CONCACAF appoints new Chief of Football officer

first_imgManolo Zubiria The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) has appointed Manolo Zubiria of Spain as its Chief Football Officer, effective June 26.Zubiria, 39, will lead the division of Football Operations, providing overall management and execution of CONCACAF’s tournaments, major events as well as development programs.The position was created as part of CONCACAF’s recent re-organization to build a stronger, efficient organization focused on investing in growing regional soccer.Zubiria joins CONCACAF from AS Roma, where he spent the last four seasons as head of Team Operations. His tenure at Roma was marked by operational improvements and competitive success, which included three-second place finishes in Serie A and qualification to the UEFA Champions League in three of his four seasons.Previously, he served as CONCACAF’s Director of Competitions and Director of Marketing and TV. His first involvement in football was at the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup.“I am honored to take on this truly important role as the Chief of Football Officer at CONCACAF,” said Zubiria. “The Confederation is poised for greater growth. I look forward to working closely with our council as well as the 41 member associations to develop a solid and sustainable football strategy that leverages the organization’s operational capabilities and opportunities more effectively.”Zubiria succeeds Ted Howard, who was the interim Chief of Football Officer.last_img read more

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World’s oldest woman dies days after being moved from home

first_imgFamily disputeHowever, granddaughter Lelieth Palmer, the daughter of Moss Brown’s son, Harland Fairweather, who was the world’s oldest person with a living parent prior to his death earlier this year, said since her father died, there had been a family dispute as to who should care for Moss Brown. And that led to her being whisked away. The world’s oldest woman, 117-year-old Violet Moss Brown, is dead.Sadly, Moss-Brown, died shortly after being spirited away from her home of many years by relatives as a family feud erupted over her care and treatment.According to relatives who cared for Browne at her Duanvale, Trelawny home, she was supposed to be taken by another family member to hospital for a medical appointment on Saturday but was not taken back home.Moss Brown, who is affectionately called Aunt V, reportedly died at the Fairview Medical Centre in Montego Bay, St James about 2:30 pm Friday.She was 117 years old, being born on March 10, 1900.Moss Brown became the world’s oldest human on April 15 after the passing of Italian Emma Morano, who was born on November 29, 1899. Not pleased with treatmentRussell, who lives in Miami, said he was not pleased with the treatment his mother was receiving at her home and he accused her grandchildren, with whom she lived, of being greedy and uncaring. He claimed his mother was alive and remained steadfast that her whereabouts would not be made known.center_img Death leaves a bitter tasteAs news of Miss V’s passing broke, social media pages went abuzz with many users condemning her relatives for removing her from her home of many years and blaming them of causing her to die of a broken heart.A woman identified as Karen Samuel took the matriarch last weekend and had refused to bring her home. Samuels reportedly told her relatives that she was instructed by Barry Russell (Moss Brown’s son) to take her to the hospital to get her hydrated. Samuels then revealed that she was instructed by Russell to remove Brown from her home and not to reveal her whereabouts to anyone.last_img read more

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Miguel Diaz-Canel is Cuba’s new president

first_imgA new era dawned in Cuba on Thursday when 57-year-old Miguel Díaz-Canel was sworn in as the new president of the communist country, replacing Raúl Castro who decided to bring to an end the Castro family’s decades-long rule on the island.Díaz-Canel had been serving as Cuba’s first vice-president for the past five years.The National Assembly, the country’s legislative body, nominated Díaz-Canel even as Castro remain in a powerful position staying on as head of the Cuban Communist Party until its next congress in 2021.No restoration of capitalismIn his inaugural speech, Díaz-Canel said his mandate was “to ensure the continuity of the Cuban revolution at a key historic moment” and assured the members of the National Assembly that “the revolution continues its course.” He also said the country’s foreign policy would remain “unaltered” and that any “necessary changes” would be decided by the Cuban people, and there was “no room in Cuba for those who strive for the restoration of capitalism……Cuba needs you.” This prompted the more than 600 National Assembly members to rise to their feet and give the 86-year-old former leader a standing ovation.Groomed for presidencyIn 2013, Diaz-Canel was regarded as Castro’s right-hand man and for the past five years, he has been groomed for the presidency and the handover of power.He studied electrical engineering and began his political career in his early 20s as a member of the Young Communist League in Santa Clara.While teaching engineering at the local university, he worked his way up the ranks of the Young Communist League, becoming its second secretary at the age of 33.Faces challengesBut he faces a challenging period in office. Cuba’s economy is weak, and he needs to implement policies to reinvigorate the economy by pushing ahead with the controversial economic reform program launched by his predecessor. Relations with United States and President Donald Trump have deteriorated.In June 2017, Trump declared he was “cancelling” some Obama-era Cuba political reforms and re-tightening parts of the decade’s economic embargo that Washington imposed soon after Fidel Castro overthrew the Batista government in 1959.last_img read more

