Month: August 2020

first_imgTT Court permits CAL employees to join unionThe Industrial Court on Wednesday issued a ruling enabling employees of Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL), to join the Contractors and General Workers (CGWU).The ruling, handed down by Industrial Court president Deborah Thomas-Felix, means that CGWU will be recognized by CAL as a majority union –   as the union has received the recognition of the court.Previously represented BWIA workersThe union previously represented workers of the now defunct British West Indian Airways (BWIA) which was shut down and replaced by CAL in December 2006. The union will now be able to accept new members from CAL as well as former BWIA employees who claim outstanding benefits.The union filed the action in the Industrial Court to recoup employment benefits former BWIA workers lost when the airline was restructured.Some of them were rehired by CAL but have since retired.In her ruling, Thomas-Felix rejected CAL’s evidence that CGWU could not be recognized as there was no collective agreement in place when the company was shut down.CAL is BWIA’s legal successorThomas-Felix said according to industrial relations legislation, CAL was BWIA’s legal successor.She also said some elements of the previous collective bargaining agreement with BWIA would carry on to CAL as both companies were essentially the same.“Despite insubstantial changes such as uniforms and paint on the aircraft, they are the same business. CAL has retained several unique features of BWIA including it flight codes and its Caribbean Beat in-flight magazine,” Thomas-Felix said.However, CAL intends to appeal the court’s ruling and an application for a stay of the decision will be held on Monday.More on Caribbean Airlines: Caribbean Airlines is Hero CPL official carrierlast_img read more

first_imgThe Palm Beach Titans defeated Southshore via the Duckworth Lewis Stern Method when they clashed at the John Stretch Park last weekend. Southshore reached 189 all out in 38.1 of the allotted 40 overs while West Palm Beach Titans was 122 for 2 in 17 overs when rain stopped play and they were declared the winner via DLS. Southshore’s Bradley Chung added 49 and Horace Stanley 47 to help their team to 189.   West Palm Beach Titans, Andre Fraser bagged 3 for 24 and Jitendra Chauraia 2 for 17. Titans Dalip Madnani scored 69 and Andre Fraser 35. Bowling for Southshore, Byron Bowes took 1 for 4 and Michael Nembhard 1 for 44.last_img read more

first_img“With his love and passion, he had a huge heart, he was such a generous person. He gave to all – his generous heart. Conrad Ifill (left), owner of Conrad’s Famous Bakery in New York “You cannot imagine how quickly this virus can take you down,” she continued. “This is something that changes from one hour to the next; you don’t know. The realization of it (Ifill’s passing) has not really hit us. We’re just in a state of shock.” His Trinidadian wife, Faye Ifill, an elementary school teacher in New York, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), that her husband died at Mt. Sinai South Nassau Hospital in Long Island. Ifill, who succumbed to the COVID-19 on April 17, was 81. She said that Ifill was first admitted to the hospital on April 3 and tested positive for COVID-19 two days later. Growing up in a big family of seven siblings, Ifill “quickly realized there was never enough bread and, in turn, began to bake his own bread,” the website says. Herman Hall, the Grenadian-born publisher of the Brooklyn-based Everybody’s magazine, said that his magazine was “no longer listing the departed, but it has to make an exception for the passing of Conrad Ifill of Conrad’s Bakery, one of our advertisers since 1980.” Trinidadian Renee Cummings, a former organizer of the Brooklyn-based Miss Trinidad & Tobago New York pageant, said that she “lost a friend”, an elder in New York’s Caribbean community. “It’s the customers who made him who he was,” she said. “He loved baking. He would have us taste his samples. NEW YORK – The Caribbean community in New York is mourning the passing of prominent Trinidadian businessman Conrad Ifill, whose Conrad’s Famous Bakery has been a fixture in Brooklyn’s the Caribbean community for decades. She said Ifill “loved baking” and had “a generous heart.” “He was always a fighter; he had fought every battle,” she said. As an adult, Ifill migrated to the New York and pursued a career in the Computer Data Processing and accounting. She said the day before he died after “developing breathing complications.” “When he was transferred to rehabilitation, we had a glimpse of hope, so, to be told he had to return to the hospital really shocked us. And to be told he died was dumfounding. “He was giving of his products that he took his pride in,” she continued. “If there’s anything we can take from him was his sense of generosity.” “However, he was not satisfied with this career path and decided to quit his job and pursue his dream of owning a successful Caribbean bakery, featuring Trinidadian favorites.” A note on the bakery’s website says that “Conrad’s Famous Bakery has been baking bread for over 31 years” and that Ifill, the founder and owner, “quit his Computer Data Processing job on Wall Street (in lower Manhattan, New York) to pursue his dream of opening a Trinidadian Bakery.” Ifill said her husband – who owned two outlets of Conrad’s Famous Bakery on Utica and Church Avenues in Brooklyn – was born on June 10, 1938, on Fun Rose Street, off the main Coffee Street, in San Fernando, in South Trinidad. CMClast_img read more

