Miami-Dade Approves $10.8 Million Projects

first_imgMiami-Dade School Board Approves $10.8 Million for GOB ProjectsThe Miami-Dade School Board approved three General Obligation Bond (GOB) projects at its regular monthly meeting on October 11, with a total project investment valued at $10.8 million. Voters overwhelmingly approved the GOB in 2012 to renovate, remodel and replace schools; expand student capacity; enhance safety; and provide technology upgrades.The projects awarded for design and pre-construction, were the following:Earlington Heights Elementary – Scope of work includes: portable demolition and site restoration; new P.E. shelter and playground; improvements to hardcourts, parking lots and drives; roofing as needed; PA, security camera and security alarm systems improvements; HVAC improvements; electrical upgrades; renovation of group restrooms; replacement of stage, classrooms and administration areas flooring; selective replacement of doors and windows; selective lighting and flooring improvements; and painting. Total project allocation – $3.5 million, Completion – April 2020Total Sub-Consultant Small Business Enterprise Participation – 47.3 percent;Total Sub-Contractor Small Business Enterprise Participation – 10 percent (pre-construction)Lenora B. Smith Elementary School – Scope of work includes: storm drainage system improvements; new playground; play court improvements; renovation of group toilets (including ADA upgrades) and miscellaneous plumbing upgrades; HVAC improvements; PA, fire alarm and security alarm systems upgrades; security camera system improvements; acoustical ceilings and flooring improvements as needed; stage curtain replacement; roofing as needed; interior and exterior lighting, exit signage and miscellaneous electrical improvements; stage flooring improvements; and painting. Total project allocation – $3.8 million Completion – April 2020Total Sub-Consultant Small Business Enterprise Participation – 20 percentTotal Sub-Contractor Small Business Enterprise Participation – 10 percent (pre-construction)North Miami Beach Senior High School – Scope of work includes: improvements to hardcourts and parking lots; PA and security alarm systems upgrade; HVAC improvements; selective replacement of doors and frames, acoustical ceilings, interior lighting and flooring; replacement of stage curtain and retractable bleachers; electrical improvements; and painting.Total project allocation – $3.5 million Completion – April 2020Total Sub-Consultant Small Business Enterprise Participation – 28.6 percentTotal Sub-Contractor Small Business Enterprise Participation – 15 percent (pre-construction)The District-established S/MBE utilization goals were met or exceeded, with highly diverse sub-consultant teams. This was further strengthened by a strong commitment to Local Workforce Utilization.Continued fidelity to the implementation of the GOB program and the District’s steady commitment to inclusiveness and diversity in its procurement process are positively impacting the quality of the educational environment and the local economy.last_img read more

Jamaican sprinters for National Senior Athletics Champs

first_imgPresident of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake, said sprinters Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Yohan Blake have confirmed their participation in this weekend’s National Senior Athletics Championships.The Senior Championships, which will run alongside the National Junior Athletics Championships, will be held at the National Stadium from June 21-24.The Junior Championships will be used to select Jamaica’s team to this year’s Youth Olympics Games as well as the IAAF World Under 20 Championships.On the other hand, senior athletes will be competing for spots on the country’s team for this year’s World Cup of Athletics in London next month as well as the CAC Games and NACAC Championships.Blake added that the athletes have been performing excellently at the All Comers Meets over the past month and everybody is ready and raring to go.last_img read more

