Stephen Francis has stepped down as head coach at MVP Track Club and has been replaced by his brother Paul Francis.On Saturday, the club revealed that the changes actually came into effect on September 1.Stephen Francis, who previously held the position of Head Coach of the MVP Track & Field Club, will now provide private coaching services to select individual athletes.MVP coach for 17 yearsPaul, who has been a coach at the club for 17 years, co-founded MVP with his brother in September 1999. He has since distinguished himself nationally and internationally as a coach and administrator of athletics. Paul has attained the Level IV IAAF Coaching Certification in the sprints and hurdles.Paul is also one of the highest ranked IAAF Technical Officials in Jamaica and is designated as an Area Technical Official “ATO” in NACAC by the IAAF.Both Paul and Stephen Francis will continue in their roles as track and field coaches at the University of Technology, Jamaica.Jamaica’s most successful track and field clubThe MVP Track and Field Club is the most successful track club in Jamaica preparing some of Jamaica’s and the world’s best athletes who have won 56 IAAF World Championship medals, 28 Olympic medals, 25 Jamaican National Records, three Olympic Records and five World Records.Some of the athletes coached by the club include Asafa Powell, Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Melaine Walker, Brigette Foster-Hylton, Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Shericka Williams, and Kaliese Spencer.Hurdlers such as Melaine Walker will now be coached by 2009 sprint hurdles World Champion Brigitte Foster-Hylton.Click link for recent news on MVP track team: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce back on track
Calabar High School star Christopher Taylor Calabar High School athlete shines at Jamaica InvitationalFans at the Jamaica Invitational in Kingston got a treat last weekend as Calabar High School star, Christopher Taylor, beat American great Lashawn Merritt to win the International Men’s 200-m in a time of 20.49 seconds. Merritt had to settle for second in 20.70.Despite a small audience at the invitational, those lucky enough to attend experienced history as the 18-year-old, who was running blind from lane seven with no one in lane eight, took the win.Anaso Jobodwana of South Africa was third in 20.70s. “It’s a motivation for me going forward seeing that I am just 18. I came up against the big boys and I came out victorious and this just motivates me for the World Juniors,” Taylor was quoted by the Jamaica Gleaner as saying.Merritt, who has a personal best of 19.74s, interrupted Taylor’s interview to congratulate the young Jamaican prodigy.“He is a great competitor. I have seen him run some 400s and I knew he was ready to come run in front of his home crowd and I congratulate him,” Merritt told the paper.Elaine Thompson For Prefontaine ClassicFresh off defeating a field of largely local athletes at the Jamaica International Invitational in Kingston last weekend, 2016 Olympic champion, Elaine Thompson, will take on a world-class field of sprinters in the 100-m this weekend at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon.Thompson will have to face the likes of 100-m World Champion, Torie Bowie; two-time World Champion Dafne Schippers, and World Indoor 60-m champion Murielle Ahoure from the Ivory Coast.The stacked field also includes Marie Josee Ta Lou, who defeated the Jamaican in the Diamond League season-opener in Doha to win in 10.85s to Thompson’s 10.93. Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare, who was second in Doha in 10.90, is also in the line-up as is Great Britain’s Dina-Asher Smith and the USA’s Javainne Oliver.Bolt goes for bolts in JamaicaOlympic great, Usain Bolt, brought out a statue of himself – made mostly of real bolts as he celebrated the third Tracks & Records eatery in Jamaica recently. The Montego Bay eatery’s opening on the Hip Strip, included the grand unveiling of the famous “Bolt of Bolts” statue, created by German musician Vita Diedel Kloever.The grand opening welcomed Christopher Issa and the Crissa Entertainment Group to the Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records family as the newest franchisee.Bolt has got 15 more Tracks & Records to open across the U.K. Now Netball Jamaica uncertain about Henry’s returnNetball Jamaica is set to hold a second meeting with disgruntled coach Sasher-Gaye Henry next week, in hopes she will return to the post she quit recently.At the first meeting last week, Netball Jamaica said it held productive discussions with Henry and had decided not to accept her resignation.But in a subsequent statement – her second since abruptly resigning two weeks ago – Henry stressed nothing had changed, though initial discussions with Netball Jamaica had been “cordial and constructive.”The local governing body spokesman, Wayne Lewis, said there was common belief Henry would return.Henry, along with fellow coach Marvette Anderson, guided Sunshine Girls to bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia last month.Without warning, however, the former national player resigned her post a month later, citing “personal needs of my family” and her “increasing concerns about continuing professional weaknesses in the administration of the sport.”Lewis said Henry remained a vital part of the national setup, especially since there was a great relationship with the players
