NewsRegional Montserrat police conducting internal investigation into misconduct allegations by: – January 18, 2012 Share Tweet 20 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Flag of Monsterrat. Photo credit; flags.netBRADES, Montserrat (GIU) –The Royal Montserrat Police Service has been conducting an extensive internal investigation into allegations of police misconduct during and following the arrests of George Leonard and George Farrell on the morning of 17 December 2011. As a result of the investigation, one officer has been suspended from duty and another is on compulsory leave pending further investigation. The Governor has decided that, in addition to the very comprehensive internal investigation undertaken to date, he should activate the provisions of a co-operation agreement on reciprocal law enforcement assistance between the Caribbean Overseas Territories. This will enable law enforcement officers from the Bermuda and Cayman police services to come to Montserrat to assist in the on-going investigation under the command and direction of Deputy Commissioner Paul Morris and present their findings to the Director of Public Prosecutions through the Governor. The police officers should begin their work early next week.by Nerissa Golden Caribbean News Now Share Share
Ronald Dean Strunk, 79, of Versailles passed away Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. He was born in Oneida, Tennessee on November 26, 1940 the son of Beatty and Maude Goodman Strunk. Survivors include his daughters Tracy and Deanna of Oregon, Sherry of California, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Edward, Billy, Herman, Willis, Clyde, Harold, and Jr., and his sister Leona. Ronald had formerly lived in Oregon and worked as an auto body technician. Funeral services will be held at 7pm, Wednesday, December 18 at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Doug Cornett officiating. Visitation will begin at 5pm. Memorials may be given to the donor’s choice in care of the funeral home.
The Dutchman saw his side lose 2-0 at Bournemouth on Saturday, with Younes Kaboul sent off as the hosts fully deserved their first ever home Premier League win. Callum Wilson opened the scoring for the Cherries inside four minutes before a superb Matt Ritchie volley moments later sealed a memorable result for Eddie Howe’s side. Jeremain Lens had a legitimate second-half header ruled out for offside before Kaboul was dismissed for a second booking haven been run ragged by Wilson all afternoon. And Advocaat, whose side dropped to the foot of the table as a result of the loss, said both he and the players will have to take a look at themselves in the coming days after passing up the opportunity to take three points from what he saw as a winnable game “I’m very angry with the way we started the game,” he said. “We started playing at 2-0 down but by then it is too late. I’m very, very angry with the players – although it is not the first time. “I will think about myself, what I did wrong – the meeting, the training, the wrong line-up, whatever. I also told them you have to face it yourselves as well. “What we bring and what they brought is different. I respect Bournemouth for winning this game but if you see the paper and the names you have to do a little bit more than we did today.” Although it is still only September, Advocaat insisted those involved with Sunderland cannot keep dismissing this run of form as unimportant due to the number of games remaining. “We cannot keep saying that we have 32 games to go – if you play six games and have two points it is not good enough,” he added. “All my respect to Bournemouth and with what they have done but there is no need to lose a game like this in my opinion.” Although Ritchie’s strike will grab all of the headlines, Wilson’s opener saw him move onto five goals from the opening for games of the season. That leaves him as the top goalscorer in the league and Howe praised the forward and backed him to make his mark at international level if given the chance. “He has all the attributes that a modern-day striker needs,” Howe said of the man who scored a hat-trick in the recent 4-3 win at West Ham. “He is very quick, he did really well today for the first goal to show strength and the ability to roll the defender in a tight situation and it was a great finish – he is full of confidence at the moment. “I think it is great that we are playing at this level and our players are being appreciated and talked about and I’d like nothing more than to see Callum go on and make England appearances. “I think Callum’s potential is limitless, he is strong, quick and a good finisher and one of the features today was his hold-up play. He is developing all aspects of his game all the time, he is young and level-headed and keep doing the right things.” Having won away at West Ham, this was Bournemouth’s first Premier League victory at the Vitality Stadium and Howe conceded a strong home record is essential in their battle to stay in the top-flight beyond one season. “I think today was a really important day for us,” he added. “Our home form, every season, is hugely important. You need to be confident and home and deliver good performances in front of your own crowd and get points and today goes a long way to giving the players a boost when they really needed it.” Dick Advocaat will leave no stone unturned in his attempts to halt Sunderland’s stuttering start to the season. Press Association
