The Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services has revealed that 582 people lost their lives to drug overdoses in Broward County in 2016, more than double the amount in 2014, and up by 260 deaths from 2015.The latest trend among drug dealers is to lace or replace heroin with fentanyl, carfentanil, and other cheaply made synthetic drugs. In some cases, fentanyl and various synthetics are being laced with other illicit drugs like cocaine, or prescription medications like Xanax. In South Florida, someone overdoses on these powerful drugs every two hours.Fentanyl is a synthethic and many times more potent than heroin. It’s used under very controlled conditions in small amounts for hospital procedures such as colonoscopies. Carfentanil is also a synthetic that is so potent that a just a few salt sized grains can sedate a 6000 to 13,000 pound elephant. It’s estimated to be 100 to 1000 times more potent than heroin. It is not used to treat humans.In many cases, users of these deadly fentanyl and hundreds of other fentanyl derivatives have no idea their drug of choice contains a deadly combination until it’s too late.In the first six months of 2016, 199 drug overdoses were reported in Broward, but by the second half of the year, fentanyl and other drug use had become so endemic that the number had increased by another 383 cases.“If you’re buying heroin or cocaine, or any drug on the streets for that matter, it could be laced with carfentanil or other deadly opiates, and if it is, there’s a very high chance you will die,” said Dr. Craig Mallak, Chief Medical Examiner.More than 100 drug overdose deaths in 2016 were associated with carfentanil.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has requested that the issue of violent crime be placed on the agenda of the next Summit of Caribbean leaders to be held in July 2018. He made the request speaking at a news conference following the closure of the 38th meeting of Heads of Governments in Grenada on Thursday night. Holness said while crime and violence had not been a matter on the agenda for this year’s summit, he had taken the opportunity to raise the matter.“I raised the issue from the perspective of not just a security issue. But also but from a macro-social perspective/ the use of violence as a means of resolving conflict, as a means of social control, as part of our social transactions is becoming almost a feature of our societies.”Holness said that regional governments have to take a “proactive role” in addressing crime, and asked CARICOM to place this on the agenda for the July 2018 meeting. He said the other leaders agreed.“I believe that this will start a process within CARICOM to address the issue of violence, particularly violence that ends up in crime,” Holness said.Jamaica and several other Caribbean nations, specifically Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana have been beset by an onslaught of violent crime in recent times. The crime wave includes murders, aggravated robbery, and sexual assault. There is, however, concern about violent crime evolving within domestic disputes.Increasingly, Caribbean residents in the Diaspora are expressing skepticism to return to their home countries, even for vacations, fearing repercussions from the wave of violent crimes. Also, the Caribbean Diaspora is calling for measures to be taken to reduce violent crime in the region, for the long run.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly News
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The attack is the 18th shooting in the US this year on or around school premises. Since 2013, there have been 291 reported school shootings in the US. The much too often tragedy of a mass shooting on a US school campus reached South Florida on Ash Wednesday, turning the day into a Valentine Day massacre. The shooting occurred at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, northern Broward County, shortly before 2.30pm. When the shooting ended at the school of over 3,000 students, including Caribbean-Americans who reside in Parkland and neighboring Coral Springs 17 people were killed, and some 14 injured. The suspected shooter, a 19-year old former student, was apprehended and is in police custody. He has been identified as Nikolas Cruz, and charged with 17 counts of murder. Cruz is being held without bond. Up to press time the victims of this latest in several similar school shootings across the US had not been identified.Nikolas Cruz, 19, has been charged with 17 counts of murder and is being held without bond.Shock waves The shooting, and the large-number of victims, has sent shock waves throughout South Florida and the rest of the country, but particularly so in Parkland, a mostly upscale suburb, where according to a resident was “usually, quiet, lazy, and crime free.”Caribbean American Mikhail Rose, 28, said he was driving to his apartment complex on Westview Reid, about a mile east of the ill-fated high school ,when he noticed several police cars rushing by him with sirens blaring and lights flashing. “I immediately knew something was wrong because we hardly see police cars on patrol or hear police sirens blearing in this city. I am beyond shocked that so many people were killed” Highly reputed schoolAnother Caribbean-American resident, Leslie Trott said she and her family moved to Parkland three years ago “primarily because of the high-quality reputation of the city’s schools, especially the Marjory Stone Douglas High Schools. Students excelled in almost every area and it also had a reputation as being very safe and secure. That is until today. I am saddened by the loss of life, but thank God my two kids were not affected.”Shooter was an expelled studentAccording to reports, Cruz was expelled from the school, and while there he bragged about the use of guns. The reports stated that he came to the school on Wednesday wearing a back-pack, and somehow got pass the school security, proceeded to pull the fire alarm and as the unsuspecting students rushed out of class rooms he opened fire.Weapon was AR-15 rifleThe Broward Sheriff’s Office said the shooter killed 17 teenagers and adults. with an assault rifle, an AR-15 equipped with multiple clips. Twelve victims were gunned-down inside buildings on the school’s campus, two on the school grounds, and another on