Pioneering politician Shirley Chisholm There has been a tendency in relating Caribbean-American heritage to highlight the contribution of Caribbean-American men. However, a number of women of Caribbean-American heritage have made significant contributions to various aspects of American life. Beginning this week, as we mark another National Caribbean American Heritage Month, CNW will pay tribute to Caribbean American women who have made significant contributions to US history – past and present. We begin this week with six you should know:Tatyana AliTatyana Marisol Ali an actress and singer was born in New York, 1979, to a Panamanian mother and a Trinidadian father. She is best known for her role in the TV series ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Ashley Banks.Before getting her big break on the ‘Fresh Prince’ she was a child – age 6 – and a member of the cast of another popular TV show, ‘Sesame Street.’ When ‘Fresh Prince’ ended in 1996, she focused on the musical aspect of her career. Soon after, she released an album named ‘Kiss The Sky,’ which was designated Certified Gold in Along with her musical career, Tatyana kept acting in many films. In 2005, she featured in the film Glory Road. Other movies include, “A good Man Is Hard To Find,” “Hotel California,” and “Nora’s Hair Salon.” She was also featured in the popular CBS-TV soap opera – “The Young and the Restless.”She also released her second musical album, titled “The Light,” in 2012. Ali is a graduate in political science and African American studies from Harvard University. In 2010 she was named by People’s Magazine as among the world’s most beautiful women.Garcelle BeauvaisAmerican actress and former fashion model, Garcelle Beauvais, was born in Haiti. At age 16, she migrated with her family migrated to the US from Haiti, and settled in Boston, Massachusetts and later in Miami, Florida.At age 17, Beauvais went to New York City to pursue a fashion modeling career. She was subsequently signed with Ford Models and Irene Marie Models in Miami. She modeled print ads for Avon, Mary Kay and Clairol, and in catalogs for Lerner New York Clothing Line, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. She appeared in Essence and Ebony magazines and modelled on the catwalk for Calvin Klein and Isaac Mizrahi.In 1994 she got her film acting career break when she landed a role in Aaron Spelling’s TV show, ‘Model’s Inc.’ before being a fixture on ‘The Jamie Foxx Show.”She co-starred from 1996 to 2001 with Jamie Foxx in the television sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show, and also in the ABC crime drama, NYPD Blue. Constance Baker Motley The late Constance Baker Motley, was a judge and civil rights activist was born in New Haven, Connecticut, to parents who had migrated to the US from St. Kitts and Nevis.An outstanding student, who followed the history, and challenges of civil rights leaders of the early 20th century, she decided at age 15, in 1937, to study law, despite the financial racial and gender barriers that existed. With assistance from a wealthy white philanthropist, the descendant of abolitionists, she studied economics at Fisk and New York Universities, and advanced to become the first Black woman to be accepted at Colombia University Law School, graduating in 1946. For the next 60 years she excelled in careers as a civil rights lawyer, New York Senator, Manhattan Borough President, and federal district judge, the first Caribbean-American and Black woman to serve in those positions. In 1948, she began a 16-year stint as a lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. She was the only woman on the legal team in the historic segregation case Brown v. Board of Education representing the Black student James Meredith in his successful bid as the first Black to be admitted to the University of Mississippi. In January 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed her to US District Court for the Southern District of New York Court and in 1982, she became the first female chief judge of that court. Judge Motley died in 1985 at age 84.Jennifer CarrollJennifer Carroll, born in 1959, is a Trinidadian-born American politician, who in 2011, became the 18th Lieutenant Governor of Florida.She is the first Caribbean/African American and first woman elected to the position. Carroll previously served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2003 until 2010.She migrated to the United States at the age of eight and attended Uniondale High School in New York. In 1979, upon graduation she enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving as an Aviation Machinist Mate, and Aviation Maintenance Officer. Carroll retired from the Navy in 1999 as a Lieutenant Commander. She relocated to Florida in 1986, where she earned a MBA from St. Leo University.Carroll made two unsuccessful bids for the US House of Representatives in 2000 and 2002. Following her defeat in the 2000 election, she was appointed as Director of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs serving in that post until July, 2002. She was the first