Despite wide scale opposition, including from teachers, the Republican majority Florida legislature has approved a bill to arm the state’s public-school teachers.During the recent Florida legislative session the Florida House voted 65-47, with firm opposition from Democratic legislators, joining the Senate to allow teachers to carry guns on school campuses. The genesis to apply this controversial measure to Florida schools was the tragic shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland February 2018. Those proposing and voting for the measure argued arming teachers would serve to prevent similar incidents in state schools.Several Republican senators and representatives argued that if teachers were armed the Parkland tragedy would have been averted. “The gun man would have been gunned down before engaging in his mass killing,” argued one legislator. “It allows the good guy to stop the bad, and the bad guy will never know when the good guy is going to be there to shoot back, argued Republican Representative Chuck Brannan from Macclenny, Florida.Politicians are blind“These politicians are so blind,” said former Parkland student Debbie Moore. “What we and students across the state and the nation have been seeking since the tragedy of Valentine’s Day last year is to ban guns, or at least make it more difficult for people to have access to guns. What they have done is to make a way to have more guns in schools. What sense does this make?”Students from Marjory Stoneman and other schools made their opposition to the bill known as it travelled through the Legislature. Students held protests outside the Capitol in an effort to prevent legislators approving the arming of teachers. They argued in vain that arming teachers could create undue risks at schools and could results in accidental shootings. According to the bill which will now advance to Governor Ron DeSantis to be signed into law, before a teacher is approved to be armed with a gun, he/she would be required to undergo 144 hours of training and must pass a psychological evaluation.School districts to decideHowever, to the reassurance of teachers like Phyllis McKaye of Miami, despite the new law before teachers in respective school districts can be armed this must be approved by the relevant school board.“I have never heard anything so ridiculous as passing a law to arm teachers,” said McKaye. “I would leave the profession before I touch a gun at any school. The arms I bear when I enter the school campus is chalk for the chalk board. I would never arm myself with a gun around so many students. No school board could every be irresponsible so as to approve arming its teachers.”Broward teacher Lenworth Byfield said. “This law will only make schools a very dangerous place. Now teachers will be the first target of crazed gunmen. The gunmen entering a school will know we are armed and try to shoot us first,. A resulting shoot out would place more students in danger. People choose to become teachers to teach not to be armed vigilantes”The school boards in South Florida are opposed to the policy, and from all indications from opinions raised during the debate over the bill they are not likely to approve arming their teachers any time soon.
LONDON, CMC – West Indies’ Jason Holder was among 10 captains who took a break from team preparations on Wednesday to meet the Queen and Prince Harry, as historic London erupted in colorful and musical celebrations as it prepared to welcome Thursday’s start of the 12th ICC World Cup.Dressed formally in his West Indies team blazer, Holder joined his contemporaries at Buckingham Palace for the event, which marked the final day before hostilities began in the May 30 to July 14 showpiece, which will spawn 10 cities across the country.The skippers then paraded before their flags on the Mall, the popular thoroughfare which leads to the Palace, where a massive celebration was held involving celebrities like great former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards and celebrated Jamaican Olympic sprinter, Yohan Blake.Former Australia captain, Michael Clarke, who lifted the World Cup trophy four years ago in Melbourne, said the tournament would be a very competitive affair.“Some of the greatest memories of my career were playing in this competition so to have been able to have held this trophy up as captain in 2015 was very special,” said Clarke.“I think there’s five or six teams that can win it. England are in great form and their preparation has been outstanding so they are obviously the favorites.”England, the current world number ones and heavy tournament favorites, will raise the curtain on the World Cup when they clash with South Africa at the Oval on Thursday.West Indies, meanwhile, open their campaign on Friday when they take on Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.The Caribbean side are coming off a powerful showing against New Zealand in Bristol on Tuesday when they amassed 421 to come away with a 91-run victory in their final official warm-up.“Any win is a good win especially with the position we’re in. We’re building towards something special in the World Cup and to get this momentum going into the first game against Pakistan I think is key,” Holder said following the victory.“It was really good to see batsmen make full use of the surface and credit to everybody.”West Indies won the first two editions of the World Cup in 1975 and 1979 under legendary captain Clive Lloyd but have failed to make an impression since.In the last World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, West Indies were good enough to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament before bowing out to New Zealand.