nearby of Pine Island Road as he fled. Two victims later died in hospital.Unconfirmed reports said members of the school’s staff, including a teacher and a football coach were among those killed.An obviously saddened Robert Runcie, the Superintendent of the Broward School District appearing on TV on Wednesday afternoon, and addressing the shooting said, “This is a day that you pray every day when you get up that you will never have to see. It is in front of us. I ask the community for prayers and their support for the children and their families.” Runcie also announced that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High will be closed for the remainder of this week. Other county schools will, however, be opened for classes.As we rise this morning let us pray for the victims and families of this horrific tragedy that has fallen on our community. Let us find the courage to transcend fear, greed, hatred & divisions and collaborate to achieve a new level of consciousness to find real solutions … pic.twitter.com/lT8vRSlEgm— Supt Runcie (@RobertwRuncie) February 15, 2018
LOS ANGELES – Vanessa Bryant, widow of basketball great Kobe Bryant who was tragically killed along with his daughter Gianna and seven others in a helicopter crash on January 26, has filed a lawsuit against the operators of the helicopter.The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, February 24, the same day the nation saw images of Vanessa Bryant valiantly paying tribute to her late husband and 13-year old daughter, and the other victims of the tragic accident at a memorial service the Staples Center in Los Angeles.Gianna Bryant’s basketball teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, Altobelli’s parents John and Keri, Payton’s mother Sarah, and basketball coach Christina Mauser were also killed.The lawsuit names Island Express Helicopters, Island Express Holding Corp and the estate of the helicopter’s pilot, Ara Zobayan, who was among the victims.The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the exact cause of the crash, although preliminary findings showed no sign of mechanical failure.The lawsuit blames the company for allowing the helicopter to fly in “heavy fog and low clouds” the morning of the accident, conditions which even prompted “law enforcement agencies and tour companies” to ground their helicopters.“On information and belief, Island Express Helicopters Federal Aviation Administration’s operating certificate limited its pilots to flying only under visual flight rules,” the lawsuit says.“The subject helicopter was not licensed or certified to be flown into instrument conditions. On information and belief, the pilot-in-command, Ara George Zobayan, was required to fly only in conditions that he could navigate visually.“Ara George Zobayan attempted to maneuver the helicopter up and forward to clear the clouds then entered a turn, sending the helicopter into steep terrain at approximately 180 mph,” according to the suit. “Witnesses on the ground reported seeing the helicopter flying through a layer of clouds and fog before the helicopter crashed.”The lawsuit notes that in 2015 Zobayan was cited by the FAA for violating the visual flight rules minimums by “flying into an airspace of reduced visibility from weather conditions”.The lawsuit seeks unspecified general, economic and punitive damages.
Related Big spenders Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have gone three points clear at the top of the French Ligue 1 table after they thrashed Bordeaux 6-2 at the Parc des Princes.Neymar scored a freekick to open the floodgates of goals and thereafter teed up Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani for the second goal before Belgian rightback added a third. Senegalese defender Younousse Sankhare pulled one back for the visitors and that prompted Unai Emery’s men to get more goals against the previously unbeaten outfit.Neymar scored a fourth from the spot before German star Julian Draxler scored a fifth goal for a 5-1 halftime score. French youngster Kylian Mbappe made it 6-1 before Malcolm’s consolation from the penalty spot for Bordeaux.The win takes PSG to the summit with 7 wins and a draw (22 points) from eight games ahead of nearest challengers AS Monaco (19 points).
Sébastien Vettel gave it a good fight in the US to push the title race one more week right down to Mexico. Finishing behind Hamilton on second place made sure The Briton didn’t have enough points gap to mathematically win the title, but the difference between both drivers was increased to 66 points.With Valterie Bottas no longer having a mathematical chance of winning, Hamilton only needs to finish 16 points off Vettel to win at the Mexico City circuit, that means if the Formula title race will be pushed to Brazil, Sébastien Vettel must outscore his title rival by 17 points.Considering that Hamilton and his Mercedes W-08 have barely had any reliability issues over the last 12 months, it is difficult to see how Hamilton doesn’t finish in the top 10.The following are the conditions that gaurantee a fourth Formula One world championship title for Lewis Hamilton.How Hamilton Wins…Hamilton only needs to finish withing 16 points of Vettel to win his fourth title, with two races to spare in the 2017 season.That means:If Vettel wins, Hamilton is world champion if he finishes fifth or higher;If Vettel finishes second, Hamilton is world champion if he finishes ninth or higher;If Vettel finishes third or lower, Hamilton is world champion regardless of where he finishes.With Hamilton saying he wants to go for the race win, It looks a very long shot for Vettel to push this title race any further. For the title race to get to Brazil, Vettel would need to finish in the top two at least and hope that Hamilton doesn’t finish in the top 10 in Mexico – the last time Hamilton failed to finish in the top 10 in a Formula One race was in Malaysia 2016 which signalled the end of his title battle with teammate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton is presently the driver with the longest points-scoring streak in F1.The intriguing battle for the title continues this weekend as Formula One is in Mexico City from October 27 to October 29.RelatedHow Can Lewis Hamilton Win The Formula One Title in The US?October 22, 2017In “Formula One”Analysing How Ferrari Are Behind Impressive Mercedes in 2017October 20, 2017In “Formula One”Hamilton Wins Again To Egde Closer to Fourth TitleOctober 8, 2017In “Formula One”
