August 2020

first_imgAccording to a national real estate analysis, Miami is running out of apartments for residents. The “Barriers to Apartment Construction” was commissioned by the National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association indicated Florida is home to 1.1 million apartment residents, but has about 472,000 apartment units.By 2030, it’s estimated the city will need an additional 185,000 new apartments.“The Miami metro area will need all types of apartments and at all price points,” said Kristy Novak, legislative committee chair of the South East Florida Apartment Association, the local division of the trade group. “Miami apartment developers, owners and managers and their residents contribute $18.7 billion to the local economy annually, and that number is expected to rise with increased demand.”“The shortage of affordable rental housing creates significant hurdles,” Novak said. “This is not just a problem for today. By 2030, the affordable housing crisis will become even more severe unless public and private sector leaders take bold, innovative action.”South Floridians face a twin problem related to each other. The region’s average salary of $45,119 annually is among the lowest nationally, but the regions average monthly rent prices for one-room apartments ($1200), two-bedroom apartments ($1,450) and three-bedroom ($1,650) are higher than the national average.Without an influx of new apartment units it is expected that the cost of affordable rental will increase in ensuing years not only in Miami, but across South Florida.last_img read more

first_imgGuyana on Friday marked the 48th anniversary of Republicanism with President David Granger saying the country has lived under the shadow of threats to its territory since Independence in 1966.“Guyana moved closer towards a juridical settlement of the territorial controversy this year. The United Nations Secretary General in January indicated his choice of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) as the means to resolve the controversy,” Granger said in a nationwide radio and television broadcast.Taking Venezuela border dispute to ICJHe said Guyana intends to pursue the border dispute with Venezuela before the ICJ in coming months “with the same determination as we rejected the unwarranted claim to our territory in past years.“We are confident that our cause is just, and our case is sound. We are committed to defending our motherland.”He told citizens that the Guyana Constitution stipulates that: the State’s defense and security policy shall be to defend national independence, preserve the country’s sovereignty and integrity and guarantee the normal functioning of institutions and the security of citizens against any armed aggression.State’s objective – citizens safety“Our citizens’ safety is the State’s paramount objective. Our people must be safe in their homes, villages and places of work. Their property, must be protected against crime,” he said.In his broadcast, Granger said that the independent state of Guyana assumed the title ‘Cooperative Republic’, 48 years ago when the country severed vestigial constitutional bonds with the United Kingdom.“Guyana became fully sovereign, no longer subject to external authority. The Republic vested sovereignty in our people. It charged Guyanese with exercising this sovereignty by assuming responsibility for defending their motherland and developing the economy.”Granger said the country is looking forward to the intensification of cooperation with friendly, foreign states, especially in building capacity for the Defense Force’s technical corps to improve the national infrastructure in every part of the country, to defend our territorial integrity, to protect our citizens and to respond to emergencies.International cooperation essential“International cooperation is essential to preserving this continent as a zone of peace; to preventing and interdicting transnational threats such as drug-, gun- and human-trafficking, the spread of contagious diseases, terrorism and to mitigating the adverse effects of climate change and natural hazards,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Among the thousands of Jamaican immigrants that move to the United States and maintain the standard of excellence is Navy Captian Janice Smith who recently became the first African-American woman to head the Military Sealift Command Atlantic (MSCLANT).She assumed leadership of MSCLANT during a change of command ceremony held at Naval Station Norfolk on Thursday, March 19. The promotion places Smith in control of the entire Atlantic regarding the execution of strategic sealift missions, the transportation and maintenance of military equipment, as well as logistics coordination. Smith is also one of only two active-duty African American women within the US Navy Surface Warfare Community who are screened for Major Command.Janice Smith, like many Jamaican-Americans, came from humble beginnings. As a child in Jamaica, she was raised by her late grandmother, Iris Plummer, who sold goods in Linstead Market to make ends meet. Her mother had left Jamaica in search of a better life for her family.Smith lived in Morris Hall, not very far from Bog Walk in St. Catherine. She attended the Bob Walk Secondary School, now Enid Bennett High in St. Catherine.After graduating from high school, she migrated to Florida in 1988, joining her mother Gloria and brothers in South Miami.She was attending Miami-Dade College when she joined the navy in 1989 to expand her educational opportunities.In a 2016 interview with Caribbean National Weekly, Smith recalled a valuable lesson taught by her grandmother, which impacted her decision. “My Grandmother Iris taught me the importance of school and I was determined to complete college,” said Smith. “Coming from a single-parent family in Linstead, Jamaica, with little resources for college, I seized the opportunity.”Smith started out as a cook onboard the USS YOSEMITE AD-19, stationed in Mayport, Florida, and went on to complete a BSc at Saint Leo University and an MSc at Troy State University, before applying for the Officer’s Candidate Program in 1997.In 2016, she created history when she became the first Jamaican-American and second black woman to become a commander in the U.S. Navy. At that time, she assumed leadership of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79).As a trailblazer in her field, her demanding job has not been without sacrifices. The wife and mother of two has been candid about the strain of navy life on her family. Being away from home between one week to nine months at a time, Smith says she is grateful to her husband, Julius Lyles for his support, as “[it] would be impossible without a spouse who understands and willing to fill the gaps when I am away missing a lot of day-to-day opportunities to influence our children lives.”Despite the challenges, Smith recommends a Navy career for other women.“Whether serving 2 or 20 years it provides good education benefits, opportunity to travel and lead a young, smart and educated workforce,” says Smith. “The U.S. Navy has done a great job of implementing policies to ensure all sailors have equal opportunity to excel. I’m very grateful to the courageous woman who paved the way for myself and other young women in today’s Navy.”Although she has now lived in the United States for the majority of her adult life, Smith still remains close to Jamaica. Up to last year, she was on the island visiting relatives. She also remains in contact with her alma mater – Enid Bennett High.last_img read more