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Former Haitian president Martelly backs PetroCaribe

first_imgMichel Martelly Former Haitian president Michel Martelly says he remains supportive of any effort to ensure accountability within the Venezuela-led PetroCaribe initiative even as he acknowledged that he had previously made a joke about the situation. “I reiterate my confidence in state institutions to conduct fair and impartial investigations in order to preserve the principle of the presumption of innocence and to establish the guilt of any institutions or individuals who deserve it if is the case,” Martelly said.Oil alliancePetroCaribe is an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment. The alliance was launched on 29 June 2005 in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. In 2013 PetroCaribe agreed to link with the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), to go beyond oil and promote economic cooperation.Using humorThe former president reacting to debates in the media and social networks regarding allegations that funds were ‘stolen’ from PetroCaribe, acknowledged that he had jokingly said that he had invested funds from the PetroCaribe in the El Rancho Hotel.“It is no secret to anyone …that during my services, I often liked to use humor and even self-mockery, to demystify certain news and entertain my audience.“I note the turmoil and the comments aroused by a statement that, the artist that I am, made several months ago concerning certain investments, Best Western, Marriott, NH El Rancho among others.,’ said Martelly, who left office in February 2016.PetroCaribe auditOn Wednesday, President Jovenel Moïse confirmed that he held talks with members of the Superior Court of Accounts and Administrative Disputes (CSC/CA) and gave a commitment to make available all the resources necessary for carrying out the audit work on the use of PetroCaribe funds.He said that of 27 million Gourdes requested by the CSC/CA for the audit work on the use of PetroCaribe funds, 10 million Gourdes have already been released.Moise said that the balance will be disbursed from October in next year’s budget.”last_img read more

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Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department wins Health and Wellness…

first_imgThe Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department was selected by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) as a winner of a 2018 American Health + Wellness Design Award for several of its printed public communication tools.The department’s Leisure Times and companion Park Guide brochure won in the public service and pro bono category. Winning brochures Several of the department’s brochures won in the brochures and collateral category including the Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park/Riverbend Park brochure, Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park/Riverbend Park School Field Trip brochure, Waterparksbrochure, Okeeheelee Nature Center brochure, and Okeeheelee Nature Center School Field Trip Guide.The publications were designed in-house by department staff and serve to connect residents and visitors to opportunities for healthy, happy living to improve their quality of life. They were printed through the Palm Beach County Public Affairs Department’s Graphics Division. The GDUSA 2018 awards focus on health and wellness, one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy. This competition takes in the big picture of healthcare including traditional medical industries, mental health, counseling, healthy lifestyles, public health and community education initiatives.  GDUSA has been an information source for graphic design professionals since 1963 and covers news, people, project trends, technology, products and services and hosts national design competitions that showcase graphic design, in-house design, web design, package design, and digital design.Operates over 110 parksThe Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, recognized nationally for excellence in park and recreation management, operates more than 110 parks and recreational facilities and provides organized recreational programs and services for people of all ages and abilities.last_img read more

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#HealthFeature: How To Protect Your Teeth From Dental Plaque

first_imgPLANTATION, Florida – Have you ever stopped to think about gum disease? The damage dental plaque germs cause can be permanent, but you can fight the germs with toothpaste, a toothbrush and dental floss. Read on to learn more about plaque and ways to protect your teeth and gums.What Is Dental Plaque?Even if your teeth look clean, they may still be accumulating plaque. Plaque is a soft, sticky germ-rich film that is constantly forming on your teeth. You can’t always see plaque, and even if you recently brushed, it will continue to form on the teeth and gumline. You need to be diligent about dental care to control it. Frequent brushing and flossing are the best way to stop this source of tooth decay and gum disease.Plaque Gets Tougher to BeatOver time, untreated plaque will form and if it is not removed it will become a hardened layer of buildup called tartar. The combination of the plaque continuing to form on the tartar will lead to the oral infection called gingivitis. Symptoms of gingivitis include red, swollen or sore gums and sometimes bad breath can occur. Fortunately, gingivitis is typically treatable with proper brushing, flossing and seeing the dental hygienist for a preventive dentistry (i.e. professional cleaning) appointment.If you become aware of signs of infection associated with gingivitis along your gumline, you should act quickly by enhancing your dental care regimen because you can still save your teeth during this stage. Serious damage to the bone and connective tissue does not occur until the next stage, periodontitis.What Is Periodontitis?Over time, unchecked dental plaque germs can cause tooth decay and gingivitis as mentioned above and can also lead to periodontitis. In periodontitis, bacteria attach to teeth along the gumline and infection forms within the pockets surrounding the teeth.  Persistent red and swollen or bleeding gums can occur as well as receding gums, pocketing around the teeth, teeth may become loose and you may experience bad breath and now it is time to get help. At this point, you are going to need to bring in professional assistance from your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough professional cleaning or periodontal scaling and root planing if you want to save your teeth.Brush and floss frequently and attend regular professional dental cleanings and exams to keep plaque germs at bay. Do not hesitate to visit your dentist if you experience symptoms of gingivitis or periodontitis — gum disease should not be trifled with.Dr Sharon Robinson, DDS, owns and operates the Dental Place in Plantation, Florida, with a second office – the Dental Place Cosmetix Spa in Kingston, Jamaica. She may be contacted at 954-792-1857. Visit their website, www.dentalplace4u.comlast_img read more

