Chaos erupted at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court after prisoners and police officers, came to blows.The fracas was triggered by the non-hearing and subsequent adjournment of several court cases.A number of prisoners and police officers had to seek medical attention for injuries sustained in the melee, which took place shortly before midday in the cell block area located in the downstairs section of the courthouse on St Vincent Street.Prisoners in the Eighth Court became enraged after acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle informed attorneys and several of their clients who are charged with murder, that she was unable to preside over their matters and had no choice but to adjourn them to a later date “for further instructions” on how the matters were to proceed.
A court in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has ordered a man who assaulted a local journalist to pay EC$500 in compensation after he was found guilty of assault.On Friday, the court ordered Danroy Small, a gardener to make the payment to journalist Kenton Chance. It’s reported that Small hit Chance in the face with a plastic bag containing clothing on December 18, 2017.Chance and other journalists were at the time taking photos outside the Kingstown Magistrate Court of police putting several accused persons into a pick-up truck for transportation to prison.Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett also bonded Small for one year. If he breaks the bond, he would have to pay the court EC$1,500 forthwith or spend three months in jail.Small, who has until March 29 to pay the EC$500 dollar fine or spend two months in jail.Chance told the court that he was standing about six to eight feet from the side of the police pickup truck when Small threw the bag, causing his camera to strike him the face. Two police officers who witnessed the incident, along with the investigator officer also testified on behalf of the prosecution.Small, who was not represented by a lawyer, did not call any witnesses in his defense. But in his evidence, denied hitting Chance with the bag.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, surprised Jamaicans on Monday when he announced a major reshuffling of his Cabinet, two years into the administration’s term. The Cabinet changes affected several ministries, the most notable in the Ministry of Finance. Audley Shaw removed from FinanceNewly elected Member of Parliament Dr. Nigel Clarke has been given portfolio responsibility for Finance, replacing long-term minister Audley Shaw. Dr. Clarke will be supported by Fayval Williams, who has now been given full ministerial responsibility. Audley Shaw, who was previously Finance Minister, has been reassigned to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries. Robert Montague removed from National SecurityIn the very important Ministry of National Security, Robert Montague the incumber minister has ben removed and replaced by Dr. Horace Chang who had been a minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister.. Montague has been reassigned to the Ministry of Transport and Mining, while the former incumbent in that ministry, Mike Henry has been shifted to be a minister without portfolio in Office of the Prime Minister, as is Karl Samuda, the former Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.Alando Terrelonge is now a State Minister in the Ministry of Culture, Gender and Sports, while Xavier Mayne is the State Minister in Labor and Social Security. Pearnel Charles Jr. has been reassigned as State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.
Gas prices in Florida declined for the 30th consecutive day on Sunday. However, higher oil prices may soon put the brakes on that downward streak at the pumps.The state average of $2.70 is 6 cents less than a week ago and 21 cents less than last month. However, motorists are still paying nearly 50 cents more per gallon compared to last year.The most expensive gas price averages in Florida are in Miami ($2.85), West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.84), and Crestview-Fort Walton Beach ($2.82)The least expensive gas price averages in Florida are in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater ($2.58), Punta Gorda ($2.59), and Orlando ($2.61)Oil prices shot-up $3 on Friday, which usually increases the cost of producing gasoline. The increase in crude came after OPEC and Russia announced an agreement to raise oil production. While a production increase would normally put downward pressure on oil prices, it’s still unclear exactly how much more oil will be reintroduced into the market and which countries it will come from. The uncertainty is causing what’s considered to be a short-term increase in oil prices. Ultimately, oil prices are forecast to decline after the details are hammered out.On Friday, the price of oil settled at $68.58 per barrel – $3.50 more than the week before. Gasoline futures jumped 5 cents on the NYMEX.“This news could bring some volatility back to the pumps this week,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Gas prices could rise a couple pennies or simply level out. Anything more than that would require crude to make additional gains this week. Regardless, it’s encouraging that OPEC decided to raise production in hopes of avoiding a global supply deficit. That’s good news for motorists, because this should eventually lead to lower prices at the pump.”
