas, only of winning the race, and he drove with the fierce competitive instinct that has defined his season and career.His decision to run long, do a single pit stop and try to hold off his rivals at the end did not quite work out – Bottas passed him with three laps to go – but it was a drive befitting the towering achievement he was to secure at the end of the race.Hamilton’s sixth title has also moved him clear of the legendary Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio.“It’s just overwhelming,” he said. “It was such a tough race. Yesterday was a tough day. I really just wanted recover and deliver the one-two. I didn’t think the one-stop was going to be possible. I am filled with so much emotion. It is an honour to be up there with those greats.“My dad told me when I was six or seven years old to never give up. I was hopeful I might be able to win but I didn’t have it in the tyres.”Asked what he could go on to achieve in his career, Hamilton said: “I don’t know about championships but as an athlete I feel fresh as can be. We won’t let up, we’ll keep pushing.”Hamilton has secured the championship with 10 victories out of the 19 races held so far this season, with two remaining in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.last_img read more

“Shafiu Mumuni’s absence is killing us upfront”- AshGold coach

first_imgAshantiGold head coach, Kassim Gökyildiz, has admitted that the team is struggling to find the net because of their unavailability of their reliable forward and captain, Shafiu Mumuni.Mumuni has not featured for the team since their goalless draw with Legon Cities FC in Week on January 15 amid rumours of a purported move to Europe.Apart from their 3-0 win over Olympics in Week 1 and 2-0 win over Eleven Wonders, the Miners have scored three league goals in the six other matches they have played.In total, AshGold have scored 7 goals and have conceded two so far and the numbers do not please Gökyildiz but he believes that Mumuni’s absence has taken a lot of firepower from the team.AshantiGold head coach, Kassim Gökyildiz speaking to StarTimes after the goalless draw with Hearts of Oak in Accra“As everyone knows, our captain, Mumuni, has not played since the match in Week 4 and that means that other strikers have to step up but they will need time to adopt.A player like Mumuni will be very good for all teams and if such a player leaves, it is difficult to replace him.However, we have given chances to the other strikers we have and we look to the future and hope that they will start scoring the goals for us.”AshGold face Liberty in Week 9 and Gökyildiz is targeting a better result than the goalless day got in Accra against Hearts of Oak in Week 8.“We play at home and so, the plan is to go all out and get only one result which is the victory.”The Miners are currently 4th on the Ghana Premier League table with 14 points.last_img read more

#BundesligaOnCiti: Kai Havertz shines for Bayer Leverkusen, Dortmund continues winning run

first_img RelatedPosts ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculation Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba Havertz, 20, delivered a cheeky finish to slot the visitors in front on seven minutes, and it was his penalty which restored their lead after Marcus Thuram scored a thumping equaliser.Sven Bender ensured the visitors took all three points in the most entertaining Bundesliga clash on Saturday – which played out in front of more than 8,000 cardboard Monchengladbach fans.Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund continued to show no sign of rust following the restart, cruising to a 2-0 victory over ten-man Wolfsburg.Raphael Guerreiro finished off a fine team move, netting his third goal since the Bundesliga’s resumption last week before Achraf Hakimi made it two.England star Jadon Sancho came off the bench and made an impression, nutmegging a defender five seconds after coming on and then setting up the second goal.Wolfsburg’s task was rendered impossible late on when Felix Klaus saw red for a nasty challenge after a VAR review.The result means Dortmund climbs to within one point of leaders Bayern Munich – who welcome Eintracht Frankfurt to an empty Allianz Arena.Bundesliga Results:Hertha Berlin 4-0 Union Berlin (Friday)Freiburg 0-1 Werder BremenPaderborn 1-1 HoffenheimWolfsburg 0-2 Borussia DortmundMonchengladbach 1-3 Bayer LeverkusenBayern vs Frankfurt (5.30 pm kick-off) Tags: Bayer LeverkusenBorussia DortmiundBorussia MonchengladbachWolfsburg That’s 14 goals for Havertz from midfield this season If Premier League clubs were interested in Kai Havertz before the Bundesliga returned, they’ll be totally infatuated now.The Manchester United and Liverpool target netted his second brace in as many games, helping Bayer Leverkusen to a 3-1 victory at high-flying Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday. ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace Source: Talk Sportslast_img read more

