Fire destroys historic Iron Market in Haiti

first_imgFire engulfed the Iron Market in February 2018. Fire destroyed the historic “Iron Market” in Haiti with President Jovenel Moise saying the police were already carrying out investigations to determine the cause of the blaze that destroyed a building that dates back to 1891.Several lose livelihood“The news of the Iron Market fire … saddens me a lot. I think of all those who have lost their livelihoods. Police authorities are already working to shed light on this drama,” Moise said indicating that it would cost approximately US$7-million seven to rebuild the facility.The former Commander-in-Chief of the National Police of Haiti (PNH), Mario Andrésol, said the origin of the fire of a public market in Haiti is rarely accidental.Source of fire – political or criminal“It is either political or criminal. The antagonistic groups that cluster around municipal cartels easily make it possible to go up the criminal chain. Politics is something else,” he added, while the Speaker of the Senate, Joseph Lambert, said he was disgusted and dismayed at the fire.“The Iron Market is burned. Can human beings think a crime like this?” he said, as former president Michel Martelly and former prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, also expressed their disappointment at the situation.Market dates back to 1890sAccording to residents, a pile of garbage that was set on fire vacant lot near the market, could have spread and cause the destruction of the historic market that dates back to the 1890s Former Haitian president, Florvil Hyppolite inaugurated the building in 1891 after it was shipped in pieces from Paris.The Marche en Fer, or Iron Market, market was damaged by fire in 2008 and then completely destroyed in the 2010 earthquake. It was rebuilt with international help and re-opened by former US President Bill Clinton in 2011.last_img read more

Antigua’s DPP makes extradition request for British officer to face rape…

first_imgThe Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Antigua and Barbuda, Anthony Armstrong has successfully requested the extradition of a British officer to face a rape charge on the island.A government statement says this development marks a first in the legal history of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).Armstrong had made the request through the United Kingdom Crown Prosecutions Service which presented the extradition request to the Westminster Magistrates’ Court before a senior District Judge in October, 2017. The request was finally granted in July this year, after the British Court heard legal arguments for and against it.“The court’s decision was sent to the British Home Secretary for him to decide whether to issue an order for the return of the fugitive officer. The order was signed by the Home Secretary in August of 2018, paving the way for the British officer [to] return to Antigua and Barbuda,” the statement said.However, the British officer, who was not named, may appeal the decision of the Home Secretary before another court.According to the allegations, while on vacation in Antigua and Barbuda in May 2015, the police officer met with a foreign student studying at a local educational institution, and raped her shortly after.The matter was reported to the police who commenced an investigation, spearheaded by Assistant Commissioner of Police Clayton Davis. However, before the suspect could be apprehended, he went back to the UK later that month.last_img read more

Buju Banton Returns To SummerJam Stage After 10 Years

first_imgReturning to the SummerJam stage, decked out in a blue outfit, Banton celebrated his first performance outside of the Caribbean region, since his release from a seven-year prison stint in 2018. The performance is also marked as his first stop on the European leg of his ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ Tour.The last time Banton hit the SummerJam stage was in 2009, sharing the stage with iconic reggae acts like Bunny Wailer, Barrington Levy, Freddie McGregor, and Junior Kelly.Other reggae and dancehall acts that performed at this year’s SummerJam include Popcaan, Agent Sasco, Richie Spice, Koffee, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid, and Jimmy Cliff.Besides being the headliner at SummerJam, the Gargamel also headlined AFAS Live in Amsterdam that same weekend. Later this summer, he will perform at the Border Splash Benefit Concert in Le-Grand Saconnex, Switzerland (31st July), Reggae Sun Ska in Verthieul, France (2nd August), and Reggae Geel in Geel, Belgium (3rd August). Via www1.wdr.de COLOGNE, Germany – Its been 10 years since Reggae artist Buju Banton last performed at SummerJam, but on July 6, he made his long-awaited return to the German festival as the headliner.At the European Hip-Hop, Reggae, and Dancehall festival that took place from July 5 to 7 in Cologne at the Fühlinger, Buju graced to stage on night two to perform a melody of hits in front of over 20,000 people each night.last_img read more

