One Person Missing as Hurricane Irma Brushes Haiti

first_imgSeveral shelters openThroughout the country, several shelters were opened to accommodating at least 2,142 people.The authorities reported that 139 children had been evacuated from an orphanage in Cité Soleil to the Institute of Social Welfare and Research (IBERS) and 25 people with disabilities had been placed in a temporary shelter in the city of Gonaives near the Emergency Operations Center.The Ministry of the Environment has set up an ad-hoc crisis unit in order to facilitate the collection and monitoring of information and all military personnel of the engineering corps of the Ministry of Defense have been mobilized. At least one person is reported missing but the Haitian government Friday announced it was moving quickly to restore normalcy after Hurricane Irma brushed the country on its way towards the United States.“Irma moved away from Haiti after causing floods, strong winds and floods Desvarieux, the Gascogne, commune of Mirebalais, but also in Hinche, zone Rivage and Cocoye,” the authorities said in a statement.In one area, two people were wounded after a tree fall on a house and in Cap-Haïtien another person was wounded after the house in Sainte-Philomène collapsed. Government regretsIn a brief statement, the government said that while it regrets the damage caused to the country following the passage of the Hurricane Irma, it is determined “to do everything in its power to help the population adequately to deal with this natural disaster”.The government said it is taking the opportunity “to announce that public administration, private enterprises, trade, and industry are functioning normally this Friday.”Meanwhile, United Arab Emirates (UAE) has sent relief material to Haiti following a request from the United Nations.last_img read more

44th Annual Florida Caribbean Students Association Leadership Conference at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical…

first_imgThe Florida Caribbean Students Association (“FCSA”) has  announced that celebrated Caribbean artists Lyrikal and Nailah Blackman will headline the inaugural FCSA Caribbean Culture Fest on Sunday, April 15, 2018 in Daytona Beach at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (“ERAU”). In addition, renowned Jamaican media personality and executive, Terri-Karelle Reid, will deliver keynote remarks on her secret formula for success in life, business, and culture. She will also serve as guest judge at the annual FCSA Annual Miss FCSA pageant.  The theme of the annual conference will be “Vibes Flight 386, Destination Daytona.” Rich conference experience with cultural vibes“ERAU has played a leadership role in the development of FCSA over our organizational history.  We pride ourselves on providing all CSA members with a rich conference experience filled with cultural vibes, inspiration from workshops and our community service project, knowledge from our professional development workshops, and an opportunity to develop lifelong relationships with other CSA members,” stated Oneil Ramdeen, FCSA Treasurer, and ERAU Conference Chair, FCSA 44th Annual Leadership Conference. LyrikalBorn in Trinidad & Tobago, international recording artist, Lyrikal,  also known as Devon Martin started singing in the church choir at the age 7. At age 13, Lyrikal migrated to the United States and began recording music in 2003 in New York.  Lyrikal has built an extensive catalog, released several hits, and has received 5 COTT (Copyright Organization of Trinidad and Tobago) music nominations (2015), and won the award for People’s Choice Most Popular Single. His repertoire consists of over 40 releases, including his first album, titled “The Journey” in 2016.Nailah Blackman Nailah BlackmanAs a grand-daughter of Caribbean music icons, Ras Shorty I (her grandfather) and Abbi Blackman (her mother), Nailah Blackman has taken the reins of catapulting the culture into the next generation. Beginning her vocal career at age 11, Nailah joined her aunt’s all-female gospel band, Nehilet Blackman & the AGB, and then segued to a solo singer-songwriter career at fifteen., Nailah is making her mark with her signature vibrato with her Carnival season soca anthems and building bridges to other music genres. Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid Over 600 Caribbean college leadersOver six hundred (600) Caribbean college student leaders from around Florida and the US will converge on the campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida to engage in community service activities, professional and personal development workshops, a Talent and Cultural Showcase, an alumni  reception, and among other activities. Hosted by the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Caribbean Students Association, the Conference will also welcome respected business, academic, and community leaders from around the State of Florida, ERAU, and Daytona Beach community. Terri-Karelle ReidAffectionately known as #MyJamaicanGirl, Dr. Terri-Karelle Reid, describes herself as “the most divinely random person to walk this planet”. Since winning the Miss Jamaica title in 2005, Terri has gone on to earn a Doctor of Medicine in Veterinary Medicine. She has also successfully taken on areas such as Public Relations, Marketing, Project Management, Brand Management and Media (radio & TV).  Terri-Karelle is a motivational speaker in schools and takes part in several charities and is the celebrated host of the highly rated reality show, Digicel Rising Stars. Conference scheduleThe 44th FCSA Leadership Conference will have the following anticipated schedule for the weekend, April 12-15, 2018Thursday, April 12:  Welcome Mixer and RegistrationFriday, April 13:  Opening Ceremonies, District Games, Annual Talent ShowSaturday, April 14:  Town Hall Meeting, Grad Fair, Professional Development Workshops, Alumni Reception, Awards Banquet, Miss FCSA PageantSunday, April 15:  Closing Ceremonies and Inaugural Caribbean Culture Fest “The Florida Caribbean Student Association has long provided Embry-Riddle a direct connection to Caribbean culture, where we have benefited from the infusion of leadership, diversity, and the passion that they bring to our campus. It has been a great pleasure working with FCSA for many years, and I am proud of everything this group has accomplished,” stated Dean Lisa Kollar, Dean of Students, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.Lyrikallast_img read more

