Venezuela holds talks with Haitian president

first_imgVenezuela says it will continue providing assistance to Haiti in the socio-economic development of  Haiti.“I am completely satisfied with the cooperation with Haiti. We are going to improve it and we will keep the path of cooperation.  We have always been together and we will stay together and continue to walk along the same path of dignity and independence,” said Foreign Affairs Minister Delcy Rodrígue, following talks with President Jovenel Moïse on Monday.The meeting was described as  part of the celebration of 153 years of bilateral diplomatic relations initiated at the time of independence, when Alexandre Pétion bring his support to Simón Bolívar for the expedition of Keys in 1816, which allowed him to enter Venezuela.Caracas has supported its cooperation with Port au Prince through several mechanisms including  PetroCaribe, the oil agreement  Venezuela has with several countries and the training of Haitian medical students in Venezuela.last_img read more

Illegal pit bulls in Bermuda rescued by US-based animal welfare org

first_imgSeven dogs were airlifted out of Bermuda to the United States late Tuesday, after the Bermuda government intervened in finding them new homes rather than allow them to be put down.The rescue mission for the dogs – all pitbulls, came after Home Affairs’ Walton Brown contacted an American animal charity. Breeding pit bulls has been illegal in Bermuda since 2003.“All of these dogs are illegal dogs and have come into our custody over the past few months.  They are all pit bull-type dogs and therefore a prohibited breed which cannot be rehomed locally. We will assess how this method works and go from there,” Brown said in a statement on Wednesday.“I think it would be very helpful to have this avenue to export animals going forward. It’s been an incredible team effort to save these dogs. The dog wardens have worked tirelessly to care for these dogs since they came into their care.“They handled the daily care of the dogs, the vaccinations, securing the transport crates, socialising some of the dogs and preparing the dogs for transportation,” he said.The mercy flight came as a result of a partnership between the Ministry of Home Affairs and Angels Helping Animals, a Massachusetts-based animal rescue organisation.Brown contacted the charity several months ago owing to a growing number of prohibited dogs held by the island’s animal wardens.A Home Affairs Ministry spokeswoman said that evacuating dogs is an expensive venture and that the  Angels Helping Animals had pledged to cover the costs with the help of donations and the work of volunteers in Bermuda and the United States.last_img read more

Guyana to establish its own law school

first_imgThe Guyana government is much closer to establishing a law school after a study into legal education in the Caribbean has recommended such institutions be established in Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica and Guyana.The study was undertaken by the US-based Impact Justice, which describes itself as “an innovation and research center”. The study was funded by the Canadian government.In January 2017, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with the University of the Caribbean (UCC) and Law College of the Americas (LCA) for the establishment of the JOF Haynes Law School in Guyana.A government statement said then that the establishment of the school is expected to significantly reduce the cost to Guyanese nationals wanting to pursue their law studies while attracting other students from across the Caribbean.On Tuesday, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams S.C, said Guyana is now ready to establish its own legal institution.“We really need a law school in Guyana and against the backdrop that the tuition fees have increased this year at  (the Trinidad and Tobago based) Hugh Wooding and is now well over TT$97,000, which amounts to some three million Guyana dollars. You still have to live and exist in Trinidad.”Williams said Guyana is in need of lawyers more than ever before, given the country’s development thrust.The statement said that the government is hoping to complete its definitive shareholder’s agreement and business plan by the end of this month.Williams has already indicated that that plans have been put in place to establish the institution, with a building plan and design already proposed by key stakeholders.last_img read more

