Governor Scott proclaims Florida Foster Family Appreciation Week

first_imgGovernor Rick Scott proclaimed the second week of February as Florida Foster Family Appreciation Week, observed on February 12-18, 2018, to celebrate those who protect and offer hope to Florida’s most vulnerable children.7,184 foster children in FloridaThere are approximately 7,184 children in Florida who live with foster families. Foster parents take on the responsibility of providing a supportive, safe, and loving home to children who have been abused or neglected, as well as being a role model for biological parents working towards reunification. These families encourage the success of Florida’s next generation of leaders, parents, and future foster parents.Lifetime impact“While their time with the child may be temporary, the impacts that foster parents have on these children last a lifetime”, said DCF Secretary Mike Carroll. “Not only do foster parents open their homes to children in need, they also support them in a time when they need someone to trust and look up to. Being a foster parent is a selfless act that should be commended and celebrated”.“Individuals and families who have opened their homes and hearts to Florida’s children and youth in crisis are a testament to the commitment our communities are making to ensuring every child in Florida is in a safe and loving home,” said Florida Coalition for Children CEO Kurt Kelly. “However, as we celebrate these thousands of generous families, we must also remember there are still hundreds of children in need.  We hope in sharing the joy fostering can bring into a home, many more families step forward.” Some 5,272 licensed foster families Approximately 5,272 foster families are currently licensed through the State of Florida. All foster parents in Florida must attend an orientation, complete foster parent training, have a child abuse and criminal background check, and participate in a home study and inspection. DCF contracts with lead Community-Based Care agencies that recruit and train families across Florida who serve as foster parents.During the week of February 12-18, 2018, DCF will be recognizing Florida’s foster parents that exemplify what it means to be compassionate, dedicated, and caring towards Florida’s youth via the department’s Facebook and Twitter pages.last_img read more

Funeral set for Caribbean roots Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. Victim

first_imgFamily and friends of Helena Freja Ramsay, 17, will gather in Coral Springs on Friday, Feb. 23rd for the funeral services of the high school senior, who was killed last week at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.  Helena, according to reports obtained by the Jamaican Consulate in Miami, had roots that ran straight to the Caribbean. Her mother is from Jamaica and her father from Trinidad & Tobago. Statement from Jamaica’s Foreign MinistryJamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, (MFA FT), has also confirmed that Helena has Jamaican roots.  In a statement issued on Monday, Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, said, “The Jamaican government regrets to learn that 17-year-old Helena Ramsey, one of the 17 young victims of the tragic mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was of Jamaican ancestry.”Funeral arrangementsHelena, whom a family member remembered on Facebook as a “smart, kind hearted and thoughtful person,” will be laid to rest following a church service on Feb. 23rd at the Church by the Glades, 400 Lakeview Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33071. The service is set to start at 1 p.m.Janine Witter, a school mate of Helena who fortunately escaped the shooting alive, says the teen “had so much ambition for a successful life and career after high school. She wanted to be sure she attended the best college, got the best grades and have the best career possible,” Witter said recently. “All those dreams perished with her last week.”“Though she was somewhat reserved, she had a relentless motivation towards her academic studies, and her soft warm demeanor brought the best out in all who knew her,” her relative, Curtis Page added in a Facebook post. “She was so brilliant and witty, and I’m still wrestling with the idea that she is actually gone.”The City of Parkland and the neighboring City of Coral Springs, a largely residential area in western Broward County, has a sizeable population of Jamaicans or persons of Jamaican heritage.last_img read more