City of Miramar Announces 8-hour Per week Furlough for All Full-Time…

first_imgCity employees received a memo on May 13th regarding details of the time furloughs, which consist of 8 hours each week per employee from June 11, 2020 to December 9, 2020. The exceptions are part time, as needed employees and interns. Mr. Hargray noted that the 7 steps the City is taking through September 30, 2020 to overcome the FY20 shortfall gives the City time to map out a plan for the first quarter of FY21 (October to December) and beyond. A FEMA reimbursement for Hurricane Dorian of $2.3 million2 Loans Secured: However, City Manager Vernon Hargray clarified that the furloughs are in place for three months, through the end of fiscal year FY20 (September 30, 2020). The 3-month furloughs will realize a savings of $3.8 million to the city and is one of 7 different solutions the City is implementing to overcome the $23 million shortfall in FY20, as a result of the coronavirus. MIRAMAR, FL (Monday, May 18, 2020) – The City of Miramar announced that each of its approximately 1,000 employees will be furloughed 8 hours per week as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The time furloughs affect all full-time employees including City Administration. Miramar City Hall Position Vacancy Freeze of $2 millionReduction of operating costs by 15%, which is close to $5 million in savingsUnassigned reserved fund of $5.6 millionA savings of $3.8 million in Fiscal Year 2020 for the 8 hours per week furloughs (June 11th to September 30th) The revenue loss for the City is estimated to be $23 million and is due primarily to a decline in ad valorem taxes and utility fees, intergovernmental local and state taxes, franchise fees and fees from facility rentals and childcare as outlined below: The furlough is a reduction of hours over this period of time and does not affect employee’s rights inclusive of health and pension benefits. For questions regarding Miramar’s furlough, please visit To overcome the $23 million shortfall, the City implemented 7 different solutions, which include: Mr. Hargray continued, “City employees are like family and they are our most valuable assets. My primary objective is to protect everyone from layoffs, including our First Responders. In fact, our First Responders will be the first to be tested at the new walk-up Community Based Testing Site at the Vernon E. Hargray Youth Enrichment Center, during the week of May 18th.” – Economic Development Fund Loan of $1.7 million – Utility Fund Loan of $3 million Hargray explained, “City revenues have dramatically declined as a result of the economic impact brought on by the coronavirus. As we work to protect the health and safety of our community, we had to make some difficult decisions about the City’s finances and our workforce, to protect the financial stability of the City. We will continue to monitor the situation and make the necessary adjustments while making our employees and residents a priority.”  Approximately $6 million in ad valorem taxes and utility fees$4 million loss in intergovernmental local and state taxesNearly $2 million loss in franchise fees,$5 million loss in community services – such as parks, senior services, childcare, afterschool programs like summer camps, cultural arts and facility rentals$4 million loss in miscellaneous fees such as interest earnings and sale of land – Block 2 at Miramar Town Center Fiscal year 2021 will bring its own financial challenges and the City will continue to assess critical operations, and programs to evaluate any additional cost-savings options and suggestions while ensuring that the City’s most important and critical functions continue. City administration will continue to monitor the situation and its impact to the City for the next few months. Prior to the 8-hour-per-week furloughs, City administration also implemented additional saving measures, such as — freeze on promotions, cuts to travel and training costs, delayed or modified projects.last_img read more

Upsets Headline Nigerian Premier Basketball League Final 8

first_imgThe 2017 Kwese Premier Basketball League final 8 got underway on Sunday in the ancient city of Kano-northern Nigerian. The final 8 comprises a combination of the top four teams each from the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences.Unfortunately, due to the politics at the national level, Rivers Hoopers who finished as runner-up during the Atlantic Conference 6 playoffs had to withdraw from the final 8 as a result of a directive from the sponsors of the team (Rivers State Government).Their spot was eventually taken by Oluyole Warriors who finished fifth-place at the Atlantic Conference 6 playoffs.On the opening day of the championship-Sunday, Kano Pillars were well and truly at home, doubling their points against late entrants Oluyole Warriors. Pillars emerged 92-43 victorious against Oluyole Warriors.Abubakar Usman of Pillars led game scoring with 20 points, while teammate Dele Ademola recorded the games only double-double, netting 15 points and 10 rebounds.Kwara Falcons defeated Plateau Peaks 74-67, thanks largely to some inspirational play from Godwin David, who netted a game high 23 points. Idris Abdul of Plateau Peaks recorded 12 rebounds and 14 points, to earn the games only double-double digits.In other results from Sunday, Gombe Bulls defeated Nigeria Customs 87-68, while Niger Potters defeated Hoops and Read 93-88, in a high scoring game.On Monday, the biggest upset yet to be recorded in the league season saw Gombe Bulls defeat Kano Pillars 83-80, in front of the vocal Kano fans.Kano Pillars, firm favourites and defending champions, led scoring in the first quarter 18-13, second quarter 43-35, before Gombe Bulls rallied back in the third quarter 56-56, eventually winning the fourth quarter 83-80, ending Kano Pillars long sequence of invincibility on home court.In another upset involving two Atlantic Conference teams, Kwara Falcons- Atlantic Conference leaders- surprisingly lost by 5-points to Hoops and Reads, 84-79.First Quarter Ended: 16-16, Second Quarter: 34-33, Third Quarter: 62-60, and Fourth Quarter: 84-69.Hoops and Reads Jide Ogunsemore, was on fire and totally unstoppable, netting 29 points and 14 rebounds, completing a solo double-double on both sides of the court.Relatedlast_img read more