African-American female Republican elected to the Florida House in 2003. On September 2, 2010, Republican Rick Scott named Carroll his running mate in the 2010 Florida gubernatorial election which he won. She was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor on January 4, 2011.Shirley ChisholmPioneering politician Shirley ChisholmAn African-American icon in American politics, Shirley Anita St. Hill was born in 1924 in Brooklyn, New York the daughter of Charles and Ruby St. Hill, Guyanese and Barbadian immigrants, respectively. Her formative education was gained in Barbados where she lived with her maternal grandmother and she credited her Barbados education as the foundation for her strong academic background.Ms. St. Hill returned to New York in 1934, and graduated from Brooklyn College with honors in 1946, after encountering and fighting racism. In 1949, she married Conrad Chisholm, a Jamaican, and the two became involved in local politics. In 1960 she formed the Unity Democratic Club, which was involved in mobilizing black and Hispanic voters. Chisholm was elected to the New York General Assembly in 1964, serving until 1968, when she ran and won a seat in the US Congress, representing New York’s 12th Congressional District, the first Caribbean/African-American woman to be elected to Congress. As a respected Congresswoman she strived for civil rights for minorities, including women, improvement for poor Americans, and opposed the Vietnam War. She was a cofounder of the National Organization of Women (NOW). She was re-elected to Congress in 1970 and in 1972 declared her candidacy for U.S, president. She addressed the 1972 Democratic National Convention in Miami. Her bid to be nominated was defeated.Chisholm remained in Congress until 1982, when she retired. She died in 2005.Edwidge DanticatRenowned author, Edwidge Danticat, was born in Haiti. At the age of 12, she moved to Brooklyn, New York, to join her parents. Two years later, she published her first writing, in English, “A Haitian-American Christmas: Cremace and Creole Theatre,” in New Youth Connections, a citywide magazine written by teenagers. Danticat later wrote a story about her immigration experience for New Youth Connections, “A New World Full of Strangers.” In 1993, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Brown University and her thesis, titled: “My Turn In The Fire – An Abridged Novel,” was the basis for her novel “Breath, Eyes, Memory,” which four years later became an Oprah’s Book Club selection.Danicat has received several outstanding awards including, the National Book Award for her book, for ‘Krik? Krak;’ The 1996 Best Young American Novelists for ‘Breath, Eyes, Memory;’ the 1999 American Book Award for ‘The Farming of the Bones;’ and the 2007 National Book Award nomination for ‘Brother, I’m Dying.’She was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2009.
On July 1st, over 193 new laws will take effect in Florida. Here are a few of the laws that will go into effect this Sunday.The Hope Scholarship Program / Education / Bullying and Unions (HB 7055). As part of the “Hope Scholarship Program,” this law, along with other things, allows you to send your child to a private school if your child is bullied at a Florida public school. This bill also requires unions that fail to have 50 percent of eligible employees who opt-in to pay union dues to have to undergo a costly and lengthy re-certification process that may result in many Floridians being left without fair representation for wages and other issues.Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act (SB 7026 / HB 165). This law requires every school in the state to have sworn law enforcement officers. It also requires schools to host active shooter training once per semester and requires School Boards to establish threat assessment teams to assess and intervene with people whose behavior may pose a threat to the school’s safety.Controlled Substances (HB 21). In response to the opioid crisis killing at least 16 Floridians every day, this bill limits most painkiller prescriptions to a three-day supply.Possession of Real Property / Restricting Public Beach Access (SB 804 / HB 631). Gives private businesses and homeowners the decision to restrict the public from using the portion of beach on their property. The portion refers to the sand from the high tide water line and up. (Essentially, the dry sand adjacent to their building or home could be deemed private, while the wet sand will remain public.).Marriage Licenses (SB 140 / HB 71). This law restricts persons under the age of 18 from obtaining a marriage license and getting married unless they meet certain circumstances.The entire list of new laws can be viewed at http://laws.flrules.org or by clicking the link below.Referring to the new laws Florida Representative Shevrin Jones, Democrat representing District 101 that includes south-eastern Broward County said, “It’s my hope that knowing these laws will help to make us all more informed and better prepared.” Continuing, he said, “While some of the laws are good for Florida, many are not. Our state still has not fully-funded our public education system. And, we have yet to fully address our growing need for affordable healthcare and mental health issues.”
