Month: August 2020

Miami-Dade Students Received a Special Treat

first_imgShenandoah Middle School – This $7.2 million project consists of renovations which includes:Window and door replacementsHeatingVentilationAir conditioning (HVAC) improvementsSite and play court improvementsCovered walkway improvementsFire alarm system and security camera enhancementsElectrical upgradesFlooring and ceiling renovationsExterior paintingNew classroom technology throughout MAST Academy @Homestead –This phased project culminated with the renovation and remodeling of the school’s third floor.  Overall, the $3 million improvement project included:Classroom technology throughoutSix new classroomsA science labCore student areaNew staff restroomsMiscellaneous improvements throughout to accommodate the medical iPrep program Toni Bilbao Preparatory Academy – This $15.1 million project is opening in two phases. This first phase provides the Pre-K component to a proposed K-8 59,000 square foot two-story facility that will house:750 Pre-K through 5thgrade student stationsAdministrative officesExtended learning areasLanguage arts, art, and music labsResource roomsA media centerKitchen/dining areasPlayground and play court areasDrop-off areas and parking Southside Elementary School –This historic restoration includes:Interior and exterior improvements of classrooms and group restrooms in Building 1Installation of a new playground surfaceNew classroom technology Administration and related support spacesNew classroom technology throughout Ceiling improvements Skills development labs West Homestead K-8 Center – This $10.27 million dollar project ($775,000 of which was contributed by the City of Homestead Community Redevelopment Agency) converted the former elementary school to a K-8 with:A combination of new buildingsSelective building demolition and renovation of the remaining spacesThe new addition will house:264 upper academy students in grades 6-8 (approximately 23,000 Gross Square Feet) and includes general purpose classroomsScience classrooms An art patioA dining patioK-8 P.E. spaces Miami Sunset Senior High School –The $6.9 million investment includes:A new P.E. track and field improvementsNew Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) studioHVAC improvementsInterior wall, ceiling, lighting and flooring improvementsRoofing; restroom and plumbing renovationsSelective exterior and interior door replacementSecurity system enhancementsPortable removal and site restorationExterior paintNew classroom technology Window replacement where neededExterior paintNew classroom technology West Lakes Preparatory Academy – This phased project entails conversion of the former Miami MacArthur North Senior High School to a PK-8 facility.The first two phases have been completed.At complete build-out, this facility will house up to 1200 PK-8 studentsTotal project allocation for all phases is approximately $18 million Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ (M-DCPS) has announced the opening of many beautiful new facilities for the 2017-2018 school year.  These new and renovated schools were made possible by the General Obligation Bond (GOB), overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2012The facilities are:Bunche Park Elementary School – This brand new $10.2 million, 388 student-station facility comes equipped with classroom technology throughout, and includes:Pre-K through Intermediate classroomsAn Exceptional Student Education (ESE)classroom wingArt and music labsA media centerKitchen/dining areasAdministrative officesE. covered areaBasketball courtsA primary play areaOther supporting spaces Norland Elementary School – This $2.9 millionproject includes:A new classroom buildingNew P.E. shelter and covered walkawaySite improvementsPortable removalSite restoration and renovation of the existing facility consisting of:Restroom renovationsSelective flooring replacement Madie Ives K-8 Center – This is a $17.3 million PK-8 conversion of the former elementary school, which includes:A combination of newbuildings to accommodate the upper gradesRenovation of the remaining eight buildingsNew classroom technology throughoutPlayground and play court improvementsDrop-off and parkingOther ancillary improvements Frederick Douglass Elementary School –This brand new $9.7 million, 280 student-station facility also comes equipped with classroom technology throughout, and includes:Pre-K through Intermediate classroomsArt and music labsA media centerKitchen/dining areasAdministrative officesE. covered areaBasketball courtsPrimary play areaOther supporting spaces Coral Terrace Elementary School – The $2.46 million renovation project includes:Window replacementHVAC improvementsA new playgroundExterior paintingNew classroom technology throughoutlast_img read more