Maryland Announces Hoops Recruiting Class

first_imgTerps Sign Three for Men’s BasketballTrio puts Maryland 17th in team rankingsCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland signed three players to National Letters-of-Intent on Wednesday, with the additions of Seth Allen, Shaquille Cleare and Jake Layman placing the Terrapins’ class 17th on’s national team ranking.Allen is a 6-foot-2 guard from Fredericksburg, Va.; Cleare is a 6 -9 center from Houston and Layman is a 6-8 forward from Wrentham, Mass. The quality of the signing class, given the recent arrival of head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff on the Maryland campus, has drawn national attention.“We’re very pleased with our class for 2012 so far,” said head coach Mark Turgeon, in his first season at Maryland. “We’ve added three quality players with great character who will fit in with our Maryland Basketball family.“All three are very skilled basketball players who have a great feel for the game. My entire staff and the administration did a fantastic job in helping us secure these kids.”Cleare and Layman are four-star recruits and part of ESPNU’s Top 100 prospects, according to Allen is a three-star prospect and has graded at 89 on the same website. Allen was the first recruit to commit to being part of Turgeon’s program.“I think they’ve gotten some guys who have shown that this staff, from a national perspective, will be very aggressive,” said Dave Telep, a national recruiting analyst for “Turgeon is an astute evaluator of talent. If you look at this class, it’s a total national class. He’s been able to leverage some relationships he already had.“When evaluating recruiting, and the way the calendar is now, the second year a staff is at a school is usually the better year. If you look at the class they’ve gotten, this is a very good opening effort.”SETH ALLEN (6-2, 195, SG, Fredericksburg, Va., Fredericksburg Christian School)Was Coach Mark Turgeon’s first commitment at Maryland… A combination guard who was ranked by as the sixth-best prospect in the state of Virginia… A three-star recruit who graded at 89 from ESPN… Athletic guard with 40-inch vertical leap… Led Fredericksburg Christian to a 31-2 record and conference title as a junior… Averaged 24 points, four assists, 3.5 steals and hit 92 3-pointers as a junior… Had 23 points against Montrose Christian last season… Turned 17 years old in October… Left-handed shooter… Travel team was Hoop Booth… Chose Maryland over Clemson, Old Dominion, VCU, Virginia Tech and Virginia.Turgeon on Allen: “Seth is a very explosive athlete and scorer. He has a great feel for the game, is very good in the pick-and-roll and will be a great defender for us. Seth is a local kid with a great family who will represent Maryland the right way.”Seth Allen: “I feel like it’s a big relief that I don’t have to go through recruitment anymore and I know I found the right school. Maryland fits me best, so it’s a big relief and I’m really happy that I’ve finally signed. My family was a big part of this and Maryland being so close was important. I wanted my family to be able to see me play. I really like Coach Turgeon and the rest of the coaching staff and I get along with the players. When I went on my official visit the coaches really motivated me; they just want everybody to get better. I think I fit in with the offense and defense so well and I think it’s going to be a good year when I get there.”Joe Allen, father: “We’re very excited for Seth to sign with the University of Maryland and to have the chance to play at such a prestigious school. The academics, the way they have it set up, we know our son will succeed and graduate. The bigger part of it is that the coaching staff, from [Director of Athletics Kevin] Anderson on down is just absolutely, incredibly family-oriented. Seth comes from a strong family background. We can’t speak enough about the family atmosphere, the way they made us feel comfortable. It’s just a good feeling to know that he’s going into that kind of atmosphere. We’re excited about the outcome and the making of the young man that the staff at Maryland is going to