Month: August 2020

Jamaica’s Protoje tops Billboard Reggae Chart

first_imgJamaican reggae singer, Oje Ken Ollivierre, popularly known as Protoje, remains atop the Billboard Reggae chart this week after landing there last week.Protoje remains at number one for this weekending July 14th with his fifth album, ‘A Matter of Time.’ The album includes a collaboration with Chronixx, titled, ‘Flames.’  It was released in May. Protoje first gained notice for his 2005 mixtape Lyrical Overdose Volume 1, featuring mostly hip hop-influenced songs. His debut album, “The Seven Year Itch,” was released in 2011. In 2011, he released another single off the album entitled “Rasta Love,” featuring Ky-Mani Marley.Protoje’s mother is Jamaican singer Lorna Bennett, best known for her 1972 rendition of ‘Breakfast in Bed,’ while his father is a former calypso king from the island nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.last_img read more

Broward County Libraries Offers Free 5th Annual Teen Empowerment Summit

first_imgLEAP to your own potentialThe Teen Empowerment Summit is designed to encourage better academic performance, enhance life skills and promote high school graduation. This year’s theme is “LEAP to Your Own Potential,” with “LEAP” as an acronym for Leadership, Education, Achievement and Potential. Free transportation Teens in the Central areas of Broward County can meet at the following libraries for free transport to that area’s host site: The South Regional/Broward College Library Teen Empowerment Summit location will feature speakers including Broward County Libraries Director Kelvin Watson, Broward County Commissioner, Beam Furr, and Dr. Billy P. Jones, English Professor/Coordinator of Minority Male Summer Initiative, Broward College. Breakout sessions include a ‘hands-on aviation school experience’ at Broward College’s Aviation Institute, a STEM workshop with Flying Classroom, a college tour and a basketball ‘pick up’ game. In the last four summits, close to 450 teenagers have participated. Last year the program was recognized with the prestigious National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) Award of Excellence. The program expands this year to include teens from South Broward County.   “I am gratified to take part in this life-changing event for young people,” says Libraries Director and featured speaker Kelvin Watson. “The teens have a great time and they learn important life skills as well.”    The Teen Empowerment Summit will offer breakout sessions at both locations, as well as multiple speakers, which include community leaders, business people and educators. Participating teens will receive free books, t-shirts, breakfast, lunch and refreshments. Guest speakers  Lauderdale Lakes Library/Educational and Cultural Center:–Lauderhill Central Park Library–Lauderhill Towne Centre Library–Riverland Library–Tamarac Library–Tyrone Bryant Library Teens in the South areas of Broward County can meet at the following libraries for free transportation  to that area’s host site: Broward County Library is offering a free 5th Annual Teen Empowerment Summit for students in grades 6 to 12 on Saturday, December 1st from 9AM to 5:30PM, at the  Lauderdale Lakes Library/Educational and Cultural Center and the South Regional/Broward College Library.  South Regional/Broward College Library:–Carver Ranches Library–Hollywood Library–Stirling Road Library Guest speakers at the Lauderdale Lakes Library Teen Empowerment Summit location include Broward County Commissioner Dale V. C. Holness; Marie Dumervil, Assistant Principal from Manatee Bay Elementary School; and Chris Priester, educator and comedian. Breakout sessions will include a Financial Education Workshop conducted by Randy Walker, Manager of Bank United, Lauderdale Lakes office and a presentation by Wayne Martin, Manager of We Florida Financial, Lauderhill office. The Teen Empowerment Summit will include a ‘hands-on aviation school experience’ at the Broward College’s Aviation Institute. The event emcee will be Kevin Tucker, Youth Pastor at the Faith Center.    The Teen Empowerment Summit is sponsored through an Ann Jacobs Grant; Broward County School Board; Broward Sheriff’s Office; Reading Pays More; Bank United; We Florida Financial; Friends of the Lauderdale Lakes Library, Lauderhill Towne Centre Library, Lauderhill Central Park Library, Riverland Library, South Regional/Broward College Library, Sunrise Library, Tamarac Library, Tyrone Bryant Library; Children’s Services Council; Broward College and local businesses. Registration necessary Teens must register in person at any of the participating libraries. If unable to register in person, teens can submit their registrations through the information desk of any Broward County Library location. Parental/guardian authorization is required to utilize transportation for students under 18. Teens should arrive at bus pick up locations in advance of the program start times, as directed. Please see attachment for the addresses and phone numbers of participating libraries.For questions or additional information, please contact Michelle Powell, Community Library Manager, Lauderdale Lakes Branch Library, 954-357-8646, [email protected] or Marcia Ward, Community Library Manager, Senior at South Regional/Broward College Library at 954-201-8840, [email protected]last_img read more