Karim Benzema Signs New Real Madrid Contract

first_imgReal Madrid striker, Karim Benzema has extended his contract at the Bernabeu until the summer of 2021.29-year-old Benzema, who joined Real for €35m from Olympique Lyonnais in 2009, joins teammates, Marcelo, Isco and Carvajal in committing their future to the Los Blancos.✍️ Three-time #UCL winner Karim Benzema has agreed a new contract with Real Madrid until 2021. ???— #UCL (@ChampionsLeague) September 20, 2017“A move away? When you’re at a club, especially one like Real Madrid, and are getting regular minutes then you have no reason to look for a move elsewhere.” Benzema told BeIn Sports last week.“There are six or seven players here who have now been playing together for six or seven years, I think this is one of Real Madrid’s best periods ever, it’s that simple because the team is really very strong.”The Frenchman has won a total of 14 trophies at the Bernabeu, including two La Liga and three Champions League titles.Relatedlast_img read more

LeoVegas targets Tipster Challenge winners at Haydock

first_imgShare Submit Cheltenham may be over for another year, but the competition is just heating up in the Tipster Challenge, as LeoVegas signs up to provide expert tips at Haydock.With just six weeks to go in the competition, sponsored by Betting Gods, Sportsbook Manager Edward Rycroft is chasing AppBet’s Sarah Shannon at the top of the leaderboard.After enjoying a first Cheltenham that “exceeded all expectations”, the Swedish-based mobile gaming specialist is hoping for a punter-friendly day of short price winners at Haydock, reminiscent of last week’s Ruby Thursday at The Festival.Rycroft will be going up against sixth placed Stephen Harris, the horse racing guru from bettingexpert, and the experts from Timeform in 15th.____________________________________2:10bettingexpert: Potters StoryLooked promising when making a winning hurdling debut and can follow up at Haydock.Timeform: Potters StoryMade a good impression despite being a fortunate winner on the day at Ffos Las and can make it two from two in this sphere with improvement on the cards.LeoVegas: Fairlee GreyGets my pick over Potters Story, jumping well until the last fall in G2 and this should be an easier race.____________________________________2:40bettingexpert: The NipperCan defy a double penalty in all the way style on deep ground he loves.Timeform: The NipperWarren Greatrex’s charge is narrowly preferred having looked impressive at Newcastle.LeoVegas: The NipperProbably the best mare around last season (bumpers). Looked unstoppable at Newcastle last time.____________________________________3:10bettingexpert: ButtercupHas a great make up with three of these rivals best front running and she can swoop late to complete a hat-trick.Timeform: Clan LegendA very tight contest can go the way of Clan Legend, who bounced right back to form in a first-time tongue tie at Kelso from a 2lb lower mark, and whose yard is in very good form at present.LeoVegas: ButtercupWon last two at Towcester and Warwick by staying on well and should do well under the penalty.____________________________________3:40bettingexpert: Robin of RocksleyLanded a hefty gamble with ease on stable debut for Caroline Bailey and can follow up here with deep ground ideal.Timeform: Robin of RocksleyWas well prepared by his new yard to emphatically land a gamble at Warwick 10 days ago and he looks a fair way ahead of the assessor turned out under a penalty.LeoVegas: Robin of RocksleyFuture Guilded was my pick but 2nd choice must go to Robin after landing the gamble at Warwick.____________________________________4:10bettingexpert: As De FerHas become well handicapped after a poor winter and his stable is now in blistering form.Timeform: SaroqueAttractively weighted nowadays and was beaten only by a thriving rival at Plumpton last time, so is taken to go one better at Haydock.LeoVegas: Sunny LedgendClose call between Sunny Ledgend and Saroque but Sunny has more to offer after Saroque was beaten at Plumpton last time out.____________________________________4:40bettingexpert: JohanosComes from a small stable in terrific form and can follow up his recent victory.Timeform: JohanosMade the most of a good opportunity to score at Carlisle recently, yet he still showed further improvement, and gets the vote with less questions to answer than his rivals.LeoVegas: MiddlebrowStruggled in last race but has a longer trip and should be improved today.____________________________________Where will Edward Rycroft enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints 1Sarah Shannon – AppBet313.69 2Alan Alger – Betway311.41 3Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 4Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 5Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 6bettingexpert1.574.70 7Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 8John Hill – Coral24.25 9Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 10Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 11Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 12Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 13Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 14Harry Lang – Pinnacle13.50 15Timeform1.813.46 16Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 17Paddy Power13.00 18Russell Yershon11.88 19Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 20Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 21John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 22Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 23Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 Sharelast_img read more