first_imgLeicester City forward Demarai Gray has confirmed that he is ready to sign a new deal with the Foxes.Gray produced his best display in a Leicester City shirt to inspire the team to a 2-0 home victory over Everton in new manager Claude Puel’s first game in charge.Speaking on his contractual situation, Gray revealed that the parties involved wanted the managerial uncertainty surrounding the club to be resolved before any talk of a new deal.In his words, he said:“We wanted to see who the new manager was, a bit of stability, but I’m happy playing football here.”“It’s for my representative and the backroom staff to deal with. All I can do is what I’ve done [against Everton]. When they give me the phone call we’ll get it sorted.” he added.The England Under-21 international joined the club from Birmingham City for £3.7m in January 2016 and Sunday’s game against Everton was only his 12th league start in addition to a whooping 39 substitute appearances.Speaking further, Gray said:“I’ve always said I’m ready to play and I’ve waited a long time.”“Hopefully now this can be a start of a run of games for me.“It’s what I need, to get some confidence and momentum myself and most importantly develop as a player.” he concluded.RelatedTammy Abraham Gets England Call UpSeptember 29, 2017In “England”Premier League Review (Sunday): New Manager, Same Result For Everton As South Coast Derby Ends In StalemateOctober 30, 2017In “England”Craig Shakespeare latest casualty of Leicester City title hangoverOctober 18, 2017In “England”last_img read more

first_img Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit The Irish government last week announced that it will hold a referendum at some point next year on whether to alter the country’s stringent law on abortion. Voters are expected to go to the ballot in around May or June to vote on whether Ireland should retain The Eighth Amendment of the Irish constitution, which gives both a pregnant women and an unborn baby equal right to life.Irish women could currently face 14 years jail time if they are found guilty of having an illegal abortion, but they’re legally allowed to go abroad for the procedure. The already highly charged campaign will only be intensified as the precedes the Pope’s visit to Ireland, however this hasn’t stopped Irish bookmaker Paddy Power pricing up how Ireland will vote. Head of PR at Paddy Power, Feilim Mac An Iomaire told SBC: “We certainly don’t expect any backlash in relation to this market, Paddy Power have a long history in political betting and have offered odds on every Irish referendum since the company’s foundation back in 1988.“Currently our odds suggest that a repeal of the amendment is likely as the vast majority of polls have showed that the public favour such a change.“Also, the Irish electorate voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing same sex marriage in 2015 which suggests that the Irish electorate if far more liberal than it was in 2002 when the last referendum in relation to abortion was narrowly defeated.” Related Articles Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more

