November is Caribbean Tourism Month

first_img Share 9 Views   no discussions Share Roseau, Dominica – November 8, 2011 –As a member of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), Dominica joins the rest of the Caribbean in celebrating the first Caribbean Tourism Month during November. This year the month is celebrated under the theme ‘One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean’.The objectives of Caribbean Tourism Month is to raise awareness among Caribbean people of the importance of tourism in the Caribbean, to enhance the profile of the Caribbean tourism sector in the marketplace, to reflect on the invaluable impact of tourism on the economic, social and cultural wellbeing in the Caribbean, to attract positive media coverage of the Caribbean and the local tourism product and to celebrate the diversity of what the Caribbean offers.In observance of the month, the Discover Dominica Authority, in collaboration with local organizations and youth groups will initiate activities centered on litter management, familiarization visits to tourism sites and tourism awareness programmes.Press ReleaseDiscover Dominica Authority LocalNews November is Caribbean Tourism Month by: – November 8, 2011center_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Speedy release of sick, elderly inmates mulled

first_img“Mag-setako, 70 years old or 75, 70. Hindi na marunong mag-holdup ‘yan. Hindi na makatakbo ‘yan. O kung takotka pa kay serial rapist, ipaputol nalang muna mo diyan sa founder nilabago palabasin,” Duterte added. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte wanted toexpedite the release of sick and elderly inmates who are detained inside theNew Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. Duterte, meanwhile, admitted some inmatesabove 70 years old refused to get out of the national penitentiary as they wereconsidered outcasts in the society. Duterte on Tuesday said he will ask Departmentof Justice (DOJ) secretary Menardo Guevarra and prison officials for the earlyrelease. President Rodrigo Duterte says he will ask Justice secretary Menardo Guevarra and other prison officials to expedite the release of sick and elderly inmates who are detained inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO “Alam moba ‘yang nasa kulungan na umabot na ng 15, 20years? Ayaw nang lumabas ‘yan,”Duterte said. “‘Yang sa penal colony,‘pag ini-release mo, maghanap ‘yan ng problema.” The NBP is one of the penal colonies under thecontrol and supervision of the Bureau of Corrections./PN “Wala na‘yan eh. Lalo na ‘yung mga 80s. What’s the use of keeping themthere?” he said. “Mag-holdupng one time ‘yan, mag-enjoy, taposgustong bumalik ng presohan. Kasi ang buhay nila for the last 20 years, nandiyan na sa kulungan. Kuntento na ‘yan sakanila,” he added.last_img read more

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Traffic Light Expected To Be Fixed By Friday Morning

first_imgImage ProvidedDrivers in Batesville may have noticed a faulty traffic light at a busy intersection Thursday.Officers with the Batesville Police Department have been controlling traffic throughout the afternoon and evening on S.R. 229 at the I-74 overpass.Maintenance crews are on the scene repairing a component on the light Thursday evening.The traffic signal should be working properly by the Friday morning commute. According to a Batesville Police Department spokesman, the light is expected to be repaired by midnight.last_img read more

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Holcomb visits flood-ravaged areas in southern Indiana

first_imgAurora, In. — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb visited flood-ravaged southern Indiana Monday. “We want the leadership, the families who are making their way here in Dearborn County, to know that we’re gonna be here every step of the way,” said Holcomb. “We’re not just here today.”The trip began in Jefferson County and ended in the town of Aurora where the governor met with leaders and flood victims.Holcomb said, “Just how resilient folks are. This is a reminder of who we are as a people,” said Holcomb. “When you go through something like this, you tend to set your own self-interest aside and you start to worry about your neighbor’s interest.”Dearborn and Switzerland Counties are among the 18 counties in Indiana that have been declared disaster areas.Officials say schools in affected areas will remain closed until damage assessments can be completed.last_img read more

