An Early Bowl Game Is Changing Its Location This Year

first_imgAn interior view of the Tampa bay Buccaneers stadium.Raymond James Stadium scoreboard and pirate ship as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Baltimore Ravens September 10, 2006 in Tampa. The Ravens defeated the Bucs 27 – 0. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl is on the move. It isn’t going very far though.For the last decade, the bowl has changed its name many times but was always played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. However, it will head to Tampa Bay this year, according to Brett McMurphy.The game will be played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the annual Outback Bowl.Sources: After 10 years, Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl is leaving St. Pete’s Tropicana Field for Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 23, 2018According to McMurphy, attendance is a major reason for this change. The game hasn’t topped 17,000 fans in each of the last three seasons.What the game has lacked in fan support, it has more than made up for in names. In the past, the bowl has been known as the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl; St. Petersburg Bowl Presented by Beef ‘O’ Brady’s; Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl; Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl and St. Petersburg Bowl.It was renamed the Gasparilla Bowl in 2017, with Bad Boy Mowers signing a three-year naming rights deal.The Gasparilla Bowl is typically played in the week before Christmas as one of the earlier bowl games, although it was held on December 26 from 2014-16.  Temple won last year’s game over FIU by a score of 28-3.Past MVPs of the St. Petersburg/Beef O’Brady’s/Gasparilla Bowl include current NFL players Mohamed Sanu (Rutgers), Jacoby Brissett (NC State) and Blake Bortles (UCF).last_img read more

Royal Caribbean Facing Major Fine

first_imgzoom The Netherlands has fined Royal Caribbean cruise line for violation of labour rules and regulations for foreign workers.The cruise liner, owner of the world’s biggest cruise ship Oasis of the Seas, will have to pay at least  €600,000 (USD 767,000) in fines for not having adequate residence papers for its workers, who have in addition been working excessive hours, according to Dutch law firm Kernkamp Advocaten.Oasis of the Seas arrived at the Keppel Verlome shipyard in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on September 30th for two-week routine maintenance work.Once in the Netherlands, the ship and its crew were subject to Dutch legislation.At the end of the two week period,  inspectors of Social Affairs and Labor inspected the vessel establishing that Royal Caribbean Cruises was in breach of the Dutch Foreign Employment Act.According to the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment 77 Philippines and 8 South-Americans worked without a working permit.What is more, the excessive hours they worked reached up to 16 hours per day.“Employers of foreigners working without a working permit are usually fined with a € 12.000 fine per person, so dependent on the exact findings, the fine could amount one million euros. Others may also fall within the scope of the definition of employer under the Dutch Foreign Workers Act, and if this is the case, they are usually fined too,” the firm said.The Dutch law firm claims that the fine might not be implemented as, under the law, there is an exemption for crew members aboard sea going vessels.“In a similar case ruled by the Council of State in 2012, the fine was quashed, as the authorities had failed to render sufficient evidence that the persons aboard were not crew members, that performed routine crew activities, like daily minor maintenance to a vessel.”At this stage it is unknown whether Royal Caribbean Cruises will challenge the fine.The repaired Oasis left Rotterdam for Southampton, UK where it arrived on October 15th.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more