first_img Continuing our Countdown to Cheltenham, and with only eight days to go, SBC has been quizzing major operators on what we should expect from the four day event.SBC caught up with Amy Jones, UK PR & Mischief Maker at Paddy Power, who revealed that the Irish are tipped to win big at the Prestbury Cup, and that the bookmaker doesn’t plan to lose any sleep over the threat of a Wednesday wipeout. SBC: Paddy Power recently recruited Colm Meaney to send a message to the English racing fans … how has this campaign helped boost engagement with punters?Amy Jones: The Prestbury Cup (or UK vs Ireland at Cheltenham) has grown in profile in recent years with such strength in depth being sent over by the Irish trainers and we enjoy getting behind the Irish challenge. Betting should be fun and we hope the campaign will evoke this spirit, especially during Cheltenham week!It’s also a way of creating competition in our two main areas, and creating a conversation around the Festival. As an Irish brand, we of course love to poke fun at the Brits and what better way to do it.SBC: Could we see the Irish win big at this year’s Cheltenham Festival?Amy Jones: Ireland are currently 8/15 to win the Prestbury Cup which tells the story of just how strong the Irish challenge is, and has been for the last couple of years. Messrs Mullins, Elliott and De Bromhead all send a very strong team over to spearhead the Irish challenge. Willie Mullins is the 1/1 favourite to be the Top Trainer at the Cheltenham festival and Henry De Bromhead is punters choice having been backed into 10/1 from 20/1.SBC: Three of the shortest-priced favourites of the week have been lined up to race on the Wednesday of Cheltenham Festival – is this a worry for Paddy Power? and how does Paddy Power plan to mitigate the risk of a ‘wednesday wipeout’?Amy Jones: We feel talk of a ‘Wednesday wipeout’ have been overplayed. We do of course look ahead at the forecast starting prices on each day and Wednesday is undoubtedly the most daunting for the bookmakers with the big three Irish bankers Envoi Allen, Tiger Roll and Appreciate It all in action. If those three go in we’ll have a losing day but it’s a long week with plenty more battles so we won’t lose too much sleep over it.SBC: Data has suggested that this year’s Cheltenham Festival has attracted – on average – 40% more ante-post punting in comparison to last year. Why do you think this is?Amy Jones: Cheltenham gets bigger, more competitive and more anticipated every year so it’s no surprise to see increased interest in ante-post betting this year. A wide open Champion Hurdle, a hotly contested Champion Chase and a defending champion in the Gold Cup have added intrigue to the action. The additional appeal of 5 places for Paddy Power bettors in all Cheltenham handicaps has definitely spiked interest.SBC: The Gold Cup hasn’t been defended since 2004, what are the chances of current joint favourite Al Boum Photo doing it for Willie Mullins this year?Amy Jones: Al Boum Photo currently heads our market at 7/2. The Gold Cup is hard to win once, let alone back to back, so there will be plenty lining up to take him on but he was an impressive winner last year and arrives off the back of an identical preparation so he will be a tough nut to crack if in the same form. He’s probably the horse in the field with the fewest question marks.          SBC: And finally. what role will request a bets and promotional offers play in engaging punters with this year’s festival? Amy Jones: Due to the competitive nature of racing at Cheltenham the week is always awash with promotions to help punters to find a winning bet. Requesting a bet is definitely the fastest growing area of our offering in recent years. Engaging customers through social channels has always been important to us and our ‘Whatoddspaddy’ offers allow our customers to build or request their own bet. I think it definitely adds to the satisfaction of a win if you request and land your own bespoke bet. ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

