RelatedCasino licence to be awarded this year, construction of casino to begin Casino licence to be awarded this year, construction of casino to begin TourismJanuary 19, 2011 RelatedCasino licence to be awarded this year, construction of casino to begin FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As Jamaica moves to implement casino gaming, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has said that the Government expects to award the first casino licence this year and construction on the island’s first casino is expected to commence by year-end. “This year, our casino dream will definitely begin to unfold in a more positive and practical way. We expect that licences will be issued this year and we hope that construction will begin at least on one property before the end of this year,” he said. Minister Bartlett was addressing a media breakfast on January 17 for local and international journalists attending Caribbean Marketplace 2011 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James. He informed that the Commission, established to regulate the operations of casinos, is preparing to examine applications for licences. He said the government expects to grant at least three licences over the next three years for casino operations in three main resort areas. The operations will take place in Montego Bay, another at a development in Trelawny, and the third in the western end of the island. The Tourism Minister said that Jamaica expects to earn in the region of US$120 million from the three operations on a quarterly basis. He however emphasised that casino gambling will be introduced and operated in a controlled manner to ensure that it does not define the destination but simply becomes another offering provided for visitors. “Jamaica will soon become a destination that offers casino gambling experience, rather than a casino destination,” he added. Minister Bartlett said that casino gambling can play a key role in improving earnings for the country and also provide employment for a significant number of Jamaicans. The Bill to legislate casino gaming in Jamaica was passed in both Houses of Parliament in March, 2010. CONTACT: GLENIS ROSEJIS REGIONAL OFFICEMONTEGO BAY RelatedCasino licence to be awarded this year, construction of casino to begin Advertisements
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW BERN, N.C.) — Florence weakened to a tropical depression early Sunday, but that was little consolation to residents in North Carolina who have seen over 2 feet of rain and are now fearing major river flooding to start the week.Sustained winds were down to 35 mph, with the storm starting to speed up a little and move to the west at 8 mph. The center was located approximately 20 miles southwest of Columbia, South Carolina, as of 5 a.m.The storm came ashore as Hurricane Florence on Friday morning at about 7 a.m. with wind speeds of 90 mph.Florence has been blamed for 13 deaths in the Carolinas. Hundreds of water rescues have been carried out by local authorities, the Cajun Navy volunteers and the U.S. Coast Guard since Friday morning.More than 770,000 customers were still without power as of Saturday night.Despite the decrease in wind speeds, heavy rains still a pose a major flooding threat to both North and South Carolina.Florence “will produce catastrophic flooding over parts of North and South Carolina for some time,” Steve Goldstein, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s liaison to FEMA, said Saturday.Florence has dropped a tremendous amount of rain in eastern North Carolina, with a widespread 20 to 30 inches reported already. Radar is estimating that some areas between Wilmington and New Bern, North Carolina, have received over 30 inches of rain.These are some of the latest rainfall totals as of 11 p.m. Saturday:Swansboro, N.C. — 30.59 inchesNewport/Morehead City, N.C. — 25.20 inchesElizabethtown, N.C. — 20.17 inchesJacksonville, N.C. — 16.13 inchesConway, S.C. — 9.90 inchesMyrtle Beach Airport, S.C. — 6.74 inchesFlorence is now the third storm to set a tropical cyclone state rainfall record in just the last 12 months. Harvey dropped 60.58 inches of rain last year in Texas, setting the state’s new record. Just last month, Lane dropped a maximum of 52.02 inches of rain in Hawaii, breaking the state record. The 30.59 inches that have fallen in Swansboro sets a new record for North Carolina.Florence also currently stands as the sixth-highest tropical cyclone rainfall total across the U.S. for records dating back to 1950.Heavy rain spreads inlandHeavy rains bands are still coming onshore in eastern South Carolina and North Carolina on Sunday morning. Some of the heavier bands have shifted toward Fayetteville, Charlotte and Raleigh.Torrential rain is causing inland flooding with major roadways closed, including large portions of I-95.An additional 6 to 10 inches of rain is still possible along the southeast border of North Carolina and South Carolina.Life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding is likely over the southern to central Appalachians from western North Carolina into western Virginia and eastern West Virginia. Torrential rain