Prince of Wales tours storm-ravaged British Virgin Islands

first_imgPrince Charles visits storm-ravaged British Virgin Islands. Prince Charles, heir to the British monarchy visits the British virgin Island to witness recovery from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Prince CharlesThe Prince of Wales, Prince Charles made his first visit to the British Virgin Islands on Saturday for a first-hand look at the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.Accompanied by British Member of Parliament Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for the Department for International Trade, the Prince briefly toured Tortola and met local communities to hear about the ways they have been recovering since the BVI was hit by the hurricanes.Visits Youth Empowerment ProjectCharles also visited the Youth Empowerment Project (YEP), “which has fought back since the storms to get up and running.There, he met some of the young people who have been a part of new support programs, which encourage them to talk about storm experiences and equip them with practical life skills to cope with difficult living conditions,” said the BIV Government in a statement late Saturday.Prince Charles who is also the President of the Red Cross, visited the local branch where he was introduced to several volunteers, including Deniese Gardener, who risked her life in the middle of the storm, along with two others, to rescue a local woman.First official visit to BVIThis was Prince Charles’ first official visit to the BVI and the first Royal visit since the Duke of Gloucester in March 2012, the statement said.“I was honored to welcome His Royal Highness to the Virgin Islands to show him the devastating impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” said Governor Augustus Gaspert.“Their destructive force was unprecedented, and the lives of many on the island are still challenging. But, with the incredible community spirit and support from friends overseas, we are now on the road to recovery.“It has been inspiring to see the resilience of our community over these last two months, and it was my pleasure to share this and a few stories of the heroic acts since then with His Royal Highness,” the governor added.“It is important that the Virgin Islands, our challenges and our recovery remain at the front of people’s minds around the world,” Gaspert continued. “There is still a lot to do, and I continue to work with the premier to ensure we progress with the recovery plan.”last_img read more

