Three outstanding Caribbean Women honored by Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce

first_imgThree influential Caribbean women will be honored as “Women of Distinction” at the fourth annual Women of Distinction (WOD) Awards Breakfast hosted by the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC), in collaboration with the Florida Panthers on Friday, March 3.The awards function will be held at  the BB&T Center, Sunrise, Florida.Sandra Carey, (Bahamian descent), is the Deputy Consul General of the Bahamas; Donna Borland, (Jamaican descent),  is General Manager at VITAS Healthcare; and Karen Pandy-Cherry, (Belize descent), is President of Refresh Live Foundation.  They will be recognized with six other prestigious women for their professional achievements and community contributions. This year’s Master of Ceremoniesd is South Florida’s television host and attorney Suzette Speaks.This year’s function is being held under the theme “Rise Up!” and the Chamber has selected another group of powerful women who exhibit qualities of strength, excellence, and empowerment. The 2017 LRCC Woman Of Distinction honorees also includes Veda Coleman-Wright, Public Information Office Director at the Broward Sheriff’s Office; Dr. Traci Lynn, Chief Executive Officer of Traci Lynn Jewelry; Nerissa Street, Founder of Be Your Own Answer; Dee Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of Dee Thompson Speaks; Sherry Friedlander-Olsen, Founder of A Child is Missing, Inc; and Ilene Lieberman, the First Female Strong Mayor in Broward County.Melissa P. Dunn, MBA – President of the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce— is ecstatic about this year’s honorees.“These Caribbean Women of Distinction Honorees represent thousands of women who migrate to this country and achieve the American dream by working hard and serving others while balancing family and career. By honoring them, we are honoring girls who aspire to become them.  We are affirming that women can lead and succeed,” Dunn said.The Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce is a business membership organization dedicated to serving businesses in Lauderhill and throughout Central Broward County.last_img read more

Hollywood Beach did the Jamaican Jam

first_imgCity of Hollywood’s Hollywood Beach, was transformed into Carnival central allowing visitors to experience a first-hand taste of Jamaica’s Bacchanal 2017, in Caribbean Airlines’ Jamaica “Wanna Jam” Promotion on March 25.The section of Hollywood Beach, between Buchanan Street and Michigan Street,  which is just a few steps south of the popular Margaritaville Resort, came alive with the sounds of authentic soca and dancehall music by Y100’s DJ GQ and costumed revelers.The promotion featured dance competitions and steelpan lessons. One lucky person also won two tickets courtesy Caribbean Airlines to fly away to the sunny isle of Jamaica.“Caribbean Airlines is thrilled to offer this once in a lifetime opportunity for a lucky winner and a guest to enjoy the party side of Jamaica. From the music to the costumes, to the energy, Carnival in Kingston is just a flight a way. We want our customers to know when they are thinking about an airline, Caribbean Airlines is the best choice, as the experience of the islands begin the moment you board, with daily flights from Ft Lauderdale to Kingston and Montego Bay and seamless connections throughout the Caribbean region,” Caribbean Airlines’ Senior Marketing Manager, Alicia Cabrera, said.“Caribbean Airlines would like to specially thank the City of Hollywood, City of Hollywood parks and recreation department, Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency, and the Greater Ft Lauderdale Visitors and Conventions Bureau, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association and the Jamaica Tourist Board,” she added.Caribbean Airlines has been the official airline sponsor of Bacchanal Jamaica for the past four (years, and eagerly anticipates the 2017 carnival celebrations in Jamaica, which run from April 15th – 23rd and culminate in the colourful Road March parade on April 23rd.“Caribbean Airlines has always been integral to the Bacchanal Jamaica experience. It is with their support that we have been able to create a truly Caribbean experience with performers from across the region coming together in Jamaica for a wonderful celebration,” Charmaine Franklin, Director of Bacchanal Jamaica, said.Caribbean Airlines offers an all-inclusive in-flight experience with complimentary authentic Caribbean meals and signature cocktails.  Also, all passengers first checked bag always flies free and economy passengers can pay just U$$25 plus taxes for a second checked-bag. This rate is one of the lowest in the global airline industrylast_img read more

