Kaliese Spencer exonerated

first_imgKaliese Spencer Jamaica’s 400 meters hurdler Kaliese Spencer has been exonerated by an independent panel of adjudicators.Spencer, a Commonwealth champion, was cited for doping related violations after the Jamaica Anti Doping Commission (JADCO) accused her of not making herself available for random drug testing.Spencer pleaded her innocence and instead blamed JADCO for the foul up as they had not properly informed her about the time and place they wanted to conduct the test.The panel found that she did not commit an anti-doping violation and she is now free to compete. She was represented by attorney Paul Greene.Attorney Kent Gammon, Dr Donovan Calder and Heron Dale are the members of the disciplinary panel.Kaliese Spencer’s attorney confident anti-doping charge will be droppedlast_img read more

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Over 30 percent Floridians affected by Identity Theft

first_imgAccording to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey, nearly one in three Floridians (31 percent) have been the victim of identity theft or fraud in the past two years. The most popular crimes committed by identity thieves include fraudulent credit card use, ATM withdrawals, and tax refund theft.(In a 2016 Identity Fraud Study conducted by Javelin Strategy & Research, $16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million identity fraud victims in the United States.)Low level of trustThe AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey revealed that nearly half of (47 percent) Floridians have low levels of trust that gas stations would keep their information secure, one in four consumers have low trust that ATMs (24 percent) can keep banking information safe, and one in five (20 percent) have a low level of trust that online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores (18 percent) would keep their identity secure.Chip-based credit cardsNew chip-based credit cards have been invented to keep personal information secure, however, with over half (58 percent) of Floridians said they only have chip-based credit cards, a majority of shoppers (78 percent) reported they had shopped at stores in the past 3 months that did not have an activated or working chip card reader.Steps being takenFloridians, however, are taking steps to prevent identity theft. Of the 31percent that had been affected by identity fraud, they also took steps to prevent identity theft from happening again in the future by:Self-monitoring of credit/accounts (55%)Froze or cancelled specific cards/accounts (51%)Enrolled in credit monitoring system (32%)“Every two minutes another consumer becomes a victim of identity fraud,“ said Josh Carrasco, spokesperson, AAA – The Auto Club Group.AAA Tips to prevent identity theftSign up for a credit monitoring service.Review your credit card statement, bank account, and credit report regularly. Be on the lookout for any unauthorized transactions and report them immediately.Do not respond to unsolicited requests for personal information (this includes your name, birthdate, social security number and bank account number) over the phone, by mail, or online.Securely store your debit, credit and medical card information. Select PIN numbers that are easy for you to remember and don’t let anyone else see the number when you are entering it. Do not carry any record of your PIN number in your wallet. Shred credit card statements, receipts, or any medical records containing sensitive information before disposing of them. Also, ensure your credit cards and debit have been updated to include EMV or “chip” technology.About the AAA Consumer Pulse™ SurveyThe AAA Consumer Pulse™ Survey was conducted online among residents living in Florida from September 28, 2016 – October 6, 2016.  A total of 400 residents completed the survey.  Survey results have a margin of error of ± 4.9 percentage points.  Responses are weighted by gender and age to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the adult population (18+) in Florida.last_img read more

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Alkaline’s single “Juggernaut” heats up

first_imgDancehall star, Alkaline, has the top trending dancehall song on all streaming platforms.Alkaline dropped his new single “Juggernaut” last Thursday, and since then, the track has been dominating dancehall airwaves. “Juggernaut” was the top trending video on YouTube this past weekend and was the most streamed dancehall song on most major streaming platforms. In three days, the lyric video racked up over 600,000 views on YouTube and another half a million streams on other streaming services.Last month, Alkaline dropped another single “Pick Unuh Side” that has since surpassed 2.3 million views on YouTube despite getting a lukewarm reception. On the other hand, “Juggernaut” has been the hottest single in dancehall since its release.Alkaline is currently working on a new project due later this year.last_img read more