Share Achieving product differentiation is arguably more important now than ever as sportsbook and casino operators face the challenge of staying relevant, writes Will Whitehead (pictured), Associate Director – Accounts at mkodo.This remarkable period triggered by the outbreak of COVID-19 has stressed the importance of having dynamic and agile digital products and has likely rang alarm bells for many over the need to strengthen their digital offering. A common, immediate strategy has been to populate products with alternative betting markets, but achieving sportsbook engagement in the long-term requires more than giving greater prominence to esports, virtual events and unconventional betting markets. It’s more than just prices and markets.There is a frequent misconception in the sportsbook world that the battle for product differentiation is fought and won solely by having the most markets and the best offers. Operators often focus on delivering features that are driven by data and can, as a result, overlook the importance of the end-user journey. This lack of attention to the user experience (UX) leads to operators offering an almost equal customer interface to their competitors’ products. Prices, markets and offers are, of course, important, but if they are presented through an uninspiring, counterintuitive front-end that doesn’t satisfy the user’s goals, customers will look for an alternative solution. Where to start? Registration!From the initial registration process and deposit flow to find a bet, place a bet and bet review navigation, offering a seamless, engaging UX should be front and centre of product development goals. As customers become more and more educated as to what represents a good user experience (and perhaps more importantly, a poor user experience) operators must give greater attention to the front-end product. This will go a long way to ensuring customer retention and loyalty.As a first point of contact with the customer, registration should be conversational rather than a series of lengthy forms, allowing for documents and payment cards to be scanned by a device camera if that feature is available. These are the types of UX usage that digital natives in particular expect as a given – a customer segment that is key to growing your market share.Paying attention to the details in the front-end user journey can also help your digital strategy where your backend platform lags behind on a popular new market feature, such as when the bet builder function first appeared. Using creative features on the front-end can bridge the gap when updates to the backend platform take time. Tailor to your audience!As an industry, betting and gaming has not kept pace with other entertainment and e-commerce sectors in delivering user experiences tailored to a customer’s specific preferences and their past activity. Currently, the majority of sportsbook products offer the same experience to every customer whether they are, for example, a VIP, a new user or a racing-only punter – a shortcoming often fuelled by limiting factors in the back-end platform. Better tracking of customer behaviour will help deliver an automated, bespoke front-end, but operators can also enable bettors to configure their experience manually, allowing them to choose which sports and markets they favour to be displayed (and not displayed) immediately on opening the website or app. Differentiated Example: VIPWhen targeting the VIP player, a differentiation strategy can go even further. VIPs appreciate receiving a personalised experience that befits their status. They commit to a brand, spending both time and money on their entertainment, and look for a tailored experience in response. To best target this customer segment, operators would do well to match products to their expectations and align more closely with the experience they would receive in the retail environment. A dedicated VIP application that includes features such as a digital concierge service, exclusive live dealers and game content, plus the best odds, packaged in different branding and design, would make the customer feel welcomed and valued by the brand. Differentiated Example: Esports Interest in betting on esports has been increasing in popularity over the past few years and the current crisis-hit climate has accelerated the rising uptake. However, if operators want to realise the growing opportunity beyond cross-selling to existing sports bettors – one that has previously been overlooked – then they would do well to think bigger than promoting content through existing channels: only through a streamlined product will they be able to capture the full potential of the esports market. As a typically younger demographic and inexperienced bettors, esports fans are an entirely different audience to your traditional sports bettor. Building an esports product that is hidden as just another sport or category amongst the wider sportsbook offering, and is presented in the same manner, is unlikely to achieve optimal engagement. A dedicated application or website that focuses heavily on the digitised social experience stands a much better chance of attracting a younger crowd. Using different vocabulary and content that renders an esports offering less intimidating than a standard