Warning of inadequate prevention responses to HIV epidemic in the Caribbean

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC- A study has found that while the Caribbean has made progressing in responding to the HIV epidemic, the impact of the prevention response has been inadequate, particularly among key populations.The study also found that of concern to regional stakeholders is the annual number of new HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean declined by only 18 per cent from 2010 to 2017, from 19,000 to 15,000.“Key populations, Men who have sex with men (MSM), Sex Workers (SWs) and their clients, and partners of key populations, transgender persons, and persons who use drugs, accounted for the majority of the new HIV infections (68 per cent) during this period.”The study was commissioned by the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) Priority Areas Coordinating Committee (PACC), which is the technical group of the PANCAP Executive Board and is responsible for the coordination and overseeing the implementation of operational plans for theCaribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS (CRSF) 2014 – 2018.According to the findings of the study, new infections among children fell from an estimated 2,300 in 2010, to 1100.However, although significant progress has been made in eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV, available data for the period 2015 – 2017 showed that HIV infected pregnant women receiving ART to reduce HIV transmission declined from 92% in 2014 to 79 per cent in 2015 and 75 per cent in 2016 and 2017 respectively, illustrating a significant decrease that requires investigation.More people living with HIV on treatmentThe study found that there has been progress in placing more people living with HIV on treatment, however much more needs to be done to increase the numbers and to retain people on treatment.“In fact, significant effort is required for the Caribbean to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets (90% of people living with HIV are aware of their infection, 90% of people diagnosed with HIV are linked to antiretroviral treatment (ART) and 90% of those on ART adhere and have undetectable levels of HIV in their blood).”The study found that the gap to achieving the first 90 of the 90–90–90 Targets in 2017 was 54,800 people living with HIV.The gap to achieving the first and second 90s of the 90–90–90 Targets in 2017 was 74,700 people living with HIV. The percentage of people living with HIV who achieved viral suppression increased from 37% in 2016 to 40% in 2017.However, the gap to achieving all three 90s at the end of 2017 was the need for an additional 103,000 people living with HIV to be on ART and be virally suppressed. Given this situation, the Caribbean is at risk of not achieving the 2020 Targets, the study concluded.Financial resources decreasingIt said that global financial resources to support the HIV epidemic have been progressively decreasing since 2011. However, domestic financing has improved during the implementation of the CRSF 2014-2018.UNAIDS 2018, noted that “domestic resources increased between 2006 – 2017 by 124 per cent, while international resources declined by 16 per cent.“As at the end of 2017, domestic resources were contributing significantly to the cost of ART and the overall treatment program.  Despite this trend, national resources to support services to achieve prevention continue to be low with the implication that the gains could be reversed if this gap is not quickly filled.”Recommendations The evaluation team proposed a number of overall recommendations for the goal as well as specific recommendations to address the gaps and challenges identified under each Strategic Priority Area. Additionally, the team proposed that the following Strategic Priority Areas should be retained in the new CRSF: An Enabling Environment, Prevention of HIV Transmission, Treatment, Care and Support, Integrate HIV into Health and Socioeconomic Development and Sustainability.The evaluation team further proposed that a new Strategic Priority Area – Strategic Information, Monitoring and Evaluation and Research, should replace Strategic Priority Area – Shared Responsibility to bring into sharper focus the importance of countries’ capacity to report on HIV data nationally, regionally and internationally, including on the CRSF indicators.It said that such emphasis would enable better reporting on, and profiling of the epidemic in the Caribbean. The main activities that fell under “Shared Responsibility” will be subsumed into the existing Strategic Priority Areas so as to ensure continuity of these initiatives in the new CRSF.In accepting the findings of the study, the PANCAP Execute Board noted the legal judgments in Caribbean courts affirming human rights arising from litigation and called on countries not to wait on litigation but to make amendments to laws to recognize the rights of key populations and the rights of all to access sexual and reproductive health services.The board also noted that while tens of thousands of cases of HIV infections have been prevented there is a need to significantly reduce new infections, and this requires that countries promote age-appropriate sexual education and skills and extend sexual reproductive health services to all youth and key populations.The board also called on all countries to introduce innovative prevention approaches and improve the quality of prevention services to ensure greater impact in reducing new HIV infections; and further called on the Priority Areas Coordinating Committee to develop a new Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS for the period 2019 to 2023.last_img read more

Broward Re-openings Extended for Beaches, Racquet Sports

first_imgAll businesses are still strongly encouraged to perform remote operations whenever possible and allow employees to utilize telework or other remote working methods that permit social distancing. Broward beaches are open to picnicking, sunbathing, sitting or lying on the beach. Umbrellas, canopies, chairs, loungers, and coolers are also now permitted. Certain restrictions outlined in Attachment 15 apply. For example, group or organized sports, such as volleyball, are not yet allowed; nor are group gatherings of more than 10 people. Beachgoers must maintain social distancing, including when in the water, except between members of the same household or group. Facial coverings must be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained. Beach restrooms and showers must be sanitized at least every three hours. Equipment offered by concessionaires or beachfront hotels (e.g. chairs, loungers, bicycles) must be sanitized between each customer rental. Changing rooms, picnic pavilions, playgrounds and exercise equipment are to remain closed.Racquet sport facilities, including those located in parks, can now allow doubles. Tennis and pickleball courts are limited to a maximum of four people on the court at any one time. No groups of more than 10 people can congregate in one area.  Tattoo and massage establishments may now operate consistent with Emergency Order 20-12 and must adhere to the guidelines for personal services, as outlined in Attachment 4. photo via Under the Phase 1 reopening, Broward County has slightly expanded beach activities, clarified the use of community rooms, allowed for doubles racquet sports, expanded massage establishment services beyond those medically necessary and allowed tattoo establishments to open. Highlights of the new order include: Because COVID-19 remains a serious threat to public safety and it is important to not let our guard down, the social distancing, facial covering and sanitation requirements remain in place for all businesses that reopen, and all individuals who patronize them. The new Order takes effect on Monday, June 1 with the exception of the racquet sports provision, which took effect upon issuance (May 29).last_img read more