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Ronald Ray Johnson, 80

first_imgRonald Ray Johnson, 80 of Greensburg, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2019 at his home in Greensburg, Indiana, with his loving wife and sister-in-law at his side. He was born on February 5, 1939 to Earl Johnson and Garnet Cooley. Garnet married George Hendrickson on March 17, 1950.  His step-father was a great example and played a major role in raising him.Ron married Carolyn Miller in August of 1968.  They had three sons; Ronald Jr, Donald and Christopher.  Carolyn passed away in 1997.  Ron married Margaret Shields in July of 1999.  He embraced two step-sons, Joseph S. Shields and Wade M. Shields and a step-grandson Trever Shields.Ron was an outstanding athlete in football, and held a track record at Connersville High School.  He was a member of the only undefeated football team at Connersville High School.After graduating from Connersville High School in 1958, Ron joined the U.S. Army and served six years.  Upon completion of his military service, Ron began his forty year work career in Connersville.  Following that, he worked for the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department for eight years.  He then completely retired.Ron was always active in his community.  He was President of the Connersville Jaycees and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.  He was an avid golfer.  He achieved three hole-in-ones.  He was a dedicated bowler.  Ron also loved woodworking, gardening and yardwork.Ron was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister Phyllis Dunn and step-son Wade.  He is survived by his loving wife Margaret, step-son Joseph, his step-father George Hendrickson, his sons Ronald Jr., Donald and Christopher, his sister Patricia (William) Laux, nephew Scott Laux, sister Myrtle Vaughn, brother Herb Kearns; four grandchildren Alex, Jenna, Elexa, and Trever.Thank you Lord for a life filled with many blessings.Visitation will be held on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 11AM until the start of the Funeral Service at 1PM at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery with Graveside Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.last_img read more

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England call-up for Maguire in spite of arrest, trial in Greece + Full squad

first_imgRelatedPosts Solskjaer criticises England over handling of youngster Greenwood Greenwood, Phil Foden caught with girls in Three Lions hotel England withdraw Maguire from squad for Nations League England manager Gareth Southgate picked defender Harry Maguire in his UEFA Nations League squad on Tuesday.The invitation to national team camp was in spite of the Manchester United captain’s detention by police over a brawl on the Greek island of Mykonos. Maguire pleaded not guilty and was released from police custody after his arrest last week.The 27-year-old was however being represented by his lawyers in court at a hearing on Tuesday.Also, England captain Harry Kane is available for the UEFA Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark in September in spite of being quarantined following a trip to the Bahamas.Manchester United duo Dean Henderson and Mason Greenwood, Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden and Leeds United’s Kalvin Phillips will make their international debuts.Southgate’s England side have not played since November 2019 due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which also forced Euro 2020 to be pushed back a year. England face Iceland on September 5 in Reykjavik before taking on Denmark in Copenhagen on September 8.The Full Squad: Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson, Jordan Pickford, Nick PopeDefenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Eric Dier, Joe Gomez, Michael Keane, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Kieran Trippier, Kyle WalkerMidfielders: Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, James Ward-Prowse, Harry WinksForwards: Tammy Abraham, Mason Greenwood, Danny Ings, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Gareth SouthgateHarry KaneHarry MaguireThree LionsUEFA National Leaguelast_img read more

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PBSO deputies searching for missing, possibly endangered 12-year-old boy

first_imgAnyone with information about Andres’ whereabouts is asked to contact the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office at 561-688-3400 or 911. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a missing 12-year-old who was last seen Friday at 4:15 PM.Police say, 12-year-old Andres Miguens, is possibly endangered. He was last seen wearing an orange t-shirt, black basketball shorts, and black sneakers.Have you seen Andres Miguens? Andres, 12 years of age, was last seen, today, at 4:15pm and has not been seen or heard from since. Andres, is 5’01”, 133 lbs. and was last seen wearing an orange t-shirt, black basketball shorts, & black sneakers. RT to help bring him home. pic.twitter.com/xx4bprD02J— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) May 2, 2020last_img read more