sportsbook will be much more appealing and engaging to potential esports customers. Integrating social media information is also important as this provides timely updates of game and team changes which are crucial to the esports market.Differentiated Example: Live CasinoTake Live Casino as another example where differentiation pays off. When Rank Group’s Grosvenor brand launched dedicated iOS and Android apps for the vertical it created a unique and immersive experience that was recognised at industry awards as the Best Mobile Casino Product in the market. The Grosvenor Live Casino product augments the customer experience around the gameplay, building in features such as dealer favoriting with associated rich push notifications, portrait/landscape tailored design, plus visual and themed table navigation. Generally, a casino site will intermix Live Casino content with other casino products and games in a standard tile layout, without much consideration to the nuances of the live roulette or blackjack customer, creating a less engaging experience.Pivot and emerge strongerStanding out in the digital entertainment space is an important challenge which offers great opportunity to operators willing to invest. In a time when the world is, through necessity, pivoting away from dependence on physical social interaction and retail venues, operators that take the opportunity to advance their digital products stand a greater chance of emerging out this crisis in a strong position.mkodo’s Stuart Godfree is speaking on today’s ‘Being mobile – How lottery can still reach its players’ panel at the SBC Digital Summit. To join the event, register HERE. 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MEDIA CONTACTS • +27 11 656 6349 +27 71 236 2118 (Image: firstname.lastname@example.org) “Chris Rock, the American comedian, jokes that if you want to hide something from a black person, put it in a book. Let’s prove him wrong and let’s get reading, sistas!” That call to action comes from Sis’ Nolly, the face of Nollybooks, a new South African romance imprint aiming to make readers out of young black women. Nollybooks takes the British Mills & Boon model of chick-lit romance written to a formula and adapts it for the urban South African context, with recognisable – if aspirational – characters, settings, language and culture. But it further adapts the model for a less literate society with the “bookazines” format, with a letter from the editor – Sis’ Nolly – in the front and word games, quizzes, a glossary, book club talking points and celebrity news included at the back.The series, launched in October 2010, is an imprint of MME Media and the brainchild of Nigeria-born Moky Makura, a writer, TV presenter and producer, PR pioneer and, now, publisher.Makura, who has an Honours degree in politics, economics and law from Buckingham University in the UK, is on a mission to get “aliterate” young South Africans – particularly girls and young women aged 16 to 24 – back to books.“For many young people in this country, the last books they read were probably at school,” she told City Press a few months before the Nollybooks launch last year. “It is likely the books were not books they would have chosen to read, so it may also have been a negative experience – so they stop when they leave school.”Makura points to the fact that more than 3-million South Africans are illiterate, 8-million functionally illiterate, and many millions more aliterate – they can read books, but don’t. It’s this last, vast market that Nollybooks targets.“We’ve identified a big gap in the market and the time it takes before young people can afford to buy at Exclusive Books,” Makura said. “It’s pricey and intimidating.”Creating an entirely new market of readers out of ordinary, aliterate South Africans has been done before – to huge success. The country’s first tabloid newspaper Daily Sun revolutionised the local publishing industry by tapping into the market of working-class readers, people who had never bothered with newspapers before. Launched in 2002, Daily Sun is by far South Africa’s largest paper, with daily sales of some 500 000 – three times that of its nearest rivals – and a readership of over 3-million people.Like Daily Sun, Nollybooks seeks to attract readers with a low price – R50 a book, between half and a third of the cost of a conventional novel – and content that speaks to their lives.“I named this company Nollybooks because we must write our own stories and make them accessible,” Makura told City Press. “The best way to get people to enjoy books is to give them content they enjoy.”The name of the imprint reflects her inspiration from the success of local storytelling in her the film industry of Nigeria, her home country. “I believe we Africans want to see ourselves reflected in the content that we consume,” she said. “Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, was created by Nigerians telling their own stories to themselves. It’s an incredibly successful, self-sustaining industry. It shows that despite questionable production values, people want to see themselves.”The bookazine format is also an attempt to fit with the readers’ lives, being smaller than most books and so easier to fit in a handbag and read on a bus or taxi to and from work. The glossary of more difficult words included with each book will be useful to members of an aspirational