There is definitely a new star rising in Jamaica’s track and field galaxy. That rising star is 16-year old sprinter Brianna Williams. Following her brilliant victory in the women 100 meters, Williams completed the sprint double as she won the women’s 200 meters at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on Saturday. Williams clocked a Championship record and new personal best of 22.50 seconds to win the event ahead of American Lauren Raine Williams who had a time of 23.09, while Poland’s Natyna Kotwila finished third in a national record and personal best 23.21 seconds.Willams coach, Trinidadian-American former sprinter and Olympian Ato Boldon, speaking to the media after Williams twin feat, expressed confidence that she will be a member of Jamaica’s team to the 2020 Olympics.Jamaica’s other medal on the day came in the men’s 4 x 100m where the team of Xavier Nairne, Christopher Taylor, Jevaughn Matherson and Michael Stephens clocked a National Junior Record of 38.96 seconds with the US taking gold in 38.88 seconds. Jamaica remain second in the medal table with 9 medals, 3 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Police on Friday said they had seized a quantity of drugs as well as guns and ammunition during a pre-dawn raid in Central Trinidad.Police Commissioner Gary Griffith in green shirt with members of the TTPS.Police Commissioner Gary Griffith, who led the police exercise following a sting operation, said on television that “a very high-profile person of interest” had been detained.He said the operation came after 18 months of intelligence work and represents a significant break in the illegal guns and drugs trade.The police said several new guns had been sized during the operation and that several warrants for the arrest of another individual will be executed later on Friday.Police have maintained a heavy presence in the Macaya Trace, checking vehicles and people entering and exiting the area.
Prolific West Indies power batsman Chris Gayle is set to retire from One-Day international cricket following the 2019 World Cup.The 40-year-old Gayle has scored 9,727 ODI runs – second only to the legendary Brian Lara among West Indians – in 284 matches since his debut in 1999.However, he will continue to be available for T20s.Gayle has played 103 Tests for West Indies, but in recent years has focused on limited-overs matches, both internationally and in domestic Twenty20 competitions.
FRANCEThe French League enters its third week starting from Friday with the champions Monaco away at Metz. Monaco have continued from where they left off last campaign scoring goals with reckless abandon but equally failing to keep it tight at the back, conceding in successive league matches. Leaders LyonLeaders Lyon are home to Bordeaux in a testy encounter. Both teams are experiencing an unbeaten start to the new season and it remains to be seen if either team will let their guard down and record a first loss of the season on Saturday.Finally, on Sunday PSG complete with Neymar take on Toulouse at the Parc des Princes. The world record signing who made a goal scoring debut to his French League career away at Guingamp on Sunday will certainly be excitedly looking forward to his maiden home game at his new arena. 2017/18 German Bundesliga season commences on Friday night, defending champions Bayern Munich take on Bayer Leverkusen at the Allianz Arena. French Ligue 1 and Premier League action also continues, though early days, teams are gradually laying down a marker for the season.ENGLANDThe big game of the weekend in the Premier League sees the defending champions Chelsea take on Tottenham Hotspurs at Wembley Stadium-the adopted home ground for Spurs this season.Chelsea were shock losers at home last weekend to Burnley and will look to avoid successive defeats against a Tottenham side that looked convincing on the eye against Newcastle United.One major consolation for the Blues is their recent FA Cup semi-final success over Spurs at the Wembley Stadium back in April.Manchester United expectedly should nick maximum points away at Swansea City, to continue their bullish start to the league season, while Manchester City and Everton, complete with new £45million record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson, meet in a potentially mouth-watering encounter on Monday night, both teams managed by two former Barcelona teammates, Pep Guardiola and Ronald Koeman. GERMANYDefending champions Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen kickoff the new Bundesliga season at the Allianz Arena on Friday night. Bayern Munich has had a rather forgettable pre-season, churning out mixed results which certainly will make the most loyal fan uncomfortable.The visiting team lost the duo of Hakan Calhanoglu and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez to AC Milan and West Ham United over the course of the summer transfer window and will be eager to settle down to life after the departure of both undisputed starters from the previous campaign.Last season’s surprise package RB Leipzig are away to Schalke 04 in what should be an interesting game considering the visiting team have lost the ‘X’ factor which they capitalised on in finishing as runner-up last season.RelatedThe Big Seven Matches This WeekendFebruary 2, 2018In “England”The Big Seven Matches This WeekendFebruary 23, 2018In “England”Martin KellyJune 30, 2017Similar post