Barbadian fast-bowler Jofra Archer nabs World Cup spot on England’s team

first_imgLONDON, CMC – Barbadian fast bowler Jofra Archer capped off a meteoric rise when he was Tuesday selected in England’s final 15-man squad for the World Cup starting month end.The 24-year-old, who holds a British passport through his father and only became eligible for selection in March, has played just three One-Day Internationals – all earlier this month – but bowled with pace and movement which convinced selectors of his quality.Chairman of selectors, Ed Smith, said the decision to include Archer had been “straightforward”. “Archer does bring different things to the squad. We saw that in advance and when he has had an opportunity in an England shirt he has shown what he is capable of,” he said.“He’s a special cricketer. He has pace, athleticism, dynamism and he can get you a wicket in any circumstances. There was a broad desire for him to be in the squad.”Archer’s possible inclusion in the squad had sparked widespread debate in recent weeks. While several former England cricketers like Michael Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff argued for his inclusion, some members of the current England ODI squad had urged caution.Seamer Chris Woakes was quoted as saying it would be “unfair morally” for Archer to be included and a settled member of the squad to miss out.Smith, however, said the selection panel had no such fears about any negative impact arising from Archer’s inclusion.“Clearly it will not affect team spirit,” he stressed.“We’ve seen Jofra Archer play for England in the last few weeks against Pakistan, we’ve seen the skills and quality he has and seen the team perform with Archer in the squad – the success of the team carried on and I don’t see that changing.”Archer turned his attention to representing England after playing a handful of matches for West Indies Under-19s back in 2013 but then being ignored for the ICC Youth World Cup the following year.Snapped up by Sussex, Archer made an instant impact at the club. In his first full season in 2017, he snatched 61 wickets and scored 638 runs to earn the club’s Player-of-the-Year and Young Player-of-the-Year awards.Lucrative deals in the Australian Big Bash in the Indian Premier League followed, propelling the speedster from literal obscurity into the international spotlight.Archer is now expected to form a lethal new-ball pairing with Mark Wood for the May 30 to July 14 World Cup where England will begin their campaign as the world’s number one ODI side and heavy favorites.He was one of two changes announced on Tuesday with Hampshire left-arm spinner Liam Dawson included at the expense of Joe Denly.England host South Africa in the tournament’s curtain-raiser at the Oval on May 30.last_img read more