#AfroBasket2017: D’Tigers Fall To DR Congo In Tunis

first_imgRelated2017 AfroBasket: Unstoppable D’Tigers Cruise Past MaliSeptember 10, 2017In “National Team”2017 AfroBasket Women: Nigeria’s D’Tigress Dispatch DR Congo 84-47 In Second GameAugust 20, 2017In “National Team”D’Tigers “Did Not Have Time” To Prepare For 2017 AfroBasket – NBBF ChiefSeptember 13, 2017In “National Team” D’Tigers of Nigeria fail to keep their 100 percent record in the ongoing 2017 AfroBasket losing to DR Congo 77-83 in their third group A game in Tunis, Tunisia.Having narrowly defeated Côte d’Ivoire in the opener and cruising past Mali in the second game, D’Tigers fell to a more determined Congo Team to leave Nigeria’s quarter final qualifications in doubt.Ike Diogu’s 21 points and Iroegbu’s 18 points were not enough as the Congolese side ran away with the victory.Points Per Quarter1st: Nigeria 20-19 DR Congo2nd: Nigeria 17-15 DR Congo3rd: Nigeria 18-18 DR Congo4th: Nigeria 22-31 DR Congolast_img read more

Racing Post moves to acquire ANZ Bloodstock News.

first_img Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Submit Matthew Camacho – Racing Post BloodstockHorseracing media firm the Racing Post has confirmed that it has moved to fully acquired Bloodstock Media Limited, the media owner of ANZ Bloodstock News.The media acquisition sees Racing Post takeover all Bloodstock Media assets, the leading news authority for the Australasian bloodstock industry.Racing Post management stated that it would begin to combine the resources of its Racing Post UK assets with ANZ Bloodstock.Matthew Camacho, Racing Post Bloodstock Director, said: “We are really excited to be extending our global bloodstock footprint with the acquisition of ANZ Bloodstock News.“The Australian racing and bloodstock industry has been a growing global success story for some time. It is impossible not to be impressed. ANZ are the number one source of news and information for the bloodstock industry in Australia and New Zealand, so the acquisition made perfect strategic sense for us.“At the same time, the bloodstock markets between Europe, US, Asia and Australasia are increasingly intertwined and complementary, which also gives the Racing Post a natural opportunity to leverage our own expertise.“Bloodstock is a key growth area for Racing Post and we look forward to reinforcing our position as the leading source for bloodstock information worldwide.”Racing Post Bloodstock is the largest racing and bloodstock media business in the world, serving the industry for over 30 years. The ‘Post’ sets the standard for bloodstock editorial and is recognised globally as the leading source of racing, breeding and sales coverage, with an unrivalled blend of incisive reporting, essential features and a vast, comprehensive database.last_img read more

Betway: Nagelsmann backed to land Bayern role

first_imgShare MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Submit We’re not even two months into the season and one of the biggest managerial jobs in club football has become available, after Bayern Munich dismissed manager Carlo Ancelotti this week. The Italian’s sacking inevitably opened the door to speculation from punters about who will replace him, with the early favourite being 30 year old Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann.  After guiding Liverpool to fourth in the table last time out, Jurgen Klopp has found himself ‘under a touch of pressure’ this season, and ‘he’s fourth in the betting at 14/1 to return to Germany and take the reins at the Allianz.’Betway’s Alan Alger revealed to SBC that he believes the German champions may not be far off of already securing their new manager.  Alger said: “A stuttering start to Bayern’s season was dealt another blow when losing 3-0 against PSG last night and that was enough to see the club’s hierarchy pull the trigger on Carlo Ancelotti. “The German giants will be looking for a replacement as soon as possible and the betting suggests they might not be far away from getting their man.“Assistant Willy Sagnol has been thrown into the mix at 3/1 and Thomas Tuchel, without a job since parting with Dortmund, is in the running at 4/1. While those two seem to fit the bill nicely, Julian Nagelsmann has been the one for money from the off and now looks the most obvious man for the job at 1/3. Related Articles StumbleUpon ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020last_img read more

