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Haitian-American filmmakers host seminar

first_imgEdson Jean (left) and Joshua Jean-Baptiste Haitian-American filmmakers host film-making seminar in MiamiHaitian-American filmmakers Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-Baptiste, will host ‘Don’t Take Yes for an Answer’, a seminar that takes place Saturday, Oct 14 at1:00 pm at Tower Theater in Miami.The duo, who were born in Florida, will address issues aspiring filmmakers face early in their careers, such as accepting tempting offers from producers and studios.Along with Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante, they will also discuss their journey from shooting no-budget test-episodes to working on a new Miami project in the community that inspired them.Learn why these two vibrant creatives are committed to making movies based on Miami, their hometown.The duo won the Project Greenlight Digital Studio competition, for their digital series VAKABON.Joshua Jean-Baptiste is a graduate of New World School of The Arts in Miami. He holds a BFA in acting and began his writing career shortly after finishing school. His recent productions include Plenty of Shrimp, a short play touching on online dating.Joshua’s work primarily focuses on culture, social satire, technology, introspection, and making it happen!Edson Jean is from Delray Beach, Florida. He received his Bachelors in Fine Arts degree in theater from New World School of the Arts in Miami. He wrote, directed and starred in The Adventures of Edson Jean, a 2012 project which was a finalist in the HBO Short Film Competition at American Black Film Festival. As an actor, his credits include War Dogs and the Oscar-winning Moonlight.last_img read more

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T&T grouped with CONCACAF giants USA and Mexico

first_imgTrinidad will raise the curtain on the tournament with a clash against Panama in Cary before taking on Mexico on October 7 and the US three days later, all at the same venue.Jamaica face Canada in their opener on October 5, take on Costa Rica three days later before closing out their preliminary round campaign against Cuba on October 11.Group A will be hosted at HEB Park. Trinidad and Tobago will face a tough preliminary round campaign after being drawn in a difficult Group A for the CONCACAF Women’s Championship starting next month.In the draw staged in Miami Beach on Tuesday, the twin island republic found themselves placed alongside powerhouses United States and Mexico, along with Panama from the Central American region.The US won the last Women’s Championship staged here four years ago, while Mexico finished third and Trinidad and Tobago fourth.Jamaica in Group BGroup B, meanwhile, will see Jamaica up against 2014 losing finalists, Costa Rica, along with Canada and Cuba.Jamaica qualified after dominating the Caribbean zone of qualifiers which finished last week, playing unbeaten to head the standings ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba, who finished second and third respectively.Begins Oct 4The CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which runs from October 4-17, will be played at three venues – Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, North Carolina; HEB Park in Edinburg, Texas and Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.last_img read more

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‘A Time for Love, God’s Way’

first_imgOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA There was a time in Dr. Audley Rollins’ life when his secular ballads thrilled lovers. And, although being since an ordained minister, for the past seven years, he still has the formula to keep love alive.On February 10, Rollins and his wife Dr. Dawn Marie Wisdom, presents the sixth ‘A Time for Love God’s Way’ at the Inverrary Golf and Country Club in Lauderhill.Renew marital vowsAt the event couples can renew their marriage vows or mend relationship-threatening differences through counselling, while singles get an opportunity to meet a potential spouse.Rollins told National Weekly that Christians are not exempt from divorce. The high rate of separation among Christians is one of the reasons he and his wife started ‘A Time for Love’.“We find that within the Church there are lots of divorces going on. One of the reasons is that they (couples) are not communicating properly and they don’t prioritize in marriage,” Rollins explained. “Sometimes you can share love with someone and you don’t even have to tell them ‘I love you’, but based on the things you do, and how you treat that person, they feel love. As well, you can tell someone a million times you love them, and they still don’t feel loved.”Given its amorous theme, the approach of Valentine’s Day was selected to stage the event to help reach couples who believe their relationships could use some nips and tucks. Dr. Wisdom provides most of the counselling, focusing on ways to heal marital bonds in danger of going to the divorce court.The couple liken the state of good and bad marriages to two lawns in a neighborhood. One lawn is lush and well-manicured; the other is parched and crying for attention. It is obvious one of the neighbors is doing something right.Singles ZoneSingles are not left out, hence the Singles Zone which is open to persons looking to meet a significant other.Drs. Audley Rollins and Dawn Marie Wisdom are pastors at Wisdom Sabbath Ministries in Plantation. Both are graduates of Galilee Ministries University.According to Rollins, response to ‘A Time for Love’ has grown considerably since its launch. The majority of attendees are Jamaicans, with a spattering of Trinidadians and Americans, who are treated to a romantic setting of roses (for the ladies), wedding songs and re-commitment to their spouse.Before he became a born-again Christian, Rollins was a reggae artist. Born in Kingston, the Jamaican capital, he recorded for top producers there including Bunny Lee and Lloyd “Matador” Daley.It was Daley (who died in Florida last year) who produced Repatriation is A Must, Rollins’ best-known song, in 1971. Rollins has since recorded three gospel albums.The Edwards Quartet, Zana Hunt and Jermaine Ramsey will perform at ‘A Time For Love God’s Way’.last_img read more