Emerging Players Crush Hurricanes To Clinch Super50 Title

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – A dominant West Indies Emerging Players defied all odds to script a fairytale end to an astonishing campaign, when they crushed favourites Leeward Islands Hurricanes by a record 205 runs to lift the 2019 Super50 Cup on Sunday night.In a one-sided final at Queen’s Park Oval, Emerging Players made bold statement by piling up an imposing 293 for seven off 50 overs, with left-handed opener Leonardo Julien hitting a fluent 83 from 85 balls.Faced with a record run chase to win their first title in nine years, Hurricanes folded meekly for 88 inside 27 overs as off-spinner Kevin Sinclair, with four for 20 and leg-spinning captain Yannic Cariah, three for eight, demolished the innings.They were fighting at 64 for three in the 18th over but suffered a dramatic collapse to lose their last seven wickets for just 24 runs.Left-hander Amir Jangoo was the only batsman to reach 20 and was just one of three specialist batsmen to reach double figures, as the Hurricanes run chase never going after Emerging Players restricted the scoring early on.“First of all, thank God for smiling on us through this tournament,” said Cariah, adjudged Man-of-the-Match for a solid all-round performance which saw him also score 34.“We had some tough times and we had some great times and you can see, at the end we came out on top.”Still buoyant from their dramatic takedown of Barbados Pride in Thursday’s first semi-final, Emerging Players produced a strong start after being sent in, with Julien and Kimani Melius (28) posting 60 from 69 balls for the first wicket.Julien, with just three runs from his previous three innings, finally found his touch to stroke 11 fours and two sixes while Melius belted a four and a pair of sixes in a 33-ball knock.When Melius pulled a long hop from off-spinner Jacques Taylor to Kieran Powell at short mid-wicket in the 12th over, Cariah arrived to add a further 81 with Julien for the second wicket to keep the momentum going.The partnership was threatening to give Emerging Players a stranglehold on the innings when Cariah hesitated over a quick single and was run out at the non-striker’s end in the 28th over.His dismissal led to a slide, four wickets tumbling for 47 runs, as Hurricanes clawed their way back thanks to the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, seamer Sheno Berridge (2-59), who struck twice.Julien was one of his victims in the 32nd over, fourth out driving a low catch to Devon Thomas at cover.In need of a rebuild at 188 for five in the 36th over, Emerging Players were propelled by Kevin Sinclair who struck 28 from 33 balls in adding 30 for the sixth wicket with Roland Cato (30), and 32 for the seventh wicket with Dominic Drakes (38 not out).Sinclair eventually holed out to long on in the 47th over off pacer Quinton Boatswain (2-59) but the left-handed Drakes, who blasted three fours and two sixes in a 25-ball cameo, gave the innings a thrilling end in a 43-run, unbroken eighth wicket stand with Keon Harding (13 not out).Needing to score at nearly six runs an over, Hurricanes stumbled at the start when Montcin Hodge (1) edged a slash at a short, wide ball from speedster Harding in the third over with just 11 runs on the board, and was caught by a leaping Joshua DaSilva behind.And when Sinclair and Harding combined to dry up the scoring, Hurricanes found themselves dawdling on 14 for one after six overs and in need of a catalyst.It never came. Powell edged a cut at Sinclair and was taken at the wicket for 13 in the eighth over and Thomas scooped an innocuous delivery from left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd to point in the 14th over, after adding 22 for the third wicket with Jangoo.Keacy Carty (8) had put on a further 19 with Jangoo for the fourth wicket to push the score to 64 for three when Cariah cleaned up both in his first over – the 18th of the innings – first having Carty caught at cover and then bowling Jangoo through the gate.Akeem Saunders (1) was brilliantly run out at the non-striker’s end by Nedd’s direct hit from backward point in the 20th over and off the very next ball, captain Jahmar Hamilton (6) skied Cariah to cover where Melius held a swirling catch, as Emerging Players closed in on victory.CMClast_img read more