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, CMC – The St. Kitts-Nevis government has hailed the decision to introduce legislation aimed at decriminalising small amounts of marijuana for medicinal and other purposes as a step towards the twin-island Federation consolidating its freedom from slavery.In a message to mark Emancipation Day, which is being observed on August 5, Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris said that last week, his administration introduced to Parliament legislation to amend the prohibitive Drugs (Prevention & Abatement of the Misuse and Abuse of Drugs) Act, which forbade the cultivation, possession and use of marijuana.He said these prohibitions dated back to a predecessor law of 1937.“Of particular note is the insertion of a new subsection (3) in section 7. This new subsection states, “Subject to subsection (1), a person may apply to the Minister, through the Council, for a licence to cultivate cannabis for personal use and shall be guided by Regulations made under this Act,” Harris said, adding “it could not have come at a better time than close to Emancipation Day, an emotionally significant day that signifies our freedoms and rights”.But he lamented that “too many of our youth have been criminalized and incarcerated in relation to cannabis, and as a result, they have lost out on job and travel opportunities, opportunities to study abroad, a good future and a good name”.However, he said his coalition government has introduced legislation “to expunge the records of those criminalized.“We offer a fresh start to our people in a new era of enlightenment and engagement with cannabis. We are committed to decriminalizing marijuana and in the near future expunging criminal records for related offences of a certain degree while ensuring that the health and welfare of our nation’s children are protected.”.Harris said that on this occasion of celebrating Emancipation, “there is no better time to acknowledge our painful history, take stock of where we are and make amends for past mistakes, adding “we owe it to ourselves, to the memory of our forebears and to our future generations”.The government has since announced the establishment of a broad-based Cannabis Core Committee of experts to provide technical support to further advance the work towards the decriminalization of cannabis and the establishment of a marijuana industry in the Federation.“The establishment of a modern industry requires a lot of work and preparation and especially one which has to date been part and parcel of deeply held ideas regarding its use, its legitimacy, and even its legality a lot of work still remains to be done,” Harris told legislators late last month.He said the committee will be chaired by Dr. Wycliffe Baird who “has been involved with the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines with their cannabis legislation and industry and he has done work in Africa in relation to this, so he comes to the committee already prepared and knowledgeable with regard to this particular activity.”Other members of the Committee are drawn from the Christian Council, the Rastafarian community, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the youth, the Office of the Attorney General as well as other experts in the field of marijuana.
Minimum Wage: According to information provided by Wikipedia from the preliminary 2006 Nigerian Census figures, Neymar’s cost price would work wonders in the Nigerian labour force. Taking into account the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory, all states excluding Kano, Lagos, Kaduna, Katsina, Oyo and Rivers State are under the 5million population mark per state. At a present rate of N18,000 monthly minimum wage, Neymar’s cost price will pay 5,300,000 Nigerian workers drawn from any of the 31 states, a welcome relief it will be to the Nigerian governors. Unfortunately, they can only dream about such a bailout as the funds belong only to FC Barcelona! Defence and Health Budget: A couple of days ago, Twitter went on a meltdown when it was revealed that Manchester City’s total defence cost more than the national defence budget of Bosnia and DR Congo. Well, wait for it! According to information gathered from a December 2016 publication of Punch Nigeria, which gave a detailed breakdown of the 2017 national budget, the ministry of defence and health were both allocated the princely sum of N87billion each. Unfortunately, the purchase of just one football player dwarfs those figures, as Neymar will comfortably fund either of the ministries