BHM Feature: African American Presidential Candidates: 2001-2019

first_imgCarol Moseley Braun John Parker was the candidate in 2004 for the Workers World Party, a U.S. communist political party. Parker received 1,330 votes. The ticket was endorsed by the Liberty Union Party of Vermont. Parker has been a union organizer and a public school teacher, and is a coordinator of the International Action Center.Carol Elizabeth Moseley Braun is an American diplomat, politician and lawyer who represented Illinois in the Senate from 1993 to 1999. She was the first female African American Senator, the first African American Senator for the Democratic Party, the first woman to defeat an incumbent U.S. Senator in an election, and the first female Senator from Illinois.She served from 1999 until 2001 as US Ambassador to New Zealand. In 2004, she announced her candidacy for the Democratic Party in the presidential elections, but subsequently withdrew her candidacy before the Iowa caucuses. She entered the race for mayor of Chicago in 2011, but lost her bid in the election won by Rahm Emanuel.Rev. Alfred Charles Sharpton Jr. is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, television/radio talk show host and a former White House advisor for President Barack Obama. In 2004, he was a presidential candidate, and in the primary elections leading up to the Democratic Party nomination won by Senator John Kerry, he won five primaries.Cynthia Ann McKinney is an American politician and activist currently teaching at North South University, Bangladesh. As a member of the Democratic Party, she served six terms in the United States House of Representatives. She was the first black woman elected to represent Georgia in the House. She left the Democratic Party and in 2008, ran as the presidential candidate for the Green Party of the United States. In the historical presidential elections won by African American Barack Obama, she won 150,061 votes.Barack Obama made history in November 2008 when he broke the glass ceiling to become the first African American to be elected as US President, with his ticket receiving 69,498,215. He defeated Republican ticket, Senator John McCain and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. In his re-election bid in 2012, he was challenged by the Republican ticket of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and his running mate Congressman Paul Ryan. The Obama- Biden ticket was again victorious with 65,915,796 votes.Stewart Alexis Alexander is an American democratic socialist politician, presidential nominee for the Socialist Party USA (SPUSA) in the 2012 election, and former SPUSA nominee for Vice President in the 2008 election. He and his running mate Alejandro Mendoza received 4,405 votes in the 2008 presidential elections.Andre Nigel Barnett is an American politician and entrepreneur. He was a candidate for President in 2012 as the nominee of the Reform Party. He is the founder of the information technology company WiseDome Inc. His ticket received only 956 votes in the elections.Peta Lindsay is an American anti-war activist. She was a presidential nominee of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in the 2012 election. Prior to her presidential bid she attended Howard University, and in 2003 was a lead organizer of the January 2003 protest against the Iraq War. She was recognized by The Washington Post in March 2003 for her anti-war activism in a piece entitled “Student Leader Sees Through Bush Propaganda”. She was nominated as the candidate for the party despite being ineligible to become president due to her age; she would need to be at least 35 in order to take office. Lindsay was on the ballot in 13 states, and received 7,791 votes.Herman Cain is an American politician and author, business executive, radio host, and syndicated columnist. A Tea Party activist from Georgia, he was a candidate, along with eventual nominee Mitt Romney, for the 2012 Republican Party presidential nomination.  In May 2011, Cain announced his presidential candidacy, and some Republicans considered him the party’s answer to Barack Obama when his proposed 9–9–9 tax plan and debating performances had made him a serious contender for the Republican nomination. However, as he began winning primaries his campaign faced allegation of sexual misconduct which Cain denied although he would later announce the suspension of his campaign. Benjamin (Ben) Solomon Carson Sr. is an American politician, author and former neurosurgeon. Having made a failed bid to be nominated as the 2016 presidential candidate for the Republican Party, he was appointed by Donald Trump, eventual winner of the 2016 elections as the US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in January 2017. Entering the Republican primaries in 2015 he withdrew from the race in March 2016 after gaining nine delegates in the primaries. Born in Detroit, Michigan, and a graduate of Yale University and the University of Michigan Medical School, Carson was the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Maryland from 1984 until his retirement in 2013. As a pioneer in neurosurgery, Carson’s achievements include performing the only successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the back of the head; performing the first completely successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins; developing new methods to treat brain-stem tumors; and reviving hemispherectomy techniques for controlling seizures.  He became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country at age 33. In 2008, he was bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Willie L. Wilson is an American businessman and politician from Chicago, Illinois who has run unsuccessfully for both Mayor of Chicago, and also for President representing the Democratic Party in 2016. Candidates in the 2020 ElectionsAnother keenly contested campaign between candidates representing the Republican Party and the Democratic Party will be held in November 2020. While at the time of writing, it is expected that President Trump will again be the candidate for the Republican Party. Black candidates for the Democratic Party include black Senator Kamala Harris and Senator Corey Booker. Several early polls have Senator Harris, a former California attorney general whose father is Jamaican, as a favorite among the current slate of Democratic candidates. She has been drawing large crowds at her campaign stops, and is much sought after for media interviews and appearances.last_img read more