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USC men’s basketball: Trojans’ comeback thwarted by high-powered Oregon offense

first_imgA late comeback attempt from USC was shut down by No. 5 Oregon Saturday night, as the Ducks topped the Trojans by a score of 81-70 at the Galen Center.With 2:40 remaining in regulation, junior guard Elijah Stewart knocked down a 3-point shot that pulled the Trojans within three points of the Ducks.Oregon responded by closing the game out on a 10-2 run over the final two minutes of regulation to clinch its 14th consecutive victory against USC. The Trojans have dropped their last seven games against the Ducks in Los Angeles, and they haven’t beat Oregon at home since the 2009 season. The Trojans finished the game by missing their last four shot attempts in the contest; USC made no field goals over the final 2:40 of regulation.“That was a tough game. We played hard, but not well enough to win,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “Our guards were off tonight in their decision making and shooting. To beat a top-five team in the country, you have to play better.”Poor shooting from the field was a struggle for USC all night Saturday. The Trojans finished the game shooting 22-for-59 (37.3 percent).USC’s shooting woes may have been most evident from beyond the 3-point line. In the first half, USC shot 2-of-15 (13.3 percent) from beyond the arc. Overall, the Trojans shot 6-for-27 (22.2 percent) from distance.“When you’re 6-for-27 from three and a lot were wide open and you miss three dunks, it’s hard to beat a team like this,” Enfield said.A layup from sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright gave USC its largest lead of the night against Oregon, as the Trojans led 49-46 with just over 13 minutes remaining.“Tonight shows our growth. It shows we can play with anybody,” said freshman guard De’Anthony Melton, who finished with nine points and two steals Saturday. “We need to learn how to close out games.”As was the case for many USC shooters Saturday night, Boatwright had his share of struggles from the field. Boatwright finished the game shooting 3-of-15 (20 percent), but he did hit all eight of his free throws to finish with 15 points against Oregon.Leading the way for the Trojans was sophomore forward Chimezie Metu, who recorded a team-high 16 points Saturday. Metu finished 6-of-8 from the field while reeling in four rebounds and dishing three assists.“We have to protect the ball. We had too many turnovers,” said Stewart, who totaled 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting.USC committed a total of 16 turnovers against the Ducks after averaging 11.1 turnovers per game entering Saturday. Oregon capitalized on Trojan mistakes, as the Ducks outscored USC in points off turnovers, 23-12.Oregon junior forward Dillon Brooks finished with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Brooks was 3-of-5 shooting from deep against the Trojans.Brooks finished as the game’s leading scorer despite fouling out with 3:28 remaining in regulation.Oregon sophomore guard Tyler Dorsey scored 19 points (6-of-13 shooting) and recorded five rebounds. Ducks junior forward Jordan Bell finished with a game-high 14 rebounds; he recorded a double-double as he also scored 12 points Saturday.Overall, Oregon edged USC on the glass by a margin of 39-34.With the loss, the Trojans were unable to avenge their 84-61 loss to the Ducks earlier this season on Dec. 30. USC has never upset an opponent ranked in the top five nationally at the Galen Center.Saturday’s loss also put an end to the Trojan’s five-game winning streak in Pac-12 play.USC will look to rebound in conference play as it travels to Pauley Pavilion on Saturday to take on No. 10 UCLA. The Trojans will be looking for a big upset of a top 10-ranked opponent and its fifth consecutive victory over the Bruins.last_img read more

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Jade Daniels: Degree 53 – UX the bridge between the industry & design standards