The Caribbean Court of Justice The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was established in 2005 as the original judicial institution of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and, most importantly, an appellate jurisdiction or the court of last resort in the Caribbean. In its original jurisdiction, the CCJ interprets and applies the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (which established CARICOM).In its appellate jurisdiction, the CCJ hear appeals in civil and criminal matters from member states replacing the British Privy Council. However, decisions for replacing the Privy Council with the CCJ has been fraught with political division in several Caribbean countries including Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, where, ironically, the CCJ is located. To date, only Barbados, Belize, Dominica, and Guyana have replaced the Privy Council’s jurisdiction with the CCJ.Failed Referendums in Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda Last month Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda held national referendums to replace the Privy Council with the CCJ as the court of last resort, but both referendums were defeated. Last week the current president of the CCJ, Justice Adrian Sanders of St. Vincent, addressing the Maxwell Haywood Memorial Lecture at the Medgar Evers College in New York spoke on “The Role and Importance of the CCJ in advancing the Caribbean Civilization,”Justice Saunders rightfully said more needs to be done to educate the Caribbean public about the role and benefits of the CCJ. He said while he’s not worried at the outcome of the Antigua and Grenada referendums, the defeats indicates, “We need more educational work.” He questioned who in the region would be responsible for educating the public on the role of the court, adding “If we’re going to advance, we need to know how we’re going to make our country more independent.”He offered two reason for the failed referendums in Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda.Environment of the CCJThe first, was the environment of the Caribbean Court compared to the British Privy council, noting that people have unhappy experiences with their local justice systems. “If trials are held in a less than adequate courthouse; if the courtroom is stiflingly hot; if the case is adjourned again and again; if a murder accused spends 10 years on remand before his case is heard; then the idea of replacing a British institution (Privy Council) with a Caribbean one is instinctively unappealing.”IgnoranceThe second reason cited was ignorance, as the majority of Caribbean people doesn’t understand the CCJ isn’t a part of the local justice system. “The CCJ is a separate court, but we haven’t done enough to inform and educate people,” Justice Saunders said. He said a Caribbean Court, staffed with the best Caribbean judges, “is able to give greater effect to our aspirations as a people.”People of Barbados and Guyana satisfied An example of the effectiveness of the CCJ, which Justice Saunders also referred to, is for the last 13 years, the CCJ has been “dispensing justice for Barbados and Guyana to the satisfaction of the peoples of those countries.”In those countries where the CCJ is accepted as the court of last resort the population understands and appreciate the Court. One of the reasons, according to analysts, former Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart lost the general elections earlier this year was because of his attacks on the CCJ. Justice Saunders said, Stuart “was roundly condemned by the ordinary man and woman of Barbados.”As debate over the CCJ versus the Privy Council rages in the Caribbean since 2005, several commentators have agreed for the Caribbean region to be truly independent from Britain it must have it own reliable court of last resort. Perception CCJ inferior to Privy CouncilMeanwhile, commentators also believe there’s a perception, albeit false, among some Caribbean people that the CCJ and its judges are inferior to Privy Council and its British judges. Education is needed to remove this false perception. CCJ more than capable“The CCJ is more than capable of handling the region’s appeals. If we are to advance as a people, politics and political tussles are important for a healthy democracy. But, there are eternal core human values that are overarching – truth, compassion, cooperation, caring, courtesy, empathy, hard honest labor. These are values opposition and government alike, and, indeed, all the people, must promote.”Politics shouldn’t be the deciding factorPolitics should not be allowed to decide where the people of the Caribbean turn to receive ultimate justice. Jamaica was on the periphery of replacing the Privy Council in 2015 when the joint House of Representatives approved related bills. Set to advance to the Senate for approval in 2016, the ruling People’s National Party lost the general elections that year. But, incoming Prime Minister Andrew Holness decided replacing the Privy Council with the CCJ requires a national referendum. As was evidenced in Grenada and Antigua, these referendums are conducted and decided along party lines. If voters do not understand the benefits of the CCJ in their lives, they’ll likely vote for the party that offers a stronger platform for voting against the court than voting for it. If the Caribbean can govern itself, why doesn’t it adjudicate itself?