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho Hands In Transfer Request

first_imgLiverpool midfielder, Philippe Coutinho has handed in an official transfer request as the Brazilain tries to force his move to Barcelona, Sky Sports reports.Earlier today, Liverpool reiterated their strong stance concerning the future of Philippe Coutinho, insisting that “no offers for Philippe will be considered”.A statement on Liverpool’s official website reads: ‘We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.”15 – Philippe Coutinho has scored 15 goals from outside the area since his Premier League debut; more than any other player. Ambitious. pic.twitter.com/0vmxvoyE4b— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 21, 2017“The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes.”25-year-old Coutinho, who signed a five-year contract extension with the Anfield side in January this year, joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in January 2013, becoming an integral part in Liverpool’s charge for success, scoring 14 goals and providing seven assists for Klopp’s men last season.RelatedPhilippe Coutinho Is Not For Sale – Liverpool Releases Official Statement Amidst Barcelona InterestAugust 11, 2017In “England”Barcelona To Make Fourth & Final Coutinho Bid This Week – ReportsAugust 23, 2017In “Europe”VIDEO: Watch Liverpool Store Take Down Coutinho Poster, Amidst Barcelona InterestAugust 13, 2017In “England”last_img read more

BetConstruct furthers Romanian vision with ONJN Class II retail licence

first_img Karine KocharyanIndustry technology and systems provider BetConstruct continues to expand its corporate licensing provisions for the regulated Romanian betting market.Issuing a statement, BetConstruct governance confirms that it has secured a further Romania ONJN Class II licence for the distribution and servicing of retail betting systems and solutions.BetConstruct received its first Romanian market accreditation in December 2016, following the revamp of the nation’s gambling framework to allow for a regulated online gambling marketplace, with new foreign incumbents allowed to enter the sector.The update sees BetConstruct fulfil its full regulatory mandate for servicing both Romanian land-based and digital betting stakeholders, a key corporate initiative for 2018.Updating the market, BetConstruct’s Head of Licensing and Certification Karine Kocharyan commented: “The ONJN Class II License is another achievement of BetConstruct in the Romanian market, allowing the company to distribute a full package of its retail solutions to licensed betting shops throughout the territory of Romania.“Along with its current Class II Online Gaming License, BetConstruct can now secure its stable presence in the Romanian gaming industry, both remote and non-remote.” Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Submit Share Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020last_img read more

Playtech pushes on despite difficulties in Asia

first_img Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Detailing its financial results for the six months to June 30, 2018, Playtech revealed that in spite of difficulties with its Asian operation, the firm’s overall revenue grew 4%. The gaming technology giant did however report a reduction in its EBITDA, which fell 13% to €145m, additionally, its adjusted net profit was €83.3m for the period, down 34 per cent year on year and 38 per cent in constant currency terms, something that challenges in the Asian market played a key part in.Away from Asia, Playtech is evidently in decent shape. Total revenues excluding Asia operations were up 35 per cent in the period, compared with H1, 2017, while 69 per cent of group revenues are now from regulated markets, up from 50 per cent a year ago. By the end of FY18, Playtech expects its regulated business to account for 80 per cent of group revenues.Playtech also completed the acquisition of Italian operator Snaitech in the period, on June 5, taking 100-per cent ownership from August 3. Earlier this year, Playtech indicated its strong acquisitions strategy would likely continue.Another business grown from acquisition, Playtech BGT Sports, continues to grow and perform well, with revenue up 27 per cent year on year and an eight-per-cent growth in retail machine footprint globally. Sun Bingo also performed strongly in H1, delivering a 28 per cent revenue growth at constant currency.The company also highlights new licensee wins in some of its key markets, most notably the multi-channel UK deal with Gala Leisure Buzz Bingo. Playtech’s plans to divest its interests in the GVC group are also continuing to progress, the company reports.Playtech’s poor performance in Asia comes as no surprise following July’s profit warning. At the time, the company said: “As previously reported, average daily revenue in Asia continues to be impacted by an increasingly competitive backdrop.“Towards the end of the first half, this market has seen a particularly aggressive pricing environment from new entrants to the market and this has impacted revenue.” Playtech said then it has seen “no material improvement” in its Malaysian business, a key territory for its Asian operations.Keen to highlight solid gains away from Asia, Playtech cited an average daily revenue in the B2B Gaming Division for the first 52 days of Q3 2018 as being up six per cent on the same period in the third quarter of 2017 (five per cent at constant currency and excluding acquisitions).The firm’s chairman Alan Jackson stated: “Playtech has had an extremely busy first half of the year with important operational progress and new licensee wins in key strategic markets, the UK, Europe and Latin America.“This continued progress is resulting in higher quality earnings for Playtech with group revenue now 69 per cent regulated. Following headwinds in Asia and a full year contribution from the landmark Snaitech acquisition, regulated revenue at current run rate is expected to be circa 80 per cent in 2018.“This progress is marked against the disappointing market conditions in Asia. However, it should be noted the headwinds in the Asian market are not reflective of the core strength of the Playtech model as the regulated segment continues to report organic growth and encouraging momentum.“Looking to the future, the delivery of the Snaitech acquisition in the period has not only delivered geographical diversification of the Group’s revenue profile but more importantly delivered a cornerstone presence in the largest, and one of the fasted growing gambling markets in Europe.” Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Kambi ramps up ‘on-property’ East Coast profile