generation, young second-language English speakers keen to improve their language. And dictionaries are rarely found in homes, let alone on public transport.Nollybooks have so far published 11 titles, including The Perfect Holiday Romance, The Spy Who Loved Him, A Man Worth Knowing and More than Friends. Most were written by first-time authors. The Nollybooks team see nurturing new writing talent as part of their goal to spread literacy in South Africa, so they encourage new writers, offer writing tips on the website and recently held a writing workshop at the National Book Week in Johannesburg.The plots of the books are fun, upbeat and very local. In The Spy Who Loved Him, journalist Thuli Mabena takes on a job as domestic worker for wealthy businessman Luasi Nkosi, all the while spying on him and reporting back to her readers on how the rich and famous treat their employees.In Looking for Mr Right, Cassandra is fed up with making wedding gowns for other women while she stays single. Online dating seems a good idea – “until she realises that what glitters in cyberspace isn’t gold in the flesh”. Neo in More Than Just Friends is excitedly awaiting her childhood friend Nceba’s return to South Africa, expecting the awkward-looking boy she grew up with. She is “stunned to see a devastatingly handsome man, and the two immediately rekindle their friendship …”Like the hugely successful international franchise Mills & Boon, all Nollybooks are put together according to a formula that dictates plots, character and writing style.“Formulaic writing works,” Makura told The Times. “It captures readers. It gives them a guarantee. They know what to expect. It’s like watching a soap opera. There is a little bit of the same in each book, and this is like what Enid Blyton does for young readers, too – helping to creating reading habits.”But unlike Mills & Boon, and despite many lines given to the protagonist’s attractions – “How did he keep his body so trim and rugged with all the time he spent in court; settlement after settlement?” – there is no sex.“We are sensitive to the reality of South Africa, to Aids and to young girls,” Makura said.“The sex happens after the story finishes.”
Roger Federer, the 18-time Grand Slam champion, will face Croatian Marin Cilic on Sunday in his quest of conquering a record eighth Wimbledon title.Cilic, on the other hand, is playing his first Wimbledon final and will be looking to notch up only his second Grand Slam victory.Along with chasing his eight title at the All England Club, Federer will also be aiming to become the oldest player to win the Wimbledon in the Open Era. If Federer manages to win on Sunday, he will rise to world No. 3 in the ATP rankings, behind Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal but if Cilic wins, he will go above Federer to capture the fifth spot, his first time in the top-5.Federer and Cilic have both had a dominating and strong campaign and while the Swiss has not yet dropped a single set, Cilic has fought off tough challenges from Nadal-conqueror Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey on his road to the final.Federer leads the head-to-head record 6-1 against Cilic and the Wimbledon men’s singles final will be only their fourth Grand Slam meeting. Of these four meetings, Cilic has beaten Federer only once when he went on to win the US Open in 2014.Federer and Cilic faced off just last year at Wimbledon where Federer staged a remarkable comeback from two sets down to outlast Cilic.This Wimbledon, the statistics for both the finalists have been as follows.Image Credit: APGoing by the statistics, Cilic clearly possesses big serves but Federer has fended off a similar challenge before against Milos Raonic, who is also known for his big serves.advertisementOn the other hand, Cilic is guilty of more double faults than Federer and the Swiss remains way ahead in terms of his saved break points. Federer has shown exceptional resilience; Including the break points he saved in the semi-final against Tomas Berdych where he shot four straight aces to save two break points and win the game.In all the other areas, Cilic is neck-and-neck with Federer but the seven-time Wimbledon champion may come fresher into the final considering he has spent 4 hours and 72 minutes less on court than the Croatian.Federer has reached the final winning each of his last seven games in straight sets whereas Cilic dropped two against Gilles Muller in the quarter-final and one against Sam Querrey in the semi-final. ROUNDS ROGER FEDERER MARIN CILICFIRST beat A. Dolgopolov 6-3, 3-0 beat P. Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-2, 6-3SECOND beat D. Lajovic 7-6, 6-3, 6-2 beat F. Mayer 7-6, 6-4, 7-5THIRD beat M. Zverev 7-6, 6-4, 6-4 beat S. Johnson 6-4, 7-6, 6-4FOURTH beat G. Dimitrov 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 beat R. Bautista Agut 6-2, 6-2, 6-2QUARTERS beat M. Raonic 6-4, 6-2, 7-6 beat G. Muller 3-6, 7-6, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1SEMIS beat T. Berdych 7-6, 7-6, 6-4 beat S. Querrey 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5Federer and Cilic’ last Wimbledon meeting ended with Federer winning 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 and the Swiss maestro will look to pull off another win, albiet in an easier manner, to win his fifth title and second Grand Slam of the year 2017.