Marcia Griffiths with a Russian fan. BENICASSIM, Spain – Though she has been travelling the world for nearly 50 years, Marcia Griffiths still gets her share of surprises. At Rototom Sunsplash’s Reggae University in Benicassim, Spain on August 18, she was overwhelmed by two fans.Griffiths was part of a panel discussion about reggae’s history when fans from North Korea and Russia spoke of their appreciation for her music.Moved by their pronouncements, Griffiths rose from her seat and embraced them.“The guy from North Korea said he had to meet her. He left his country years ago because of all the oppression and told her that reggae music was what helped keep him alive when he was there,” said Copeland Forbes, Griffiths’ tour manager.Marcia Griffiths with a North Korean fan.The event was also attended by members of Ethiopia’s Royal family, including Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie I.Rototom Sunsplash was one of the stops on Griffiths’ tour promoting her latest album, Timeless, released in July by Tad’s International Record.She also performed at festivals in Austria, Belgium and the United Kingdom. She did club dates in the UK with Super Cat and a solo gig in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.On August 31, Griffiths and Judy Mowatt, her colleague in famed harmony group The I Three, will perform at the inaugural Westchester Reggae Festival, which takes place at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.The I Three, which also included Rita Marley, recorded and toured with Bob Marley from 1974 to 1980 when he was diagnosed with cancer. He died in May, 1981 at age 36.
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Related Articles Share Share StumbleUpon Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative August 17, 2020 BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Submit Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 Stuart TillyHaving launched US sports focused betting brand RedZoneSports.com last month, SBC caught up with Argyll Entertainment CEO Stuart Tilly to discuss the challenge of developing a real US sports betting proposition for UK betting consumers.In an industry lacking product and market diversification, RedZoneSports may be this year’s most interesting new bookmaker proposition…______________________SBC: Hi Stuart, you have launched RedZoneSports as a US sports specialist bookmaker for UK bookmakers. How does Argyll define a real US sports proposition for UK betting consumers? Stuart Tilly: Our company’s mission is to offer themed, entertainment wrapped and reward led gaming destinations targeting a ready made and well established captive audience. With RedZoneSports, our “theme” is US Sports and therefore our aim is to directly target those interested in US sports in the UK and interact with them through a constant stream of relevant, authentic and exclusive content which we hope engages that audience at every stage of their life cycle with us. So for a US sports fan that means bespoke markets and best prices on NFL, basketball and other North American sports. All our promotions, prize competitions and content will be geared towards US sports and US culture more generally, whether that’s tickets to the Superbowl, exclusive invites to Thanksgiving parties or access to audio, video and written content focussing on US sports.SBC: Prior to the launch of RedZoneSports, what research did your team undertake with regards to US sports trends by UK consumers? ST: Well, it certainly helps having a US parent company.But it’s clear to see the rising popularity of US sports and its following in the UK. We’ve had three sell out NFL games hosted in London this year, with the League hoping to establish a UK franchise by 2022. With TV viewing figures also growing sharply for all the major US sports it’s clear there’s a strong appetite that’s only going to get stronger over time.SBC: How has the Argyll team, had to define and redevelop its sports betting product in order to meet US sport fan expectations? ST: To offer best prices, we had to ensure we had the best trading expertise and we believe in Stephen Baumohl, our Vice President of Trading and previous Head of US Sports at Sporting Index, we’ve got the best man for the job.For those fans originally from the US and now living in the U.K., interestingly there’s actually an element of education to give reassurance that gambling is a fully legal and regulated form of entertainment in the U.K.But generally speaking, UK fans of US Sports are fans of all sports so the same marketing techniques are just as applicable. Whatever the genre, we aim to take each brand or theme’s message to an already engaged and passionate audience through directly relevant, authentic and entertaining content.SBC: Can you detail some insight on running a sportsbook that focuses on very distinct sports; American football, Basketball, Baseball, Ice Hockey etc…how do these unique