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Jade Sahota – Degree 53Jade Daniels Design Director at industry innovation, design and development studio Degree 53, details that as betting operators face higher regulatory and responsibility demands, incumbents have to be smarter than ever on UX guiding principals and strategies…____________The gambling industry is undergoing significant changes to improve the standards for responsible gambling. Besides advice and various initiatives, there are lots of technical requirements for operators that need to be implemented in their products to help customers gamble responsibly. However, with the increasing number of regulatory changes, the design and user experience of betting and gaming products are becoming as complex as the rules themselves. While they are there to protect customers, they also impact on the usability of the product and affect customer interaction.Operators need to be smarter about adding elements dictated by the regulators and merging them with the core product. Part of this challenge is educating customers about these rules. Many won’t be aware of them or care too much, but they will notice if these elements stand in the way of their journey. Operators need to help customers understand these rules and their purpose better.Lots of products are content and feature heavy simply because they have been built this way historically. Product owners have stuck to the same look for sportsbooks and casinos to avoid larger disruption to their customers as any dramatic change in the journey could be a risk of increasing drop-offs. By carrying on with the same design while adding more content, operators are risking overcrowding their products and making them less intuitive. Let’s review how this could be overcome.Using regulations to modernise the productA lot of clutter and bad user experience appears when landing pages are full of content that isn’t directly related to core services. Presenting new regulations doesn’t need to be dull or just plain text, as customers will likely ignore it or don’t like the experience. It can also make accessibility much harder. It’s more interesting to make a regulation into a feature and display it separately if possible. This could be a great opportunity for operators to be innovative and offer new services that go in line with the responsible gambling initiative.Operators want to prevent their customers from problem behaviour and they have all the data and tools to do so. Some of it has already been done and it shows that more can be done to bring out new features.For example, reality checks or just-in-time notifications pop up at the right time to distract the customer to remind them about the time spent with the product and to give them a break. They work really well to reduce the risk of gambling addiction, helping customers to manage their activity better.Similarly, showing a breakdown of winnings or spends could be done in an interactive way to help customers keep track of their money or bonuses. Sky Bet have already launched this feature as a visual graph. This is a great way of turning data into something useful and intuitive to help customers gamble responsibly.Operators could offer self-exclusion options based on customers’ spend. For example, if they gamble above a certain limit, they can be offered to self-regulate and log out until later. This would help them to save money and reduce gambling activity, enabling them to return at a later date and continue using the operator’s services in a responsible way. This would no doubt increase customer lifetime value, as well as preventing them from spending all their money and leaving completely.Regulators are keen on increasing responsible gambling functionalities on site. Having options like these would show how proactive the operator is in terms of looking after their customers, offering more interactive tools, as well as creating a trustworthy relationship and brand loyalty. Utilising any data available to product owners is key.Update the existing UX with new regulationsRegulatory changes to existing functionalities also mean that operators will need to update their user experience. Any significant updates will need to be thought through in order to manage customer expectations and behaviour.For example, a new regulation coming in May 2019 will apply to the Know-Your-Customer (KYC) process during the registration, changing the way customers will access gaming and betting services upon joining. Operators will need to prove their customers are over 18 and confirm their address before they will be able to deposit and place any bets or play. Currently, they have a 72-hour window and full access to services before verification.It’s a significant change that will likely turn away many customers and operators will see a big drop in first-time depositors. To prevent this, they will need to create a new onboarding process to clearly explain what customers need to do to successfully complete the registration process and access their services quicker. This is a regulatory requirement, however, a successful operator will increase conversion by utilising and integrating ID verification tools. They can also integrate additional databases or products that offer new methods as a fallback option. Moreover, there are great products that allow customers to scan their ID directly within the product to facilitate this process and maximise conversion.Finding out what works bestIt’s quite difficult to create something completely different when any big change could scare off customers and it becomes a catch-22 where products are replicated to avoid that. But changes don’t need to happen on a massive scale and we advise to take smaller steps instead. However, sometimes it’s necessary to try something new, and often, results can be surprising. What product owners might think is the best solution may not often be perceived as such by their customers.We strongly recommend A/B and user testing to trial different journeys and find out which performs best. It’s extremely useful to test something ahead of a release or determine if there are any obstacles during a user journey so it can be updated beforehand. Direct customer feedback helps guide operators to which route works best in order to prevent more drop-offs.Use regulatory changes to your advantageThe gambling industry is determined to increase the governance around responsible gambling and to protect customers from problem behaviour. It’s a positive initiative but comes with numerous regulations that have a strong impact on the user experience. Operators need to use that to their advantage to innovate and modernise their products to redefine how certain elements could be presented. Rather than shoe-horning something in last minute to pass compliance, why not find the best way to include regulatory requirements as part of the overall journey so customers still enjoy using the product?Some final thoughts…It’s important to base any changes on factual information, such as results from user testing and conversion analytics. The amount of content that sportsbooks and casinos have needs to be reviewed and updated, considering mobile and tablet use outweighing desktop. With so many regulations coming in, product owners need to reconsider how this information can be displayed to still offer a fun but responsible gaming and betting experience to customers.______________________Jade Daniels – Design Director @ Degree 53last_img read more