Jamaica Welcomes Ghanaian President for Diaspora Conference

first_imgPresident Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana will address the opening of the eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference on Sunday as he completes a visit to several Caribbean countries.It said that President Akufo-Addo will also engage in a number of activities on Saturday including a tour Seville Great House and Heritage Park in St. Ann and on Sunday will meet with the leadership of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and give a floral tribute at the shrine of National Hero, Marcus Mosiah Garvey.A government statement said that the Ghanaian head of state, who arrives here on Saturday, will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Andrew Holness before addressing the media later that day.“The President will wrap his visit on Sunday by giving remarks at the Opening of the 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre,” the statement noted.Akufo-Addo is now in Barbados as part of a Caribbean visit that has so far taken him to Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.“The purpose of the official visit is to strengthen and deepen bilateral relations between Barbados and Ghana in areas of mutual interest,” an official statement in Bridgetown noted.It said he will also address Parliament in that country “in what will be an historic occasion as this will be the first time a foreign dignitary will speak in the Senate Chambers”.last_img read more

Canada Launches New Programmes to Welcome Caribbean Immigrants

first_imgMONCTON, Canada, CMC – Canada’s immigration agency says it has launched over 800 projects across the country to boost settlement and integration of Caribbean and other new immigrants. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said it has selected 824 projects that will “deliver high-quality services to newcomers across the country for up to five years.” IRCC said one such project is with the Boys and Girls Club of Moncton, New Brunswick. It said this new service provider organization will work with youth ages 13 to 18 in the Moncton area, “bringing newcomers and locally-born youth together to form trusting relationships through a variety of activities, mentorship, career development, community, political and civic engagement, advocacy, volunteerism, shared entrepreneurial goals and leadership development.”IRCC said the project will promote intercultural understanding, foster enduring links, and help youth – “regardless of where they were born – to develop new skills that set them up for success.”It said other partners involved in this project include all levels of government, Atlantic Superstore, and local business leaders and corporate partners who will provide mentorship opportunities, such as the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), Midland, Irving and Medavie Blue Cross.Through IRCC’s Settlement Program, eligible newcomers receive information about life in Canada and the community in which they will settle, language training, help finding a job, and connections with established immigrants and Canadians. “These supports and services help newcomers integrate and build a successful life in Canada, while also helping employers, schools and other organizations build welcoming communities,” IRCC said.“The Resettlement Assistance Programme provides supports and services to address the immediate and essential needs of government-assisted refugees and other eligible clients being resettled to Canada from overseas,” it added.IRCC said projects selected through the National Call for Proposals include language training and workplace-based language instruction that will help newcomers settle and gain relevant skills; employment services that will foster the entrepreneurial spirit of newcomers and engage private sector employers; and projects that enhance local integration and social inclusion in small-center, rural and northern areas.The newly-chosen projects complement those selected through the Service Delivery Improvement Programme, Pre-Arrival Services Programme and Visible Minority Newcomer Women Program, IRCC said. “Canada is a recognized international leader in settlement and integration. We firmly believe that when we invest in helping newcomers learn the language, find employment, and build a successful life, all of Canada benefits,” said Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. “The Boys and Girls Club of Moncton project is an example of innovative programming that helps newcomers make the most of their talents to fully integrate and contribute to the Canadian economy and to their communities,” he added. On February 18, IRCC said it began accepting proposals from eligible individuals and organizations to provide direct services to newcomers. On March 27, IRCC said it began accepting proposals for indirect settlement services, such as research and capacity building.“After a thorough review of the proposals received, 824 projects have been selected to deliver services that are client-centered, outcomes-driven and responsive to needs and that use resources effectively,” IRCC said.last_img read more