The good news for Paddy Power Betfair is that the company now has certainty over the succession to outgoing chief executive Breon Corcoran, writes Scott Longley, with ex-WorldPay executive Peter Jackson to be officially anointed in early January.However, the slightly less good news is that he has a lengthy order of business to address if he is to achieve the grand hopes for the merged entity which is now one-and-a-half year years into an integration plan._______________This week’s third-quarter trading statement was described as “encouraging” by the company and certainly it showed signs that it was reaping the benefits of many of the recent merger rationalisations (job cuts and cost-cutting) with EBITDA up 7 percent to €121m.But the detail of trading performance was less rosy. Retail was good with revenues up 12 percent for the period and the US (up 18 percent) and Australia (up 29 percent) were buoyant. However, the European online business saw revenues decline 3 percent, albeit compared to last year when there was the tail end of a major football tournament taking place.Within that, sports was down 3 percent despite wagering growth of 10%, largely due to an 80 basis points fall in margin to 6.6 percent. Gaming was flat year-on-year.Corcoran has previously made much of the difficulties of competing in the gaming space. But the degree to which competition across the whole of Paddy Power Betfair’s regulated markets businesses is taking its toll would appear to be evident from the 4 percent fall in point of consumption regime revenues while the unregulated quotient (which has been going backwards until recently) rose 10 percent. These markets now account for 9 percent of online revenues.Questions also have to be asked about the betting exchange which was down 5 percent year-on-year and continued a “lacklustre trend” despite the tougher comparatives from last year, suggested Paul Leyland at Regulus Partners.Jackson undoubtedly has the firepower to fund whatever changes he might wish to bring to the business to enable the core online arm to get to the point of being able to fire on all cylinders. The company’s full-year guidance for EBITDA is now €450m-€465m, and according to analysis from Cenkos that will flow through to an estimated net cash flow of €308m this year rising to an estimated €464m in 2019. It gives Jackson him plenty of ammunition in terms of marketing and promotions.Simon French at Cenkos suggested that further M&A might be in the offing once Jackson takes the reins (and with the protracted triennial review finally being concluded at around the same time). Still, the obvious lesson – once again – is the degree to which post-merger integration issues can hold a business back.Paddy Power Betfair need look no further than its Sportsbet business in Australia for how a lack of distractions can allow a business to power on.Despite further regulatory tightening net revenue rose 29 percent for the quarter, representing an acceleration on the 21 percent recorded in the first half.On the conference call, the company noted that it believes that the instigation of further point of consumption tax (PoC) regimes will come on a state-by-state level rather than as a Federal move. The management noted that Tasmania is the latest to signal it hopes to propose a 15 percent tax rate.Leyland noted that even with the introduction of PoC in Western Australia, for instance, the business is “better placed to bear” the extra circa $12m in annualised costs. “Sportsbet continues to be the jewel in the crown, possibly due to the lack of merger business disruption and also a less capable (if not less crowded) competitive set.”For French, an obvious starting point for Jackson would be to cast a fresh eye over Paddy Power Betfair’s decision to concentrate almost exclusively on regulated earnings For him, the rise in third-quarter unregulated revenues might be a precursor to a more concerted strategy reverse.“We have long questioned Paddy Power Betfair’s aversion to unregulated markets given the strong growth opportunities available,” he says. “We think a fresh pair of eyes may conclude that certain countries in South America, Asia and Africa all offer acceptable risk reward opportunities.” Flutter begins ‘new era’ by completing merger with Stars Group April 30, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Share
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Sports Information Services (SIS) has entered into a fresh partnership with global gaming operator Unibet, to deliver horseracing and greyhounds lives pictures and data from worldwide racecourses.Providing the Kindred Group brand with its British and Irish greyhound service, taking in a market of 42 fixtures per week, the live pictures and data suppliers will also be supplying Early Prices, allowing Unibet to open markets to its customers much earlier. Sandra McWilliams, Director of Sales at SIS, said: “We are pleased to be partnering with Unibet to help them launch their 24/7 racing product and our exclusive greyhound and horseracing content will provide their customers with round the clock competitive betting action.”As well as its UK focused agreement, the deal also includes live pictures from Latin American racecourses, covering 2,750 races per annum, as well as Dubai Racing, featuring 220 meetings from Meydan and Jebel Ali and a further 296 races from its Mauritian courses. Erik Bäcklund, Head of Sportsbook at Kindred Group, said: “This new partnership with SIS will see us deliver a much more comprehensive greyhounds and horse racing betting product to our customers, featuring thousands of events across numerous time zones.“This allows us to provide our customers with live content already proven to be a success elsewhere, ensuring the best possible betting experience at times that suit them.”Unibet details that it is currently going through a revamp, expansion and enhancement of its racing offering, with the content and expertise providing by SIS in the area set to assist the process. StumbleUpon Share Share Submit Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk August 10, 2020 SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020