will cause flash flooding and increase the risk for landslides in the higher terrains.The next issue: flooding riversTorrential rain from Florence is currently causing rapid rises in area rivers. Major river flooding is expected on some rivers from southern Virginia to northern South Carolina, including most of North Carolina.The Lumber River, near Lumberton, North Carolina, will rise into major flood stage Sunday morning. It is expected to reach a level very near the record Hurricane Matthew set in 2016. Mandatory evacuations were issued for South Lumberton on Saturday.The Northeast Cape Fear River, near Chinquapin, North Carolina, will rise above record flood levels set by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. This will cause devastating flooding across much of Onslow County with travel made impossible and many homes completely flooded.The Neuse River — both near Goldsboro and Kinston, North Carolina — will reach major flood stage late Sunday and into Monday. The Waccamaw River, near Conway, South Carolina, will rise near record levels by the end of the week.Florence is still moving very slowly inland. The track shows Florence moving west through Sunday, and then gradually turning north by Monday. Florence will likely become a remnant low within 36 hours.Even though Florence is weakening, it will still bring significant rainfall inland to the Appalachians before moving toward the Northeast on Tuesday. Totals could exceed 4 inches locally for inland New York and Massachusetts.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
PROVO, Utah (AP) — School district officials in northern Utah have said a public meeting in American Fork was disrupted by protesters who characterized the use of masks and facial coverings in schools as child abuse. The Daily Herald reported Wednesday that Alpine School District Superintendent Assistant Kimberly Bird said the protesters were welcomed to participate in the public board meeting Tuesday. But many refused to wear masks inside school office buildings. Stephenson said the disturbance occurred about an hour into the 6 p.m. meeting. Stephenson said police were called to this meeting to prevent confrontations after some protesters were refused entry.
There were 1.8 million to 5.7 million cases of swine flu in the country during the epidemic’s first spring wave, according to a new estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Thursday.From 9,000 to 21,000 people were hospitalized as a result, and up to 800 died from April to July, when it largely faded out, according to the estimates, which were conducted by the C.D.C. and the Harvard School of Public Health and published online in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases…Read full story (The New York Times)
According to a new study out of Australia, people who deleted Facebook had lower stress levels after five days than people who kept their accounts. The people who got out of the Facebook gulag had lower levels of “life satisfaction” . . . and the researchers think it’s because they lost out on the little dopamine bursts you get when someone likes your posts. Are you one of the millions of people who just deleted their Facebook accounts? Or, to put it in terms that Facebook would understand, did you say “dasvidaniya” to them? (That’s Russian for “goodbye,” Comrade.) If so, you should start to feel a BIG weight off your shoulders soon. But . . . there is a side effect.
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Bhaichung Bhutia’s rise from Tinkitam, a small hamlet in Sikkim, to become Indian football’s torch-bearer is now a story that the fans in the country know by heart.And when his illustrious international career comes to an end with a match against German giants Bayern Munich at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday, life will come a full circle for the former India captain as it was in this very stadium that he took his first step to become one of the greatest footballer to ever don India colours.”It was at the Nehru Stadium that I first played at a national level tournament. It was a match of the National School Talent Contest under-12 football tournament,” Bhutia told Mail Today on Sunday.”After that I never played here as the Ambedkar Stadium was used for football matches in Delhi. I really cherish the fact that I have got the opportunity to end my international career where I started.”After that beginning, Bhutia has seen and done a lot. From becoming the all-time leading scorer for India (43 goals in 107 matches) to playing with the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo and Kaka in a friendly match, the journey has been more than memorable.Another milestone will be added to it when Bhutia leads India against Bayern, whom he thinks is as good as the German national team.”Bayern Munich are as good as the German national side. But it’s an opportunity for the Indian players to know how much they need to work to take themselves to the level of the top international players,” he said after a two- hour practice session with the team.advertisementBhutia is also well aware of the difference in class between his team