Haitian earthquake survivors off to college

first_imgTwo Haitian teen siblings, who survived the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, are now making history as the first in their family to head to college.The teens, Eudens and Tajmara Antoine, are off to New York University after recently graduating from Msgr. Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens, according to Florida Catholic newspaper.Both Eudens and Tajmara were assisted in their education by local Catholic parishes and schools. After the earthquake, they relocated to Miami, where they stayed with family until a recommendation from a Haitian priest, then serving at the cathedral, helped them get admission to the St. Mary Cathedral School. There they received assistance with tuition and were provided uniforms and textbooks among other help.The Antoines, according to the paper, say they are grateful to St. Mary Cathedral School and Church, Curley-Notre Dame and Pace High. Because of the help they received, both say they are now committed to giving back someday, especially to Haiti and their parents.last_img read more

Nail & Hair Salons, Barber Shops in Florida to Reopen Monday

first_imgThe protocols include the wearing of masks by all employees, a ban on group appointments and the removal of unnecessary items that are frequently touched, like magazines and newspapers. View the complete list of guidelines here. Hair salons, nail salons and barbershops, which were originally not allowed to reopen under the governor’s phase one plan of reopening the state, will now be able to start accepting customers once again on Monday. Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Friday that the aforementioned facilities will be allowed to reopen on Monday “with enhanced safety protocols for all counties currently in Phase One”. Protocols for barbershops, nail and hair salons:Download With the entire state now confirming over 38,000 COVID-19 cases, Broward County has surpassed Palm Beach County in the number of cases. The three leading states are (as of May 9) : Miami-Dade – 11,570, Broward County – 4,794 and Palm Beach County – 2,763. The Palm Beach County Commission requested inclusion earlier this week, in a letter to DeSantis. The commission has also agreed to reopen county beaches May 18. “We think that they’re ready for it,” DeSantis said, during a visit to a testing site at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach. “I think the people here are very smart. We all understand the responsibility we have to protect the vulnerable populations here.” According to DeSantis, the county’s rate of positive test results has fallen from about 18% two weeks ago, to 9.3% on Friday. DeSantis also announced that as of Monday, Palm Beach County, which was previously excluded, will be included in the Phase One reopening. Miami-Dade and Broward Counties are still excluded. Palm Beach County will join 64 other Florida counties, with restaurants and many retailers allowed to open up to 25% capacity and restrictions on elective surgery and routine dental care lifted.last_img read more

Finally! Italy Sack Ventura After World Cup Debacle

first_imgRelatedItaly Coach Ventura Debunks Resignation StoriesNovember 14, 2017In “Europe”World Cup Hopes: Italy And Ventura In Big Trouble After Sweden DefeatNovember 11, 2017In “FIFA”Post-World Cup Debacle: Former Internationals Recommend Ventura’s ReplacementNovember 15, 2017In “Europe” Italy have sacked their coach, Giampiero Ventura, after the four-time world champions failed to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.Ventura, 69, led the team as the Azzurris suffered a 1-0 aggregate loss to Sweden in their playoff tie and that defeat ensured that Italy miss out on the World Cup for the first time in 60 years (since the 1958 edition).The former Napoli and Sampdoria man has now paid for that epic failure with his job.Speaking on Italian television show Le lene earlier on Wednesday before his 17-month tenure came to an end, Ventura boasted that his record was “one of the best of the last 40 years”.He said: “I lost only two games in two years.”Ventura replaced current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte in June 2016 and was given a two-year contract until the end of Russia 2018 by the Italian Football Federation.Failure to lead Italy to the World Cup prompted the federation to sack him with seven months left on his contract.last_img read more