GIG boosts iGaming Cloud product portfolio with Lottoland Solutions

first_img Boosting its product portfolio, Oslo-listed Gaming Innovation Group has confirmed that it has integrated Lottoland Solutions within its proprietary platform iGaming Cloud.The partnership will see Lottoland lottery betting markets integrated within iGaming Cloud brands’, and, allowing GIG players to place bets on the outcome of the world’s leading lottery draws.GIG management stated that it had boosted its gaming inventory by integrating Lottoland Solutions with its ‘powerful gamification tools’.Ben Clemes of iGaming Cloud commented on the Lottoland partnership “This partnership with Lottoland allows us to add a new product vertical to iGaming Cloud, powered by an industry leading supplier. Combining Lottoland’s vast lottery offerings with iGaming Clouds real time data and Gamification tools opens the door to a very powerful user experience.”Gibraltar-based Lottoland continues to grow its B2B division gaining GIG as a strategic partner. Last June the lottery operator, detailed that it had entered a gaming partnership with William Hill Australia.Lottoland Solutions Director Michael Bogie said, “Our jackpot lottery betting products are popular across a range of markets and customers. Adding iGaming Cloud, a truly forward- thinking fast-growing partner, is something we are very proud of and we look forward to a successful launch.”“Lottoland have a portfolio of 30+ products and a roadmap of innovation being implemented to further grow the genre. With jackpots guaranteed by Lottoland’s proprietary risk management, including our Insurance Linked Security, the Gaming Innovation Group is the latest company to be able to benefit from Lottoland’s unique and proven lottery betting solutions which have paid out €150 million to lottery betting winners.” Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

Ladbrokes – Social Responsibility will drive new Scottish Football sponsorship

first_img Ladbrokes marketing has vowed to place social responsibility at the forefront of its renewed Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) sponsorship.The bookmaker has been the title sponsor of the SPFL since 2015, and yesterday confirmed that it had renewed the partnership for a further two seasons of Scottish football, in a deal reported to worth £5 million.As lead SPFL sponsor, Ladbrokes details that it will promote ‘responsible gambling’ throughout its marketing initiatives associated with Scottish football.Ladbrokes renews its SPFL sponsorship, as Scottish football league governance has been criticised for its reliance on sponsorship from betting firms.In 2017 John Rankin PFA Scotland Chairman stated that ‘gambling was rife within Scottish Football’, and that the players’ union had concerns related to athletes, managers, coaches and chairmen.Addressing concerns, Ladbrokes details that it will continue to work with SPFL governance, promoting safer gambling standards in football and within Scottish society.SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster, backed Ladbrokes support for Scottish football, stating“We have enjoyed a superb partnership since they first came on board in 2015 and are confident that will continue and flourish until 2020 and hopefully beyond“We are aware of our social responsibilities as a senior professional league in Scotland and will continue to promote a message of responsible gambling in conjunction with Ladbrokes.”Ladbrokes Coral Group CEO Jim Mullen, personally backed SPFL and Ladbrokes social initiatives, stating that they were critical to the sponsorship’s renewal and ongoing success.“We knew when we started the sponsorship that we were associating with a sport that is followed with passion and dedication and it has proved to be an excellent partnership.“We also want to make sure that it reflects that gambling should be fun, not a problem, and that is why our continued sponsorship will enable us to promote responsible gambling and work with clubs to ensure that the integrity of the sport is upheld.“We take our role as a sponsor seriously and we take our role to help customers keep gambling fun just as seriously.” FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Sharelast_img read more