first_imgTwitch has announced a two-year worldwide collaboration with game developer and publisher Blizzard Entertainment. The deal will see much of Blizzard’s esports content exclusively streamed through the Twitch platform through 2018. The deal will additionally see Twitch Prime gamers able to obtain special perks for their favourite Blizzard games, as showcased by the “Gold Lootbox” for Overwatch users that was distributed yesterday. As the first part of this broadcasting deal, Blizzard is licensing third-party streaming-platform rights to Twitch for a range of Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft, Starcraft II and Overwatch esports content. The deal includes the following programs and comprises more than 20 major individual events:Heroes of the Storm Global Championship (HGC)StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS Circuit)Hearthstone Championship Tour (HCT)Hearthstone Global Games (HGG)World of Warcraft Arena ChampionshipOverwatch APEX LeagueOverwatch Premier SeriesWe founded Twitch as a gaming platform heavily based on our community’s reaction to games like Blizzard’s StarCraft II,” commented Kevin Lin, COO, Twitch. “Since then, our large, but tight-knit community, our constantly evolving suite of interactive features, and a native emote-driven chat language celebrated by viewers enable us to support and grow Blizzard esports in a manner that best serves our collective fans. This includes providing Blizzard fans with exclusive in-game content for those who subscribe to Twitch Prime, another defining and cherished component of our brand.”“We’ve had great experiences and a long history of working with Twitch, and we’re thrilled that this landmark agreement with them will help us bring some of the most exciting esports action in the world to Twitch fans and everyone who follows Blizzard esports,” said Frank Pearce, CPO and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Our esports communities are vital to us. We know there are millions of people out there who love Blizzard esports as much as we do, and we’re committed to making sure they’ll be able to cheer on their favourite players in all of their favourite Blizzard games for a long time to come.”Esports Insider says: Two juggernauts joining forces. Notably, there’s no mention of the Overwatch League. But why would there be, broadcasting rights are going to be worth billions, right? Joking aside – another broadcasting deal this year and it’s Twitch securing Blizzard esports for the foreseeable future. Congratulations to both parties.last_img read more

first_imgLast month’s inaugural Formula 1 Esports Series final was an enthralling event, but it proved just as engaging as it was entertaining, with over 20.5 million impressions recorded.The statistic, released yesterday, is a formidable figure, especially for an esport that is still in its infancy. For the F1’s project to have had such an impact will surely have already justified its existence – few other marketing methods are as engrossing as a competitive, virtual version of your tournament to introduce spectators to your sport.It will have certainly helped that the final itself, played on the FIA’s official videogame of their World Championship – Codemaster’s F1 2017 – was a thrilling, to-and-fro affair, with Brendon Leigh’s skillful last-gasp overtake providing a fitting conclusion to a riveting race. Indeed, the spectacle was successful enough that it seemed to open the door for racing games to become an esports mainstay.Formula 1’s Esports Series final also accrued six million video views, with 1.8m on Facebook alone who watched the Brit edge out Chile’s Fabrizio Donoso Delgado and Germany’s Sven Zurner to the crown.A further 1.6 million video views on Instagram vindicated the use of the F1’s main social media pages to distribute esports content, proving that existing Formula 1 fans are interested enough to check out a gaming tournament, run on a simulated track, and with virtual vehicles.Likewise, the broadcast found popularity on traditional television networks, where almost half a million combined viewers tuned in to the semi-finals and finals in the United Kingdom alone, reaching numbers previously unseen for televised esports events in the nation. The UK was first out of the 123 countries receiving the broadcast for audience figures.Impressions of the Formula 1 Esports Series Finals, by platformHowever, as successful as the show was for supplying existing racing fans with further content, the final failed to make any real inroads on Twitch. An underwhelming total of 54,000 views (with a concurrent audience which peaked over 8,000) suggests that Formula 1 has not yet managed to crack the core of the gaming audience. That could be an issue, if enticing the affluent and diverse Twitch demographic is the focus of the esports production.There’s no need to start ringing the alarm bells just yet though – the figures from the impressions made over Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram demonstrates that the event will have certainly turned heads, and there will doubtless be individuals who became aware of the race after its conclusion. The 556,000 views currently on the YouTube video of the final race is testament to that, and with the video’s reception being overwhelmingly positive, it wouldn’t be a stretch to suggest that a fair few will return as live viewers for next year’s competition.Formula 1’s Director of Digital and New Business, Frank Arthofer, was confident that the phenomenal outreach of the final warranted further tournaments. “The audience numbers we reached with this first edition have been incredible, confirming we made the right choice when we decided to begin this new adventure for Formula 1,” he said. “The engagement with a broad and committed younger generation of F1 and esports fans is something that we are proud to support and nurture, and we look forward to establishing a season-long series in 2018.”It is evident that the Formula 1 team is not content to rest on their laurels here. Alongside a new format in the works for 2018’s Esports Series, Julian Tan, Manager of Digital Initiatives & Growth, has his eyes on appeasing the community’s growing thirst for esports content:“The audience has been great not only in terms of quantity, but also in terms of quality, with 94% of the fans who thought the Finals were exciting and 95% who would like to see F1 run more events like this one,” he said. Tan also pointed out that it is still early on after the event’s conclusion, and “all the above-mentioned figures will continue to grow.”Esports Insider says: With ‘growth’ the name of the game for Formula 1 Esports, 2018 could prove a pivotal year in the project’s progress that really sees them galvanise racing esports to greater heights. After such an impressive inaugural foray into the esports scene, who would bet against them?Formula 1 is just another example of how traditional competition can benefit from an esports venture. To learn more about the convergence of sports and esports, and to network with some of the biggest names in both, check out the ESI Super Forum at Stamford Bridge in March 2018.last_img read more