Bravo Hundred in Vain as Windies Lose Opening Warm-up

first_imgDarren Bravo COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC) — A fluent Darren Bravo hundred was not enough to prevent West Indies from defeat as they went down by two wickets to a Sri Lanka Cricket XI in the first of two tour matches yesterday.Opting to bat first, West Indies were dismissed for 282 with two balls remaining, with Bravo top-scoring with exactly 100 off 88 deliveries before calling time on his innings.Sunil Ambris and Nicholas Pooran both struck 41, while Fabien Allen chipped in with 28, but the Caribbean side lost six wickets and managed only 59 runs inside the last 10 overs of the innings.Teenaged left-arm seamer Dilshan Madushanka finished with three for 47, while new-ball partner, 22-year-old pacer Asitha Fernando, picked up two for 17.In reply, the hosts lost two wickets in the opening over from Sheldon Cottrell (2-22) with just one run on the board but recovered through Captain Upul Tharanga’s high-class 120 to reach their target with 15 deliveries to spare.Tharanga rebuilt the innings in concert with Asela Gunaratne (64), the pair putting on 198 for the third wicket to take the game away from the Windies.When both perished 14 deliveries apart, the home side still required 72 runs from 91 balls and Thikshila DeSilva, with an unbeaten 25, and Lahiru Igalagamage, 22, produced cameos to see their side over the line.Leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr (2-52) and left-arm spinner Allen (2-62) also claimed two wickets each but proved expensive.West Indies had earlier endured a nightmare start as well, losing both openers Shai Hope and Brandon King without scoring to slump to three runs for two wickets in the third over.However, Bravo arrived to settle the innings, putting on 113 for the third with Ambris, and a further 79 for the fourth with Pooran.Left-hander Bravo, recalled to the side after being dropped last September, counted 14 fours and a six before he retired in the 34th over.Ambris had earlier perished in the 23rd over after striking three fours off 63 balls, lbw to 18-year-old leg-spinner Kavindu Nadeeshan.Pooran was exhilarating, smashing a couple of fours and sixes in a 38-ball cameo before retiring at the end of the 34th over, but his departure led to the innings losing momentum.Cottrell gave the visitors a sensational start, trapping Sandun Weerakkody lbw with his third delivery without a run on the board and then also removing Pathum Nissanka to a catch at the wicket, also without scoring with the fifth delivery.But the experienced Tharanga struck 16 fours and a six off 124 deliveries, while Gunaratne faced 75 balls and counted seven fours, to successfully revive the run chase.West Indies will play their second tour match on Thursday against a Sri Lanka Board President’s XI in Negombo before facing Sri Lanka in the opening One-Day International of the three-match series at Sinhalese Sports Club Saturday.last_img read more

CAF #WCQ Roundup: Four Teams Eliminated, Others Continue 2018 FIFA World Cup Ticket Chase

first_imgMatchday 4 in the third round of CAF matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification produced results predicted only by a handful.Group A:The two teams jostling for the sole world cup ticket in the group met in, Kinshasa and goals flowed freely.Chancel Mbemba opened the scoring for DR Congo in the 9th minute, a lead doubled early in the second half by M’Poku to send the fans inside the Stade des Martyrs into a frenzy, but their joy was short-lived as a late fight back from Tunisia began after an own goal in the 77th minute by Wilfred Moke Abro.Anice Badri made sure of one point for the Cartage Eagles in the 79th minute to halt guaranteed qualification in the group.Libya with little hope for qualification secured a (1-0) home win against Guinea in Monastir. The only goal of the fixture was scored in the 36th minute via Elhouni.Standings: Tunisia (10pts), DR Congo (7pts), Guinea (3pts), Libya (3pts).Group B:Arguably the most unpredictable group when the draws were made last year, but results have trimmed the potential qualifiers to two teams – Nigeria and Zambia.In Yaoundé, African champions Cameroon were held to a (1-1) draw by group leaders Nigeria. Moses Simon scored the first in what was an intense battle in the 30th minute. Substitute, Vincent Aboubakar’s penalty goal in the 75th minute prevented what was in line to become a doubleheader victory for the Super Eagles.At d Stade Mohamed Hamlaoui, Constantine, the fans were left gnashing their teeth as Zambia’s Patson Daka scored a 66th-minute goal which confirmed the elimination of the desert foxes.Standings: Nigeria (10pts), Zambia (7pts), Cameroon (3pts), Algeria (1pt)Group C:Gabon produced an unforeseen performance to halt celebrations for Ivory Coast in Bouaké. Axel Méyé, and Lemina were responsible for the goals in the 19th and 29th minute respectively – with the home team’s consolatory strike coming in the 58th minute off Gnaly Maxwel Cornet.The other group fixture in Bamako ended Mali 0-0 Morocco.Standings: Ivory Coast (7pts), Morocco (6pts), Gabon (5pts), Mali (2pts)Group D:Surely one of the most astonishing result happened in this group as South Africa lost both legs to Cape Verde in similar score (1-2).Gary Rodrigues brace in the 52nd and 67th minute was enough for the Tubarões Azuis to walk away from the Moses Mabhida Stadium with maximum points.In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso were held to a (2-2) draw by Senegal to leave all four teams viable for qualification.Standings: Burkina Faso (6pts), Cape Verde (6pts), Senegal (5pts), South Africa (4pts)Group E:The Black Stars of Ghana who prior to this match day were on the verge of elimination, restored hope with a sublime performance which saw the team secure a (5-1) victory against host Congo in Brazzaville.Thomas Teye Partey scored a hat-trick while Boakye added two goals.At the Borg El Arab Stadium, Alexandria, Egypt returned the favor with a (1-0) win over Uganda cranes. Liverpool forward, Mohammed Salah with the solitary strike.Standings: Egypt (9pts), Uganda (7pts), Ghana (5pts), Congo (1pt)Action will resume October when a host of spots to Russia 2018 go up for grabs.RelatedCAF #WCQ Match Day 5: Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt one win away from Russia 2018.October 5, 2017In “Africa”2018 World Cup: Nigeria, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, & Egypt Seek To Consolidate Positions Ahead Of Double HeadersAugust 31, 2017In “Africa”2018 FIFA World Cup Review (CAF): Morocco Pip Cote D’Ivoire To Final SlotNovember 12, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