first_img Share StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Related Articles Max Meltzer – KambiStockholm-listed betting technology and systems supplier Kambi Group Plc has made its ‘US brick and mortar debut’ supporting partner DraftKings sportsbook launch at New Jersey’s Resorts Casino.Kambi which maintains the biggest digital platform supplier presence within the regulated state of New Jersey, details a crucial launch for its US growth strategy, supporting DraftKings ongoing sportsbook expansion.“This week, Kambi is preparing the ‘DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts’ launch, which will feature a dozen betting kiosks, five over-the-counter points of sale and customised digital signage, providing Resorts with the most modern land-based wagering experience in New Jersey,” details the Stockholm enterprise.Following its Garden State debut, Kambi teams will move to launch on-property sportsbook venues across three partner sites in Pennsylvania,Updating the market, Max Meltzer, Chief Commercial Officer, said: “We’re very excited about bringing our high-quality Sportsbook to brick and mortar establishments in the US, where operators are recognising the excellence of our on-property product, both from a technology and player experience perspective.“In recent years, Kambi has invested heavily in developing a land-based solution that is on par with our online Sportsbook and, as a result, we now have the most advanced product on the market, not just in the US, but globally.“This is one of the key reasons why the likes of DraftKings, Rush Street Interactive and Parx Casino have chosen to offer our on-property product and why we are quickly becoming the number one choice for online and on-property sportsbooks on both sides of the Atlantic.” Share Simon Noy, Kambi: Revolutionising the bet builder July 20, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

BetVictor appoints Matt Parkes to oversee brand and creative division

first_imgShare Submit GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articles Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs June 29, 2020 In a bid to revamp its brand and creative division, online bookmaker BetVictor has appointed Matt Parkes as its new Director of Brand and Creative.As part of the new role, Parkes is tasked with offering strategic direction to the brand to build on its current operational success, as well as ensuring brand consistency across channels andoverseeing brand positioning, communications, creative and media spend.Commenting on the appointment, Andreas Meinrad, CEO at BetVictor, said: “Matt’s appointment comes at a significant moment in our brand’s growth. “These past few years have been among the most important for the business in terms of developing our brand proposition and assets, and we are looking forward to welcoming him to the team. His extensive marketing experience will be crucial for helping us to grow the brand even further.”Parkes boasts 21 years experience in working across a number of brand and marketing-focused roles, which have included the development of brand propositions, marketing strategies and integrated campaigns.His career to date includes senior creative and marketing roles for multiple global agencies before joining Betsson Group in July 2017 as Global Head of Publicity and latterly Global Head of Brand and Creative.Parkes added: “I’m very much looking forward to getting started with BetVictor, a company that is at a really exciting stage of its brand journey. “They have taken great strides in developing their proposition and are now ready to amplify it even more. I can’t wait to lead the next part of that process and contribute to the overall success of the company.”last_img read more