William Hill agrees long-term media rights partnership with The Racing Partnership

first_img Related Articles Share Submit Share StumbleUpon Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 William Hill and The Racing Partnership (TRP) today announce they have agreed a long-term media rights deal.As a result of the deal William Hill will buy betting shop media rights directly from TRP, which represents 15 Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) owned racecourses and seven independent racecourses. This is the first time the company has purchased media rights directly from racecourses rather than via an intermediary.The deal will commence from 1 January 2017 with TRP coverage being shown in William Hill’s 2,371 UK betting shops.In addition to UK racing from TRP’s 22 racecourses, the channel includes coverage of South African Racing therefore offering William Hill customers a broad variety of horseracing, covering jump, turf flat and all-weather flat racing.The service ensures William Hill customers can enjoy South African racing in the morning followed by afternoon UK racing through to evening floodlit fixtures at Wolverhampton and Newcastle Racecourse, which is enjoying a successful new era with its £12 million floodlit all-weather track.The service ensures William Hill customers can enjoy South African racing in the morning followed by afternoon UK racing through to evening floodlit fixtures at Wolverhampton and Newcastle Racecourse, which is enjoying a successful new era with its £12 million floodlit all-weather track.ARC Chief Executive, Martin Cruddace, said: “ARC and its independent partner racecourses are delighted to be part of a truly ground breaking deal with William Hill. We have a clear vision of wanting to create the most efficient deal for all parties, based on content that has real value, and we believe we have achieved just that with this deal.“We are committed to working with William Hill to develop, improve and deliver the racing product that their customers want.  It is essential for the long-term health of British Racing that there is a strong and vibrant retail betting sector.”William Hill Interim Chief Executive, Philip Bowcock, commented on the partnership: “As a result of this agreement William Hill customers will continue to enjoy the full range of horseracing coverage from the UK and abroad.“This agreement continues to evolve the commercial partnership between betting and racing as this represents the first time William Hill has entered into a direct media rights agreement with racecourses. I look forward to working with The Racing Partnership to ensure William Hill betting shop customers get the best possible racing service.”last_img read more

Strengthened Playtech focuses on customer ‘lock-in’ for 2017

first_img StumbleUpon Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Alan Jackson – Chairman PlaytechDeclaring its full-year 2016 performance, the governance of FTSE-listed Playtech Plc has stated that the firm will now concentrate on a ‘locking-in’ strategy having boosted its sports betting services and added new gaming inventory to its client portfolio.Posting its full-year 2016 financial summary, Playtech would declare increased corporate revenues of €708 million up 12% on corresponding FY 2015’s €630 million.Playtech Casino, the firm’s flagship division would contribute €354 million in group revenues, with the company detailing significant contribution from its mobile casino inventory which increased revenues 113%.Playtech Plc full-year 2016 statementDespite spending €240 million on reported FY 2016 M&A costs for the acquisitions of BGT (sports), Quickspin (casino games), ECM Systems (bingo developer) and CFH (Forex), Playtech governance has declared a ‘reported net profit’ of €193 million (FY 2015: €135 million).Closing its 2016 performance, Playtech governance would declare that it had paid €296 million back to shareholders including a €150 million in special dividend with the firm further adding a €50 million buyback program.Moving forward, Playtech governance is confident of its full-year 2017 outlook, stating that its regulated market strategy has been significantly strengthened by the creation of its Playtech BGT division which will offer best-in-class sports betting provisions for omni-channel operators.Commenting on 2016 corporate performance, Alan Jackson, Chairman of Playtech said;“The Gaming division once again delivered very strong growth. Sports saw a good second half performance following the acquisition of BGT with the newly formed Playtech BGT Sports bringing together all aspects of the Playtech’s sports offering creating a fully integrated, best-in-class sports betting technology. 2016 also saw the signing of more than ten new customers with ten new customer go-lives. 9 of out of 10 top customers are now on long-term contracts with Paddy Power Betfair, William Hill, Rank and Betfred all renewing in the past few months.“The year was a strong year for M&A with €240 million spent on acquisitions including BGT, CFH, Quickspin and ECM. In addition to this, reflecting the strength of Playtech’s cashflows and flexibility of its balance sheet, €296 million was returned to shareholder including a €150 million special dividend and €50 million through a share buyback, with no impact on its M&A capabilities. In accordance with the new progressive dividend policy adopted in 2016, the full year 2016 dividend has been increased by 15%.” Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles Share Submitlast_img read more