and its rivals. “One cannot compare the pace and technique of the two teams. More than the result, I think one should see the commitment of the players,” said the 35-year-old striker.While age is not on his side, Bhutia is fully conscious about his fitness level. “I have recovered from my muscle injury and for the last one month it has not been troubling me,” Bhutia said.”I will start the match and want to play for the full 90 minutes. But I wish the injury does not flare up again.”This will be last time Bhutia will don the national colours but he said his exit will not be an emotional one.”I had already announced my retirement last year and definitely I won’t be crying or anything of that sort,” he joked.”For me, it is just about enjoying my last match. International players normally retire during a tournament or an international match but that did not happen with me due to injury. I feel honoured to play my farewell match against a top side like Bayern Munich.”When asked to choose from the current crop of Indian strikers who have the potential to follow in his footsteps, Bhutia said: “Sunil Chhetri is there. Then there is Jeje (Lalpekhlua) and Sushil Singh. Sunil has been performing very well recently but he cannot be called a young player. We need to focus at the grass-root level to nurture talent.”And grooming young talents will be one of Bhutia’s main concerns after retirement. Also, making his club United Sikkim one of the top teams in the domestic leagues is a goal for him.”I don’t want to be in the All India Football Federation now, but I will contribute to Indian football by making United Sikkim a successful side in the country in terms of results and financial viability,” he said.”It is important that investors come in and that can happen if the clubs are financially rewarding. So I want to make United Sikkim successful. I have another project in Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools through which I can train kids.”
Arsenal completed 459 open-play passes into or within the penalty area to Tottenham’s 310. And yet Spurs have created only about three fewer expected goals from open play.This speaks to an unusually direct attacking style. Tottenham no longer pins its opponents back with a strangling high press but instead builds its attacks quickly to free individual players to run at the defense, in an attacking style that has been compared to college football’s “air raid.” To make passes inside the penalty area, a team must have multiple players already in the vicinity, and if one of these high-risk passes is left incomplete, fewer players are in position to stop a potential counterattack. Without the ball-winners in midfield to recover possession, such a deliberate approach would put Tottenham under too much pressure in transition. So instead, the team works more directly, bypassing midfield and quickly feeding a forward to face a defender one-on-one.This is the attacking style that Liverpool will have to defend against on Saturday in Madrid. Liverpool has consistently been able to use its midfield press to control matches and hold possession. But against Spurs, Jurgen Klopp’s side will have to be particularly wary of the direct counterattacks that have become the team’s go-to play. If Liverpool takes risks to overload Spurs defensively in possession, looking for some of these killer penalty area passes, it will be the Reds who are at risk of being countered.The table may be set for a more slow-paced and tactical Champions League final than either Klopp’s or Pochettino’s reputations might suggest. In the most recent meeting of the two sides on March 31, there were just 2.6 expected goals created from 25 shots. This is almost exactly average for a Premier League match7Averages are 2.64 expected goals and 25.3 shots per match. but is far from the high-scoring barn-burner one might hope for from the matchup. If Liverpool won’t risk sending extra runners to support its forwards, while Tottenham invites some pressure and looks to counterattack, the game may slow down as it did at Anfield in March.The final, then, could come down to one team or the other relying on its superstar forward for a moment of magic. For Liverpool, this is not such a complicated question. Mohamed Salah had a great season, has returned to fitness after a head injury and is expected to be ready to go at full strength. Harry Kane is a bigger question for Tottenham. The English striker suffered his fifth ankle injury in the past three seasons against Manchester City in April and has not played since. He has rejoined the team and traveled to Spain, but can Spurs hope to get a vintage Kane performance?Last season when Kane returned from an ankle injury, his performance fell off badly. He had been running hot, averaging 0.98 expected goals and assists per 90 minutes in the 10 matches before he got hurt, and he dropped to about 0.73 in the 10 matches after his return. The same thing happened again this season after Kane suffered an ankle injury against Manchester United: His shot statistics declined from 0.88 xG+xA/90 to 0.52. But his ankle injuries in the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017 