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Massive 2019 Caribbean Carnival Launched in New York

first_imgNEW YORK,  – CMC – The Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) has kicked off its 2019 Caribbean Carnival with performances and displays by dance troupes, stilt dancers, a steel pan ensemble, soca artistes and costume bands, among others.Hundreds of Caribbean nationals attended the opening event last Thursday during which WIADCA also presented to a long list of awards to 2018 Ole Mas Characters/Ole Mas Bands; Adult Male and Female Characters; and Junior Male and Female Characters.   Among the recipients were the Trinidadian mas band, Roy Pierre and Associates, which, as in previous years, placed first for the 2018 Ole Mas Character.“I thank you for being here this evening,” said Dr. Jean Joseph, WIADCA’s Dominican-born, the newly-elected president, in her remarks.  “Your support of our West Indian American Day Carnival Association is most appreciated; and it is because of you (why) we are still standing today. Give yourselves a round of applause!“As we celebrate 52 years of community service, Caribbean cultural stewardship and youth development, we are reminded that shaping our communities to reflect all of us is very important,” added Joseph, a certified public accountant (CPA), who replaced Jamaican Dr. Ionie Pierce, who was not re-elected after serving for only one year. The overwhelming number of WIADCA’s board members are Trinidadian-born.  “We are a year-round, non-profit organization, made up of 90 percent volunteers, who work very hard with our community and our partners to keep culture alive through pop-up programs, mas, wire bending and pan workshops, immigration forums, etc. – all of which have been supported by many of our city agencies and government entities, and we thank you for that.”“We strive to be a beacon of change, where we embrace, promote and celebrate all aspects of Caribbean heritage and expect all to do the same,” Joseph said.“We take pride in demonstrating our commitment by creating opportunities, business and entrepreneurism for many in New York City, New York State and this great Borough of Brooklyn. This is our legacy for the generations to come. I look forward to another 52 years with this great Caribbean institution, with your help.”Performers at the launching ceremony included: Tropical Fete Stilt Dancers; WIADCA Youth Steel Pan Ensemble; N.O.W. Productions; Roxboro Police Youth Club of Tobago; Diverse legends; Diamond Entertainment for Kids; Kaios Kids; Trinidadian soca artiste Camille King, who carries the sobriquet “Milli-K”; De Royce; Million Dolla Capo; Stronjah International; and Sesame Flyers, the perennial WIADCA band winners. Joseph said, “much to the delight of paying patrons, WIADCA has put together a cast of headline performers from around the Caribbean” during the five-day spectacle, culminating with the grand carnival parade, on Labor Day Monday, September 2, on one of Brooklyn’s major thoroughfares, Eastern Parkway. Joseph said New York City Public Advocate Jumaanne Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants; and New York City Councilmember Dr. Mathieu Eugene, the Haitian-born representative for the 40th Council District in Brooklyn; among others, will serve as Parade Grand Marshals this year.last_img read more