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CariCOF: Caribbean becoming much drier

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Barbados-based  Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF) says since December last year, many parts of the Caribbean have become drier.Major concerns re southern Caribbean“Major concerns exist in the southern Caribbean, including from northern Guyana to Barbados and west to the ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) for short term drought that can impact small rivers, streams and ponds, by the end of April 2019,” CariCOF in its February issue of the Caribbean Drought Bulletin released here on Tuesday.It said significant concerns also exist over long term drought that can impact large rivers and reservoirs, and groundwater by the end of May 2019, in parts of the eastern Caribbean, Jamaica, Hispaniola and southern French Guiana.Monitor water supplies “In any case, the entire Caribbean basin should closely monitor water supplies for the next few months,” it said, warning that rainfall has been normal to below normal for the islands of the eastern Caribbean.According to CariCOF Trinidad was moderate to exceptionally dry, while Tobago was moderately dry; Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Kitts normal; Barbados, Antigua and St. Maarten slight to moderately dry; St. Vincent normal to slightly dry; Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe normal to moderately dry.CariCOF said conditions in the Guiana’s ranged from severely dry in northern Guyana to very wet in eastern French Guiana, and with most of Suriname being normal.“Jamaica was moderately wet in the south to slightly dry in the west and east, but Grand Cayman was normal. Western Cuba was normal to moderately wet and eastern Cuba normal to severely dry; but northern Bahamas was normal to moderately wet. Belize ranged from severely dry in the west to normal in the north,’ CariCOF said in the bulletin.Regarding the current drought situation, CariCOf said that portions of the Bahamas , Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Guadeloupe,  Guyana, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Martinique, St. Barths, Trinidad and the US Caribbean territories have seen shorter term drought developing. With moderate long term drought being recorded in much of the Antilles and even severe to extreme droughts in small pockets of Guadeloupe, Hispaniola and Martinique.Shorter term drought situation by the end of April 2019 is evolving in the ABC Islands, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago while shorter term drought might possibly develop in Antigua, Southern and Central Belize, Cayman, French Guiana, Guyana, Hispaniola, Martinique, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts, St. Vincent and Suriname.CariCOF said regarding long term drought situation by end of May, a weak El Nino is expected to contribute to reduced rainfall until April. And that long term drought is evolving in Antigua, Cayman, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Grenada Martinique, Puerto Rico  and Tobago.“Long term drought might possibly develop in most other areas in the region,” CariCOF warned.last_img read more

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Tropical Storm Erin Gives Bermuda Wide Berth

first_imgHAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC — Tropical Depression Six has grown into Tropical Storm Erin, but is expected to pass well to Bermuda’s west, forecasters said on Wednesday.The system, which has been lingering in the open sea for several days, is the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season after being upgraded on Tuesday night as it became better organized.Forecasters expect Erin to weaken and transition to an extratropical cyclone as it heads towards Nova Scotia, Canada.At 6 am (local time), Erin was packing 40 miles per hour winds with higher gusts and was around 265 miles southeast of Cape Hatterras, North Carolina, and 435 miles west of Bermuda.It was moving north-northwest at 6 mph but was expected to turn northwards later on Wednesday, then north-northeastwards early on Thursday with an increase in forwarding speed, forecasters said.The Bermuda Weather Service said “Bermuda lies within a rather listless zone of transition between high-pressure ridging to the east and Tropical Storm Erin to our distant west.“While a random brief shower can’t be entirely ruled out, we can generally expect more sun than cloud with a light to at times moderate warm breeze through Saturday,” it added.Several islands in the Greater Antilles are still under a storm watch for Tropical Storm Dorian which should pass in Puerto Rico’s path later today.last_img read more

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Bravo Makes Anticipated Return, Skerritt Thrilled by Move

