The Fort Lauderdale Police Department, in conjunction with Mt. Olivet Seventh-day Adventist Church will host a gun buy back event on Sunday, October 8th from 11:00 A.M until 2:00 P.M.The event will take place at the Mt. Olivet Seventh-day Adventist Church located at 649 Northwest 15th Way in the City of Fort Lauderdale.Anyone interested in turning in a firearm at this event can do so without questions being asked.Depending on the condition of the firearm, individuals participating in the gun buy back will receive a monetary amount between $25.00 and $75.00 in Target gift cards.The amount of the awarded gift card will be based on the following schedule:$25.00 for small pistols (.22 to .38 caliber)$25.00 for any inoperable or rusted firearm$50.00 for handguns, semi-automatic pistols (.9mm to .45 caliber)$75.00 for Long guns (shotguns, rifles)Non-traditional firearms (i.e. airsoft or pellet guns) can be turned in, but will not be purchased. All firearms obtained through this event will be destroyed.Participants are asked to follow these important safety tips:Take no ammunitionBring firearms unloaded and inside a secure bag or containerHave the weapon’s cylinder or action openThe Fort Lauderdale Police Department strongly encourages the public to join them on a mission to improve the safety of the region’s neighborhoods.Anyone requiring further information about this event should contact Captain Steven Scelfo at 954-828-5824.Click link for more on Fort Lauderdale safety initiatives: https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/caribbean-breaking-news-featured/for-lauderdale-joins-vision-zero-initiative/
Sir Lester Bryant Bird, who served as the second prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, has announced his retirement from active politics.Age has taken its tollSir Lester, who was born on February 21, 1938 served as prime minister from 1994-2004, replaced his father, Sir Vere Bird.“I know that, in as much as my brain has much to contribute, age has taken its toll on my physical capacity. It would be unfair to impose upon the readiness of the people of Rural East to maintain me as their representative,” Sir Lester told Parliament on Tuesday.“The time has come for younger legs and more agile hands. That is why, I announce today in this honorable House that I will not seek re-election, and at the end of this term, I will leave representative politics,” said Sir Lester, who was first elected to Parliament in 1976.“I believe our partnership of more than 40 years has been a story of transformation, of accomplishment and of progress. The people of Rural East gave me the opportunity to serve our nation in many important ministerial positions – tourism, energy, economic development, foreign affairs – and as prime minister.”Advisor to the governmentSir Lester said that he intends to remain available as an adviser to the government should the need arise and used the occasion to endorse his niece, Maria Bird-Browne, the wife of Prime Minister Gaston Browne, as his successor in his constituency.Maria Bird-Browne“I do not intend to end my representation of the people of Rural East without ensuring that my successor is someone who I personally believe will be good for each of its residents, good for the constituency, and good for the country. That is why I commend to the people of St John’s Rural East, Maria Bird-Browne.“I do so not only because she is my niece. I do so because she has shown the humility and the compassion to be a people’s representative,” Sir Lester said, telling legislators he is confident that his successor will stand up for, and with, the people of the constituency and be a credit to the Antigua Labor Party (ALP) government.In 2014, the British-educated lawyer, was one of four persons to be conferred with a knighthood during the Ceremonial Parade to mark the 33rd anniversary of the island’s political independence from Britain.Sir Lester was named Knight of the Most Exalted Order of National Hero (KNH) for his contribution to national development as an outstanding sportsman, lawyer and parliamentarian and joined the ranks of his father and cricket legend, Sir Vivian Richards, as the only other living national hero.