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Caliente launches Digital Sports Tech product in Latin America

first_img StumbleUpon Submit SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 Workforce wellbeing leads GVC Holdings retail reopening  June 9, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Caliente will become the first operator in Latin America to launch Player Props, the player proposition betting product from Digital Sports Tech.This follows the recent successful integration with Coral in the UK and Europe, and with MadBookie in Australia. Ladbrokes Australia will also launch Player Props in early 2017.Caliente, the largest sportsbook in Mexico, will be launching the product, which enables customers to create and customise their own bets on player performance in real time, across a range of sports including football, basketball, American football and rugby league.Ari Lewski, Executive Director of Digital Sports Ltd, said: “Latin America is a significant sports betting market and we’re really excited to be able to offer our game-changing player proposition betting product to Caliente, another highly-respected, tier one sportsbook.“We’re also excited by the fact that Caliente is a very U.S. sports-focused operator because that’s where we believe our player props product comes into its own, given the stat-heavy nature of the sports and keen following by fans of the players and their statistical performances.“We’ve seen from all our partnerships how popular player related betting opportunities are and we believe it’s going to be one of the biggest growth areas for sportsbooks in 2017. Player Props is all about giving the punters the power to create their own bets which takes personalisation to a new level.”Emilio Hank, CEO of Caliente Interactive, added: “Digital Sports Tech’s Player Props product is going to be a great addition to our sportsbook offering, as it caters very nicely to our customer base given their penchant for betting on the big U.S. sports.”The wide variety of markets available on Player Props means that bettors are far more engaged when watching a match. There are more than 1.3 million unique markets available to create for individual moments within a single round of Premier League matches, such as shots on goal or tackles made.last_img read more

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Hammond Wonderland! Paddy Power opens ‘Budget Bingo’ markets

first_img Submit Paddy PowerPaddy Power Politics has opened its ‘Budget Bingo’ markets as UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond presents his first ever budget to the House of Commons this Wednesday.Taking over the fiscal reigns of former Chancellor George Osborne, UK political commentators eagerly await Hammond’s ‘Budget 2017’ presentation, which will reveal PM Theresa May’s strategy in a much-changed political landscape.Irish bookmaker Paddy Power hopes to spice up tomorrows Budget proceedings by opening a number of special politics markets.Punters will be able to wager on Hammond  taking a leaf out of Prime Minister Theresa May’s book and wearing a tartan suit (25/1), losing the budget box (80/1), and painting it blue (500/1)Other markets include what phrases he’ll use, with “Brexit” virtually guaranteed at 1/100. “Theresa May holds my hand, too” is slightly less likely at 500/1Company spokesperson Patrick ‘Paddy’ Power said: “Will Phillip properly Hamm it up with a Theresa May-style tartan suit?“Either way, it’s pretty much a guarantee that he’ll mention Brexit – and Donald Trump is bound to gate-crash yet another event. Though the concept of a budget might bend his mind.”Hammond to say during the budget speech1/100     Brexit5/1         Scottish Independence referendum12/1       Fake News33/1       Donald Trump would be impressed33/1       UKIP are imploding faster than Arsenal66/1       Better than Osborne66/1       Nigel Farage is a faker500/1     Theresa May holds my hand, tooHammond budget specials25/1       To wear a Tartan suit80/1       To lose the budget box125/1     To carry a Byron burger takeaway bag125/1     To wear a George Osborne pin badge500/1     To paint the budget box blueHow many sips of water will Hammond have?6/5         Three or more5/2         Two3/1         One4/1         NoneHammond To say first6/4         EU/European Union3/1         Economy6/1         Spending6/1         Revenue7/1         Recovery7/1         Growth8/1         Health14/1       Recession14/1       Taxpayers18/1       Pension20/1       General Election Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Big Day! Swedish government to publish full gambling framework on Thursday

first_img Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Submit Share Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Related Articles Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Issuing a statement, the Swedish government has revealed that it will seek to publish its entire revamped national gambling policy this Thursday 5 April 2018.This March, the long-awaited legislation passed the EU-wide business conditions/standards set by the European Commission, upon review of Sweden’s new national gambling framework.Sweden’s regulatory body Lotteriinspektionen will now move to replace its 1994 Lottery Act and 1999 Casino Act, strengthening its national gambling code with digital provisions and further consumer standards.Securing EC approval, Lotteriinspektionen has confirmed that its digital licensing process will now open on 1 August 2018, one month later than its original target date.On Thursday, the Swedish government will reveal all digital legislative processes/provisions for potential market incumbents, including licensing, responsible gaming standards, product requirements, consumer safety measures and operator taxes.Seeking to open Sweden’s digital gambling market, Lotteriinspektionen has stated that it will not place any limit on the number of applications by operators foreign or domestic.To date, the majority of listed European online gambling enterprises have stated that they will move to participate in the regulated Swedish market.This February Lotteriinspektionen Director General Camilla Rosenberg noted the significant interest of international operators seeking to join a regulated Swedish marketplace.In a market update, Rosenberg urged the Swedish government to increase Lotteriinspektionen’s licensing resources in order to cope with the foreign demands, and further meet the target of January 2019 for relaunching Sweden’s national gambling framework.last_img read more

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