iGB Affiliate announces new conference format for LAC 2017

first_img Shona ODonnell, iGBLinkResearchTools CEO Christoph Cemper and 10 Yetis CEO Andy Barr are two of the confirmed speakers for LAC 2017, which has been given a new format by iGB Affiliate.The conference rooms at LAC 2017 won’t be split by industry, but will instead be organised into themed tracks which run across the two days on February 10 and 11.The sessions will be led by industry experts, and tailored to meet the specific challenges that affiliates encounter through a series of interactive and practical examples.The first day conference themes will include affiliate business tools, SEO strategies and industry insights, whereas the second day will focus on paid media, onsite SEO and social media.Shona ODonnell, iGaming Business’ head of operations, said: “We wanted to ensure that delegates at LAC 2017 can come away from the conference with some practical lessons that can be applied in the real world, and our newly organised conference track has been designed to do exactly that.“With an unparalleled range of industry experts sharing their wisdom, we expect the conference rooms to be at the heart of LAC 2017.”The London Affiliate Conference and Financial Partners Expo will take place from February 9-12 at the London ExCeL. More than 5,000 delegates and exhibitors are expected to attend. GVC reprices and relocates its corporate debt holdings February 11, 2020 Share GVC Holdings transfers corporate control to London HQ February 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Stoiximan dominates first-ever Betarades Greek Bookmaker Awards January 24, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

Romania ONJN appoints Dan Iliovici as new President

first_imgShare ONJN, the National Gambling Office of Romania and core regulatory body for industry policy and licensing operations, has confirmed the appointment of Dan Iliovici as its new President.Iliovici takes over leadership of the ONJN from previous incumbent Odeta Nestor. Iliovici has prior industry experience having held the position of Executive Director of Romanian Gambling business association Rombet.In 2015, the Romanian government introduced new gambling legislation, focusing on the liberalistion of its online betting/gaming markets, setting its regulation in-line with European Union common market policies and best practices.Throughout 2016, the ONJN has issued a number of new licenses for operators and industry service providers wanting to join the new market.Issuing a statement, the Romanian government detailed that ONJN had secured the right candidate to lead business and consumer facing policy, amid a changing industry which had opened up to international competition. Share Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Submit Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020 StumbleUpon EveryMatrix promotes Samoil Dolejan to lead next phase of MoneyMatrix growth May 21, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

PMU France appoints Patrick Fontana as retail network lead

first_imgShare Patrick FontanaFrance state-owned sports betting operator Paris Mutuel Urbain (PMU) has confirmed the appointment of Patrick Fontana as its new Director of Commercial Properties.An experienced French business executive, Fontana will take over leadership and strategy of managing PMU’s network of +13,000 retail betting points across France.Furthermore, Fontana will be a key stakeholder of PMU retail projects, as the operator seeks to bridge its online and land based properties.Fontana joins PMU from European real-estate and property management group Fonica, where he served as a Senior Sales executive (2014 -2017).Taking on the PMU leadership role, Fontana has previous experience of working with government organisations and enterprises having served as Network Director for French music and publishing society SACEM (2012-2014).Fontana’s leadership role will be based out of the state-owned bookmaker’s headquarters in Paris, and will report directly to PMU governance. StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share ANJ takes charge of new French gambling era June 22, 2020 FDJ focuses on delivering ‘2020 savings plan’ as covid drains momentum July 30, 2020last_img read more