Theresa Hall, St. Lucian cultural icon dead at age 87

first_img“She was an inspiration to many young persons who she mentored while teaching and promoting the various art forms. This cultural icon will be sorely missed,” the statement continued.Passionate, dedicated daughterThe Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) in extending condolences said that the island had lost “a passionate and dedicated daughter” describing her also as “a devoted lover of St. Lucian culture – song, dance and traditional dress.”The former school teacher whose contribution to national development included the organization of arts and cultural events such as the Primary School Quadrille Festival and the National Youth Pageant, received the island’s highest award, The Piton Gold Medal (SLPM) in 1995, and in 2007 was the recipient of the British Empire Medal (BEM).In 1990, she formed the island’s premier dance group, The Helen Folk Dancers, and was also instrumental in establishing the first dance group at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School. The government of St. Lucia is mourning the death of cultural icon 87-year-old Theresa Hall who died late Thursday after a short illness.Pioneer of cultureIn a statement, the government described Hall as a “true pioneer of Culture” adding that her “passion and commitment to culture, and dance in particular, spans decades and has marked her as one of St. Lucia’s premier cultural activists.last_img read more

Commonwealth Office confirms Governor Martyn Roper’s permanent appointment in the Cayman…

first_imgGEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, CMC – The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in the United Kingdom has confirmed that Martyn Roper who was appointed interim governor in October, will remain as governor of the Cayman Islands for a full four year term.In a press release, the FCO confirmed Roper’s appointment following a “recruitment competition”.The Governor said he was thrilled with news of the confirmation. “Over the next four years I plan to continue my work strengthening ties between the Cayman Islands and the United Kingdom and helping to ensure that the territory continues to flourish. The UK/Cayman relationship remains strong and close collaboration across a range of areas is showing real results. Local talent and knowledge combined with areas of UK expertise is a powerful combination.”He also noted that ties between Cayman and the U.K. were evidenced  when he joined Premier Alden McLaughlin and a delegation from the Cayman Islands in New York last week, to support the local financial services industry.The Governor added that his office is coordinating new U.K. involvement in policy areas, including Customs and Border Control, the training of the members of the new Asylum Appeals Tribunal, child safeguarding, work to combat sham marriages and support to the new Coastguard. “Being appointed Governor creates a unique and special bond with the people of these Islands. I will do my utmost to support our prosperity and security, defending the Cayman Islands’ interests and ensuring its views are fully understood and explained to the UK Government,” he governor said.last_img read more

Breaking Barriers… Better Collective forms bettingexpert API integration with Matchbook

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Spillemyndigheden adds technical requirements on game and wagering reporting June 23, 2020 Related Articles Jesper SogaardSports betting affiliate Better Collective has announced an ‘industry first partnership’ with online betting exchange Matchbook (, which will see its bettingexpert Tipster API integrated within the operator’s platform.The API integration, sees Better Collective and Matchbook form a data collaboration, seeking to inform and engage Matchbook exchange players with detailed objective information on tips and ROI potential of live markets.Better Collective is the operator of leading European sports betting player portal and will utilise the information gained from its tipster community to enhance Matchbook’s betting exchange.Announcing the partnership with Matchbook, Better Collective Founder & CEO Jesper Søgaard, states that the partnership will breakdown ‘traditional barriers between operator and affiliate’.“We are excited about our partnership with Matchbook and proud that our continuous technical innovation can contribute to redefining the evolving role of the affiliate. We hope that this is just one of many more steps that demonstrate the value of the affiliate in our industry.” Søgaard details“A collaboration like this would not be possible without the amazing community of tipsters on We are truly grateful for their engagement, and are happy that their expert knowledge and advice are now extending onto other platforms–helping educate more punters and giving them more confidence in their betting.”Neil Campbell – MatchbookMatchbook CMO Neil Campbell backs the collaboration, stating that bettingexpert data and content will enhance the betting exchange player engagement and experience;“We couldn’t be more pleased to partner with Better Collective. They’ve created a strong community through and with this first-of-its-kind partnership, we’re able to extend this value to our customers.“Matchbook is always looking for new and innovative ways to deliver value to its customers, and we believe hosting tips conveniently on our platform will give them a competitive advantage.” UKGC lifts Matchbook suspension August 12, 2020 Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Paddy Power Betfair seeks new CFO as Alex Gersh calls time as group financial lead