first_img Source: Atletico Madrid midfielder Joao Felix has been named the 2019 Golden Boy, after a strong start to his career at Wanda Metropolitano.Felix joined Atletico for £113 million ($146m) back in July, after rising through the ranks at Benfica over the previous five years.The 20-year-old contributed 15 goals and seven assists to Benfica’s cause last season, and has picked up from where he left off at the start of the 2019-20 campaign in Spain.Felix has been a standout performer for Atletico, racking up 13 appearances across all competitions in total and scoring three goals.The Portuguese has now picked up this year’s Golden Boy award, ahead of Borussia Dortmund‘s Jadon Sancho and Red Bull Salzburg forward Erling Haaland.Felix has joined a prestigious list of past winners which includes Lionel Messi, Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe, with last year’s award given to Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.He expressed his delight after receiving the Tuttosport distributed prize on Wednesday morning and paid tribute to Benfica head coach Bruno Lage for the key role he has played in his development.Felix told Tuttosport: “Thanks to Tuttosport for the Golden Boy Award 2019, I am very proud.“It is the second time that a player from Atletico Madrid has won this award and I am happy.“Thanks also to Benfica, in particular to coach Bruno Lage for all he has done for me and my family that is always close to me.”Sancho finished second in the final voting for the highly-coveted individual accolade, after helping Dortmund fight for the Bundesliga title last term while also earning his first caps for England‘s national team.Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz came in third, one spot ahead of Haaland, who has earned plenty of plaudits for his goalscoring exploits in the Champions League with Salzburg.De Ligt ended up fifth, while Barcelona and Manchester City teenagers Ansu Fati and Phil Foden secured sixth and seventh respectively, with the latter the Premier League’s sole representative in the top 10.last_img read more

first_imgThe said incident took place at the Accra Sports Stadium on January 27 during the clash between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko. In the video, Allotey was seen subjecting the Kotoko fan, identified as Michael Siaw, to vicious punches after a slight misunderstanding.Days later, Allotey issued an apology to Siaw for what happened but the GBA decided to hold a hearing as Allotey had breached the ethics of the sport which go against a professional boxer fighting in public.Allotey was also charged by the Police for his conduct after Siaw reported the incident at the Ministries Police Station.Allotey’s management, Caboc Promotions, is very likely to file an appeal. The Ghana Boxing Authority has suspended Ghanaian boxer Patrick Allotey for 6 months for misconduct after he was seen in a video punching a Kotoko fan.The hearing was put together by the authority after the video of Allotey, who is the current WBO Africa Super welterweight champion, assaulting the fan went viral.The decision was the outcome of a disciplinary hearing held by the GBA on Wednesday and the GBA issued a statement to that effect.The statement was signed by the GBA President, Peter Zweenes.last_img read more