On Tuesday the winners of the Democracy For All Video Challenge were announced at an event aimed at putting the issue of big money in politics front-and-center and creating a platform for people to express themselves and take action to support the Democracy For All Amendment.Kathleen Turner Says No To Big MoneyCredit/Copyright: Jason DursoTwo advocacy organizations, Say No To Big Money and People For the American Way, created the video challenge that encouraged Americans to produce public service announcements supporting the proposed Democracy For All Amendment.Speaking at the National Press Club event was U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (FL-21), who are lead cosponsors of the Democracy For All Amendment (H.J.Res.22, S.J.Res.5). The winning videos were announced by Academy Award-nominated actress Kathleen Turner, with Say No To Big Money president Jeff Haggin and People For the American Way president Michael Keegan and executive vice president Marge Baker also speaking.The grand prize video, “Voters, assemble!” was created by Bryan Warner – a nonprofit communications director from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina – and uses animation to depict a secret meeting between a group of villains who are plotting to nefariously influence politics by using big money. The video illustrates how easy it is for corporations and special interest groups to buy their way into Washington and influence policy in their favor. As the grand prize winner of the video challenge, Warner will receive $25,000.“Americans are fed up with millionaires and billionaires pumping money into shadowy Super PACs to buy our elections,” said Sen. Udall. “And thanks to the Supreme Court’s flawed decisions, including Citizens United six years ago, Congress is powerless to pass common-sense campaign finance laws. That’s why I’m pushing for a constitutional amendment to overturn those bad decisions so we can get big money out of politics. Millions of Americans nationwide have joined this grassroots push, and the Democracy For All Video Challenge has been a creative way to amplify our cause. Each video speaks to the core of our message – voters should have the loudest voices in our democracy, not wealthy special interests.”Congressman Deutch added, “A democracy for sale is not a democracy for all. Until we overturn Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United, corporations and a handful of billionaires will continue to spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying our elections and setting the agenda in Washington. Like the Democracy for All Amendment, the Democracy for All video contest is about elevating the voices of everyday Americans who may not be able to afford their own Super PACs but who have every right to be heard.”Awards were also given to five other videos, with the creators receiving $5,000 each. The winners were: “The Most Influential Man” (funniest video), “Voice of the 99” (most dramatic video), “American Show” (best original song), “Why Our Democracy Needs to be Changed” (best student video) and “Our Democracy is Not For Sale” (most creative video). All the winning videos can be viewed here.“The Democracy For All Video Challenge was created to tap into the creative potential of Americans who support a constitutional amendment that allows for reasonable limits to be set on money in elections,” said Jeff Haggin, president of Say No To Big Money. “Instead of hiring an advertising agency to produce spots promoting campaign finance reform, we decided to enable the true voice of Americans to be heard and give people across the country a chance to earn money for their efforts.”“This contest, like the amendment itself, was all about restoring the true spirit of the First Amendment,” added Marge Baker, executive vice president of People For the American Way. “There’s so much creative energy in the movement to get big money out of politics, and we wanted to put the voices of everyday Americans front and center.”The Democracy For All Amendment, currently being considered by Congress with 144 cosponsors in the House and 41 supporters in the Senate, would overturn cases such as Citizens United, the 2010 Supreme Court case that paved the way for unlimited political spending by corporations and the super wealthy.People For the American Way (PFAW) is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy. More information is available at www.PFAW.org.Say No To Big Money is a 501c4 nonprofit corporation for the public benefit with the mission of supporting the ratification of the Democracy For All Amendment that will regulate campaign contributions. Say No To Big Money is nonpartisan and does not promote or take sides on any political issues nor endorse candidates or elections. More information is available at www.SayNoToBigMoney.com.