West Ham 3 – 1 Liverpool

first_imgCaptain Scott Parker inspired West Ham to a win over Liverpool at Upton Park that lifted the east London side off the bottom of the Premier League table.Parker produced a lovely dinked effort into the far bottom corner after 22 minutes to give the Hammers the lead.Demba Ba’s guided header into the top corner then left the Reds reeling.Liverpool’s late rally resulted in Glen Johnson tapping in after 84 minutes but Carlton Cole drove in a shot to secure a valuable win for the home side.Parker’s half-time words had helped the rouse the Hammers to fight back from 3-0 to draw 3-3 at West Brom in their last league outing and the central midfielder was again the driving force for his side.Playing through the pain barrier of a shoulder injury, he led from the front and his team-mates followed his example to produce a performance of grit and guile for only a sixth league win of the season. Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish was left shaking his head from the touchline at times and, despite his side’s goal, they raised their game too late as any lingering hopes the Anfield outfit had of launching an assault on a top-four spot lay in tatters.The Hammers went into the game having again dropped to the bottom of the table after Wolves beat Blackpool 4-0 on Saturday, and there may have been a degree of trepidation as they faced opponents who were unbeaten in their eight previous games in all competitions.But, despite having the worst home record in the top-flight so far this season, West Ham upped their game after a slow start to help raise the volume inside the ground by showing the type of qualities they will need to beat the drop.There was character and composure as they neatly passed the ball about, while smothering any threat the Merseysiders tried to conjure up, with the dynamism of central midfield duo Parker and Thomas Hitzlsperger unsettling the visitors.German Hitzlsperger, nicknamed ‘Der Hammer’, is renowned for his powerful left-foot strikes and he twice produced well struck long-range efforts which might have tested Reds goalkeeper Pepe Reina more had they not been straight at him. Parker is known for his combative style but showed he also has a delicate touch to his game after playing a one-two with Hitzlsperger and finishing with finesse as he put a strike out of the reach of Reina’s despairing dive.Dirk Kuyt sent a powerful strike into the side-netting and Luis Suarez had a dubious shout for a penalty after a James Tomkins tackle as Liverpool responded, although the 3-5-2 formation which has helped improve their form under Dalglish was having little impact.And, after former Upton Park favourite Joe Cole came on for the visitors when wing-back Martin Kelly was forced off with a hamstring injury, the Hammers extended their lead.Ba beat Danny Wilson, making his Liverpool debut in the Premier League, to a long goal-kick and, after glancing the ball to Gary O’Neil, ran into the area to head home his team-mate’s clipped cross on the stroke of half-time.The home side’s keeper Robert Green was a virtual spectator until the hour mark. A Steven Gerrard ball around the corner released the previously anonymous Reds striker Suarez and his shot across goal was brilliantly palmed wide by Green.A 3-0 win would have taken West Ham above Wolves and out of the bottom three, and Frederic Piquionne should have put that within reach but glanced a Mark Noble corner wide.The miss might have proved crucial after Suarez produced some skilful play before firing a low cross from which Johnson tapped in to set up an anxious finale for the home side.But substitute Cole shrugged off Martin Skrtel in injury time and raced through to drive in a left-foot shot which beat Reina at his near post and eased the nerves of Hammers fans.Source: BBClast_img read more

Organizations in Alpena band together to help local federal employees during shutdown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. —As the government shutdown heads into another week, some federal workers in Alpena are receiving some big help.The United Way, along with the Salvation Army of Alpena and the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan are all coming together to make sure no federal workers go without offering free food boxes and providing resources for bills.“We just looked at the situation at hand going on in our area and realized a lot of people in our area are hurting and we thought what can we do,” Executive Director of the United Way of Northeast Michigan, Sonya Thomas said.Here in northeast Michigan the shutdown hits hard. The “sunrise side” has employees from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, TSA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Department of Agriculture just to name a few.“I’m sure they didn’t expect this. We just came through the holiday. I’m sure they thought it was just going to happen for a week or so and now here we are in week five,” Thomas said.Thomas said she was inspired to help the local workers because she too was hit with the unexpected. In addition to receiving free food boxes, furloughed workers can stop by the Salvation Army of Alpena to receive food items for their pets.For utility bills and other unforeseen issues there’s a service called 2–1–1. To make arrangements to pick up your food boxes contact the United Way at 989–354–2221.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local filmmaker ready to show next volume of northeast Michigan adventuresNext What’s Trending for January 23last_img read more

Alpena man with outstanding warrants found by police

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — The Huron Undercover Narcotics Team has located an Alpena man with multiple outstanding warrants.Twenty–nine–year-old Jared Barnett was arrested for fleeing and eluding, and witness intimidation. He was also wanted for carrying a concealed weapon and having open intoxicants in his vehicle.Barnett was believed to be staying in Ossineke at the time of his arrest. On October 2, Alpena Police located him during a traffic stop, but he exited the vehicle and fled on foot. K–9s were sent to track Barnett, but were unsuccessful, because he’d been picked up by his girlfriend. When the pair tried to leave the area, they spotted a patrol car and again exited their vehicle in an attempt to get away.Police later found Barnett using surveillance methods. He is lodged at Alpena County Jail. Additional charges will be pursued by the Mormorency prosecutor’s office, pending analysis of narcotics found during a search.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Barnett, Crime, Jared Barnett, outstanding warrants, Police, warrantsContinue ReadingPrevious Forty-year-old woman arrested in hit and run crashNext Minute with the Mayor 10-9-19last_img read more