Strong quake jolts Trinidad & Tobago

first_imgAn earthquake with a magnitude of 4.9 jolted Trinidad and Tobago on Monday but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.T he Seismic Research centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI), said that the quake, which occurred at 3.01 pm had a depth of 10 kilometres.The quake was felt Port of Spain and Arima, as well as in Scarborough, the capital of Tobago.The location was given as Latitude 11.26N and Longitude: 60.92W.last_img

West Indies T20 Pakistan tour may postpone

first_imgWest Indies T20 tour of Pakistan “likely” to be postponedThe proposed historic three-match Twenty20 series between West Indies and Pakistan scheduled for later this month in Pakistan, is now unlikely to occur before after March next year.A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official told the Pakistan media on Monday that the series was expected to be postponed because of an issue with smog in Lahore where the games were scheduled, and the commitment of leading West Indies players to the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).Smog and other reasons“The PCB and the West Indies Cricket Board had agreed that West Indies will tour Pakistan in November, but now the series is unlikely to happen because of the smog and some other reasons,” a senior PCB official told Dawn News.The “other reasons” refer to the unavailability of several West Indies players as the Pakistan series, scheduled for late November clashes with the BPL, which started last weekend and wraps up December 12.West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite, off-spinner Sunil Narine and batsmen Marlon Samuels, Kieron Pollard and Evin Lewis, are all playing for various franchises in the T20 tournament.Additionally, West Indies are set to embark on a two-Test tour of New Zealand later this month, followed by a three-match one-day series and a three-match T20 series which starts late December and runs until January 3.According to the PCB source, the meteorological officials were unable to say when the heavy smog over Lahore would ease.Smog over Lahore is at all-time worst, creating visibility issues especially at night. With the floodlights at the Gaddafi Stadium having failed once in a match during the World XI series last September, the PCB believes proceeding with the Windies series in heavy smog could prove problematic.Huge blow to PCBNews of the postponement will be a huge blow for the PCB. They were using the proposed tour as part of their campaign to have international cricket returned to Pakistan after a long break, due to the country’s volatile security situation.Last month Sri Lanka played the final T20 of their three-match series in Lahore after the first two contests were hosted in United Arab Emirates. The Windies tour would have represented the first full bilateral series to be played in Pakistan in eight years, since militants attacked a Sri Lankan team bus en-route to the Gaddafi Stadium.For more on the Windies, click the link: Windies opening batsman saves the daylast_img read more

UK Hydrographic Office surveys Jamaican waters

first_imgUK Hydrographic Office commissions survey of Jamaican waters The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has commissioned survey vessels to capture high resolution bathymetric data in Jamaica waters.Will improve safety of ocean navigationThe UKHO in a statement on Tuesday said this is part of the UK’s Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Program.According to the UKHO, state-of-the-art equipment, will capture data in Kingston and Portland Bight. This information will be used to update nautical charts, which will improve the safety of navigation and help the island meet its international obligations to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention and sections of the III Code.“More accurate charts can enable larger ships to call, improving efficiency for cargo ships importing and exporting goods and attracting cruise ships – which should have a significant impact on the Jamaican economy,” UKHO said.Jamaica’s need for modern seabed mappingThe survey, which continues until mid-December, follows a Hydrographic Technical Assessment Visit conducted in January 2017, where local stakeholders such as the Maritime Administration, Port Authority and National Land Agency identified a range of activities in Jamaica that were impacted by its need for modern seabed mapping.This work forms part of the CME Program, a program delivered on behalf of the UK Government by the UKHO, the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).The program aims to support the sustainable growth of Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) by making the most of their natural economic and environmental resources.The UKHO  says in the future, it hopes to secure funding to help Jamaica build its seabed mapping capabilities, to enable ongoing support to efficiency of trade, cruise tourism and a range of infrastructure developments, as well as improving safety for both human and environmental concerns.For more on Jamaica, click the link: IDB and Jamaica sign multi-million dollar loanlast_img read more


first_imgThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, (TCJA) aka the Trump Tax Cuts, was signed into law in Dec 2017 and brings numerous major changes to existing tax laws.  For sure, many persons and corporations will benefit from lower taxes but some  individuals will definitely be paying increased taxes under the new legislation.  One thing is for sure, the new tax regulations will have some impact on virtually every single individual and corporate taxpayer in the US. The TCJA was a purely political animal and is projected to increase the national debt by up to $2.3 trillion over the next ten years despite the economic growth it is designed to stimulate. This major rewrite of the tax laws was done in under 6 months and was rushed through Congress so that the President could deliver on his promised 2017 Christmas gift!  The law was literally signed into law 3 days before Santa came down the chimney! It’s important that all readers remember that the provisions that relate to individuals will reverse (sunset) after 2025 while the cuts in relation to corporations are permanent.    Predictably,  this piece of legislation had several problems and has probably made tax computation more complex than in previous years  and will not result in a postcard sized return for most as indicated by its proponents. One main feature of the TCJA is the near doubling of the standard deduction which in turn removes the need for many millions of taxpayers to itemize.  This should significantly reduce the amount of resources expended in filing tax returns and the bureaucracy necessary to process the returns. This dramatic increase in the standard deduction was offset by the removal of individual exemptions which taxpayers were previously entitled to for themselves and their dependents.   Another main feature of the law is the reduction in tax rates; from a maximum of 39% down to a maximum of 21% in the case of corporations and from a maximum of 39.6% to 37% for individuals. A 20% qualified business income deduction(QBI) was implemented to harmonize the tax rates of LLCs and other pass through entities with the much lower 21% rate applicable to regular corporations.   The QBI is an immensely complex calculation and requires its own discussion. In subsequent articles,  I will be discussing other aspects of the TCJA as well as other general tax issues. Please send your questions to [email protected]last_img read more

