On Wednesday, March 1, a training exercise will take place in Palm Beach County.This annual training exercise involves simulated response actions and the simulated emergency protective measures that would be implemented if an emergency at the St Lucie Nuclear Power Plant were to occur.The training exercise will involve simulated response actions by emergency response personnel from various county and municipal agencies.This activity will take place at Okeeheelee Park on Forest Hill Boulevard, west of Jog Road. Patrons and residents of the neighborhoods around the park are reminded that emergency activity at Okeeheelee Park on Wednesday, March 1, is for routine training and exercise purposes only. The exercise will take place sometime after 8 am. Part of the exercise involves response, so an exact time cannot be given.
Lauderhill Juniors and Plantation Football Club played to a 1-1 draw in the Caribbean American Soccer Association League at the Broward Sports Park on Wednesday.In the Masters League Lauderdale FC got the better of South Florida Kickers 1-0 while Old Tymers lost 2-0 to Chapel Trail.
Broward County Public Schools Dillard Center for the Arts (DCA) students, Kieran Hitsman (Tamarac) and Summer Camargo (Hollywood), are two of only 18 talented high school students from across the United States selected for the prestigious 2018 GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session, January 23 – 29, 2018. Their selection launches them into the spotlight surrounding the 60thAnnual GRAMMY Awards. Seven-day musical adventureThe students, who are members of the nationally renowned and award winning DCA Jazz Ensemble, will travel to New York City for a seven-day musical adventure. The program provides students with unparalleled opportunities to rehearse, record and perform with their fellow Jazz Session members and some of the music industry’s biggest names. The young musicians, Kieran on tenor sax and Summer on trumpet, will also participate in recording an album (GRAMMY Jazz 26). To perform at GRAMMY Week eventsThe students will perform at various GRAMMY Week events, including GRAMMY In The Schools Live! on January 25, with special guest performer Jon Batiste, an internationally acclaimed musician, composer and bandleader on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert. The students will showcase their talents in additional public performances and attend the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast on January 28 as guests of the Recording Academy. Their final performance will be at a GRAMMY after-party celebration. GRAMMY Camp – Jazz Session members are eligible for more than $2 million in college scholarships made possible through the GRAMMY Museum’s college partners: Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and USC Thornton School of Music.
Philip Rose, JTB’s Regional Director, Northeast USA (right) and Marcia Sinclair, JTB’s District Sales Manager, Northeast USA (2nd right) pose with Jamaica Travel Specialist Kim Morrison, Unique Weddings & Tours and Movia Howell, Busines Development Manager. KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) recently hosted a luncheon for key members of the Diaspora, thanking them for their role as ambassadors in promoting the destination.JTB’s Regional Director for the Northeast USA, Philip Rose and District Sales Manager Marcia Sinclair, met with the representatives as part of an overall effort towards strengthening and deepening its relationship with the Diaspora, which has been key to the JTB’s marketing and promotional efforts.TB’s Philip Rose, Regional Director, Northeast USA (fifth right) and Marcia Sinclair, District Sales Manager, Northeast USA (fifth left) pose with members of the Diaspora following a luncheon at the Consulate General of Jamaica.Mr. Rose expressed his gratitude to the Diaspora for their role in helping to make the Northeast the top market for Jamaica’s stopover arrivals for the first half of 2019. He urged for greater collaboration especially in the sharing of resources, while reiterating the JTB’s commitment to the Diaspora and their role in the success of the destination.Representatives from the Campari Group, owners of J. Wray & Nephew Ltd outlined a number of initiatives currently in the pipeline which will target second and third-generation millennials from the Diaspora. One such effort is through the Wray & Nephew Foundation which provides scholarships and mentorships for talented young mixologists.