first_imgWriter: Chidiebere AnugwoluRelatedLagos International Badminton Classics: Chronicle Of Upsets In Day 2July 28, 2017In “Sports”Lagos International Badminton Classics Record Upset In Day OneJuly 27, 2017In “Competition”Indians And Sri Lankans Dominate Lagos International Badminton Classics 2017July 30, 2017In “Sports” The day three (3) of the 2017 Lagos International Badminton Classics has left delirious fans and Badminton enthusiasts at the edge of their seats and wanting more as it culminated to be the most exciting day yet for the four day international challenge at the Molade Okoya Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun, Surulere.Lagos and Nigeria’s remaining hopes in the men’s singles event, Anuoluwapo Opeyori, was eliminated in the quarter finals by arguably, the most impressive player thus far in the competition Chittaboboina.Like eating a biscuit and faltering in predicting where it cracks first, the third day witnessed by far the highest degree of upset after top seed in the men singles category and former winner, Misha Zilberman, was knocked out by tournament 4th seeded Egyptian and Anuoluwapo’s nightmare—Chittaboboina in a thrilling three set encounter(21-13, 22-24, 21-14) to reach this year’s final.Some of the biggest highlights in the women’s category saw Nigeria’s top seed and tournament’s 8th seed, Dorcas Adesokan knocked out by Mugdha Agrey of India; 21-10, 19-21, 21-12 in a keenly contested three games.Nigeria’s nearly dashing hopes in the competition bumped to live again in the female doubles and men doubles categories .In the men doubles, the duo of Anuoluwapo Opeyori and Godwin Olofua ran away in a rather emphatic fashion in two straight sets, thrashing their Egyptian opposition, Abdelhakim and Ahmed Salah 21-10, 21-16 to progress to the finals—an unprecedented feat for the duo.Also, in the female singles category, the impressive Nigerian pairing of Zainab Momoh and Ramatu Yakubu defeated Sri Lanka’s Hendahewa and Ishadika Kavidi in a nervy three set encounter—14-21, 21-18, 21-15.In what was one of the best come backs of the championship, the Nigerian women doubles duo fought back into the game in second set after losing the first set and then showing some class to pip their opposition from Sri Lanka; -1-2 in major scores.The fourth and final day of the biggest Badminton tournament in Africa—the Lagos State International Badminton Classics would see all the action climax with plenty of giveaways for keen fans which includes a return ticket to London and Ghana.last_img read more