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Alex Gersh – Paddy Power BetfairThe Sunday Times has this weekend reported that Paddy Power Betfair Chief Financial Officer Alex Gersh has signalled his intention to depart the FTSE100 betting group’s executive leadership team.The governance of Paddy Power Betfair is reported to have begun its executive search for Gersh’s replacement as group financial leader. Gersh will maintain the executive role with until his replacement is found.Joining Betfair Plc in 2012 from digital payment services provider NDS Cisco, Gersh played a pivotal part in revitalising Betfair’s corporate strategy following its post-2011 IPO performance decline.Working alongside former Paddy Power Betfair CEO Breon Corcoran (2012-2017), Gersh played a fundamental role in redeveloping and repositioning Betfair’s product strategy, turning the company into a ‘UK tech darling’.Furthermore, as Betfair CFO, Gersh was a key stakeholder in 2015’s £5.5 billion merger with Paddy Power, creating the FTSE’s outright leading firm in online gambling.Gersh’s next arrangements remain unknown, nevertheless, his shrewd financial management and strategy of Betfair, have placed amongst the top technology-centric CFOs.The replacement of Gersh as Group CFO will be seen as another early test for new Paddy Power Betfair Chief Executive Peter Jackson, who this January took official leadership of the betting group.In his first actions as Group CEO, Jackson has restructured the firm’s senior executive team, appointing Dan Taylor as European Chief Executive. In addition, Jackson has mad promoted Aine Flanagan to Group Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)  focusing on maximising shareholder returns and Johnny Hartnett to Group Chief Development Officer focusing on international growth opportunities. Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more

SBC and CasinoBeats announce Isle of Man social event

first_img As the opening match of the World Cup kicks off on 14th June, SBC Global is inviting the Isle of Man online gaming community to an early evening of drinks, nibbles and networking in the heart of Douglas.Held at The Railway, on North Quay, the SBC Isle of Man Social is an opportunity for some casual networking for the island’s gaming and betting community. As the SBC media portfolio continues to grow, the company is extending an especially warm welcome from CasinoBeats, ahead of the inaugural CasinoBeats Summit in September, which is taking place as part of Betting on Sports Week in London.Register to attend the SBC Isle of Man SocialThe afternoon’s opening World Cup match between Saudi Arabia and hosts Russia will be shown, and complimentary food and drink will be provided. Anyone involved in the online casino gaming sector and related industries is invited to attend, in the company of friends and colleagues from the island.Tony Jones, E-Gaming Development Manager for the Isle of Man Government, said: “SBC Events are known for their excellent gaming conferences and exhibitions, a reputation that grows stronger with each event and we are pleased to host the next SBC Social on the Isle of Man.“We also offer our congratulations on the launch of the CasinoBeats brand and wish them every success along with a warm welcome to our shores.”Rasmus Sojmark, Founder of SBC, added: “We are really excited about the inaugural CasinoBeats Summit, which is being built on the strong links CasinoBeats has established with the online casino sector, not least with the vibrant igaming community on the Isle of Man.“The Social is a perfect way to strengthen these links and offer people an enjoyable early evening, hanging out with friends and colleagues, and watching the football – all courtesy of SBC.”The SBC Isle of Man Social: 3.30pm to 7.30pm, Thursday June 14, at The Railway in Douglas on Sports Week: September 18-21, Olympia, London Summit: September 19-20, Olympia, London StumbleUpon Why reliability of service is an integral part of TVBET’s strategy August 6, 2020 Submit Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Luke Campbell, Champion Sports: Modular thinking most play the lead role in sportsbook migrations August 26, 2020last_img read more