build on.”Coach Darren Berkley, Fredericksburg Christian School: “Seth is a special player… Every game he did something that amazed our coaching staff. Not only is Seth a great scorer, he has great moves and he is mentally tough. Seth’s teammates love him and want to play on his team. He has great leadership qualities and a magnetic personality that people are attracted to… My expectations are high for Seth. I truly believe he will be successful at Maryland.”Craig Boothe, Hoop Booth Team: “Seth has by far exceeded the skill level of some of the other players in our program who have gone to Division I. I think his going to Maryland is a great fit from the perspective that he’s a family-oriented kid. Having him close will allow some of our local people to have access. He’s a great kid who was under the radar screen a little… I think this is a match made in heaven.”SHAQUILLE CLEARE (6-9, 270, C, Houston, Texas, The Village School)Consensus four-star prospect who is ranked as the sixth-best center in the nation by… Ranked 39th overall among the ESPNU Top 100… Graded at 95 by ESPN’s scouts… Has excellent strength and power which leads to solid rebounding at both ends of the floor… “A big body post with off-the-charts upside,” according to… Travel team was the Houston Defenders… Native of the Bahamas… Chose Maryland over Arizona, Texas, Baylor and Miami.Turgeon on Cleare: “Shaq will give us a big, physical presence in the paint. He will be a great defender and low-post scorer for us, and for his size, he is a very explosive athlete. He is a great young man who really wanted to be at Maryland and is being very well coached by Don Harvey.”Shaquille Cleare: “”It’s a strong conference, they have great coaches and they’re good at developing players. When Coach Turgeon left A&M and went to Maryland, it turned out well. It was so shocking to me, it was a big surprise. I think Coach Turgeon will do great things at Maryland.”Aaron Harrison, Houston Defenders (AAU) Coach: “He’s a little different than most in that now nobody wants to play with their back to the basket. That’s how he plays and he has the best hands that I’ve seen in such a long time. I don’t think there’s a limit to his potential to be honest. If you play him one-on-one, because he’s so big and strong, he puts his body on the defender and scores. Over the summer time, we looked at it and he scored 72 percent of the time we gave him the ball on the box. He’s come a long way. He’s only been in the country for four years and when I first met him he always had good hands and feet, but he’s worked so hard to make himself better. He’s come such a long way.”Pat Clatchey, Mount Saint Joseph’s HS (Baltimore) Head Coach: “I had the opportunity to coach Shaquille at the NBA top-100 camp. I found him to be a terrific young man on and off the court. He’s very polite and respectful off the court, engaging personality, and all business when he gets on the court. He has a big body, great hands and good footwork. He’s an interior scorer and a pretty good interior passer. I think the thing he’s going to have to develop at the next level is conditioning and getting used to day-in and day-out playing against strong and athletic bodies. But I think he’s a very good acquisition for Maryland basketball.”Don Harvey, Village School Head Coach: “He was really, really intrigued by Coach [Gary] Williams. That’s what got it started. When Coach Williams left, Shaq was a little down about that. So we had to get him back up. The next school on his list was [Texas] A&M, and then [Mark] Turgeon ended up going to Maryland, so that made it even more [attractive]. … I think he fell in love with Maryland… (Turgeon) is a guy who you can believe is going to do things the right way. He’s going to build your character and your heart. You feel him when you talk to him. He really, and I mean really, likes Coach Turgeon.”Dave Telep, “He’s an anchor recruit. He’ll definitely grow within the program and he’s capable enough and has broad enough shoulders that he’s going to be able to be a main guy for a couple years. What is really impressive is he’s got very good touch. He’s a legitimate offensive