Caps Look to Return to Form Against Devils

first_imgComing off of their worst performance of the season, the Washington Capitals head into back to back contests with the New Jersey Devils this weekend looking to regain the effort and results that saw them race out to a 7-0 record to begin the 2011-12 campaign. Since that red hot start the team has gone 2-4. Game one is at “The Rock” on Friday night with Saturday’s tilt at the Verizon Center. The Devils are 7-5-1 overall and have won three games in a row.The Caps are currently second in the NHL in goals per game averaging 3.77 (behind the Flyers) while the Devils are 23rd in the leauge at 2.31 goals per game. Washington’s problems have mostly come on the back end and they are allowing 2.92 goals per game (22nd in the NHL) while New Jersey is only yielding 2.69 (15th in the NHL).New Jersey’s scoring leaders are the familiar Patrick Elias (13 points in 13 games), Ilya Kovachuk (9 points in 11 games) and Zach Parise (8 points in 13 games). Parise is back after suffering an early season knee injury last fall that wiped out the majority of his 2010-11 season. [FRIDAY UPDATE: Kovalchuk is out for the weekend with a lower body injury.]  On defense, new coach Peter DeBoer is relying heavily on Swedish rookie Adam Larsson, the 4th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. The young man, who will turn 19 on Saturday, is leading the Devils defense in ice time logging 23:37 a night. New Jersey also has veterans Henrik Tallinder and Anton Volchenkov plus underrated Andy Greene on the blue line. In goal, 39 year old Martin Brodeur has won his last two starts after battling an upper body injury for most of the early part of the season. The other net minder is 38 year old journeyman Johan Hedberg, who is 5-3-1 this season.After Tuesday’s clunker against the Stars, Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau put his club through a grueling work out on Wednesday, which in hockey is affectionately known as the “bag skate.” Simply put, the Washington bench boss was disgusted with the lack of effort from his crew in their previous game and made them pay for it the next day. The energy was not there at all from the Capitals against a good Dallas team and they were beaten soundly. In addition to the lack of intensity, the Caps continued a recent pattern of poor d-zone coverage and displayed an inability to move the puck successfully out of their own end on numerous occassions. As chronicled here in this blog, the Mike Green ankle injury is a big one. #52 is Washington’s best defensemen and he has been called, for good reason, the “One Man Breakout.” There is a solid chance that “Game Over Greenie” will return on Friday, he participated in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday. His place in the lineup hopefully will help a struggling Roman Hamrlik, who has been on the ice for more goals against than any other Capitals defenseman.In order for the Capitals to win, whether Green is in the lineup or not, they need to get back to the type of hockey that works best for their personnel. That recipe for success is a commitment to getting the puck deep in their opponents end, then using their physical size in the cycle game down low to wear out the opposition. Boudreau has four good lines but on Tuesday the Caps forwards acted like the Stars defensemen had a case of the plague and failed to take the body like they need to do to generate chances. Alexander Ovechkin and Troy Brouwer are at their best with Nicklas Backstrom (19 points in 13 games) when they are playing physical. That top line, if paired together, needs to get back to that type of effort. Alexander Semin has been downright horrible in his last eight games and he must get more involved. He has played the “easy game” over that stretch, failing to go into traffic and take a hit or outwork defenders with his size and skill on the wall. You’ll know pretty quickly if the Caps are focused because you will see the puck going north-south instead of those lazy cross ice passes at the opponents blue line that often leads to big trouble.For the Caps, I imagine the goaltending duties will be split this weekend. Michal Neuvirth was okay on Tuesday while Tomas Vokoun had a nightmare last start in Long Island on Saturday, allowing three softies.Washington’s power play is ranked third in the league clicking at 25% while the penalty killing is 20th at 78.7%. Given the depth and size of the Washington squad, there is no doubt that they are at their best in five on five situations so it is imperative that the Caps move their feet and not take the lazy stick infractions that have been a problem over the last six contests.last_img read more

European League Preview: Anfield Lit For Arsenal Sunday Visit, Dominant PSG Host Top Of…