MCM: Roger Federer and Rafael – Rivals, Friends, Legends

first_imgThe Miami Masters in 2004 birthed a rivalry regarded as the greatest in tennis history – The Federer-Nadal (Fedal) rivalry. It was the beginning of a pairing tennis fans always looked forward to seeing, the beginning of a rivalry very significant in the careers of both players. Since then, the world has experienced exhilarating, thrilling, nerve-wracking clashes between these two players. A contest which has never been predictable.Over the years, these men have formed a rivalry and also a friendship which no one might have seen coming years ago. They are often heard praising each other, showing a very admirable respect for each other. They are even seen talking and laughing before and after playing against each other. 13 years later, with 35 Grand Slams and 167 career titles between them, the Laver Cup gave the tennis world the opportunity to witness two absolute legends of the game play together as doubles partners for the first time. Seeing Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the same side is what dreams are made of for any tennis fan. Winning together, celebrating together, obviously excited to be playing together; Fedal just took a new turn.Both players have had their highs and lows, they have both had very sad injury phases when the world thought an era was ending. However, they have bounced back to the top when the world least expected it. After winning two Grand Slam titles apiece in 2017, they are the two top ranked players in the world. Aging, in a competitive tennis world, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal prove that they are truly two of the best players in history.Today, we crush on these two phenomenal men and look forward to seeing what the future holds for Fedal.RelatedShanghai Masters Final: Nadal, Federer To Renew RivalryOctober 15, 2017In “Sports”Federer Or Djokovic? Uncle Toni Reveals Nadal’s Toughest Opponent, Picks Tennis GOATMay 19, 2020In “Tennis”2019 US Open: Williams vs Sharapova In Mouthwatering First Round ClashAugust 23, 2019In “Sports”last_img read more

Nigerians In The NBA: Aminu, Oladapo Feature In Respective Team Victories

first_imgNigerian basketball stars like Al-Farouq Aminu, Victor Oladapo and many more were in action for their respective clubs in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Thursday morning.D’Tigers of Nigeria star Al-Farouq Aminu made his first NBA start of the season for Portland Trail Blazers in their 124-76 win over Phoenix Suns at Moda Center. He played for 28 minutes and contributed five points, 12 rebounds and two assists.The game was his 521st in the NBA as helped the Blazers record the biggest first day winning margin ever.For Victor Oladapo, the basketballer with Nigerian parents recorded 22 points, five rebounds and four assists in the 25 minutes he played in his Indiana Pacers’ 140-131 win over Brooklyn Nets in their first game of the season.Nigeria-born player Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 37 points and 13 rebounds for Milwaukee Bucks in their 108-100 win over Boston Celtics. Another Nigerian-born star in Semi Ojeleye scored just three points in the 12 minutes he featured for the Boston Celtics.Relatedlast_img read more