player in the lane and is tough. He’ll be able to come into the ACC and know his way around.”JAKE LAYMAN (6-8, 190, SF, Wrentham, Mass., King Philip Regional HS)Listed by as the top recruit from the state of Massachusetts… Graded at 94 by the website, which has him 11th nationally among small forwards… Ranked 53rd nationally on ESPNU’s Top 100… Long, athletic player with deceptive quickness… Averaged 24.6 points, 15.6 rebounds, 7.1 blocks as a junior at King Philip Regional… Travel team was Boston Amateur Basketball Club under the guidance of Celtics administrator Leo Papile… Chose Maryland over Syracuse, Louisville, Florida, Notre Dame and ProvidenceTurgeon on Layman: “Jake is a very skilled and explosive athlete who is improving at a big-time rate. Jake has all three phases in his game with the ability to knock down the 3, shoot the mid-range, plus get all the way to the basket. He is also a tremendous defender with great anticipation. Jake comes from a great family, and we are excited about welcoming into our basketball family.”Jake Layman: “It’s a dream come true for me to sign with Maryland and I couldn’t be happier. The school, Coach Turgeon and all the other coaches, I love them and I get along with the players really well so that was good. The coaching staff is down to earth and easy to talk to so that made me feel comfortable. I know they’re all tough coaches so I think that will help me grow a lot. I’m very excited about the opportunity to play in the best conference in America and play at the Comcast Center.”Claire Layman, mother: “For my husband and I and our whole family, when we came for the official visit, with Coach Turgeon, Coach Spinelli and the entire coaching staff, we just had such a feeling that this was the right place for Jake. We felt all along that the ACC was a good fit for Jake’s skill set and I think with the University, over the recruiting period, what became clear to us is how important it was for Jake to be able to play where his family could be part of it too… The basketball was really important to Jake but just the University itself I think has everything Jake wants academically and it just was a really good fit. Maryland has so much to offer and it was really just a perfect fit.”Dave Telep, “When Jake hit his stride this summer, you were either there to see it or you weren’t. For those who saw it, he immediately became a priority recruit. What not many people will know is he’s a heck of a defensive player. In one tournament where they kept stats, he certainly led everyone in steals per minute.”Paul Biancardi, “Jake has a lot of tools and is just scratching the surface of his potential. He can shoot and score in a lot of ways. He’s also got athleticism and size to go along with his scoring ability. He’s a guy who is going to get better each and every day.”Leo Papile, Boston Amateur Basketball Club: “He’s a young, developing guy with enormous potential and upside. The best is yet to come… At 6-9, with the ability to guard guys down on the floor, he’s totally unique for American basketball. He’s a wing… You put him on the ball and, in our (full-court) defense, he just wreaks havoc with his mobility. He was bound to just make an enormous impact on the national scene.”Coach Sean McInnis, King Philip Regional HS: “It’s a fantastic time for Jake and his family. They’re really looking forward to being a part of the Maryland family… I think when you look around the country, he’s probably the only kid who’s 6-8 that plays the point… I think what Maryland was looking for was a student-athlete that’s going to come in, defend, and play a couple positions while at the same time playing in transition, utilizing some size at the guard position.”THE CLASS OVERALLPaul Biancardi, “This class is well-balanced between guys who can help immediately and guys who can be brought along and will make their mark in the ACC. Mark does a good job of evaluating players and a good job of developing them. He’s put together an all-star recruiting staff there. When they’re not out recruiting, they’re thinking about recruiting.”Some quotes courtesy The Baltimore Sun.– Terps –last_img read more