Betradar’s William Howie: The scale of the opportunity in a regulated, cricket-mad India

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 At last month’s ICE London, Betradar made a commitment to the All India Gaming Federation (AIGF), a not-for-profit organisation, to further its understanding of the local market, while exploring all opportunities related to sports betting and gaming in India.We caught up with William Howie, Programme Manager Premium Cricket at Betradar, to discuss the potential legalisation of sports betting in the country, how quickly this might counter the spread of illegal betting activity, and the scale of the opportunity that a regulated, cricket-mad India would represent for Betradar’s Premium Cricket product.SBC: How vast is the potential for legalised and regulated sports betting in India? WH: The financial potential needs little explanation; this is a country of 1.3 billion people, a large proportion of whom are regular users of the internet via their mobiles. It is also probably fairly redundant to underline that a huge and very active betting market exists there already. The more interesting and often overlooked potential is the power of good that regulated betting may bring to the Indian people and to sporting integrity across the country.A regulated market would afford protection to millions of Indians who currently have none, while it would also make it more difficult for match fixers to operate. Sportradar recently spoke at the SBGI event in Goa on this very topic, and is keen to promote these particular benefits of regulation to stakeholders across the country.SBC: What role does Sportradar have to play in setting out the strongest and safest proposition for the Indian market? WH: Sportradar can help by offering its range of industry leading technologies: for example, its Fraud Detection Systems that already works across 17 different sports to combat match fixing, and its Managed Trading Systems that supports over 100 operators worldwide to allow visibility that will enable better customer protection.An important point here is that no one company will be able to make these contributions unless they have products exciting enough to gain a significant share of the market. This is where Sportradar has its biggest advantage – given that it owns the world’s leading cricket betting product.SBC: Given the scale of the existing black market, and the expected level of taxation in the country, how long would it take for legalised betting to lower illegal activity? WH: This is dependent on the regulated companies that choose to operate in India. The quicker they can attract existing underground business to their regulated products, the quicker the illegal market will shrink. This also puts the onus on companies like Sportradar to focus on the strength of their offerings. We need to ensure our products and ideas are exciting and appealing to users, beyond the ones that they currently experience.SBC: Similarly, to the developing situation in the United States, do you expect companies with local knowledge to be at an advantage? WH: To some extent yes, however the experience gained in our own markets is also a huge advantage for anyone wishing to operate in India. The top-notch products and supporting technology currently on show in regulated markets are what will ultimately have the biggest impact in India. As such, those that can partner an understanding of the current Indian status quo with an experience with modern products from elsewhere, will be best placed to succeed.SBC: Do you expect bookmakers to come up with more innovative cricket-based products to meet the passion that Indian fans have for the game? WH: This is a very exciting question for us at Betradar. Whereas the concept of betting is established and slow to progress in our well-developed market, the situation in India allows scope for greater innovation. Given that at some point betting will be officially presented to the Indian public for the first time, companies like ours will have an opportunity to redesign what the betting products of the future will look like.The biggest example is cricket, a sport that has received very little investment or imaginative change during the lifetime of internet betting. Cricket products have been set in their ways and slow to change. The size of the Indian market and its love of cricket will soon reward those who were brave enough to invest in the sport, and they will now be given even more scope for development and innovation.That is why our Premium Cricket is in pole position not only in India but across all the relevant markets to reset expectations on what cricket betting can and should look like. Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Perform and ICS to boost ‘Watch & Bet’ live streaming on bet365