Better Collective’s acquisition led expansion continues with Romanian deal

first_img Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Submit Related Articles FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Better Collective has continued its expansion into regulated markets, after obtaining a Romanian affiliate licence and acquiring the PariuriX brand.The developer of digital platforms for bookmaker information, iGaming communities, and betting tips, will now enter the newly regulated Southeastern European country, following recent similar examples of Pull Media in France, Germany’s and in the United Kingdom.Michal Kopec, Head of M&A at Better Collective, said: “With the acquisition of PariuriX, Better Collective immediately becomes a leading sports betting affiliate in Romania. Adding another regulated market to the portfolio of the company is an important strategic step. “We are very happy that we are taking over a well-established and recognized brand. The previous owner, Marius Cădar, has done a great job in developing PariuriX, and Better Collective will now use all available resources to drive this product and brand forward.”PariuriX, founded in 2006 and predominantly focussing on sports betting, has grown to become a market leader with the largest iGaming community in Romania.Through a strong base of professional and amateur tipsters, PariuriX has established itself as the leading affiliate site in its market.Marius Cădar, Owner and Founder of PariuriX, added:  “I started PariuriX more than 10 years ago, as I wanted to build a community of professional punters that would work together to choose the best bets we can place daily. “Over the years we managed to create a team of knowledgeable tipsters with a strong reputation. We now have an intricate knowledge base, which includes posts about betting, casino, and poker. Our forum offers the best support for punters. “I’m proud of all the things we managed to achieve and I am happy to hand the baton over to Better Collective. I trust that they can grow the platform even further, while still maintaining it’s core values.last_img read more