budget with about N8billion remaining unspent. The football world was shaken to its bone marrows, when PSG through Neymar’s representatives paid the £198million (N95billion) release clause in FULL to Barcelona on Thursday.Here are five things the record transfer fee when converted to Naira can purchase in Nigeria.Linda Ikeji’s home: News broke out late 2014, that renowned blogger, Linda Ikeji had purchased a home for a reported sum of N500million in Banana Island, Lagos. The area which houses the super-rich, and powerful in Nigeria, will be shaken to its foundation if Neymar does venture into the real estate business in Nigeria. Agreed that real estate appreciates over time, but judging by the 2014 estimate of Ikeji’s home, Neymar’s big fat cheque will purchase 190 houses in Banana Island! Galactica Star: Nigeria playboy, Kola Aluko, who is a known associate of former Petroleum minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke has been reported to own a £50million Galactica Star yacht which he rented out to billionaire entertainment couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce. Aluko is under intense global pressure to dispose of the luxury item, but a closer estimate reveals that Neymar’s £198million transfer fee will comfortably purchase three or four of such yachts.4 Davido: Nigerian and global music act, Davido who is widely known as Omo Baba Olowo (O.B.O) in his home country was in the news earlier in the year with talk of 30billion in the account. Though he never revealed the currency the said sum was owned in, but it could be concluded that it was in Naira. Davido went over the moon, releasing a single titled ‘IF’, where he talked about having 30billion in the account. Based on the Neymar transfer fee, O.B.O will be forced to record three of such singles in the studio! RelatedLa Liga Rejects Neymar 222m Euros Payment From PSGAugust 3, 2017In “Europe”Analysing A Potential Neymar Switch To The City Of LoveJuly 22, 2017In “Europe”Neymar To PSG: Pros And ConsAugust 4, 2017In “Europe”
There were important wins for the top teams in La Liga over the weekend as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico, and Sevilla recorded important victories although Real Sociedad lost their 100% record leaving only Barcelona as the remaining team to not drop a point this season in the La Liga.The latest round of matches would see the champions welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back into the team for the game against Real Betis after his 5-game ban. Also coming back for Les Merengues on Wednesday is Marcelo who had his 2-match ban reduced and is eligible to play.There’s still no Karim Benzema and Kovacic due to injury but Toni Kroos is likely going to feature after missing over the weekend.Betis still have the 36-year old Joaquin to call upon to support Tony Sanabria while the likes of Javi Garcia and Andrés Guardado should provide quality in the midfield.Samuel Umtiti, Andre Gomes, and Paco Alcacer have been dropped from Barcelona’s Matchday squad while Rafinha and record signing, Ousmane Dembele are out injured.Eibar visiting the Camp Nou is expected to be one of many opportunities for Gerard Deulofeu to stake a claim for a permanent place in the team while Paulinho and Sergi Roberto are strongly expected to start as Valverde might be rotating the starting XI. This fixture has produced four or more goals in each of the last six installments and goals should be expected once again at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.Also on Tuesday, new look Valencia would be hoping to convert successive draws to a win against a depleted Malaga side who are one of four teams to have not recorded a single point in the Liga this season.Athletic Bilbao host Atletico Madrid at the San Mames in what is definitely the biggest match of Matchday 5.Atletico got a good win at their new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, over the weekend but a trip to the San Mames would surely be a tricky affair for Simeone and his boys.Iker Muniain and Aduritz definitely the major threats for the Basque side while Atletico would expect a lot from Antoine Griezman after his heroics on Saturday. Atletico are unbeaten against Bilbao in their last four encounters.Leganes host new boys, Girona, in Madrid while Alaves travel to the Riazor to face Deportivo La Coruna. Second-placed Sevilla host Las Palmas in a very interesting encounter to round off Wednesday’s fixtures.On Thursday night, Celta Vigo host Getafe at the Balaidos while Europa League contenders, Villarreal, host Catalan side Espanyol to round off Matchday five of in the La Liga.RelatedEasy Wins Expected for Top Sides as La Liga Returns After Tough European MatchesSeptember 29, 2017In “Europe”Only Barcelona Can Stop Themselves From Another La Liga TitleAugust 13, 2019In “Spain”Cristiano Ronaldo Names Rashford, Asensio As Potential Heir To World Best ThroneAugust 27, 2017In “Europe”