Leicester City Owners Facing £323m Lawsuit For This Reason

first_imgOwners of the immediate past English champions, Leicester City, have been sued for a whopping £323m due to the money they owe the Thai government.Earlier on Monday, a criminal court in Bangkok reportedly accepted the case against King Power International.According to the popular news outlet known as Reuters, the said case is also being brought against executives of state-owned Airports of Thailand (AOT).King Power International, owned by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and his family, have been accused of failing to pay the Thai government 14 billion baht (£323m) from the operation of a duty-free franchise it was awarded some 11 years (2006) as contained in the lawsuit initially filed in July.At a court hearing held on Monday, the Central Criminal Court in the Thailand capital of Bangkok accepted the case and stated that it would now take testimonies from witnesses in February 2018.RelatedFlowers Keep Pouring In at King Power Stadium After last Night’s TragedyOctober 28, 2018In “England”Condolence Register Opens at Leicester City for Crash VictimsOctober 30, 2018In “England”Ndidi, Iheanacho Ready For BangkokNovember 2, 2018In “England”last_img read more

Mr Green nets first ever football partnership with Wigan Athletic

first_img Submit David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020 Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 Share Share Related Articles StumbleUpon European igaming and sports betting operator, Mr Green has confirmed that it has secured its first ever football partnership with English Championship side Wigan Athletic.The newly listed Nordic Nasdaq operator, will become ‘The Latics’ official ‘Betting and Gaming Partner’ for the remainder of the 2016/17 Championship Season.Mr Green marketing were pleased to have secured its first ever football partnership, stating that it would help the operator expand its brand and services within the saturated UK online betting market.The Wigan Athletic partnership, will see the Lancashire football club promote Mr Green’s new sports betting vertical launched this June, with the operator seeking to diversify its product range.Confirming the Partnership Alex Beecham Mr Green UK & Ireland Country Manager stated;This is another step towards growing our UK brand by working alongside a forward-thinking club with a proud history. Mr Green is delighted to partner with Wigan Athletic over the coming seasons and look forward to engaging Latics’ fans with our award-winning product,”last_img read more

Marketing & product refinements help GVC navigate quiet Q3 2016 sports calendar

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Issuing its Q3 2017 trading update (period ending 30 September), FTSE-listed online gambling group GVC Holdings has reported a continued strong corporate momentum, recording growth across its key metrics and KPIs.Despite competing against a tough Q3 2016 comparative period which featured the final stages of UEFA Euro 2016, GVC would report a 1% increase in daily wagering to €11.3 million for its sports betting division.GVC’s sustained sports betting performance, combined with an improved period operating margin of 11.5%, would see the firm declare group daily ‘sports net gaming revenues (NGR)’ of €982,000 representing a 3% gain on Q3 2016: €953,000.The firm’s improved Sports betting performance would be supported by strong growth for GVC’s ‘Gaming Brands’ division which would record a daily NGR increase of 19% to €986,000 (Q3 2016: £828,000). GVC governance would highlight that its group gaming brands improved performance had been driven by product refinements and increased marketing activity.Entering a crucial Q4 2017 trading period, an enlarged GVC group will continue to support its sports betting activity, announcing the launch of its new Bwin Pan-European marketing campaign launched this August.Updating investors on GVC Holdings Q3 2017 performance, Group CEO Kenneth Alexander (CEO) commented:“Underlying1 growth in Q3 represents the highest rate achieved since the acquisition of bwin.party in February 2016. The quick wins made in 2016 have been supplemented by further and continuous improvements across all areas of the business. GVC operates in an industry with significant opportunities and challenges. The combination of our talented employees, proven technology and strong brands, gives me confidence that we can continue to drive shareholder value.”GVC Q3 2017 Performance Overview Sharelast_img read more