Jamaica will host the next Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association’s (CHTA) annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace (CTM), scheduled for the first quarter of 2019, Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, said Friday.Incredible achievement“I am very pleased to announce that Jamaica will once again play host to an important tourism event, which will see thousands of delegates, stakeholders and investors in attendance from across the region. It is an incredible achievement for our country and I am certain we will reap significant benefits,” said Bartlett.A statement from the Ministry of Tourism noted that the CTM is the largest and most prominent tourism marketing event in the Caribbean, which serves as an important platform to enhance exchanges between tourism suppliers from around the world.It said the CTM gives thousands of suppliers the opportunity to meet face-to-face with wholesalers from the Caribbean over the course of two days. It showcases hotels, tourist boards, destination management companies, tour operators, airlines among others related to the travel industry.Global Resilience CenterBartlett, who is in Puerto Rico attending the CHTA annual CTM noted that he gave an update on the Global Resilience Centre, which should be situated at the University of the West Indies, with oversight from United Nations World Tourism Organization, the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the World Travel & Tourism Council and CHTA.The center, which was recently endorsed by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, will be designed to assist affected states to combat disruptive events and strengthen capacity to predict and manage crises. It will also include a Sustainable Tourism Observatory, which will assist preparedness, management and recovery of crises which impact tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods.Bartlett also announced plans to host another international conference in Montego Bay, with special focus on Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises in January 2019.
Eighty-year-old Dr. Henry Lowe is a world-renowned Jamaican scientist, respected for his extensive research in the use of marijuana to treat cancer and other diseases. Earlier this month, Flavocure Biotech, Dr. Lowe’s U.S.-based scientific research company, received approval from the U.S. Patent Office for a drug that treats glaucoma, as well as myopia (nearsightedness). The drug is a cannabis-based flavonoid, created for the prevention and treatment of certain ocular diseases and related disorders, and is administered orally.This is the latest in a series of approvals received by Dr. Lowe’s firm for cannabis-related research, and is his 12th patent so far from the United States. He also is reported to have 10 patents pending in Jamaica, as well. In April, the Asia-based Denning Growth Fund invested US$1.5 million into Dr. Lowe’s Flavocure Biotech. The company attracted the investment based on its advancements in the development of a cannabis-based pancreatic cancer drug. The investment will facilitate further research and take company’s drugs to market. Dr. Lowe has earned worldwide acclaim for his focus on deriving high value health solutions from plants that grow in Jamaica, with a particular interest in lifestyle diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis and HIV. His initial focus was on the Jamaican ball moss, an herb that usually grows on power lines. In late 2018, Dr. Lowe announced he had found cancer-fighting molecules in cannabis and in the moss that can treat prostate cancer. He told a Jamaican newspaper, “We have made a lot of new strides in that area, in that we have done research and development, and we have, through cannabis, found some new molecules that can treat prostate cancer. Only recently we developed some data with a colleague from the University of Maryland for a drug developed for the treatment of prostate cancer. We are going to be moving this forward…this is going to be big.”Dr. Lowe is also a highly accomplished entrepreneur, with several successful businesses under his belt. A scholar as well, Dr. Lowe received prominent scholarships for all his degrees. His academic life began at the University of the West Indies, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He then went on to earn a master’s in Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Sydney in Australia, and a PhD at Manchester University in the UK. He would then go on to complete further post-doctoral studies in the U.S. at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Lowe worked in academia first at Excelsior high school, his alma mater, then the College of Arts, Science, and Technology (CAST) in Kingston. He would remain at CAST for 16 years before moving onto the Ministry of Energy where he helped the government mitigate the country’s severe energy crisis at the time. At the ministry, he would become the director and develop Jamaica’s first National Energy Policy and Management Plan. Dr. Lowe then helped establish the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment, and joined the Ministry of Agriculture. In 1990, Dr. Lowe became the CEO of Blue Cross Jamaica, which was at the time the country’s leading health insurance company. He would eventually become the majority shareholder in Blue Cross before selling his shares to Sagicor, a local corporate heavyweight, in 2008. By 1992, Dr. Lowe launched his first business, the EHF Group of Companies—a non-profit set up to improve the quality of life of Jamaicans—which is better known as the Environmental Health Foundation. As a non-profit, this organization cemented Dr. Lowe as a philanthropist. Through its commercial arm, the EHF Group also started several for-profits, including Pelican Publishers Ltd, Eden Garden Group of Companies, and Flavocure Biotech. Dr. Lowe’s long list of awards include the Order of Distinction in 1982 by the Order of Jamaica in 2012—both from the Jamaican government. He was named the Observer Business Leader of the Year in 2006. In 2014, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Science & Innovation from the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean, and in 2017 he received the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies. Now well past what some would consider retirement age, Dr. Lowe continues to make a great impact in Jamaica by breaking barriers in the scientific arena, and as an astute scientist and businessman.