GAMSTOP adds Dr Jo Watts and Kevin Beerling to board of directors

first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon Share UKGC suspends two licences over failure to integrate GAMSTOP April 3, 2020 National online self-exclusion initiative, GAMSTOP, has committed to broadening its governance and providing a trusted environment for all stakeholders through two new appointments to its board of Non-Executive Directors.The two new members, Dr Jo Watts and Kevin Beerling, follow the selection of the initiative’s Independent Chair, Jenny Watson CBE in September. Watson commented on the new appointments: “We are delighted that these two exceptional leaders in their fields have agreed to lend their expertise to this important project. I am very much looking forward to working with them in the future.” Dr Watts joins the board after 15 years experience in customer analytics and risk management. While overseeing the operations of data science company Effini as well as occupying a place on the Board of The Data Lab, she is heavily involved in initiatives promoting Women in Technology. Beerling, meanwhile, has a wealth of experience in legal services, risk management, HR and ICT. With a strong financial background, and upwards of 20 years Board level experience, he has previously held positions such as Group Finance Director of the Prospects Group.Both new members are hoped to bring fresh insight and a wealth pf experience which will facilitate the initiatives growth further. Gamstop assesses impact of lockdown in new report May 13, 2020 Related Articles UKGC launches public awareness campaign on gambling controls, rights and safeguards August 3, 2020last_img read more

Global Stars Group updates long & mid-term operating directives

first_img ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Submit Related Articles The executive team of Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc has today disclosed the firm’s medium-to-long term directives, having significantly enlarged its global identity acquiring Sky Betting & Gaming (Sky Bet) and the Australian assets of CrownBet and William Hill Australia.Today in New York, the Stars Group hosted its ‘Investor Day’, outlining core potential growth opportunities, medium-term financial planning, leveraged targets and enlarged corporate cost-synergies.Opening the Stars Group’s investors day, Group Chief Executive Rafi Ashkenazi stated:“The Stars Group is now a diversified global market leader with what we believe to be leading product offerings and an expansive geographic reach. Building on this strong foundation, we are introducing medium-term growth targets as we continue to progress with our vision to be the world’s favourite iGaming destination.”Updating stakeholders, on the firm’s long-term strategy and financial planning, Ashkenazi and Executive Chairman Dave Gadhi, detailed the following 3-to-5 year operating directives:Stars Group to maintain constant currency year-on-year growth at 8-12% rangeStars Group targets delivering adjusted annual net earning og at least 10%EBITDA Margin range broadly in line with the implied Adjusted EBITDA Margin from Stars Group’s 2019 financial guidanceStars Group will operate at debt capacity/leverage of 3.5x or lower.Supporting the firm’s 3-5 year strategy, the Stars Group governance details that the TSX firm will benefit from Sky Bet ‘incremental recurring cost synergies beginning in 2020’.In its update governance expects that Sky Bet UK operational efficiencies along could deliver the company $30 million in corporate cost savings, contributing significantly to its $100 million per year target.For 2019, the Stars Group has reserved approximately $84 million in expected implementation costs.“Looking ahead, we will strive to enhance our leadership positions within the high-growth markets in which we operate, as well as leverage the full suite of assets and capabilities across our businesses to provide what we believe to be the most exciting and engaging gaming experience to our customers,” continued Ashkenazi.“With powerful structural growth drivers in our industry, including a broad trend towards locally licensed online gaming, we believe that as one of the most licensed online gaming operators in the world, with proprietary technology that supports a highly scalable business model with limited CapEx, we are well-positioned to capitalize on this trend.“We are focused on using our competitive advantages to continue to deliver strong organic growth and steady free cash flow generation to support our accelerated deleveraging plans while driving long-term shareholder value.” Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Sharelast_img read more