first_imgCHENNAI, India (CMC) — Veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has finally confirmed his return to international cricket, announcing early on Thursday his availability for selection to the shortest format, with the Twenty20 World Cup just 10 months away.The 36-year-old had announced his retirement 15 months ago but had in recent times openly flirted with a return to the game, following the change of administration in Cricket West Indies (CWI) with Ricky Skerritt replacing the controversial president Dave Cameron.Bravo, still one of the world’s leading T20 franchise cricketers, said that change in CWI leadership had been one of the major reasons for his about-turn.“They understand and listen, they will have dialogues going back and forth, that’s the difference,” the Trinidadian was quoted as saying.“And that’s why it was so easy for me to make a decision to come back and represent West Indies again. I speak to the captain [Kieron Pollard], coach [Phil Simmons], the president, director of cricket [Jimmy Adams] and chairman of selectors [Roger Harper], and I’ve confirmed that I’ll be available for T20I selection.”Skerritt’s election was followed by the recent rehiring of Simmons and the appointment of Pollard as white-ball captain, as West Indies regrouped following a disastrous 50-overs ICC World Cup campaign last June.Bravo, a former one-day captain, also quit Tests in 2015 after playing 40 games and scoring 2,200 runs at an average of 31 and taking 86 wickets at an average of nearly 40.He continued to play the white-ball formats, however, but has not suited up for the Caribbean side since the ill-fated T20 series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates four years ago which followed the abrupt firing of Simmons.Bravo said he did not anticipate any problems gelling with the current squad, as he already had a great relationship with the players and the team management.“I’m very close to everyone on this team and I know if I walk in, everyone will be happy,” explained Bravo, a member of every title-winning West Indies side over the last two decades.“But for me, it’s not about me going back to try to be the person. It’s just me going back thankful for another opportunity to represent the team again and also help nurture these young talented players and give them my experience and knowledge. I will try to assist them in whatever way I can.”Bravo’s return has been welcomed by Skerritt, who has made the reintegration of senior players into the international sides, one of the planks of his election campaign.Several senior players had paused their international careers in recent years, apparently in dissatisfaction with the Cameron regime.“Bravo has the performance track record that should never have been lost from the West Indies cricket talent pool,” Skerritt said in a statement yesterday.“One of the reasons Dr Shallow and myself sought the presidency was to review the team selection policy to become completely inclusive, and to ensure that selection is based strictly on merit and performance readiness.“Bravo’s return reminds us what a negative impact politics and pettiness has had on our cricket. The possibility that Bravo, a former West Indies captain, can again be a fierce and formidable all-rounder in his maroon colours, is a welcomed possibility.”Bravo has represented West Indies in 66 T20 Internationals but has played 450 T20s overall, scoring 6,298 runs and grabbing 490 wickets.last_img read more

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Celebrating Earth Day 2020 At Home And Online

first_imgThis year on April 22, the world will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the annual celebration of the environmental movement.The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970. Millions of Americans took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. And thus, the event became a yearly celebration.The theme for this year’s Earth Day is climate action.“Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable”, says the Earth Day website.The controversial topic and its range of challenges and opportunities will be the focal point of the live stream discussions which will take place today. Over the 24 hours of Earth Day, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day will fill the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more.Even though there won’t be any protests or mass gatherings, there are still things that you can do to help the planet during this COVID-19 pandemic.Conserving water, using less plastic containers, straws, properly disposing of gloves, masks and other items are earth-conscious tips that should be practised year-round.You can plant a garden while at home, water trees and flowers, or even go for a walk while maintaining social distance.To see all the digital Earth Day activities, visit https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/last_img read more

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NPFL Matchday 33 Preview

first_imgAnother special treat awaits followers of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) as we enter Matchday 33.The race for the title is becoming more intense as just three points separate leaders Plateau United and 2nd-placed MFM FC, while Akwa United and Enyimba FC are trying to make a late push for the title.MFM FC will hope to put the pressure on Plateau United when they face 7-time champions Enyimba at the Agege Stadium.Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu received as massive boost as NPFL top scorer Stephen Odey trained with the team on Saturday after reports emerged that he missed the CHAN Eagles 3-1 win against Kano Pillars feeder due to a trip to Sweden.The Olukoya Boys are currently second and are five points clear of the People’s Elephant.Elsewhere, Plateau United are guest to Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium.Pillars coach Ibrahim Musa will look to make adjustments in attack as Junior Lokosa, who has struck a good partnership with Nyima Nwagua will be missing the second of three games after his straight red card against Enyimba.The Sai Masu Gida are 10th on the log with 44 points from 31 games, while Kennedy Boboye’s Plateau are still leading the pack, having picked 58 points from 32 games.In Anambra, Ifeanyi Ubah host Nasarawa United, while Sunshine Stars host Akwa United at the Dipo Dina International stadium, Ijebu Ode.FIXTURESMFM FC vs EnyimbaKano Pillars vs Plateau UnitedSunshine Stars vs Akwa UnitedWikki Tourist v Rangers Int’l FCRivers United v Katsina UnitedABS Ilorin FC v Remo StarsLobi Stars v Abia WarriorsFC Ifeanyi Ubah v Nasarawa UnitedNiger Tornadoes v El-Kanemi WarriorsShooting Stars vs Gombe UnitedRelatedNPFL Round-Up: Plateau Go Top, Pillars Unbeaten In 13, Dakkada Grab Away PointFebruary 2, 2020In “NPFl”Marc MuniesaJune 30, 2017Similar postNPFL Super Six: Final Spots Up For Grabs On Matchday 3December 15, 2017In “National Team”last_img read more