first_img Perform Group has partnered with bet365 to provide live and bespoke ICS-powered audio commentary and match insight for its players over the top of Perform’s live video streams.The Stoke-based firm has followed Unibet and Fonbet as the latest operator to take advantage of Perform’s Custom Betting Commentary product. The service builds on the Watch & Bet live streaming service which includes La Liga, Ligue 1, WTA and FIBA basketball.Designed to deliver all bet365 users a uniquely entertaining betting experience, it provides users with a single, free audio commentary channel as standard for selected events.Andrew Ashenden, Perform Betting MD, said “We’re delighted bet365 has engaged our new service to deliver their ICS powered commentaries over the top of our streams in multiple local languages. This product is a great example of our drive to make worldwide sport and betting more entertaining & engaging on a local level.”Ian Holding, Director of Independent Content Services Limited (ICS), said: “It has been really exciting to launch the new commentary service for bet365, starting in Italian and Spanish.“Bespoke commentary focussed on live betting analysis and in-play opportunities is a fantastic innovation for punters and offers real value. We deliver commentary on any sport and in any required language and working with Perform on this new streaming service is a perfect partnership.” Alexey Khobot on the evolution of odds calculations August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Submit Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020last_img read more

Horseracing prize money facing cuts as levy drops £17m

first_img StumbleUpon UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Submit Julie Harrington takes the reins as BHA CEO August 11, 2020 Scottish racing to resume from 22 June June 19, 2020 Share Related Articles Share British horseracing stakeholders have had to urgently initiate a plan of action following the recent Horserace Betting Levy Board’s (HBLB) announcement that estimated Levy income for the year ended 31st March 2019 will be some £78m, a fall of £17m from last year. News of the fall in yield were presented to racing’s HBLB representatives, Andy Clifton from the Racecourse Association (RCA), Julian Richmond-Watson from The Horsemen’s Group and Nick Rust from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). The yield was initially projected to reach £89m following the third quarter of 2018/19. However end of year submissions from bookmakers have confirmed that contributions have fallen considerably short of this figure.Informal reports provided to the HBLB have highlighted that February and March of this year have proven to be substantially less profitable than in 2018. The HBLB explained: “On the assumption that £78m is the final yield, the Board will have incurred a budget deficit on expenditure of some £5m in 2018/19, causing the Board’s reserves to stand at around £40m, the Board having expected them to be at around £50m.”Leaders in the horseracing industry have since confirmed that the next steps are to set out a new framework in response to HBLB’s proposal for reducing expenditure by £5million in 2019.Since the majority of the Board’s expenditure goes towards prize money, it is highly likely that most of the cuts will impact this area. A spokesman for racing’s tripartite leadership said: “We were shocked to see the big drop in Levy yield for 2018/19, which was significantly below the previous forecast at the end of March.  We share the disappointment that our sport will feel having produced some highly competitive and compelling racing over the past year.“The bulk of the Levy income is distributed as prize money. At a time when there is already significant debate in the industry around levels of prize money, we appreciate that any potential reduction will cause further concern. Racecourses, The Horsemen’s Group and the BHA have pledged to work through any implications together. Discussions have already begun about how to minimise the impact over the next year.“We welcome HBLB’s announcement that it is reviewing how it works with bookmakers. We look forward to seeing their proposals for improving the accuracy of forecasts and growing racing’s income stream in line with growth in betting on racing. We want to understand better from betting operators and HBLB whether any systemic issues are emerging that need to be addressed.“The recent positive reporting from the betting sector on the growing attraction of betting on our sport makes clear that the issue isn’t the popularity of racing as a betting product, but rather its potential profitability. As the Levy is based on those betting profits, that is clearly concerning for all in racing.“The government and Parliament have been very supportive of British racing making important and welcome changes to the Levy in 2017. Like us, they have been waiting to see how these reforms would bed in and what the impact would be on racing’s income. We will discuss this with ministers and officials at the next opportunity.”Levy Board Chairman Paul Lee added: “Bookmaker profits in the fourth quarter, particularly in February and March, were reported to be very substantially down on estimates. This has led to a material undershooting of Levy income against forecast, even taking into account that yield was not expected to reach the £95m of 2017/18.“This is only the second year of the extended Levy and the inherent uncertainty was recognised by the Board in 2017, which led to its policy of increasing reserves significantly over the past two years. The purpose of having these reserves is to be able to shield Racing against substantial fluctuation. However, the scale of the fall in income means that there is a strong probability of having to make further adjustments to expenditure during the Levy year in addition to the £5m reduction before the end of 2019.“The variation in yield from £95m to £78m in the first two years of the extended Levy makes forecasting 2019/20 income more difficult and will create a challenge in setting a full-year expenditure budget for calendar year 2020 before the end of calendar year 2019.“The Board will look to put in place additional reporting arrangements with major bookmakers, who are already helpfully providing significant data to the Board on a voluntary basis.”last_img read more