sports effect your product offering?ST: From a general platform and product perspective, the fact it’s US sports vs any other sport doesn’t make a huge difference. Our unique differentiators are the prices and range of markets we offer, the high limits we’re willing to extend to all customers and our ability to captivate our audience with an additional layer of relevant content, promotions and rewards.SBC: As an asset how do you see RedZoneSports developing its product and offerings in the coming months? ST: With the NFL season in full swing we’ve focused our initial launch around this. However, we’ll be expanding our market offering to include countless bespoke and custom betting opportunities on all US sports whether that’s the traditional big four, or other sports like Soccer, NASCAR and UFC. We’ll also be looking to expand our games offering to include US sports themed virtuals, fantasy sports and other new and innovative game offerings. We also have an exclusively commissioned US sports podcast airing very soon and we’ll be looking to expand upon that with other content over the coming weeks and months._________________Stuart Tilly – CEO – Argyll Entertainment
Submit Retail and online to merge for William Hill in latest shake-up July 1, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Gary SmithIndustry horse and greyhound racing content supplier SIS has confirmed that it has reached an agreement to acquire Newcastle and Sunderland greyhound racing stadia from William Hill.Confirming the acquisition this morning, SIS governance detailed that the deal ‘underpins the firm’s commitment to ‘provide a strong programme of competitive greyhound racing for the foreseeable future’.Moving forward the Tyne & Wear venues will integrate SIS broadcast systems, linking the stadia with the firm’s portfolio of rights from Monmore, Crayford, Hove, and Romford. Newcastle and Sunderland racing punters will further benefit by being able to watch in-venue streams SIS UK and international syndicated content.Updating the market, SIS CEO Gary Smith, commented on the deal: “The acquisition of Newcastle and Sunderland is very exciting for us and our customers and strengthens our position as a distributor of high-quality pictures and data for greyhound racing.”In his acquisition notes, Smith further detailed that the purchased stadia would not undertake any significant structural changes, stating that it would keep the high standards set by William Hill which had proved popular with race punters.William Hill Retail Managing Director Nicola Frampton supported Smith’s comments, stating that the firm had found the right buyers for the greyhound racing venues;“Newcastle and Sunderland greyhound stadia are among the best run in the industry and we would like to thank the teams at both tracks for all their hard work and success during William Hill’s period of ownership.“In looking at options for the tracks the continuation of greyhound racing at the stadia and the safeguarding of employment were paramount. We are therefore pleased to have reached agreement with SIS who are the right owner to take the business forward over the long term.”
Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit Related Articles Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Paddy PowerFrance prepares for more drama this May, as its Cote d’Azur beaches host the 70th Cannes Film Festival. As the festival begins its film screenings, one story is dominating all Cannes headlines. Can Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke win his third Palm d’Or and become the Festival’s greatest auteur?Opening it’s 2017 Cannes Palm d’Or market, Paddy Power, which holds a 4/5 performance rating on Bookmaker Ratings, has priced Haneke’s ‘Happy End’ as 3/1 favourite to win world cinema’s most prestigious award.A European cinema powerhouse, Haneke is renowned for his socially reflective and emotionally impactful films. Debuting ‘Happy End’ at Cannes, Haneke tells the story of French middle-class family in Calais who are drawn into the chaos of the ongoing European refugee crisis.Leading Haneke’s chasing pack is Russian divorce drama ‘Loveless’ by Andrey Zvyagintsev, priced at 9/2 by Paddy Power. A surprise to many will be American director Todd Haynes children’s fantasy tale ‘Wonderstruck’, which is currently market third favourite at 5/1.Greek Surrealist and former Grand Jury Prize winner (2015) Yorgos Lanthimos returns to Cannes with ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’, which Paddy Power has priced as a 9/1 outsider.Issuing a cheeky market note, Paddy Power spokesperson Paddy Power commented: “No, I don’t know much about films, but I Cannes see a clear winner of the Palm d’Or. However, maybe I’m just buying into nominative determinism of its title – in any case, Happy End by Michael Haneke is our favourite.”Paddy Power Cannes Palm d’Or 2017 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020