Chairman of Sandals Resorts Donates Funds to Help Government Fight COVID-19

first_img“Not only am I a proud Jamaican, born and raised in St Ann, I raised my family in Jamaica and the Sandals brand was born right here in Jamaica. The country is the heart and soul of our organisation, with the majority of our team members, approximately 9,000 of them, residing in Jamaican communities. It’s a responsibility my family and I do not take lightly, and this is just one step to do whatever possible to assist them and the most vulnerable in our communities during this time,” said Stewart. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Chairman of Sandals Resorts International, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, has donated J$31.5 million to the Andrew Holness led administration to be used in all 63 constituencies across the island. CMC Commenting on this latest act of support, Stewart said he feels it is both his personal and corporate duty to provide the assistance during these unprecedented and extremely difficult times. Prime Minister Andrew Holness who made the announcement in Parliament on Tuesday said the funds are a direct donation to the Jamaican people .center_img Holness said that each Member of Parliament will be responsible for the preparation and distribution of the care packages to those in need within all constituencies. Meanwhile, the prime minister also announced that insurance giant, Guardian Life, has proposed to make available a facility for law enforcement officers who, in the event of illness, will be offered some level of care. In a news release late Tuesday, Sandals Resorts said Stewart will donate J$500,000 to each of the constituencies and this was done consultation with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillip.last_img read more

French League Match Halted After Fans’ Injury

first_imgRelatedLigue 1 Review: Lyon Capitalise On Monaco Slip Up To Move Into Second Place With Nantes WinApril 29, 2018In “Europe”French League Cup Round of 32 Wrap: St. Etienne Stunned; Tolouse, Lille Into Next RoundOctober 26, 2017In “Europe”French League Cup Review: PSG Through To Last Eight As The Olympiques Crash OutDecember 14, 2017In “Europe” Lille chief executive Marc Ingla however responded on Twitter by saying: “The statement from Amiens’ president is irresponsible and inflammatory in the context of this situation.“We hope the LFP (Ligue de Football Professionnel) identifies those responsible. Our supporters are impeccable and professional football needs to be better organised.“The club has the right to ask questions about the security arrangements and conditions imposed on our supporters at Amiens’ stadium.” he added. The French Ligue 1 Derby clash between Stade Amiens and Lille Metropole was stopped on Saturday after several fans got injured when a barrier collapsed.Five football fans were seriously injured following the 16th minute incident at the Stade de la Licorne. In addition, at least 29 fans reportedly got injured.The unfortunate incident happened when a barrier in the away section gave way while Lille fans were celebrating Fode Ballo-Toure’s opener, and several fans fell about one and a half metres onto the pitch.The match was thereafter abandoned and the stadium evacuated after a brief security meeting. The local prosecutor thereafter revealed that he had opened an investigation into the incident.Amiens are featuring in the French top flight for the first time in their 116-year history and their 12,000-capacity stadium represents the smallest of the 20 Ligue 1 clubs.According to popular French newspaper L’Equipe, Amiens club president Bernard Joannin blamed Lille’s supporters for what happened as he said: “Police had warned us that 200 highly agitated ultras were in the section of the stadium allocated to Lille supporters.”last_img read more

Brian Idowu Is Still A Russian Despite Eagles Invitation – Club

first_imgRussian club Amkar Perm have disclosed that the status of their defender, Brian Idowu, remains unchanged despite his recent call up to the Super Eagles of Nigeria.The club maintained that his status as a Russian has not been affected despite the fact that he could feature for Nigeria against Argentina on Tuesday evening at the Krasnodar Stadium in Krasnodar, Russia.Amkar Perm made this known via a statement on their official website. The statement read:“Defender of Amkar Brian Idowu was summoned to the national team of Nigeria for a friendly match with the national team of Argentina.””Opponents will meet on Tuesday, November 14, in Krasnodar.”We draw your attention, the participation of the 19th number of the red-black in the friendly game will not affect his status of a Russian in games for the club.” the statement added.Idowu, 25, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia to a Nigerian father and a half-Russian cum half-Nigerian mother. He is therefore eligible for both countries (Nigeria and Russia).RelatedNew Sensation Brian Idowu Faces Sanction For Eagles AppearanceNovember 16, 2017In “National Team”My Coach Didn’t Want Me To Play For Nigeria – New Super Eagles StarNovember 17, 2017In “Europe”Brian Idowu Blames Inexperience For Eagles’ World Cup ExitJune 28, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more