CHAN Eagles Camp Delayed, Venue Unknown

first_imgSuper Eagles camping for next month’s the CHAN qualifiers have been delayed.The camp was initially schedule to open on Sunday, 16th of July 2017, but has now been moved to Thursday, 20th of July 2017.Nigeria Super Eagles official Twitter handle posted: “Our camp for the #2018CHAN qualifiers vs Benin Rep/Togo will now open on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Camp site will be communicated later.”Our camp for the #2018CHAN qualifiers vs Benin Rep/Togo will now open on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Camp site will be communicated later.— Nigeria Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) July 16, 2017 The home based Super Eagles team will play the winner of the tie between Benin Rep and Togo next month.RelatedAUDIO: We Won’t Underrate Benin In CHAN Qualifiers – Salisu YusufJuly 25, 2017In “Africa”Rohr Expected In Camp As Home-Based Eagles Prepare For CHAN Qualifier – NFF ChiefJuly 14, 2017In “National Team”KANO Hosts Eagles For CHANJuly 20, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more

Chelsea Legend Lampard Joins ‘Star-Studded Team’

first_imgFormer Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has joined popular British media outfit ‘BT Sport’ ahead of the new season.Lampard, who is Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer with 211 goals, received a lot of offers after taking up a career in the media following his retirement from football. He opted for BT Sport and will be a pundit for both their UEFA Champions League (UCL) and English Premier League (EPL) coverage this season.The 39-year old will join BT Sport’s star-studded team that already includes former England colleagues Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard.The Chelsea legend is expected to make his punditry debut when his beloved club face rivals Arsenal in the Community Shield on Sunday.On his new move, Lampard, who also played for West Ham United and Manchester City during a glittering career, said: “I’m delighted to be joining BT Sport.”“I’m looking forward to an exciting new season both here and in Europe and can’t wait to begin working with the team.” he added.In addition to broadcasting 42 live EPL games this season, the reputable media network will also broadcast the UCL, UEFA Europa League (UEL) and the English FA Cup.Speaking on the decision to sign up Lampard, head of BT Sport, Simon Green, said: “It’s no secret that Frank had many offers, both within the game and elsewhere, following his retirement, so we are absolutely thrilled that he has chosen to join the team at BT Sport.“Frank needs no introduction as a Chelsea and England legend and he has already shown in his first appearances as a broadcaster that he is going to be a shrewd and insightful expert.“Frank’s incredible pedigree on the field means that he’ll regularly be commenting on a competition that he’s won as a player, which we believe gives him fantastic credibility.” he concluded. Relatedlast_img read more

AUDIO: Aisha Falode Tells NWPL Potential Sponsors, “Get The Women, Get The Family”

first_imgChairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League board, Aisha Falode, is hopeful that by next season there would be sponsorship deals in place for the Nigeria Women Premier League.It has been the craving of stakeholders and fans of women’s football in the country and it will definitely come as a big relief considering the financial burden clubs have had to endure so that they can prosecute matches in the league.After taking over the leadership of the board, Falode made clear their intention to make the league more attractive and now she believes that “opportunities in the women’s game” have become visible.“When you have new innovations, the issue of compliance becomes difficult. Once we were able to explain to them (the clubs) what the vision was, it was easy for them to comply,” said the member of the CAF Media Committee and CAF Match Commissioner.“And as from next season we just hope that now that we have been able to put everything together as a package, the brands will begin to see that indeed there are opportunities in the women’s game.“The asset which the women bring to the brand which is an invaluable asset that once you get the women you have the family and the family is the core of our motto for women’s football now.”The 2016/17 Nigeria Women Premier League will come to an end at the Super Four Championships scheduled for 11-16 September 2017 in Benin City, Edo State. RelatedAUDIO: Aisha Falode Explains NWPL Super Four PostponementSeptember 8, 2017In “NWL”Eddy GnahoreJune 30, 2017Similar postAUDIO: How Benin became host city of NWPL Super Four.October 4, 2017In “Nigeria” Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

NFL service an “obvious” next step for Abelson Odds

first_img Submit Abelson Info has announced a major development for its odds providing division, which is to result in the first steps being made outside of its specialist zone of football coverage.Launching its NFL (National Football League) touchdown scorer pricing service, Abelson Odds expansion is to incorporate one of the largest sports in the USA, and one that is also making huge waves on a global scale, particularly in Europe. Ed Abelson, Managing Director of Abelson Info, said: “We are excited to take our business into a new sport and region. We are delighted with the response from our existing customers, and we look forward to working with new customers over the coming season.”Acquiring Super Soccer Oddsfeed in 2017, a football player pricing service, a number of expansions and enhancements have since taken place to expand its coverage, something the firm says is particularly emphasised with the addition of in-play betting to the product set.Branching out this year to encompass NFL coverage, whose Super Bowl showpiece, won by the Philadelphia Eagles 41-33 over the New England Patriots last season, was watched by a US audience of 103.4m, Abelson Odds is to cover markets for all 267 regular and postseason games.Jeevan Jeyaratnam, Head of Pricing at Abelson Info, has been lauding the first manoeuvre outside of football as an obvious next step, elaborating: “Given our expertise and operational capabilities in managing player databases and compiling odds, the step into America’s game was inevitable. “Ever since news of the repeal of PASPA, we have seen European operators looking to improve their US Sports products, something that our product can help with, taking the labour-intensive steps away from our clients” NFL’s preseason schedule gets underway at the beginning of August with five rounds of competition scheduled, before week one of seventeen in the regular season commences with defending champions the Eagles at home to the Atlanta Falcons on 7 September.Super Bowl LIII is to emanate from the Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium home on Sunday 3 February 2019. Share Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 All-in Global: ‘Fantastyc’ markets around the world July 16, 2020 Share Reading the weather: The ‘nerdy’ aspect to RotoGrinders analysis February 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