The fued between Brazilian forward Neymar and his former club Barcelona is showing no signs of ending anytime soon after new reports emerged that the PSG star wants the Catalan outfit thrown out of the UEFA Champions League (UCL).This was reportedly contained in a letter sent to UEFA by Neymar’s legal team over an outstanding loyalty payment owed by the club.The European football body has however not responded to the letter from Neymar and his representatives.Trouble started when the 25-year-old left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in August for a world-record fee of €222 million, less than a year after he penned a new five-year contract with the Spanish club.Neymar and his entourage are adamant that Barcelona owe the former Santos forward a €26m loyalty bonus stipulated in the contract extension he signed with the Nou Camp giants.World football’s ruling body, FIFA, had earlier revealed in August that they are investigating an official complaint from Neymar against Barcelona.From their own standpoint, Barcelona are withholding the said loyalty payment on the grounds that the Brazilian star breached the terms of his contract by speaking with PSG over a move.The La Liga had also opened a separate case in August demanding that Neymar return the “renewal premium” the club paid to him when he signed his new contract last year. They are asking for the return of €8.5m, plus 10 per cent in arrears, with Barcelona insisting that PSG pay on his behalf if the former Santos forward is unable to pay.Related
The announcement was made by the former Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United man on Sunday night via his Instagram account as he shared the first public photo of his daughter, who was in her mother’s arms, with Ronaldo and his eldest son in attendance.Ronaldo wrote that:“Alana Martina has just been born. Both Geo and Alana are doing great! We’re all very happy! ?” Cristiano Ronaldo was able to witness the arrival of his fourth child after he was excused from international duty by his national team coach Fernando Santos. Alana is Georgina Rodríguez’s first child.The Portuguese superstar had previously revealed that his target is to have seven children in total as it’s public knowledge that seven is his lucky number.RelatedCristiano Ronaldo announces name of unborn daughter.October 28, 2017In “Lifestyle”Ronaldo Set To Marry Longtime GirlfriendNovember 15, 2018In “Lifestyle”Cristiano Ronaldo: More Than Just A FootballerSeptember 6, 2017In “Europe” Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and his girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez have welcomed their new daughter Alana Martina.Alana was born on Sunday, November 12 at the Hospital Universitario Quirón de Madrid in what was a programmed delivery.
BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Share Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Toronto-listed online gaming group Amaya Inc has declared a strong start to 2017 as the company progresses on its product diversification strategy.Updating the market on its Q1 2017 performance (period ending 31 March), Amaya governance would declare ‘all-metric’ growth across its core reporting benchmarks, as the company records $317 million in group revenues.The operator reports that its online poker division grew approximately 1.1% during the period. Highlighting its diversification strategy Amaya governance notes that its online casino and sports betting divisions contributed circa 27% of group revenues (Poker = 69%).Closing the period Amaya would declare a group adjusted EBITDA of $151 million up 23% on corresponding 2016 performance. The firm’s improved revenue performance would see Amaya declare period net earnings of $65 million.Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive Officer of Amaya Inc commented on Q1 2017 performance“We continued our momentum in the first quarter as we execute on our strategy and reinforce the foundation for sustainable and diversified revenue growth, including through the strengthening of our core management team and operations,”“Our company also continues to evolve through corporate initiatives to deliver the greatest value for our shareholders.”Ashkenazi further informed investors that the company is in the final stages of its executive search in finding a replacement of outgoing CFO Daniel Sebag. The company will issue a corporate update in the coming days.