SBC Bookies’ Corner – First Take on Russia 2018’s World Cup cast

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Privet comrades, SBC’s Bookies Corner returns with industry stakeholders giving their first opinion on Russia 2018’s World Cup cast.Which teams have impressed bookmakers during the qualifying stages? Who are the current tournament favourites? Which failed teams will be missed most by bookmakers and will England roar or wimp out of another major football tournament? SBC gets the initial Russia 2018 lowdown…._______________________ SBC: With qualifiers concluded, will bookmakers be happy with the final 32-teams starring in Russia 2018? Furthermore, Which non-qualified team will bookmakers miss the most at World Cup 2018?Katie Baylis, (Betfair Media Relations Manager): Obviously a lack of home nations qualified for Russia 2018 is disappointing, however, it’s not necessarily unusual for that to be the case for a World Cup tournament and clearly there will still be huge punter interest in Russia 2018 regardless.Not having Italy or Holland on board also dilutes some of the top tier betting markets, and bookmakers will further miss the USA and Chile who are popular draws.let’s lets not forget that we still have Messi , Ronaldo , Neymar and maybe Phil Jones to keep us entertained!SBC: Of the final 32, which team has impressed bookmakers the most. Does qualifying performance matter, with regards to actual World Cup performance?   Michael Herry, (Kambi Head of Football): It will come as no surprise to hear that the teams at the top of the betting market impressed the most during qualifying with not much to choose between the leading quartet of Germany, Brazil, Spain and France. Out of those sides, I like the look of France, who topped a tough qualifying group featuring Sweden, Netherlands and Bulgaria. The losing 2016 European Championship finalists also have a very strong squad with the likes of Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann providing strength from front to back, with a strong bench to call upon.Next in the betting are Argentina, who were very disappointing in qualifying, needing a Messi hat-trick in the final qualifying match against Ecuador to secure their ticket to the finals. Despite finishing 13 points behind Brazil in the CONMEBOL group, Argentina are as short as 7/1 to lift the FIFA World Cup Trophy next year and make little appeal. Belgium also feature near the top of the book at around 12/1 and while their first 11 is perhaps as good as any, I believe they lack the strength in depth to deal sufficiently with any injuries to star players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard or Romelu Lukaku. Belgium were the joint-top scorers in European qualifying with 43 goals, but 32 of those came against Gibraltar, Cyprus and Estonia, and tougher tests await in Russia.In African qualifying, I was impressed by both Morocco and Nigeria, with the latter my dark horse for the tournament at fancy three-digit prices. Nigeria have a squad full of Premier League experience with Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses and Jon Obi Mikel likely to play important roles in Russia. They recently beat Argentina 4-2, and although this was only a mid-season friendly, Nigeria will be the team other countries will want to avoid when they are drawn from Pot 4 next month.All that said, it’s important to not put too much emphasis on qualifying form as a lot can happen before the first games on 14 June. Come kick-off, the majority of teams will not have played a competitive match for eight months, while we also have to consider the outcome of the draw and the potential for influential players to pick-up injuries that rule them out of the tournament. An injury to Neymar Jr. or De Bruyne, for instance, would impact their respective team’s chances of glory. As per usual, betting volumes for the World Cup will pick-up following the end of the domestic seasons in Europe, building up to what we expect will be the biggest turnover event of all time.SBC: With just under 8 months to go until Russia 2018, what type of unique factors and dynamics do trading teams weigh up, when pricing World Cup favourites?John Hill (PR Coral UK): Given the World Cup is in Russia next summer, it is no surprise that seven of the top nine in the betting for from Europe. The form of France, Germany and Brazil has been outstanding over the last couple of years therefore they look to be the three leading teams at the tournament. France went close to winning Euro 2016 and have a squad to admire, Germany always knock on the door at major tournaments and Brazil have been built well since they were embarrassed by Germany at the last World Cup.Although England qualified with ease, we are still happy to take them on as their record in major finals since 2010 has been very poor. We expect patriotic money to arrive next summer so it would be no surprise if they were our biggest liability once again.The draw for the tournament is obviously going to have an affect on the outright market. Looking at the seeds though, it is difficult to pinpoint what could be a group of death so the majority of the teams in the top two pots will be expected to qualify for the last 16.SBC: A glorious summer of youth football saw England win the under-20 World Cup and under-19 European Championships…Surely Gareth Southgate’s mighty lions will bring ’football home’ next summer?  Alex Apati (Ladbrokes PR): The patriotic punter will be delighted to know we’ve trimmed odds of England winning the World Cup to 20/1 in the last few weeks, while we’re currently the third most-backed team in the tournament for the trophy!And with so much hype around the Young Lions at the moment, six players aged 21 or under are priced at 3/1 or shorter for a place in Southgate’s 23 man squad for Russia.Solid performances against Germany and Brazil this month have certainly given fans reason to feel confident. As promising as those results were, England failed to score in both of those games. So one for the pessimists: England NOT to score in Russia is currently 25/1!We’re expecting England to go off at around about the 16/1 mark by the time the first ball is kicked and that’ll be because of the interest we’re likely to see from home supporters as we edge closer towards the end of the season and attention turns solely to the World Cup.______________________The Betting industry’s relationship with Football and its wider stakeholders will be discussed at the ‘Betting on Football 2018’ (#bofcon2018) conference. Click on the below banner for more information… Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020last_img read more

Bede moves to bolster Spanish market profile

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Related Articles Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Share Submit Gaming software supplier and platform provider, Bede Gaming, is building on its established European presence with a concerted expansion into the Spanish market. The expansion strategy follows a number of content integrations with providers such as Play’n Go and SBTech which has further strengthened the supplier’s market presence. The Bede platform, which has received a full licence from regulatory authority the DGOJ, includes two direct sportsbooks with both Kambi and SBTech in addition to marketing tool provisions and 3,000 games. Bede has an established presence within the Spanish market, acting as lead platform supplier to online casino operator Enracha. Ross Haselhurst, Commercial Director at Bede Gaming, said: “Spain is a core target market for Bede as we look to capitalise on the significant commercial momentum of our platform. “Spanish operator groups are well placed to take advantage of the transformative impact our vast range of high-quality content and powerful automated marketing tools can have, and we are enthused by the possibilities as we push further into the market.“We are seeing more and more operators that are looking to expand their footprint but find themselves crippled by the resources required to service new markets while maintaining performance in their core markets. “By offering a direct and single route into the Spanish market, we’re predicting significant growth for Bede and our partners in the months to come.”Bede has recently enjoyed a period of commercial growth following its selection by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation in September 2018 to provide the lottery’s enterprise-wide digital platform.last_img read more