Codeta moves to the ‘next level’ completing €2.3 million funding round

first_img Edward IhreUpdating the market, Live Casino focused operator Codeta (Codeta.com) has confirmed that it has secured its second major round of venture funding, gaining an investment of €2.3 million (£2 million).Codeta management informs that the funding capital will be used to strengthen its internal resources and roll-out new marketing campaigns within key operational markets.The company detailed that half of the capital raised was contributed by Nasdaq Stockholm firm Trention AB, with Codeta gaining additional venture support from a number of high-profile investors.Completing the funding round Codeta CEO Edward Ihre, said: “We are delighted to have closed our second major funding round in under a year. It proves investor appetite remains high when it comes to the online casino sector, and that Codeta is an attractive proposition.“In a short space of time we have carved out a name for ourselves as the go-to live table games operator in key European markets, and this injection of cash will allow us to take our product and brand to the next level.”As an investor in Codeta entreprise William Heigard, CEO of Trention, said: “I am really excited by the opportunity to invest in Codeta and the team behind the brand. The live casino sector is very exciting, driven by creative and innovative operators such as Codeta.“Codeta has already found success in the market, but remains very ambitious in terms of the product and experience it offers players and the regions in which it operates, and I am delighted to be a part of its future.” StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Related Articles Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020last_img read more

GVC Holdings brings Yggdrasil games to the Italian market

first_imgShare GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share GVC Holdings CPO Liron Snir praised the “straightforward integration process” after becoming the first operator to bring Yggdrasil games to the Italian market on Gioco Digitale.In addition to Yggdrasil’s content, GVC’s Italian operations will also gain access to BOOST™, the in-game promotional tool which enhances gamification via missions, tournaments and social sharing.For Yggdrasil, the successful integration with Gioco Digitale is a first in the growing Italian market, which the supplier will follow by going live on another GVC brand, bwin.it.There are currently 11 games from Yggdrasil’s portfolio of HTML5 titles certified under Italian regulations, including Dark Joker Rizes, Vikings Go Wild and Nirvana.Liron Snir, Chief Product Officer at GVC Holdings, said: “We are thrilled to be the first operator to bring Yggdrasil games to the Italian market.“It has been a pleasure to work with the Yggdrasil team throughout what has been a straightforward integration process, and we look forward to seeing how these fantastic titles perform.”Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil Gaming, added: “This is a very special moment as the Italian market has seen a significant increase in mobile gaming in recent years. Yggdrasil can boast one of the best mobile game interfaces in the industry, so we are excited to see how customers react to our titles.“The integration has been smooth and together with GVC we are now working to get Yggdrasil games on bwin.it up in the near future.” TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Analysing how to increase integrity in tennis at #boscon2017

first_img Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Tennis makes an all too regular appearance in reports from ESSA. In fact, 31 of the 53 cases in the last report published by the international betting integrity body related to suspicious betting activity in the sport.At last week’s Betting on Sports conference, increasing the integrity of tennis and reducing instances of match fixing was discussed in great depth, with LeoVegas’ Head of Sports Andreas Bardun saying: “Those that match fix are the real enemies of the bookies. We don’t want to see it either.”Bardun added that the real challenge for bookmakers in tackling match fixing “has always been proving what is a fixed match.”Matt Fowler, Betting Integrity Officer at ESSA, revealed that he believes there is “a lot of uncertainty in tennis at the moment”. He went on to emphasise just how important it is for betting operators that any foul play is cleared from tennis, stating that “we have a significant stake in wanting a clean sport.”The panel were in unison in agreeing that is of the utmost importance that the punishments for match fixing and not cooperating with authorities remain strong enough to deter any potential future offenders. Phil Suddick, Integrity Manager at the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), commended the fact that he has recently seen “a number of successful hearings where a player was banned for life, or banned for ten years, which is essentially a ban for life.”The most recent punishment handed out by the TIU was to Romanian Marius Frosa, who was fined $1,000 and suspended for eight months for having three online betting accounts. Prior to his suspension, Frosa was just 21 years old and was ranked 2037 in singles tennis. StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Submit 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, 2020last_img read more