Related Articles John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Share Rank outlines plans to reopen Grosvenor venues July 22, 2020 Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 Henry BirchTough retail conditions have impacted the H1 2017 performance of London-listed gambling operator The Rank Group Plc. The company has detailed a ‘challenging period’ in which its Grosvenor and Mecca venues have faced multiple increased costs.Updating the market, Rank would maintain group revenues of £754 million (1% increase), with the firm’s venue division generating like-for-like revenues of £642 million (1% decrease).However, facing a ‘tough retail environment’ across its venue properties, Rank would declare a statutory a 7% profit decline to £79 million (2016: £85.5 million). In its division KPIs, Rank would record profits declines for combined Grosvenor and Mecca venues to £88 million (2016: £97.4 million).Updating investors, Rank governance has detailed that it has implemented a comprehensive strategy to lower its venue cost base focusing on its remuneration structure, cutting management roles at club level and simplifying its venue operations to create a ‘stronger cost efficiency’.Despite its venue downturn, Rank governance is upbeat that its fast-growth digital division’s performance will offset corporate declines. Rank would declare UK digital revenue up 15% to £111 million, combined with a 63% profit increase to £22 million.Pleased with its digital gains, Rank governance stated that it would increase its marketing spend for its digital assets, pointing to the recently secured shirt sponsorship of Fulham FC. The operator will now further expand its digital product portfolio, by launching its much anticipated full-service sportsbook in the coming months.Henry Birch, Chief Executive of The Rank Group Plc commented on H1 2017 corporate performance“After a challenging first half of our financial year, we are very pleased with our second half performance, especially with our digital business which delivered 63% growth in operating profit for the year. We are excited about the roll-out of our new Luda bingo concept following the opening of the first venue on 7 August 2017. Additionally, the Group has put in place a number of digital, product and venue-based initiatives launching in the current financial year which we expect to drive top line revenues. The new financial year has started well and the Board looks to the future with confidence.”
Share Submit Share Related Articles Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Andreas BardunSetting up a Malta-based industry ‘mobile-centric’ development, strategy and technology hub, Andreas Bardun, former Head of Sportsbook for LeoVegas, speaks to SBC on creating effective and enhanced mobile betting propositions for Russia 2018 and beyond…A sixteen-year industry veteran, Bardun has worked and consulted for a number of major betting operators. Bardun breaks down new user mobile trends and why mobile should be the key interaction vertical for all stakeholder during Russia 2018…______________________SBC: Andreas – great to catch-up. Can you detail to SBC readers why you have launched a technology hub focused on industry mobile gaming development? Andreas Bardun: I have been working and living in Malta for over 16 years with Sportsbooks and been blessed to work with some of the biggest success stories. Right now though I feel there is a big need for Mobile Gaming Innovations. During the years I built up a strong network of really industry leaders and we often talked about this subject.The solution I found to best address the need of better mobile user experience and innovations for sportsbooks is to set up a Mobile Gaming Innovation Hub. The key is really to attract the key players when it comes to vision, product, design and development under the same roof and the way we managed to do that was through a nice equity sharing but also enable a lot of freedom innovative thinking.I am extremely proud of the team me and my co-founder Richard Smith managed to put together so far.SBC: During your tenure at LeoVegas you brought a new ‘mobile-focused’ betting proposition to market. What have you learnt from that experience, and how do you feel it has impacted your agency’s development? AB: The LeoVegas experience has been amazing to me, I had the fortune to work very closely with one of the co-founders Robin Ramm in Malta and also got to know the other co-founder, Gustaf Hagman. I think what I learnt most from this experience is more on the entrepreneurship level, I saw how important it is to grab an opportunity when it is there at the right time and then have this incredible relentless self-belief in the vision that creates a momentum I haven’t seen in any other business I been involved in. It has been very inspiring to me and I want to take those leanings with me to our team.SBC: In 2017, what wider mobile-focused trend has caught your eye and how do you feel this is impacting betting/gaming dynamics? AB: The two things I am looking for is search and predictive elements. When it comes to search I am closely following both interactions with bots/assistants and how voice search can be utilized for mobile betting. I think we will see some big innovations coming our way the next year or so in this area. When it comes to predictive elements, AI and machine learning will be so important for the mobile user, this is an area where I think betting is far behind and will be for a bit but the one that can be first mover here will have a huge advantage. SBC: We are seeing a stronger focus on customer betting engagement via visualization of markets, how is this sought after dynamic transitioning through to mobile verticals? AB: I think