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Bookmakers give mixed reactions to expanded 48-team FIFA World Cup

first_img Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Bookmakers appear tepid on the prospect of an enlarged 48-team FIFA World Cup for 2026. Last week, the FIFA Council voted unanimously in favour of President Gianni Infantino’s expanded 48 team format, which drew criticism from multiple football stakeholders.At present, the expanded 48 team tournament will see an opening stage of 16 groups of three teams, with the top two teams progressing to an enlarged 32-team knockout round, adding an additional round of ‘knockouts’ to the existing World Cup format.Stating his case for expansion, Infantino detailed that a 50% enlarged World Cup would generate new audiences and expected higher revenues for FIFA members.  At a game level, Infantino and expansion supporters detailed that the ‘extra round of knockouts’ would generate ‘more exciting football’ for spectators.Nevertheless, critics have pointed that Infantino’s expansion will simply ‘water down’ the level of competition for World Cup 2026. Furthermore, there are concerns that spectators may lose interest in a low-quality World Cup.Alan Alger – BetwayAt an early stage of assessment, Alan Alger Betway’s Head of Communications noted caution when discussing an expanded format: “It’s hard to know which innovations and developments in the betting industry will be in place by 2026, so it’s difficult to make an accurate prediction about how the tournament will play out.”The additional round of knockout stages may look attractive to bookmakers, however Alger notes the importance of tournament quality for punter engagement.“The extra knockout matches from the round of 32 onwards will certainly produce a good tournament in terms of competitive betting, with four games a day likely to increase multiples. However, the increase in the number of teams qualifying for the tournament is undoubtedly going to lead to match-ups in the group stage that not many people are going to be interested in, and the betting may mirror that.”Anthony Cousins – UnibetFrom a trading and market perspective Unibet’s Head of Sportsbook Anthony Cousins believes that a peculiar format with smaller teams in stature may well play to a bookmaker’s advantage.“Of course, there will be lesser interest in some of the “minnow” matches,” he said. “However, these teams usually play international friendlies in the pre-tournament build up where many other matches also take place and cannibalise turnover, we would much rather see an important standalone match where the outcome means everything.”Cousins further added that critics of the 48-team format may have been too quick to dismiss teams as low-quality minnows: “We also shouldn’t presume that the teams will be minnows – the format means that teams such as England are far more likely to qualify and based on current FIFA rankings would include teams such as South Korea, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, Greece and Australia – teams with big tournament pedigrees.“Ultimately in international football, the “lesser” teams have become more competitive and the top teams less dominant which for bookmakers and football bettors makes the 48 team World Cup great news… just not so much for the football purist and non-bettors where the tournament is likely to drag on.”last_img read more

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Retail bookmaking could see profits slashed suggest analysts

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 The report from the gaming analysts at UBS which pulled the rug from under the share price of William Hill this week doesn’t pull its punches when it comes to the near-term future for the high-street bookmakers.The team at UBS suggest that retail operating profits could decrease by an average of 40 percent depending on what the upcoming Triennial Review decides with regard to the maximum staking levels of B2 machines.However, should the government opt to give in to the demands of campaigners and take the stakes limit for B2 down to £2, the team at UBS estimate it would more than wipe out retail operating profits at William Hill and Ladbrokes and cause significant dents in total group earnings.Should the government opt to change the maximum stake to £10, UBS estimates that William Hill would see 78 percent of retail operating profits disappear while the figure at Ladbrokes would be 91 percent.The UBS team do caveat these predictions. They say they have assumed that customers who were staking above any newly-imposed limit previously would reduce their staking amount to the new limit with no change to frequency or length of play. They have also assumed no increase in B3 activity, though recent evidence would suggest that both Ladbrokes Coral and William Hill have driven an increasing mix of gross win from B3 machines, thus somewhat reducing their dependence on B2.“Given we have assumed no mitigation of any downside (either through increased focus on B3 content, or through cost measures) we believe these outcomes are worst-case scenarios,” they add.The release of the report nevertheless had an effect on the share price of William Hill which fell nearly 6 percent on the day of release.The report also suggested the bookies had further vulnerabilities to the potential for machine gaming duty (MGD) being raised in the upcoming March budget. Though they think this is unlikely, they suggest that a move by the chancellor to increase MGD to 30 percent from 25 percent would feed through to a 15 percent hit to retail profits at William Hill and a 21 percent hit at Ladbrokes Coral.As the UBS team suggest, there is evidence in terms of the current pricing of the share prices of the retail bookmakers that the threat of the upcoming Triennial review hasn’t been truly priced in for both William Hill and Ladbrokes Coral. The industry should clearly be worried about the potential impact of a cut in maximum stakes. StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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