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Dodgers among contenders shopping for bullpen help

first_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies MILWAUKEE – Kelvin Herrera and Brad Hand and Jeurys Familia have already changed teams. More relievers figure to be on the move in the next 10 days.Virtually every team that considers itself in contention is looking to upgrade – or at least bolster – its bullpen before the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of the month.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.The Dodgers are certainly among the teams in that market, though GM Farhan Zaidi would commit to nothing other than a promise that the Dodgers “will continue to shop and look for ways to make our team better.”“As for the pitching side, that’s going to be something we continue to evaluate, both the bullpen and the rotation,” he said. “But we have no specific plans there. Talks are fluid and ongoing, as they always are this time of year. We’re just going to continue to look for upgrades that make sense for us.” Four months into the season, Roberts still doesn’t have a clear idea of which relievers he can depend upon from one night to another.“We know these guys will take the ball every day. They’re going to compete,” Roberts said when asked if he knew what he has in the current relief corps. “We know Scott Alexander can get lefties and righties out. He can put the ball on the ground.“Outside of that … to be honest, we’re still trying to figure it out.”TURNER TIME Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was not in the starting lineup again Saturday and has not played since July 11 due to an injured adductor muscle in his right side. Roberts said Turner is running at 85 percent in workouts but Turner acknowledged “it’s there a little bit still at times.”“I’m going through a gauntlet of things, trying to check off all the boxes,” Turner said. “I’m fine swinging. I took ground balls yesterday, felt pretty good. I can run to a certain point and keep it in control..“But I did it on a checked swing (during the series in San Diego) so that’s one box that’s kind of hard to check off.”If the Dodgers had placed Turner on the DL at the time of his injury – or backdated the move in the days before the All-Star break – he would be eligible to return now. But they have been carrying Turner on the active roster despite his limitations and now could not backdate the move fully.A DL move now “just doesn’t make sense,” Roberts said, because the Dodgers would be without Turner for another six or seven days. Turner expects to return sooner than that and Roberts said “I’d like to think we get him in there” Sunday.“I didn’t think it would have taken this long,” Turner said of his initial expectation. “I’m available to pinch-hit. If (Friday’s Brewers starter Wade) Miley had gone back out (for the seventh inning), I would have been the second guy (pinch-hitting).“Just trying to continue progressing and go day by day.”REHAB ROUNDUPRoberts said Yasiel Puig is in Arizona and has begun hitting off a tee and soft toss. Puig has been on the DL since suffering an oblique injury on July 8. “Our goal” is to have Puig come off the DL and rejoin the Dodgers at some point during the four-game series in Atlanta next week, according to Roberts.“That’s the plan,” Roberts said. “Where it stays on course depends on how he feels.”Right-hander Pedro Baez made his second rehab appearance with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Friday, pitching a scoreless inning with one hit allowed and two strikeouts. Baez will need to show he has recovered enough from his shoulder injury to pitch more than one inning in an outing and also pitch on back-to-back days before he is activated from the DL, Roberts said.ALSOThe Dodgers will send right-handers Ross Stripling (Monday) and Kenta Maeda (Tuesday) to the mound for the first two games of their series in Philadelphia then likely debut their six-man rotation. Rookie right-hander Walker Buehler is the likely starter for the series finale on Wednesday against the Phillies.UP NEXTDodgers LHP Alex Wood (5-5, 3.92 ERA) at Brewers LHP Brent Suter (8-6, 4.39 ERA), Sunday, 11:10 a.m., SportsNet LA (where available)center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Dodgers manager Dave Roberts continues his own search. He used four relievers in the eighth inning Friday night and even after the Dodgers made it a four-run lead he had to go to closer Kenley Jansen.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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