this is a great example of a desktop product that’s been kind of jammed into mobile devices without keeping the mobile user in mind. There is definitely a big opportunity out there to make it a better experience for mobile users.SBC: With regards to mobile development, is this industry too inward-looking in its output. From your perspective should sector stakeholders look outside for inspiration… what enterprises should be followed? AB: I found that operators are putting an amazing amount of focus on retention and engagement of players, without really paying much attention to the specific needs of the mobile player, the challenges in the design of the product and more importantly the opportunities to lead the way in mobile to make players lives easier. If you look at companies where people interact on a daily basis with mobiles such as Uber, WhatsApp or Instagram then they have designed the experience all around mobile. Our belief is that Sports is a mobile product and should be treated as such. Examples of this is that the customer wants you to communicate to you via their phones, they want a product that fulfills their needs in simple and faster ways of placing bets but too often companies miss out on this simple things because priorities are on scalable tech solutions, integrations or legacy technology that are looking towards what the company wants rather than what the mobile customer want.Are the companies inward looking? I think the best example of this I know sportsbook still benchmark themselves on how many side markets and how many matches being offered, this drives me crazy because how do 200+ extra markets that have zero or very little turnover solve any mobile players goals? Simplicity and Speed rules mobile companies need to focus on these crucial dynamics. SBC: The Russia 2018 World Cup will dominate next year’s industry context and agenda. From your perspective what should industry stakeholders be preparing for with regards to mobile dynamics, capabilities and factors? AB: There are 3 key factors for my perspective to make 2018 World Cup a mobile success story. Acquisition – If you want the mobile players then its best to acquire them via mobile in the first place. Look to direct budgets to focus on the mobile players, and ensure your mobile acquisition funnel and user experience are optimized to meet the expectations of the mobile player. Mobile Content – Ensure your mobile content strategy is working and relevant to the mobile player. When they open their phone to bet, give them live action and promotions that are happening and that are relevant to them Operations – From the CEO to the customer service operator they should have complete competence in the mobile offering, promotions and product on Android/iPhone, Apps and mobile web. The companies who engage their staff in mobile will drive mobile to the forefront of their thinking and strategy by default and reap the benefits._____________________________________Betting market and product dynamics and impacts will be discussed and debated at the upcoming ‘Betting on Football 2018’ Conference (#bofcon2018). Click on the below banner for more information…
Di Maio’s man Giacomo Lasorella takes leadership of AGCOM August 17, 2020 Share StumbleUpon CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 Submit Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Following public consultations with industry associations and legislative concessionaires, Italian regulator Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM) has confirmed that it will push through new anti-money-laundering (AML) standards for the Italian betting sector.The ADM details that it decision follows, a 26% increase in online gambling AML alerts recorded by the Italian Financial Authority.Furthermore, the Italian betting regulator seeks to enhance the mandate of the EU’s ‘4th AML Directive’ which is currently supervised by the Italian Customs Agency.Top of the AML agenda will be the termination of ‘soft registrations’ with licensed bookmakers, as the ADM returns to its legacy policy of a ‘12 mandatory fields for player registration’.Moving forward, Italian betting consumers will be forced to register a government ID verification, alongside the name of the issuing authority, ID number, location and date of expiry.Complying with new AML standards, licensed Italian betting operators will have to record all player account transactions and financial movements upon request of the ADM and its associated stakeholders.Reacting to the ADM’s new mandate, Italian online gambling trade association LOGiCO accused the regulator of overreach and implementing a ‘normative dogma’ which clashed with the digital commercial positions of the Bank of Italy and the Economic Ministry.Moreno Marasco“Our main concern is about the competitive advantage that illegal operators would secure: any further complication (the former Government’s mantra with regards to Gaming was “reduce demand and supply” was not exactly a pearl of economic wisdom) will inevitably bring advantages to illegal operators or an abandonment of the Concession system by the existing players”, stated LOGiCO Chairman Moreno Marasco said.“This provision, along the intentions to remove advertising, the only tool which allows to distinguish the legal offer and to channel the demand for gaming through it, provides an explosive cocktail to return to “dotcom”, of which only unscrupulous economic operators will benefit, ultimately eliminating the consumer protections implemented so far. While Italy has so far proved to be a pioneer regarding the regulation of online gaming in Europe, some rules are decidedly more rigid and not up to those in comparable countries like France and Spain”.__________________