All eyes on En Marche fulfilling its FDJ sale in 2019

first_img FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Share Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Publishing its full-year 2018 accounts, French state-owned operator Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) has reported ‘a record year in business’ supported by an enhanced lottery portfolio and digital improvements.Updating the media and stakeholders, FDJ governance reports a record corporate turnover of €15.8 billion (+4.4%), of which €12.8 billion (+1%) was attributed to its flagship FDJ LOTO division.In its update, FDJ governance detailed that its lottery services had benefited from an expanded games selection featuring a strong take-up of new instant-win titles, with FDJ LOTO further optimised by strengthened retail distribution channels.FDJ reports that in 2018 it has distributed €10.7 billion in winnings to customers, with 198 French citizens becoming millionaires, whilst further raising €25 million for the French Heritage Foundation, a figure that the government has promised it will double.As anticipated following its August update, the FDJ SPORTIF (sports betting) division reported its best year to date recording a turnover of €3 billion, supported by significant digital improvements and strong customer engagement during the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 tournament.Speaking to French business news sources, FDJ Chief Executive Stéphane Pallez stated that FDJ products and services were beginning to reap the rewards of the firm’s ‘2020 strategy’, originally implemented in 2015.Pallez further detailed that the French state-owned enterprise was on track to fulfil her leadership directive of becoming ‘fully digitised asset’, with FDJ launching newly enhanced customer loyalty programmes for LOTO and SPORTIF divisions in early 2019.Moving forward, industry analysts will be monitoring FDJ movements closely, with regards to the En Marche government fulfilling its agreed mandate to sell the state-owned 75% stake in the gambling enterprise.The French Assembly has approved the FDJ sale as part of President Emmanuel Macron’s ‘Enterprise & Innovation’ programme, with the state divesting holdings in national assets including – Airports, rail management and postal services.Nevertheless, in order to fulfil its FDJ sale, En Marche has been instructed to develop a new regulatory code satisfying all stakeholders of French connected to gambling/betting, including the Treasury Department, France’s racing authority and multiple French agricultural bodies… Pointing to a tough undertaking for an embattled government in 2019. StumbleUponlast_img read more

Jakub Myszkorowski, STATSCORE: Refreshed sports widgets to boost the betting experience

first_img Related Articles Back in 2013, data specialist STATSCORE introduced key sports widgets PrematchPro and LivematchPro to deliver pre-game insights and live match data to drive online projects and boost the shop experience for self-service betting terminal (SSBT) users.More recently, the company has worked on a “major refreshment” for these products to ensure that turnover for its partners, which includes the likes of BGT and Ladbrokes, is “riding an upward wave”. We caught up with Jakub Myszkorowski, STATSCORE Chief Commercial Officer, to find out more.SBC: Hi Jakub. Easy one first up – what are PrematchPro and LivematchPro?JM: Long story short – these are our key sport widgets built mainly for betting online projects. The first one is aimed at delivering the pregame insights. Starting with information about an event, it moves on to the standings for any league or competition, recent results, head to head, key stats, squads and the Twitter accounts of the competitors. This combination provides all the action and news in one place. The idea behind this product is to make sure that pre-match betting is inspired and supported with the right information delivered in the right place and at the right time.LivematchPro also brings tons of valuable data but served with all the live action as games progress. The heart of this product is a live sports tracker that consists of a representation of where the event is taking place e.g. soccer pitch, race track or even ice rink. This means we can recreate all the action with a dedicated set of great visualisations, as well as tracking the ball, puck or even car where applicable. SBC: How does this ball tracking feature actually work? JM: The idea here is simple. Scouts use STATSCORE special panel to indicate where the ball actually goes. By clicking into the certain part of the pitch they not only show where the action takes place, but they also automatically generate the info about the attacks and so called dangerous attacks (those where the ball is close to the scoring zone). SBC: If you were to name just one feature (besides the ball tracking) that stands out STATSCORE widgets from the competitors, what would it be?JM: If you just want one feature, then we can go for the animations for the live incidents. We spent some time on analysing, how to replace the experience of watching the game from the stands or in TV for the final users of the live trackers. At the end of the day, if they do not remain focused and if their interest in the event they follow drops, there is a huge risk that they will stop placing bets and leave. This is certainly something we wanted to avoid, so we came up with unique set of animations for each of the 16 sports that we deliver live in LivematchPro. Whenever something important happens during a match, we can inform about it immediately with a special graphical notification. SBC: And how are they used by the clients?JM: At this stage, the majority of our partners come from the betting market. They use both PrematchPro and LivematchPro to engage more people to bet actively before the sports’ events starts and once they are in progress. Thanks to the mapping procedures on STATSCORE side, we can easily integrate our widgets with their odds no matter who the provider.We have also recognized recently a rising interest from the media sector. More sport websites tend to add live trackers to deliver their readers a better experience over the old format, which was mainly based on the pure text info about the incidents from the games. Internet is more and more all about securing an immediate intense sports’ event experience. If you do not succeed here, then your viewers move further to find what they are looking for somewhere else and they may never come back.SBC: What are the recent changes introduced for terminals?JM: A refreshment for both has been offered to make the betting shop experience even better and to help ensure that our partners’ turnover is riding an upward wave.More intuitive display was the motto behind this. First things first, a decision was made to introduce extended standings for PrematchPro. This feature allows users to see the whole table without the need for scrolling down. Head to head game results were moved and placed just above the list of recent matches. So you can now build a better picture of what the competing teams are capable of. At the top of the widget, you will now find a summary of all the key information, plus the team comparison. Both widgets now show the redesigned kits (or helmets, when it comes to American Football) for the competitors.SBC: What makes the betting experience different on these terminals? JM: Basically, the big screen allows to focus comfortably on a chosen event and make the betting decisions more easily. SSBTs have been created to secure a better gambling experience for those that still prefer to play in the stationary kiosks rather than stay home on their sofas. These users can therefore combine the best practices of individual screen experience from the home surroundings with the joy of using a big and comfortable display tool. Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 STATSCORE chosen as the main sponsor for Futsal Ekstraklasa August 11, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

