Death toll from Kenya landslides rises to 56

first_imgThe downpour began on Friday in WestPokot County, which borders Uganda and was triggered on Saturday by unusuallyheavy rains, causing flooding and mudslides. Samuel Poghisio, a senator from thecounty, said on Sunday 56 people were confirmed dead and an unknown number weremissing. By Saturday afternoon, local officials had reported 36 dead. MOMBASA – The death toll fromlandslides in northwestern Kenya has risen to at least 56 people, a localofficial said.  A man holds a hen as people wade in flood waters in the village of Sebit, West Pokot County, Kenya on Nov. 24. REUTERS/STRINGER/NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES.center_img Researchers have warned that warmingoceans are causing unpredictable weather patterns in East Africa.  Heavy rains and floods have killedover 50 people and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes inthe region since October, aid groups said.(Reuters)last_img read more

Guyana beat rivals Suriname, French Guiana to capture Cup of the Guianas tennis

first_imgHISTORY was made over the past weekend as a strong Guyana Junior tennis team was able to finally turn the tables on rivals Suriname and French Guiana in their annual meet.It was a decisive win for the Guyanese tennis team who played with passion and a high degree of discipline, as they overcame all odds and were finally able to win the Inter- Country competition for the first time in over 10 years of competition.Now rebranded as the Cup of the Guianas (formerly Inter-Guiana Games), the tournament attracted top junior players from Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana, who competed in the Under- 12, Under 14 and Under -18 categories.A total of 56 matches were played over three days that included singles and doubles matches, at the GBTI Recreational Centre and the Harry Panday court. It was an event which was thoroughly entertaining as it was competitive.Guyana was dominant this year as they copped an unprecedented five (5) gold medals and one (1) silver in the six categories, with Suriname coming in second (5 silver and 1 bronze) while French Guiana took third (1 gold and 5 bronze). In the final tally Guyana placed first with 29 matches, Suriname 16 matches and 9 matches to French Guiana.Outstanding performances at the tournament came from Jeremiah Kalekyezi and Vadeanand Resaul winning all 6 matches in the Under 14 category. Afruica Gentle and Kalyca Fraser also secured all wins in the Girls 18.The outstanding players for French Guiana were Sael Geer and Julien Gaillot in the under 18 boys, who won gold for their country. For Suriname, the Under 14 boys, Yannick Issa and Shane Hermelijin secured the most win for their country.The Guyana team which benefited immensely from being able to train at the GBTI Tennis Courts over the last two months, was a well-oiled unit and was finally able to turn the tables in 2017.Special credit also has to go to coaches Shelly Ramdyhan and Leyland Leacock, and all the other tennis coaches who assisted in their preparation.The Guyana Tennis Association, sponsors, parents and friends of tennis were also instrumental in making the achievement possible through their hard work and dedication.Home court advantage brought additional excitement to the Guyanese team as vocal supporters were able to `egg on’ the players to higher levels and win some very competitive matches.Sponsors for the event included, Demerara Distillers Limited, Desinco, Star Party Rental, Massay, De Sinco, Guyana Olympic Association, National Sports Commission, Assuria, Banks DIH, Mae’s School, GBTI, RKV Persaud Land Surveying Services, Sheltez Tennis Club, Harry Panday, Rorima Tennis Club, Non-Pariel Tennis Club and Le Ressouvenir Tennis Club.The next Cup of the Guianas tournament will be held in Suriname in 2018.last_img

Global Reviews: Monitoring sports betting brand impacts between mobile & desktop experiences

first_imgShare Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020center_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Why is there such a difference for Paddy Power?On both desktop and mobile, the top reason for considering Paddy Power was familiarity with the brand name. In fact, in both cases, this reason ranked higher than the average with 55% on desktop and 63% on mobile. This in itself is a strength for Paddy Power in that their name alone is a carrier for being considered as a brand to place a bet through.The next most common reason for considering Paddy Power amongst desktop users is the good odds/offers. This is not the case amongst mobile users. To better understand why this is the case we looked at the online experience for locating the betting options. On desktop site, the evaluation of locating the betting options was much higher than on the mobile site. On desktop punters evaluated the experience at 50% compared to 38% on mobile. Far more people encountered a problem whilst locating betting options when using the mobile site than using the desktop site.Information about the odds on offer is of great importance for punters when they’re using betting sites with punters rating it at 4.4/5 for importance. If this information is not easily accessible as appears to be the case on the Paddy Power mobile site, then punters will consider other brands and place their bets through another site.Paddy Power is not alone here. Betfair has the opposite problem whereby punters experienced fewer problems on their mobile site than on their desktop site and this is reflected in the number of punters considering them across the 2 devices.As a general rule, straight replication of a site across devices is not recommended and rarely works. Even so, it is important to review how each site is performing and where they may be falling short against each other.Learning from yourself can be just as beneficial as learning from competitors and can make a difference in the online experience presented to customers._____________________Suzy Sliwczynski – Marketing Manager – Global Reviews Submit Suzy SliwczynskiSuzy Sliwczynski Marketing Manager at user experience and digital consultancy Global Reviews breaks down sports betting brand factors with regards to consumer intent and engagement on desktop and mobile experiences. In an ultra-saturated market does branding count towards a consumer’s final choice and purchase?_____________________When placing a bet online, there are many considerations that punters go through when they are shortlisting brands to decide which website they will ultimately place a bet with. The top criteria for many punters is being familiar with the brand name and a site that has good odds/offers. Whilst these are the top 2 reasons for considering a brand, there are variances in preferences when using a desktop or mobile device.For those researching and betting on a desktop computer having good odds/offers is on par with being familiar with the brand name coming in at 53% and 52% respectively. Meanwhile, those researching on a mobile device are more likely to consider a brand because of familiarity with the name (53%) rather than a brand that has good odds/offers (41%).A visually appealing website and previous use are the next most common reasons for shortlisting a brand for those on desktop computers. Previous use also ranks highly for those on mobile devices along with the site appearing to look easy to use.These small differences in what makes a punter consider one brand over another is reflected in which brands are put on the shortlist.Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and William Hill are by far the most considered brands overall, however, there is a bit of a difference between devices. On desktop the 3 brands are within 1% of each other with Ladbrokes and William Hill both on 51% and Paddy Power on 50%. For those on mobile devices, Paddy Power does not rate as closely. William Hill and Ladbrokes are considered by 47% and 46% respectively, while Paddy Power sits further behind on 38% putting them just 3 points ahead of Sky Bet and Bet365 compared to the 14-point difference on desktop.last_img read more