LV BET nets Vanarama National League betting partnership

first_img Submit Share Share Related Articles LV BET celebrates Vanarama National League’s return July 17, 2020 Vanarama National moves towards immediate conclusion April 23, 2020 StumbleUpon LV Bet names Jarosław “Pashabiceps” Jarząbkowski as new brand ambassador December 20, 2019 Online bookmaker LV BET has moved to expand its English football profile, confirming that it has become the ‘Official Betting Partner’ of the ‘Vanarama National League’.Agreeing terms with the National League, LV BET’s partnership will begin this Saturday 11 May with the bookmaker sponsorship the ‘Promotion Final’ played at Wembley Stadium.Updating stakeholders, CEO of The National League, Michael Tattersall, said: ‘We are delighted to have LV BET on board for the playoffs and the 2019/20 campaign. LV BET will be a new sponsor of our showpiece Promotion Final at Wembley and will support the growth of The National League whilst promoting responsible gambling’.The National League represents the highest level of football of the National League System, which oversees amateur/semi-professional club football within England.Updating the media, Adrian Sidowski, CEO of LV BET branded the sponsorship as a critical partnership for LV BET’s UK ambitions.‘We’re thrilled to launch a partnership with The National League ahead of this season’s play-offs and honoured to be present at Wembley for the PromotionFinal on the 11 th of May. With 68 teams across three divisions, we’re excited to showcase our products with special promotions to all fans at and also by creating content to be shared digitally and socially’.last_img read more

IOC enforces betting code for Tokyo 2020

first_img IBIA boosts platform ranks as Kambi joins integrity body December 3, 2019 Share Related Articles Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic August 7, 2020 Hosting its third ‘International Forum on Sports Integrity’ (IFSI), governance of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has launched a series of new cooperative measures strengthening global sports integrity.The IOC’s integrity forum sees more than 100 diverse stakeholders, representing all functions of sports, cooperate and share knowledge in strengthening integrity disciplines.Gearing up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the IOC has enforced that all accredited members must adhere to the games’ ‘Code of Conduct’ and ‘Tokyo 2020 Betting Rules’.IOC governance underlines that all Tokyo 2020 events will be monitored in real-time by the Integrity Betting Intelligence System (IBIS), which has been sanctioned to implement swift disciplinary processes, should betting breaches be detected.Tokyo 2020 will feature an ‘integrity hotline’ enabling vulnerable athletes, coaches and staff to report suspicious activities related to competition manipulation, doping and further infringements of the IOC Code of Ethics.IOC President Thomas Bach commented “With this network of 200 trained investigators from International and National Federations, National Olympic Committees and sports disciplinary bodies, we can really go to the heart of the problem, which is having access to information as soon as possible and, in some cases, even before the problem occurs. Having this investigators’ unit in place will allow us to address issues from the roots,”Further IFSI integrity directives saw the IOC and  EUROPOL sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will establish a mutual cooperation framework between the two bodies – facilitate the exchange of expertise, information and deeper all-round cooperation fighting against manipulation of competitions and related organised crime.Europol’s Deputy Executive Director, Wil van Gemert, said: “Corruption in sports is a global criminal phenomenon perpetrated by organised crime groups operating cross-border and often involved in other crimes. Working closely together in coalition with key partners, like the IOC, is crucial in the fight against corruption in sports. Combating sports corruption means not only defending the integrity of sports but also protecting the public from criminals who cause significant damage to the safety, security and wellbeing of the EU citizens.” IOC emphasises stakeholder cooperation protecting sports integrity in critical 2020 December 10, 2019 Share StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more