London club Tottenham Hotspur have been provided with a timely boost after long-term injury absentees Danny Rose and Erik Lamela returned to first-team training.27-year old left-back Danny Rose has not played since he sustained a knee injury in January while Argentina midfielder Lamela, 25, has not featured for the team in almost a year because of hip problems.Lamela last played in a 2-1 defeat at Liverpool in October 2016 and has battled with problems on both hips since then prompting his omission from the Tottenham’s squad for the group stages of this season’s Champions League.Danny Rose’s last appearance came against Sunderland on January 31.Tottenham host Bournemouth this Saturday knowing they have a lot of grounds to make up in the Premier League title race with the team in third and five points behind leaders Manchester City and second-placed Manchester United.RelatedTottenham Star Erik Lamela Signs New ContractJuly 20, 2018In “England”Prodigal Son Is Back! Auba Returns To UCL SquadNovember 21, 2017In “England”Dele Alli Extends Contract With Tottenham Until 2024October 30, 2018In “England”
Share StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Related Articles Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit Share Betting on Football 2017 will underline its international credentials by delivering an extensive update on football betting markets across the globe, from an increasingly digitalised Africa, to a newly regulated Italy and the potential for legalised sports betting in Donald Trump’s North America.With less than three months to go until the fourth incarnation of the event at Stamford Bridge (3-5 May), SBC Events has outlined an exciting conference agenda, with a key first day focus on market profiles for Germany, Africa, Turkey, Italy, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, North America and Asia.The African market represents a fantastic opportunity for growth, particularly with increased regulation and mobile betting advancements in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda. BOF 2017 will be reflecting on the success of this year’s AFCON as a betting event and assessing the chances of African bookmakers competing with Asian and UK counterparts for a share of the football marketing real estate.The Italian market has become more competitive since the regulatory changes in 2016. In fact, panellists on the Italian legacy briefing at ICE 2017 predicted that gross gaming revenue would exceed £1 billion in 2017. SNAI CEO Fabio Schiavolin and Betaland CEO Carmelo Mazza will be discussing the balance between retail and online, the impact of virtual sports and the tendering process for the award of 120 new online gaming and betting licences within the country.SBC Hall of Famer Mark Blandford will be appearing in the North America session moderated by Don Best CEO Benjie Cherniak. Given that the American Gaming Association (AGA) has suggested that Trump taking office could lead to a repeal of federal law barring sports betting in most US states, it will be interesting to hear about how quickly ‘the tide is turning’, what opportunities there might be for European bookmakers, and what can be taken from Canada’s approach to sports betting.The Scandinavian market update will also represent a first day highlight at BOF 2017, with Danske Spil CEO Niels Erik Folmann, Mr Green CEO Jesper Kärrbrink and LeoVegas CEO Johan Styren forming a star-studded panel to discuss the region’s reputation as a ‘hotbed of gambling innovation’.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron commented: “What we’ve noted over the past few Betting on Football conferences is that we are attracting operators and betting businesses from all over the world. So this year we decided to set up a Market Profiles track to make the most of the high quality people we have at Stamford Bridge this year, and give them the platform to share their insights.”Click here to buy your Betting on Football ticketContact [email protected] for more informationSponsors for BOF 2017 include Golden Race (Platinum Sponsor), OPTIMA (Gold Sponsor), BetConstruct (Silver Sponsor), HiPay, 138.com and Realex Payments (Premium Sponsors).