The Canadian PressALEXIS CREEK, B.C. – The chief of the Tl’etinqox First Nation said RCMP officers told them to leave or risk having their children taken away. Instead, they erected a fire boundary and prepared to fight.“We are generation after generation that continue to live in a fire zone. This is not new to us,” said Chief Joe Alphonse, whose community is about 100 kilometres west of Williams Lake. “We feel this is the safest place for our community members to be.”Emergency officials and police are urging British Columbia residents to respect evacuation orders ahead of fast-moving wildfires, but some First Nations are standing their ground, successfully protecting their homes and property.There are about 1,000 residents on the reserve, but Alphonse said only about 300 stayed to fight the fires.BC Wildfire Service chief information officer Kevin Skrepnek said there had been a slight reprieve in the weather forecast with some rain expected, bringing relief to the windy, hot and dry conditions fuelling nearly 200 fires and displacing more than 14,000 people.Crews took advantage of calmer conditions Wednesday to make progress on fire guards near Williams Lake, where 10,000 people remain on evacuation alert.With improved conditions, Alphonse said he finally had a moment to reflect on the three days of firefighting without the aid of power or telephone service.He said Mounties told them to evacuate last weekend and the conversation quickly became heated.As chief, he said his signature is required to enforce the evacuation order on the reserve, which he chose not to authorize.Robert Turner of Emergency Management BC said Alphonse was correct. First Nations have the authority to issue their own evacuation orders for their territory.“They would hopefully be taking advice from the same experts as a local government,” he said.Alphonse said many in the community wanted to stay behind to fight and they have trained firefighters, access to heavy equipment and emergency plans to evacuate if they lost the battle with the fire.He said an officer threatened to have the Ministry of Children and Family Services “remove all the children.”Tempers flared and Alphonse said he suggested their own roadblocks would keep the Mounties out and if that didn’t work, perhaps warning shots above their heads would.RCMP Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau said in a statement Wednesday, “as far as the comments made by Chief Alphonse, we do not believe the comments made are reflective of the recent and continued meetings and conversations we have had with the chief.”The RCMP’s responsibility is to “advise the public that there has been an order and advise them of the risk associated with staying,” Linteau told reporters on a conference call.“Of course, if the person has the ability to make their own decision and they are over the age of 19, we will not force them to leave the home,” she said.But she said if there are children under 19 at risk, police are required to move them to a safe location. No children have been removed by the RCMP to date, she added.Alphonse disagrees that officers were trying to protect their children.“The safest place for our kids is here with their families under the supervision of the leadership of this community,” he said.The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said Indigenous Peoples have a fundamental right to make decisions about protecting and defending the safety, health and well-being of their community.“If and when houses and band infrastructure are lost to these fires, it will take years to rebuild and we fear in many instances the homes and infrastructure may never be built,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada said in a statement that the department is working with Emergency Management BC and First Nations to make sure the communities are supported.B.C. Forest Minister John Rustad told radio station CHNL that the province was concerned about the situation.“People are staying behind, they want to fight for their homes. That poses a very serious problem. We know these fires can be very, very volatile and can change at a moments notice,” Rustad said.Ultimately, Alphonse said staying was the right decision and it saved at least 10 homes.The chief of the Bonaparte Indian Band north of Ashcroft said they also defied an evacuation order over the weekend and successfully stopped flames from overrunning their reserve.“My community has some really skilled firefighters, like a lot of First Nations reserves, and they came together and they stopped that wildfire from wiping out that whole community,” Chief Ryan Day said.He said 60 of the band’s 280 members stayed to fight the fire.The community doesn’t have a firehall, a new water reservoir hasn’t been connected to their main supply yet and they don’t have a formal emergency response plan in place.But Day said the experience of the trained forest firefighters in his community and access to heavy equipment contributed to their success.“We weren’t prepared for it of course because it happened in a blink of an eye, but we snapped into action and everyone did their part,” he email@example.com