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M-DCPS Makes History Becoming an A-Rated School District

first_imgSuperintendent Carvalho (center) and (from left to right) School Board member Lubby Navarro, Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman, and School Board members Mari Tere Rojas and Dr. Lawrence S Feldman are surrounded by community leaders, teachers, administrators and students. From the the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) announcement of school grades for 2017-18, it has been ascertained that for the first time in the history of the Florida School Performance Grades, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has achieved a district-wide grade of “A.” No “F” rated schools For the second year in a row there are no “F” – rated traditional schools at M-DCPS. Higher percentages of Miami-Dade schools received “A” ratings in 2018 than statewide across all schools, and in all other large Florida districts, including Broward, Hillsborough, Duval, Palm Beach, and Orange. A testament“This historic, record-setting news is a testament to the fortitude and focus of students, teachers, school and District leaders, support staff and every member of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools team,” said Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. “We are fortunate to have the support and visionary leadership of our School Board and a group of talented professionals who I consider the best instructional staff in the nation – our teachers. They believe in the ability, potential, and learning capacity of every child. Today is a great day to celebrate in Miami-Dade.” 47 percent of schools are “A” rated schools In 2018, 47 percent of all Miami-Dade schools received “A” ratings, compared to just 32 percent statewide. This represents an increase of eight percentage points from last year for M-DCPS, compared to a two-point increase statewide.  Ninety-eight percent of M-DCPS schools are rated A, B or C. M-DCPS also received higher ratings than the state and the other large counties when examining the percentage of schools combined across “A” and “B” ratings; and across “A”, “B”, and “C” ratings. For each school level, M-DCPS outperformed schools statewide in the percentage receiving “A” ratings:49 percent of M-DCPS elementary schools, compared to 28 percent statewide.40 percent of M-DCPS middle schools, compared to 33 percent statewide.37 percent of M-DCPS senior high schools, compared to 32 percent statewide.56 percent of M-DCPS combination grade schools, compared to 45 percent statewide. The Florida Department of Education calculates school grades annually based on up to 11 components, including student achievement and learning gains on statewide, standardized assessments and high school graduation rate. School grades provide parents and the public an easily understandable way to measure the performance of a school and understand how well each school is serving its students.last_img read more

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Holder says WI needs to improve following Bangladesh defeat

first_imgWest Indies skipper Jason Holder has downplayed the role of the pitch in Sunday’s 48-run defeat to Bangladesh in the opening One-Day International of the three-match series, contending West Indies simply were not at their best.West Indies failed to chase down 279 on a slow track at the Guyana National Stadium, with rookie left-hander Shimron Hetmyer the only batsman to score a half-century with 52.However, Holder said while the target had not been beyond the Windies line-up, the batting side had simply not been good enough, and stressed the side’s overall performance needed to improve in order to bounce back in Wednesday’s second ODI at the same venue.“I think the pitch was good. It was probably similar to the last time we played Pakistan here,” the 26-year-old all-rounder said. “It took a little spin up front because there had a little moisture in the pitch but nothing you couldn’t really get around in terms of rotating and scoring. It’s probably a pitch that you need to spend a little more time on in terms of getting yourself in and I think once you’re set, it becomes a lot easier.”“I think we need to improve in all three departments, just sharpen up. Our generally fielding wasn’t good enough in my opinion – we missed a few chances. In terms of our bowling, we could execute a lot better at the end. Obviously bowling at two set batsmen at the very end isn’t easy but I thought we could have been a lot better … “And batting-wise, we’ve just got to find ways to build more partnerships and build bigger partnerships and go as deep as possible into the innings.”West Indies were battered by opener Tamim Iqbal’s unbeaten 130 from 160 deliveries as Bangladesh reached 279 for four off their 50 overs.last_img read more

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T&T Police deny prison commissioner is dead

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) Saturday described as “false news” reports being circulated on the social media that the Commissioner of Prisons, Gerard Wilson, had been killed.“The TTPS wishes to assure that the Commissioner of Prisons is at this time alive and unharmed. The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service has also stated that there is no truth whatsoever to this rumor,” the police said in a statement.The TTPS would it wanted to take this opportunity to once again caution the public against using social media to “spread false news and misinformation that may lead to needless panic and anxiety”.Earlier this week, Wilson met with seven inmates who rushed to the aid of 11 prison officers who came under attack at the Golden Grove Prison, east of here.The prisoners had become irate after learning that their cells were being searched in their absence.The men caused a commotion and challenged the prison officers who were guarding them, and even attacked a few.Wilson thanked the men for aiding his officers, and he said their actions would be noted and presented for consideration when their respective matters conclude.last_img read more