FTSE100 global payments provider Worldpay is predicting a bumper Grand National (Saturday 8 April Aintree) for bookmakers as new data reveals a staggering increase in betting activity during the world’s most prestigious steeplechase. Presenting gambling data from the 2016 event shows that British bookies saw an astonishing 99% increase in online betting activity compared to an average week. Overall turnover on Grand National weekend also increased by as much as three quarters (75%) compared to the week before.These figures represent a 16% leap in transactions since the same week in 2015. The later start time of 5.15pm encouraged a 10 million-strong audience to tune in and have a flutter in what has become one of the most popular betting events in the sporting calendar for casual and committed punters alike.Worldpay states a continued strong H1 opening to 2017, as Britain’s bookmakers recently had a lucrative 2017 Cheltenham Festival, seeing a 10% drop in payouts after a string of favourites failed to win. They will now be hoping for a repeat of last year’s National when the unfancied Rule the World romped home at 33/1, providing a bumper payday for the gambling industry. James McGurn, VP Growth – Digital Content & Gaming at Worldpay said:“People can’t resist the glamour and the history of the Grand National. Even those who never bet on other sporting events will have a little flutter on the race, and thanks to the rise of gambling apps it’s never been easier to lay a wager. There is every reason to believe that 2017 will be a record-breaker, with many gamblers hoping to recoup their losses from this year’s Cheltenham Festival, whilst new punters will be enticed to try their luck by the new pre-race hype.“Whilst in the past The Grand National has had to contend with other sporting action, like the 3 o’clock football kick offs, last year’s new later start time put the limelight firmly on the gee-gees, drawing in scores of punters. With the 5.15pm start once again in place this year, there’s no reason why bookies and punters alike shouldn’t be in store for another blockbuster Grand National.” Virtual Grand National success sees bookmakers donate over £2.6m to NHS Charities April 6, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Submit Quentin Martin: Luckbox – Esports can bridge COVID-19 divides March 19, 2020 StumbleUpon COVID-19 concerns see Grand National called off March 17, 2020
Updating the market, European sports betting operator Unibet (Kindred Group Plc), has moved to revamp its flagship ‘By players, For Players!’ tagline launching a new ‘fully integrated’, multi-vertical advertising campaign.The new ‘By players, For Players!’ campaign, was launched throughout multiple Unibet markets this October, with the advert making its UK debut during the England vs Slovenia World Cup on ITV (5 October).Developed by marketing agency DDB Stockholm, the fully integrated campaign, which will be promoted throughout TV, Print, Social Media and digital verticals, aims to push the Unibet brand and messaging in a ‘new direction’.Martin Dyhouse – Kindred GroupSpeaking to SBC, Martin Dyhouse Head of Brand Strategy for Kindred Group, detailed campaign initiatives;“At Unibet, we proudly say that we are ‘By players, for players’ and this advert is part of an ongoing global campaign to explain what we mean when we say it.”“The big idea comes from us wanting to challenge the stereotype of how bettors are seen. We know that bettors don’t just rely on luck, they do their homework. They debate with their friends they do their research before making an informed bet. And by placing a smarter bet it enhances their passion and enjoyment for the game.”The new ‘By players, For Players!’, is delivered as Unibet expands its marketing presence within multiple European territories. Ramping up its marketing activity, this August Unibet announced London marketing agency Initiative UK as its lead media planning and buying account, tasked with maximising the bookmaker’s brand coverage and awareness.“As part of the global campaign we have created localised versions of the advert for each market to ensure that is as relevant as possible in each country. Ultimately we want Players to be proud of being a Player, getting the recognition they deserve for a bet well made.” Dyhouse further statedUnibet ‘By Players For Players’ Revamp Share Share Submit StumbleUpon
Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance August 17, 2020 In anticipation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, which is set to be the biggest betting event of all time, Barcelona-based Mind-Future Sports will be giving punters the chance to experience the tournament on giant screens set up across Europe and in Moscow.Having previously promoted clients at events such as the Brazil World Cup 2014, Summer and Winter Olympics, and the IAAF World Championships, Mind-Future believe this summer’s FIFA World Cup is set to eclipse them all.Mind-Future European Director of Marketing, Jonathan Hemmings, outlined: ”Our giant LED 110m2 screens (think Piccadilly Circus and Times Square) will be in prime city locations in key customer markets – UK, Germany, Spain, Russia and Poland – for all 32 days of the World Cup. “We’ll be giving our commercial partners and advertisers the opportunity to reach millions of potential customers via the screens and also our mobile marketing technology using Geolocation to target mobile phone users with specially-designed content including full-motion video.”For the gaming industry, the screens provide a unique way to reach hundreds of thousands of betting fans every day, including punters that only bet on the significant events like the World Cup.The group has announced that city locations for the giant screens will include Cumberland Gate at Hyde Park in London, Princes St in Edinburgh, St John St in Cardiff plus Barcelona, Madrid, Munich, Berlin, Warsaw and Moscow itself.In addition to this, the group has also revealed that as a symbol of its appreciation, if any advertiser chooses Russia as one of its locations, it will proudly provide them with 5x VIP Guest Tickets for the World Cup Final in Moscow.Having previously worked closely with Graham Martin, the Founder of Bonne Terre, licence holder for Sky Betting & Gaming, Hemmings brings gaming industry experience to the Mind-Future group. Submit MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Share Related Articles