first_imgENGLANDLiverpool will look to maintain their unbeaten start to the season at home to Arsenal on Sunday at Anfield in a potentially explosive game.The Gunners were losers away at Stoke City on Saturday and have a great opportunity to arrest any imminent early season slide on a ground that always erupts with real excitement and quality whenever the pair clash.Chelsea have a second bite at the cherry at Stamford Bridge in Sunday’s early kickoff when they welcome Everton. Buoyed by the recent international retirement of Wayne Rooney who can now fully concentrate on his club career and his landmark 200th Premier League goal at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night, the Toffees will aim to make life unbearable for the champions.Manchester United and Leicester City clash in what could represent the first real domestic test high-flying Red Devils will encounter this season. The visiting Foxes are known to be a handful for any top opposition side and given their energetic start to the season, Manchester United surely have to bring their A-game to stand any chance of a win against a tricky Leicester City team. FRANCEThe Parc des Princes comes alive on Friday night when table topping PSG entertain third-place Saint Etienne. Both teams are unbeaten this season, winning all three games contested to date, the home team ahead on the log only due to a superior goal difference.It promises to be a worthwhile game to watch as PSG-parading the league’s best attack- face a visiting Saint Etienne team who are yet to concede this season.Second-place Monaco will entertain fifth-place Marseille in the weekend’s big game. The home team will almost be without rebel want-away teenage star forward Kylian Mbappe who apparently has his head turned around amid a potential big money transfer to rivals PSG. ITALYThe big game of the weekend in Italy takes place at Stadio Olimpico when Roma hosts league leaders Inter Milan in a potentially mouth-watering fixture.It will be an instant return for Inter boss, Luciano Spalletti, to his former employers, and it will be interesting to note the reception the Roman faithful’s accord their erstwhile gaffer.High-flying AC Milan in third-place welcome bottom place Cagliari to the San Siro, a game the home team should easily win to extend their early season dominance. Coach Vincenzo Montella knows anything other than a satisfactory home performance and result in front of the club owners and fans in the season’s maiden home fixture will be termed unacceptable.Champions Juventus are away at Genoa as they face stiff competition this season in their title defense. Juventus secured a comfortable home win against Cagliari on the opening matchday and should thread carefully against 13th-place Genoa, who secured an away draw to Sassuolo. GERMANYLeague leaders Borussia Dortmund will look to consolidate their away win last weekend at Wolfsburg when they host Hertha Berlin at Signal Iduna Park.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has stayed put with Dortmund and was among the goals in the opening day whitewash. The Gabonese international will be key to earning a second successive win, to ensure Dortmund maintain their early season lead.Defending champions Bayern Munich are away to Werder Bremen-who started the season on a losing note away from home, in a game Carlo Ancelotti will be keen to clinch maximum points in a bid to douse talks of a meltdown at the Bavarian giants. RelatedPremier League Review: Liverpool End City’s Unbeaten Run In Seven-Goal Thriller As Bournemouth Beat Arsenal For The First TimeJanuary 14, 2018In “England”Patrice EvraJune 30, 2017Similar postPremier League Review: Manchester Is Blue As Liverpool, Arsenal Falter In Top Four RaceDecember 11, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Stunning Win! Osaka Shocks Venus Williams

first_imgThe world no. 64 recorded her biggest scalp at the US Open last month when she defeated world no. 6 Angelique Kerber but her latest win against world no. 5 Venus Williams surpasses that feat.RelatedSouthern & Western Open: Naomi Osaka Withdraws From Semis In Protest Over Police Shooting Of James BlakeAugust 27, 2020In “Tennis”Indian Wells Masters: Keber, Venus, Osaka Survive 5th RoundMarch 12, 2019In “Tennis”Indian Wells Masters: Osaka, Halep Crash Out Retaining RankingsMarch 13, 2019In “Tennis” Naomi Osaka pulled off the biggest win of her short career by beating Venus Williams at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open.19-year old Osaka won in straight sets 7-5, 6-2 to gain her revenge on the American, who had been victorious earlier this year in their match at the Wimbledon Open in the summer.Speaking after her victory, Osaka said:“I feel like even if I hit one semi-short ball she would come in and crush it, so I had to play really well.”last_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying (CAF): Ghana Ends Disappointing Campaign With Draw

first_imgThe Black Stars of Ghana put a disappointing World Cup qualifying campaign to bed with a 1-1 draw against Russia-bound Egypt at home.The Group E game, which was the final qualifier for both countries, came into life in the second half after a goalless first 45 minutes. The Egyptians took the lead with seventeen second half minutes gone courtesy Mahmoud Abdelrezak but they were pegged back two minutes later through Edwin Gyasi’s deflected strike. Both sides failed to add to their scoreline as they settled for a 1-1 draw.In the other group game, Uganda finished in a respectable second place following a 1-1 draw with hosts and whipping boys Congo Brazzaville. The two goals were scored in the early parts of the first half as Milton Kerisa’s strike for Uganda  cancelled out Marvin Baudry’s opener.Group E (Matchday 6) Results:Ghana 1-1 EgyptCongo 1-1 UgandaFinal Standings:Egypt 13 pointsUganda 9 pointsGhana 7 pointsCongo 2 points RelatedEgypt End 28-Year Wait To Qualify For World CupOctober 9, 2017In “FIFA”Ghana FA Makes Official Complaint To FIFA Over Uganda MatchOctober 8, 2017In “FIFA”CAF #WCQ Roundup: Four Teams Eliminated, Others Continue 2018 FIFA World Cup Ticket ChaseSeptember 6, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more