first_imgChilean football faithful’s have launched an extraordinary campaign to protest against Alexis Sanchez relationship with actress girlfriend Mayte Rodriguez.The supporters believe Sanchez’s poor run of form, which has badly affected the country’s hopes of reaching next year World Cup in Russia, is because of the forwards girlfriend Mayte Rodriguez.The fans opened a Facebook page called “March so that Alexis ends it with Mayte and returns to his level to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia”, with 9,000 people already interested in attending the protest march scheduled for October 5 near the Chile’s national stadium.Chile lost two consecutive World Cup qualifier matches to Paraguay and Bolivia respectively last weekend, a result that dampens the country’s chances of appearing in Russia 2018.Former Chile Under-20 coach, Jose Sulantay has also echoed the frustrations of the fans saying Sanchez now looks “fatter than normal”.Alexis Sanchez and actress Mayte Rodriguez started dating each other this year.Relatedlast_img read more

first_imgThe Coral Welsh Grand National from Chepstow on 27 December will mark Channel 4’s final racing broadcast, as the UK broadcaster bows out from the sport following 32 years of coverage.Channel 4 management confirmed that its ‘4 Racing’ program would finish the day after Boxing Day and that 4 Racing would not broadcast scheduled racing from Newbury on New Year’s Eve.Detailing its decision not to broadcast racing content on the 31st of December, Channel 4 stated that it had found ‘logistical difficulties’ in the handover of third party broadcast equipment to ITV, UK racing’s new terrestrial broadcaster who will begin its coverage on 1 January.The broadcaster released the following statement relating to its final racing show“Channel 4 is proud of our 32-year association with British horse racing. Over this period, we have continually delivered above and beyond our contractual requirements.”“We have delivered more coverage of racing than any other terrestrial broadcaster and our investment in award-winning weekly coverage has delivered a 10 million audience for the Grand National and numerous innovations, from the jockeycam to the horsetracker.”“Our final racing broadcast will be on Tuesday 27 December and will retain its strong production value. We would like to thank the horse racing industry for 32 fun-filled and dramatic years and wish them the very best for the future.” ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Share Oliver Dowden calls on ‘best and brightest’ to help restart UK sports May 21, 2020 Related Articles ITV Racing begins contract renegotiations with UK Racing  May 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Sharelast_img read more

first_img Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles SIS expands into the numbers game with 49’s takeover  June 29, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 The Bookmakers Technology Consortium (BTC) has confirmed that its audio channel, which will incorporate content from both the SIS FACTS and TRP channels, is scheduled to go live by January 1.The audio channel, which has signed up over 450 shops in less than a week, will be managed from the BTC studio in Ashington, Northumberland and delivered by SIS via the FACTS satellite decoder.The service is available to any bookmaker who subscribes to both these channels. The new BTC Audio channel will provide independent betting shops with a centrally managed switching service for commentaries on both the FACTS and TRP channels.Initially this will be a simple switching service to enable the commentaries from TRP to be inserted into the SIS FACTS audio. However, it is intended that over a period of six months the service will develop to provide additional content such as promotional offers, prices and tips.As a not for profit co-operative, BTC are pricing this service on a cost recovery basis to ensure it is affordable for all shops.Howard Chisholm, BTC Director, commented: “We think that £20 per month for this service represents very good value for money. We aim to provide a service that will add value to the separate TV channels that independents now require to provide full coverage of UK horseracing.”BTC will be working with Manny Bernstein to ensure that there are no content clashes in the audio channel. Richard Peett, a subscriber to the Manny Bernstein EP service, has confirmed that Joe Jennings has signed up to the service for their shops in the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands.He said: “This is a service which I have thought to be long overdue for the independent bookmaker. We are confident that BTC will produce a service that works well with our Openbet systems and Manny Bernstein prices.”Euan McCormick (Managing Director) made the following comments about why the recently re-branded Megabet UK (previously Stan James) has signed up to the service: “We have been looking for a centrally managed audio service and this fits the bill perfectly. It will add significantly to the proposition when we roll out our re-branding nationally in the new year.”last_img read more