Asante Kotoko delete tweet asking fans to rate Chairman Kwame Kyei after massive backlash

first_imgWhy does the pic make them look like they are some “criminals”? Can’t you employ graphic designers and professional photographers for these kinda things? Oh c’mon— Sam (@SamAgyekumJnr) July 4, 2019 ‘Unsocial media’ clubKotoko’s social media activities have been the subject of fan backlash in recent months.In July, the club was slammed for sending out a number of, according to many of their fans, half-hearted tweets announcing club signings, exits and other announcements.One transfer-related tweet involved the confirmation of the departure of Adingrah Moussa.While the tweet was brief and did not offer much information other than the fact that the player was leaving Kumasi “for Accra en route to Abidjan,” it was the picture which accompanied the post that irked fans the most, with one asking if the club’s social media manager worked for free.One of the most infamous tweets to come from the club in recent times announced the club’s impending signing of three players; Justice Blay, Kelvin Andoh and Kwame Baah.The picture went viral after it was first tweeted on July 4 by the club leaving Kotoko fans especially disappointed and even opposition fans shocked. What kind of picture and announcement is this????,can’t we be professional for once and value our brand please— EMMANUEL TUFFOUR (@TuffourJR) July 4, 2019 Ebi like the players bore already😂— TUESDAE😋 (@CobbyTuesdae) July 4, 2019 Kumasi Asante Kotoko have been under the spotlight in recent weeks and not necessarily for the right reasons.Having recently been knocked out of both the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup in the space of just over a month, the club has struggled to appease its largely disgruntled fans.The unexpected replacement of CK Akunnor with Kjetil Zachariassen as coach was hard for some of the club’s supporters to get behind, although one they tolerated.The current situation of coach Zachariassen, with the club initially stating that there were unable to guarantee his safety in Ghana after the club’s CAFCC exit in the Ivory Coast, and their inability to fire him despite widespread criticism of his tactical ability, has angered the fans even further.While most clubs would look to stay away from the spotlight, it appears that Kotoko have fanned the flames even more.A tweet by the club meant to celebrate their Chairman, Dr Kwame Kyei, who was appointed three years ago today, also inexplicably asked the fans to rate his performance.Of course, given they were already peeved by the club’s recent performances, most of the fans could not wait to vent and obliged, mostly rating him from as low as zero to five.Other comments were less straightforward and contained much harsher criticism for the Kotoko Chairman and the club as a whole.While a few comments were positive, the club realised its faux-pas and deleted the tweet.center_img So Sad is that how to present a player coming to hav medicals as if dey are invited to a Police headquaters for investigation…— Joint K (@JointK95) July 4, 2019 Your biggest club in Ghana this?— #JoshESQ.💫❤️ (@josh_gunner1) July 4, 2019It hasn’t been all bad for Kotoko as at least the consistent updates keep fans in the loop, with many of them appreciating the engagement.GOOD NEWS FROM GERMANY…@richardsenanu14 has undergone successful knee surgery.#AKSC— Asante Kotoko SC (@AsanteKotoko_SC) July 10, 2019 Ebi like the players bore already😂— TUESDAE😋 (@CobbyTuesdae) July 4, 2019last_img read more