Betting on Football gets even bigger in 2017

first_img ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon The fourth incarnation of the Betting on Football Conference, organised by SBC Events, will be the biggest one yet, with a packed agenda spread across two whole days for the first time. Betting on Football 2017 will be held on 3-4 May at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge, with a dedicated exhibition area in the Great Hall and two conference streams in the Drake and Harris Suites.Organised by SBC Events, next year’s Betting on Football will take place over two-days and feature more than 90 leading industry speakers. The 600+ delegates in attendance will also experience world class hospitality, unlimited networking opportunities and a product display from over 30 exhibitors.SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron commented: “You could say we’ve given Betting on Football a full makeover with the number or improvements we’ve planned for 2017. We’re taking more than twice the space of 2016 and of course are spreading it across two days instead of one. And we are doing something really special on the networking front.”One of the many differences for 2017 is the increase in seminar sessions as Betting on Football  will incorporate two conference streams for the first time, allowing more vital subjects to be discussed and ensuring that there is always something of interest to delegates. On top of that, BOF 2017 will also offer dedicated meeting rooms, organise roundtable discussions and introduce the product pitching stage, ‘Pitch Invasion’, inside the 1,400 sq/m Great Hall.Betting on Football will also boast two superior networking parties for which SBC is rightly renowned. On the first night the ‘official opening party’ will be at the glamorous Richard Branson-owned Kensington Roof Gardens from 20:30 until late, while the second night boasts the ‘official closing party’ at Under the Bridge, one of Roman Abramovich’s favourite London nightclubs. The £30 million venue recently played host to the successful SBC Awards, and artists such as Beyonce and Bruno Mars.SBC will also be organising its second exclusive networking event for 100 C-Level Executives, and further grow the popular affiliate gathering to include the top 40 sports betting affiliates in partnership with TAG Media.Sponsors include OPTIMA (Gold Sponsor), 138.com (Premium Sponsor), BetConstruct (Silver Sponsor), Bet365, BetGenius, BetOnBrazil, Betting Gods, Betway, Digitain, EnergyBet, Ganapati, Golden Race, Oulala, Paddy Power Betfair, SBTech, Sportradar and VSoftCo.To find out more information about becoming a sponsor – contact sales@sbcnews.co.uk.To register for your early bird BOF ticket at a special discounted price of just £299 (+VAT), visit http://sbcevents.co.uk/betting-on-football-2017/#register. A standard two-day ticket is £599 (+VAT), while day passes are available for £399 (+VAT). Email sales@sbcnews.co.uk for more information.last_img read more

iGaming Super Show pleased at 9% jump in numbers

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Spot the Ball: VSoftCo brings virtual sports into the casino August 8, 2017 Guy Harding – Oddschecker: ‘Overround Erosion’ understanding the industry’s imbalance between price & margin control July 18, 2017 Information provider for the iGaming market, iGaming Business has hailed this year’s iGaming Super Show a success, with a total of 4,718 delegates attending the four-day event at the Amsterdam RAI.The amount of delegates in attendance, was up 9% year-on-year and compared to last year, the number of operators and affiliates in attendance also rose sharply, up 16% on the previous year.The United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Malta were the most represented of the 105 countries at the conference. Furthermore, of all delegates, 18% held the position of CEO or MD, 14% were affiliates and 15% were affiliate managers or directors.iGaming Business’ head of operations Shona ODonnell said: “This year’s iGaming Super Show proved to be real accomplishment, judging by the numbers, and we’re delighted to be up 9% from 12 months ago.“We have worked extremely hard to create an event that brings the entirety of the iGaming industry together, catering for all business needs and providing world-class learning and networking opportunities across all sectors.“While this year’s iGaming Super Show was the biggest yet, most pleasing was the hugely positive feedback we’ve received from delegates and exhibitors alike.”This year’s IGSS also boasted the very first SBC Betting Forum, a track dedicated to sports betting that was curated by team at SBC. Share Clarion Gaming unveils iGB Live! HQ conference concept June 7, 2018last_img read more