first_img Reading the weather: The ‘nerdy’ aspect to RotoGrinders analysis February 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 Related Articles Share All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world July 16, 2020 Share Submit Simon DenyerSports content and media provider Perform Group has announced that it has reached an agreement with the NFL to distribute its digital subscription produce ‘NFL Game Pass’ to ‘global territories’ outside the US and Europe.Agreeing on a multi-year agreement, Perform will gain exclusive rights to broadcast NFL Game Pass content which includes Monday, Thursday and Sunday Night games. Its service will also air the NFL playoffs and the league’s Super Bowl championship game.As an NFL broadcast partner, Perform informed that it would move to ‘accelerate’ the distribution of NFL Game Pass content outside of the US and Europe expanding the league’s fan base globally.Updating the market Simon Denyer, Perform Group CEO said, “Perform is delighted to be broadening our relationship with the NFL. We are committed to a long-term collaboration that will benefit both the sport and its fans. We are excited to work together to grow the brand for audiences across the globe.”Confirming its strategic media relationship, Perform detailed that its NFL Game Pass coverage covers over 100 countries and territories, including markets such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, and Turkey.Mark Waller, NFL EVP of International & Events said, “We are thrilled to be collaborating with the Perform Group in some of our priority global markets to drive distribution and consumption of our key media offerings across a range of platforms. This is a mutually exciting opportunity to better serve the NFL’s growing global fan base.”last_img read more

first_img Submit Related Articles UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Backing its decision to ‘drop minimum wagering requirements’ on player bonuses, online casino operator BGO Entertainment ( has launched new marketing campaign ‘Fair Spins’.Last September, BGO detailed that it would scrap ‘wagering requirements, maximum wins and maximum bets’ attached to its bonus promotions. Moving forward, the online casino will simply reward its active players through ‘real-cash bonuses’ or with ‘wagerless free spins’.In order to drive the message of ‘fair play’ to its customers, bgo marketing has launched its new ‘Fair Spins’ campaign, fronted by long-time BGO company spokesman Verne Troyer playing ‘The Boss’.In May, BGO was fined a £300,000 by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), which found misleading advertisements on its website linked to affiliate marketing promotions.The significant UKGC fine would force BGO management to re-evaluate its customer incentives, with the operator dropping all bonus wagering requirements, citing player feedback and a changing industry regulatory environment for its driving its decision. Share Sharelast_img read more

first_img Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Share Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Simon FraserRacing and Greyhound content distributor, SIS (Sports Information Services) has moved to bolster its commercial operations appointing Simon Fraser as its new Head of International Horse Racing.Fraser will be tasked with leading SIS racing content distribution to international partners, whilst boosting the firm’s global commercial outreach and sales pipeline.A seasoned racing executive, Fraser joins the company from Racecourse Media Group (RMG), where he most recently served as RMG Head of International Streaming (2014-2017).Confirming the appointment, Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, stated: “Growing our product portfolio with exciting content from all over the world is key to our strategy moving forward, and Simon’s appointment will play an important role in helping to achieve our ambitions.“He has extensive knowledge of the industry, as well as valuable experience in commercial rights, and I’m confident he will have a positive impact on the company.Heading up SIS international commercial development, Fraser will manage and grow the supplier’s international horse racing rights portfolio, as SIS looks to provide retail and online customers with the most engaging racing content from courses around the world“I’m thrilled to have joined SIS in what is an exciting period of growth. SIS is an established name in the betting industry and I can’t wait to get started in helping the business to continue to grow its international horse racing content.” Fraser commented on joining SIS executive team. Submit SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 read more