Tottenham Hotspur have moved above title rivals Chelsea and Newcastle United into third spot after a nervy 3-2 win against West Ham United at the Olympic Stadium.The away side took a quickfire 2-0 lead in four first half minutes through Harry Kane for a 2-0 halftime lead. Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen scored a third goal for Tottenham on the hour mark to become the highest scoring Danish player ever in the English Premier League (EPL).West Ham pulled one back through Javier Hernandez five minutes later before new signing Serge Aurier’s red card from two bookable offences gave the home side a massive lifeline. Senegalese midfielder Cheikh Kouyate pulled a goal back via a bullet header with fulltime whistle approaching but Slaven Bilic’s team couldn’t get the third goal they desperately needed to force a draw before the final whistle from centre referee Michael Oliver.The win takes Tottenham from 5th to 3rd position with 11 points to close the gap on pacesetters Manchester City and Manchester United (13 points) while West Ham United remain in 17th position and just above the relegation zone with 4 points only from their first six games of the season.RelatedPremier League Review (Tuesday): United, Tottenham Experience Contrasting Fortunes In The Title RaceNovember 29, 2017In “England”Carabao Cup Review: West Ham Stun London Rivals Tottenham In Comeback Win; Chelsea Survive Late Everton ScareOctober 26, 2017In “England”Premier League Review: Liverpool Thrash West Ham United To Go SecondFebruary 24, 2018In “England”
Sportito makes LatAm debut in Brazil October 30, 2019 Share StumbleUpon Gaurav Assomull: Livepools – Fantasy numbers a realistic goal in India December 11, 2019 The daily fantasy sports industry has had quite a year in 2016 with legal battles raging throughout the USA, many of which are far from over, and a number of operators stepping things up a gear in Europe. The big two of DraftKings and FanDuel entered Europe, despite the costly court battles Stateside, and smaller operatos such as Mondogoal and Oulala switched to focusing their efforts on B2B measures in the latter part of the year.Valery Bollier, OulalaWe spoke to Valery Bollier, co-founder and CEO of Oulala, about the year gone by for the company and the industry as a whole.SBC: Has DFS grown throughout 2016 as you projected as the beginning?Valery: 2016 saw DFS changing its status. It went from a relatively unknown product to becoming the next big thing.As a result, many iGaming operators came to us directly to learn more about its potential. It is not an easy feat to foresee how and when a new market will cross the chasm between the early adopters and the mass market, but a simple look backwards can easily show us that 2016 will be remembered as the year when the crossing got started.SBC: What made you opt to take Oulala down the focused B2B route?Valery: The business plan that we wrote almost four years ago was written with one goal; that Oulala would become the leading DFS network for European football.But because DFS was such a novelty in Europe, we had to prove the traction of the market and show that our product was the most innovative. Launching a B2C site was therefore almost an obligation for us. Oulala.com is now used as a showcase when we speak to possible B2B partners.SBC: What changes need to be made in terms of game formats, or features, to keep ‘small time’ players coming back and to protect new players from sharks?Valery: This is a very strategic question and the future winners of our sector will most probably be the ones that will answer it in the most efficient manner.Benjamin Carlotti, the Oulala co-founder, and I carefully studied this question for the past four years and the answer can be summed up in one word; capping.If you cap guaranteed prizes, the amount that a customer can put in a league and the amount of teams that one single individual can build in one league then you create an ecosystem in which sharks will not findthe space and liquidity that they require. By implementing a simple capping policy, you can ensure that statisticians will not win over fans. In doing so, you offer integrity to your customers and you will most likely gain their loyalty.SBC: Will 2017 be a year of consolidation for the industry or do you expect to see new operators emerging?Valery: The situation in the States and in Europe is radically different. Overseas there is no doubt that the merger of the two giants, Draftkings and Fanduel, will have a serious impact on small operators and we must ask ourselves if there will still be space for them and for new operators.On the other hand, the merger is good news for Europe as the new entity will have even more power and funds to raise awareness of our new sector. Many new DFS operators will most likely emerge in 2017. In an early phase of market development, competition is critically needed, therefore we welcome them.SBC: Oulala itself has had a successful year winning the Fantasy Product SBC Award among others…what can we expect in 2017?Valery: We are proud to have won this prestigious award, which is also the only prize in Europe rewarding a DFS game. This was the perfect ending for a very rich year for Oulala. For the incoming year, we will now focus our energy on signing and deploying strong B2B partnerships with iGaming operators.More than 50 of them have approached us in 2016 because they wished to know more about what DFS could offer, so there is no doubt that 2017 will be an Oulala year! Better Collective Spotlight: Moving into DFS through RotoGrinders deal June 14, 2019 Submit Share Related Articles