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Jamaica Reggae Girlz defeat Chile 1-0

first_imgJamaica’s Reggae Girlz turned in what has been described as “a workman-like performance” defeated Chile 1-0, at the National Stadium in Kingston on Thursday evening in first of a two-match friendly international series.Marlo Sweatman netted the all-important goal for the Reggae Girlz in the games’ ninth minute, from a well- placed corner kick.  Her shot went through the hands of Chile’s goalkeeper Cristina Endler and into the back of the net giving Jamaican an early advantage.Jamaican striker Khadijah “Bunny” Shaw came close to doubling the Girlz’ lead soon after, but her shot just skirted the top of the crossbar. Throughout the game the Jamaican women proved to be quicker to the ball than the Chileans. The winning score could be much higher but the Jamaicans missed several scoring chances. The Reggae Girlz was particularly impressive on defense, especially the organized play of defenders  Christina Chang and Allyson Swaby.The friendly series between the two teams is part of their preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, to be held in France. Both teams have qualified for the tournament, which will see Jamaica participating for the first time.last_img read more

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Mayweather v McGregor: Fight Will End Early And “Won’t Go The Distance”, Says Mayweather

first_imgRelatedIbrahimovic Backs McGregor To Beat Mayweather, Says “He’s The Ibrahimovic Of Martial Arts”August 26, 2017In “Sports”VIDEO: Watch Jose Mourinho Give His Verdict On Mayweather Vs McGregor FightAugust 25, 2017In “Sports”VIDEO: Watch Floyd Mayweather Claim McGregor Is “Extremely Heavy”, Won’t “Make The Weight”August 22, 2017In “Sports” America’s Floyd Mayweather has predicted that “The Money Fight” between him and Conor McGregor in Las Vegas “won’t go the distance”.Undefeated Mayweather, who has not boxed since he retired in 2015, will battle 29-year-old mixed martial arts fighter cum boxer, Conor McGregor, in Las Vegas on the 26 of August.Mayweather told reporters: “He’s looking forward to ending the fight early, I’m looking forward to ending the fight early – it won’t go the distance,”The Ultimate Fighting Championship two-weight world champion, McGregor, will be making his boxing debut against Mayweather, as the Irishman has never boxed professionally.“It’s not really watching fight tapes, it’s about knowing the person you’re facing across the ring from you,” added Mayweather.”“You want to know what they like to eat, what they’re doing when they’re not in camp.” Mayweather added.last_img read more

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“We Came Very Close”, How Ahmed Musa Transfer Deadline Day Move Broke Down

first_imgRelated Hull City manager, Leonid Slutsky claims the Tigers were “very close” to signing Leicester City’s winger Ahmed Musa on transfer deadline day.The 24-year-old Nigerian joined the Foxes’ from CSKA Moscow in 2016 but have failed to nail down a starting shirt at the King Power Stadium.“We came very close to Musa,” Slutsky told a press conference ahead of Hull’s Championship game against Derby County this Friday.Ahmed Musa scores his first goal for Leicester with just his second shot on target in the Premier League. pic.twitter.com/tdBOIJhALQ— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 22, 2016“But not each decision depends on me or the club. I think maybe he wants to prove himself at Leicester and he needs one more attempt.”“The final decision was at midday on deadline day and we didn’t have a chance to change Musa for another option.” he added.last_img read more

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Paysafe governance confident of outperforming 2016 revenue & earnings guidance

first_img Revenues down 11% but product depth helps GVC through lockdown July 16, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Issuing an ‘unaudited’ full-year trading update, FTSE 250 listed payment provider Paysafe Group stated that combined momentum of its enlarged group would see the firm exceed $1 billion in corporate revenues. Updating investors, Paysafe governance stated that a strong second half to FY 2016 would see the company report top-line metric guidance towards the upper end of its corporate guidance.Closing its 2016, Paysafe governance further detailed that it expects FY 2016 adjusted EBITDA to hit the $300 million mark. Paysafe governance noted that its strong 2016 performance, had been driven by the effective integration of new acquired company assets, combined with the firm’s existing payments portfolio making Paysafe the outright leader in payments for the online gambling sector.In addition to growth in adjusted EBITDA, the board said it continued to demonstrate strong cash conversion, enabling it to capitalise on market conditions with an inaugural share buy-back programme announced in December, without compromising the pursuit of bold mergers and acquisitions opportunities.Commenting on the trading update, Paysafe CEO Joel Leonoff was pleased with 2016 performance, stating “Our ongoing momentum underpins our confidence in our growth prospects for 2017. We have delivered another excellent financial performance and expect to surpass $1bn in revenue, an impressive milestone of which we are extremely proud,” Playtech offloads casual games subsidiaries  July 16, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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