Paddy Power prices Zuckerberg’s Facebook resignation

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Mark Zuckerberg faces his toughest period as CEO & Founder of technology and social media giant Facebook, following shocking revelations of public data breaches, by political ‘micro-targeting firm’ Cambridge Analytica.This week, Facebook undertook an ‘apology tour’ purchasing full-page advertisements in several UK and US newspapers, with Zuckerberg publicly stating  ‘We have a responsibility to protect your information, if we can’t, we don’t deserve it.’The Cambridge Analytica Scandal is reported to have cost Facebook shareholders approximately $50 billion in market value (current cap: $490 billion), following a Wall Street sell-off.Further woes for Facebook, see Zuckerberg pressured by UK, EU and US politicians to personally explain his company’s inaction at protecting its user data, having previously been warned of potential breaches and bad actors targeting Facebook’s social media platform.Reacting to Facebook’s ‘week from hell’, Paddy Power has priced Zuckerberg to Stand Down as Facebook CEO in 2018 at 4/1.Zuckerberg who for the first time faces calls to resign as Facebook’s leader has further been priced by Paddy Power at 1/10 to testify before Congress, Parliament or EU courts.Updating the media, Spokesman Paddy Power said: “The heat is turned up on Zuckerberg following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.“We’ve cut his odds of being unfriended from Facebook dramatically in the last couple of weeks. Uh oh, Zuckers.”last_img read more

Chelsea legend Le Saux makes SBC Global Championship draw

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Trustly hopes to celebrate 10 years in the online payments industry by winning the SBC Global Championship, after its two teams were kept apart in yesterday’s live draw.The draw for next week’s competition at Stamford Bridge (22 May) was made by ‘Trustly Avengers’ captain (or Trustly Gaming Director) Samuel Barrett and Chelsea legend Graeme Le Saux, who will be playing for ‘SBC Judgement Day’.The rest of a sizeable Trustly contingent will line up for ‘The Vikings’, while other teams include the Intertops dominated ‘Empire Strikes Back’ and a ‘Clash of the Titans’ side with a trio of OPTIMA representatives.In total there are 10 teams featuring more than 80 players from some of the sports betting industry’s leading operators, suppliers, affiliates and media organisations.For the full lineup of team names and players, click HERE.The five-a-side tournament, played out on the pitch at Stamford Bridge in Chelsea kits, will be officiated by former FIFA and Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher.Besides the coveted SBC Global Championship trophy, winners will take home fantastic prizes such as a VIP Box day at Stamford Bridge during one of the 18/19 season games.Meanwhile, the event will feature a pitch-side barbecue after the group phase and an evening social at the Jam Tree, one of Chelsea’s favourite local hangouts.SBC Founder and CEO Rasmus Sojmark said: “The inaugural SBC Global Championship will prove to be a fantastic day of fun, networking, football and food, all rounded off with a few drinks. SBC continues to find new ways to unite and strengthen the industry community.”Le Saux added: “I’m particularly looking forward to the SBC event on Tuesday; it’s the first time that most of these guys have been down here. What they will hopefully experience is that feeling you get when you walk out onto your home pitch and there is a crowd, very tight to the pitch and a wonderful surface – it’s a really exciting stage.“So, for anybody that’s coming to play on Tuesday, just think of the people that have played on that pitch. It should make for a really special afternoon.”If you are interested in joining us for pitch side BBQ and drinks or the evening social, please contact us on [email protected]last_img read more