Rightlander elevates reach with global expansion

first_imgShare Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Affiliate compliance tool for the iGaming industry, Rightlander has announced the expansion of its scanning capabilities to 35 new territories.Until recently, Rightlander’s main focus was on the UK market where affiliate compliance has become the responsibility of operators to police. The scanning tool visits affiliate sites from within the UK and looks for specific words, phrases, T&Cs, images and events that it’s operator clients have specified, producing succinct “alerts” that help affiliate managers and compliance officers to quickly hone in on potential affiliate compliance issues.The new geo-targeted version of the tool will be able to scan affiliate sites from within its regulated territories including Australia, Sweden, The USA, Greece, Germany, The Netherlands and many more. It is able to detect a website’s language and search for words, phrases and images in that language that link an operator’s brand to potentially non-compliant marketing messages.Ian Sims, founder and CEO of Rightlander commented: “Rightlander’s priorities are largely driven by our clients’ requirements and we provide data to several large companies dealing in multiple regulated or soon to be regulated territories, so it was only a matter of time before we expanded beyond the UK.”Recent announcements have seen a ban on bonus advertising in New South Wales, the regulation of sports betting in certain US States and the announcement of the 1st of January 2019 deadline for Swedish regulation to kick in.Sims emphasised: “The immediate priority for several of our clients seems to be to ensure that affiliates marketing their brands in Sweden are clean and compliant before the regulations kick in. We also have clients with a pressing need to explore the affiliate site landscape in Greece and Australia whose regulatory regime is already causing issues with affiliate marketing.”He continued, emphasising that one of the biggest challenges is the USA where state-level regulation presents very specific geo-targeting issues: “We have to treat each State as a separate territory so we have set up proxies and VPN access points in each State. This will enable us to not only view content from within a regulated State but to also see how it appears outside of those boundaries in non-regulated States. Both sets of data will together help to monitor affiliate marketing in what will undoubtedly be a very strict compliance regime.”last_img read more

Paddy Power Betfair positive on performance despite facing new international realities

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Peter Jackson – PPBFTSE100 betting group Paddy Power Betfair Plc (PPB) has readjusted its full-year 2018 underlying EBITDA to be between £460 – 480 million range, detailing that its momentum will be impacted by the introduction of ‘new taxes in Australia and costs incurred by its acquisition of US fantasy sports operator FanDuel’.Despite the cost adjustments, PPB governance declares positive interim H1 2018 results (period ending 30 June), with the company detailing metric and KPI growth across its core divisions.PPB records a +7 % increase in group revenues to £867 million, with the betting group maintaining a period EBITDA of £217 million, despite incurring higher period costs.Peter Jackson, PPB Chief Executive, commented: “It has been a busy and successful few months for Paddy Power Betfair. We have made substantial progress against our strategic priorities and trading in Q2 was good, with all brands and operating divisions contributing to the Group’s double-digit revenue growth”.Operationally PPB continues its core objective of returning its flagship brand ‘Paddy Power to growth’, detailing strong progress on the matter.However, the FTSE enterprise declares that its global agenda has been significantly accelerated during H1 2018, as PPB scales up its Australia Sportsbet division with new products and marketing.Stateside, PPB has completed the combination of Betfair US and FanDuel, forming its new US platform proposition which will target aggressive expansions in the coming months, seeking to create the outright market leader in US betting.“In Australia, despite significant upcoming tax headwinds, Sportsbet continues to target further market share gains by using its scale to increase investment in marketing, product and its value proposition.In the USA, we were delighted to add FanDuel to the Group’s portfolio of leading sports brands, creating the industry’s largest online business, with a large sports-focused customer base and an extensive nationwide footprint. Our FanDuel sportsbook is now available in New Jersey and with our recent partnership with Boyd Gaming we’re looking forward to launching in further states as the legislation progresses.”last_img read more

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