Casumo secures live partnership with SSE Arena Wembley

first_img Share Submit StumbleUpon Casumo expands into the UK with sportsbook launch January 6, 2020 Gamification focused online casino Casumo has announced that it has signed a three-year brand partnership with the SSE Arena Wembley (London).Seeking to expand its brand profile within the UK gaming market, Casumo marketing has agreed with venue operator AEG Global to become a key sponsor the SSE Arena.The popular London entertainment venue has approximately 700,000 visitors each years for music, comedy and TV live performances. The SSE Arena Wembley is also the host Venue of ITV’s X Factor live TV Show.Casumo will have a presence on internal and external screens at the venue and will develop activations to engage fans at selected events over the three-year period. There will also be opportunities to reach venue fans through social media channels.At the launch of the partnership, Nathan Kosky, Vice President, AEG Global Partnerships said: “Casumo’s products are designed to create stand-out moments and this is what fans at The SSE Arena, Wembley have been enjoying for over 70 years.”“The partnership will give Casumo access to some of the most engaged fans in the country and we’re very excited to be partnering with a brand who shares our ethos of creating unforgettable experiences.”Greg Tatton-Brown UK Market Manager for Casumo commented on the live partnership “At Casumo we quickly understood that it is not only about having great casino games, but also about the environment in which those are played. Our product is designed to optimise for happiness, create thrilling moments and make people smile – similar to the experience that The SSE Arena, Wembley delivers” Casumo enters Danish market with five year licence April 30, 2019 Share Related Articles Winning Post: Industry heading towards more Euro uncertainties April 15, 2019last_img read more

Dench announces Latvian entry with Klondaika

first_img Altenar: The flexibility to match customer requirements and meet operator challenges for specific markets January 22, 2019 Share Dench leads revamp of UK domain February 8, 2019 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Share Altenar strikes partnership with Latvian sportsbook Klondaika June 1, 2018 Dench eGaming Solutions, the turnkey gaming platform with an iGaming focus, has announced its entry onto the regulated Latvian online gaming market.Going live with in April of this year, Dench are set to supply the firm with its Core gaming platform, and the fully automated marketing instrument Giselle.The deal is set to see Klondaika promote its products, in addition to extending its brand presence, online,  while keeping the same marketing approach and bespoke user experience.Dench’s Chief Executive Dobromir Mitev commented: “This agreement is strategically important as it represents a validation of Dench‘s commitment to keeping its focus on regulated gaming markets, and supports the investments we are making in our infrastructure to become multi-market compliant platform provider.’“Through this agreement, Dench is expanding its geographical reach to Latvia and we are doing so with one of the oldest players in the Latvian gambling industry, Klondaika.”Krisjanis Kravis, Klondaika Online Director, added: “We are happy that we decided to cooperate with Dench. In the research process, we evaluated Dench and their automated retention instrument Giselle as the best choice to re-create our brand digitally. “We consider that through our local knowledge in a combination with their innovative technology will be reinventing the way players interact with our brand. “Although the Latvian market gets more competitive every year, entering last on the scene might turn to be good opportunity to prove we could be soon on the front rows,” Kravis explained. “We are looking forward to the launch as I believe we have made a sure bet with Dench’s suite of products .”The brand of Klondaika is also known as Furors, the land based casino operator established in 1993.The group is operating 29 Slot rooms with a total number of approximately 700 slots across Latvia, in addition to the full-size casino in the capital city of Riga.last_img read more

Fresh for ICE! SBTech launches new live betting product

first_img Submit Sports betting solutions provider SBTech has released Pulse, an innovation in live betting that aims to completely revolutionise the sector. The new innovation was formed on principles of gamification and has intentions to produce an entirely new in-play experience, working towards greater levels of engagement and brand loyalty across the global SBTech operator network.   Pulse puts the player at the heart of the action, enabling bet placement on a specific outcome in a live event within a defined time period, with the potential payout increasing as the timeline progresses.The mobile-first feature is simple and effective in the sense that it allows the player to bet on a goal to be scored in the next 30 seconds, as well as spitting the time window into three periods of 10 seconds, throughout which the payout rises with each new 10-second period.The group unveiled Pulse to executives from across the betting and gaming industry on Tuesday afternoon at the SBTech Stand S3-110 during the opening day of ICE 2018.Speaking just after the unveiling, Ian Bradley, SBTech Chief Product Officer, commented: “Pulse is SBTech’s new take on live betting and appeals to players by offering them the chance to win progressively rising payouts. They must hold their nerve during the bet period, but the win will be that much sweeter if they hold out until the end.”   In recent years SBTech has also released features such as Fast Markets, Partial Cash Out and most recently Add2Bet and Action Betting, with its newest offering, SBTech will look to continue to innovate within in-play betting as it rolls out the new centrepiece of its premium sportsbook offering. After a year in which the company entered key partnerships with a host of tier 1 operators and launched in a number of newly regulated markets, SBTech is now poised to leverage Pulse, in a bid to achieve unprecedented success for its international partners. StumbleUpon Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Related Articles Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Share Delasport clients get access to Kiron’s BetMan RGS platform April 27, 2020 Sharelast_img read more