didn’t result in such a drastic downturn in performance. In 2017, he seemed to come back stronger than he was before the injury, going on a rampage down the stretch with 1.04 xG+xA/90 compared with 0.74 beforehand.Tottenham’s counterattacking style, and the team’s efficiency in turning passes around the penalty area into scoring chances, run best through an elite center forward. If Kane can return to form within a single game, that would give Spurs the best chance at a Champions League update. Getting an upset win probably requires a little bit of good fortune, and there is no better possible stroke of fortune for Tottenham than a fit Harry Kane.Check out our latest soccer predictions. In this same time, Tottenham has managed to increase its wage spending from about $85 million in 2009-10 to $187 million reported last season. The money saved on transfers has, to a significant degree, been reinvested into wages. By carefully managing the club’s incoming and outgoing funds on transfers, chairman Daniel Levy has built up the quality of the squad and paid to keep better and better players.And it’s worked. Tottenham has finished at least sixth in every season this decade, including now four consecutive berths in the Champions League.3A group stage place in the Champions League is now awarded to the top four teams in the EPL. Before 2018, the top three qualified for the group stages, and the fourth-place team had to win a playoff match first. In the previous decade, Spurs finished in the top six only twice (back-to-back fifth-place finishes in 2005-06 and 2006-07). Tottenham has become a regular Champions League competitor through a process of careful business management backing up good player development.This same “do more with less” mentality is reflected in the team’s performances this season under the management of Mauricio Pochettino. Faced with injuries up and down the squad, Pochettino has had to improvise. His team has given at least 1,500 minutes to 14 different outfield players,4The 10 players not in goal. most among the big six sides in the Premier League. Tottenham’s 10 most-used outfield players have covered only 66 percent of the team’s total minutes, the smallest share among the big six.The team’s injuries have hit the midfield particularly hard: Eric Dier missed most of the second half of the season after an appendectomy, Harry Winks has missed time with ankle and groin injuries, Victor Wanyama was unavailable for most of the season with knee problems, and Mousa Dembele was injured in November and has not played for Tottenham since.5Dembele was sold to Guangzhou R&F in the Chinese Super League during the winter transfer window. Dier, Dembele and Wanyama were three of Spurs’ four leading midfielders in tackles and interceptions won per 90 minutes this season; without them, the club had no true ball-winners in the center of the pitch. The loss of these more defensively sound midfielders changed Tottenham’s approach, forcing Pochettino to dial back his preferred high-pressing, high-possession style. The team’s pressing rate has dropped to its lowest level under Pochettino at 47 percent.6Pressing rate is defined as how often the team broke up new opposition possession in open play before the other team could complete three passes. Instead, Pochettino has had to develop a more counterattacking approach.Tottenham has remained one of the best attacking teams in the league, with about 50 open-play expected goals created — good for fifth overall. But unlike the other clubs that rank high in this metric, Spurs complete surprisingly few passes into or within the penalty area. This could finally be the year when a true underdog wins the Champions League again. The last time a club not among the world’s very elite hoisted the trophy was in 2012, when Chelsea won it all.1Even that team — with its gargantuan payroll and roster of aging stars — didn’t totally fit the profile of the underdog. In the six years since, the ruling class of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid captured Europe’s most prestigious club tournament each year. In this context, if Liverpool triumphs on Saturday, despite being clearly among the best teams in the world according to the FiveThirtyEight Soccer Power Index, the Reds would still be breaking ground.But the real underdog here is Tottenham. Spurs rate as the 12th-best club in the world by SPI. And in many ways, the story of Tottenham is the incredible journey it took just to get close to the world top 10. Spurs languished in the middle of the English Premier League table through most of the 2000s, and unlike Manchester City, which also made the leap to the EPL elite in this millennium, Tottenham didn’t luck into an owner willing to spend at a massive deficit to take the club up the ladder. Instead, Spurs had to ratchet up their spending slowly and play the market carefully. Of the Premier League’s current “big six” clubs,2Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham. only Tottenham has come close to breaking even on its transfer dealings over the past decade — receiving about as much money in transfer fees as it has paid out.