StumbleUpon William Hill closes Stockholm Gametek office July 1, 2020 Yorkshire appoints Richard Flint as a ‘Welcome Advisor’ March 9, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Share Sky Betting and Gaming has demonstrated its emphasis on the innovative use of data by investing £3 million in 34 new roles within its Leeds-based Data Tribe.The company will appoint a new Head of Data, Head of Tech, Head of Marketing Tech, two Group Platform managers, two Marketing Technology Product Owners, four technologist roles, 10 Customer Relationship Management roles and a new marketing team to support a further 13 technologist roles.The digital sector is set to be a main driver in the economic growth of Leeds and the Northern Powerhouse, supporting the creation of an estimated 800,000 new jobs UK-wide by 2050. There are currently an estimated 24,000 digital jobs in Leeds in a sector worth £688 million, with a growing number of those roles focused on data science.Rik Barker, Director of Gaming Technology at Sky Betting and Gaming, said: “The need to use data in new and innovative ways is growing exponentially and Leeds has considerable expertise in these areas.“Our investment in these new roles demonstrates our continued ambition to be leaders in the field, as well as allowing us to push further into some really exciting developments around propensity modelling, streaming and real-time decisioning that will give our customers even greater experiences across all our products.” GambleAware donations top £10m for 2019/20 April 21, 2020
Related Articles Gaming content supplier Relax Gaming has added a duo of experienced industry executives to its ranks, as the firm continues its recent expansion strategies.Creating its first marketing team, Victoria Bonner and Tereza Melicharkova have been welcomed on board as Head of Marketing and Senior Marketing Executive respectively.Bring a wealth of B2B industry experience, having also working together in previous roles at suppliers NetEnt and Pragmatic Play, Bonner said: “I am delighted to make the move to Relax Gaming at an exciting time for the company, and I look forward to being a part of its future success.Melicharkova added: “Relax Gaming has been hiring exceptional people and I’m pleased to be counted among them. The company has a lot of potential and I’m thrilled to be joining Victoria again to drive things forward.”The Malta based company details that these latest appointments make it a “trio of female talent” that have joined in senior roles, with Alexia Smilovic having been announced as the new Director of Compliance and Regulated Markets.This compliments the naming of Daniel Eskola as CEO earlier this year, as well as Simon Hammon as Chief Product Officer and Andrew Crosby as Head of Account Management.Eskola concluded: “Instilling a marketing team is a huge step forward for us and shows that as a company, we are continuing to go from strength to strength.“Hiring Victoria and Tereza brings an added freshness to the team, and I am sure their industry experience will be vitally important for us moving forward.” Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Submit Share Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020
Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Share Betfred has revealed that it will strengthen its staff and operational compliance training programmes with Isle of Man consultancy SMP eGaming.Updating stakeholders, the Manchester bookmaker is set to launch a ‘Compliance Academy’, developed by SMP eGaming, an industry consultancy specialising in multi-jurisdictional compliance, AML frameworks and fraud prevention.Developing the Compliance Academy, SMP eGaming details that Betfred staff will be taught under a ‘Continued-Professional-Development – CDP’ certified framework,Furthermore, Betfred’s executive management team will be able to utilise the programme as a knowledge centre and document repository for the bookmaker’s policy and operational procedure development.Confirming the training partnership with SMP eGaming, Adele Farrell, Director of Digital Compliance at Betfred, detailed:“The platform provided by SMP Compliance Academy provides a powerful tool and voice, not only to deliver the obligatory training and company policy and procedures that Betfred requires, but also to instil a positive and responsible compliance culture.“The platform allows us to apply a risk-based approach to our training via the powerful analytical tools, which can be used to identify any training deficiencies within the business.“We are committed to the ongoing training of our staff, ensuring they have the latest relevant knowledge and skills, and the SMP Compliance Academy meets all our requirements perfectly.” StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020
Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit The industry-wide voluntary ‘whistle-to-whistle’ advertising ban is due to come into force today (1 August 2019), which will see bookmakers ban all TV betting adverts during pre-watershed live sport broadcasts.The self-enforced ban, will not be applicable to horseracing and greyhound racing coverage, was suggested by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) after it received public and political criticism over the frequency of gambling adverts broadcast during World Cup Russia 2018.A voluntary enforcement sees all TV betting adverts banned during pre-watershed live sport, starting five minutes before the event begins and ending five minutes after it finishes. The IGRG has added further protocols which include an end to betting adverts around highlight shows and re-runs, alongside stopping pre-watershed bookmaker sponsorship of sports programmes. The whistle-to-whistle enforcement will also apply to digital viewing/streaming formats.Wes HimesRemote Gambling Association chief executive Wes Himes told The Racing Post: “The intent is the diminution of pre-watershed televised advertising around sport with the exception of horseracing and greyhounds.“We acknowledged the concerns that were raised in various quarters, particularly after the World Cup, and the industry took a proactive, unprompted approach to addressing the issue with the fifth edition of the IGRG code and the whistle-to-whistle ban.”Despite the approval from both politicians and wider industry stakeholders, the Paddy Power unsponsorship campaign has reignited a debate as to whether shirt sponsorships should be limited. Himes said the industry as a whole would work together to evaluate the whistle-to-whistle ban.He added: “That doesn’t prevent us from looking at other areas of advertising such as sponsorship, online advertising and so on, as part of our overall approach to responsible and safer gambling and the role that advertising and marketing plays in that debate.“It’s always under live review and we will look to do more, particularly around digital advertising to close the various anomalies on social media platforms, for instance to ensure that advertising is not going to under-18s or vulnerable people.“We’re reviewing technology and we’re reviewing our guidance in that area to see if we need to strengthen it.” Related Articles Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020
Submit The Gambling Commission has found ‘systemic failings’ at the Ladbrokes Coral Group leading to the imposition of a penalty package consisting of £5.9m payment and a series of improvement measures that must be implemented by new owner GVC.The regulator has also revealed that more sanctions may be coming down the line as further investigations into the actions of Personal Management Licence holders continue.An investigation by the Gambling Commission found between November 2014 and October 2017 Ladbrokes and Coral failed to put in place effective safeguards to prevent consumers suffering gambling harm and against money laundering, with this failing continuing after their merger as the Ladbrokes Coral Group.As a result the following occurred:Ladbrokes did not carry out any social responsibility interactions with a customer who lost £98,000 over two-and-a-half years, had 460 attempted deposits into their account declined, and even asked the operator to stop sending promotions.Despite one customer spending £1.5m over two-years 10 months, Coral did not ask the customer to evidence their source of funds and could not provide evidence of any social responsibility interactions being carried out. During their time with the operator, the customer displayed signs of problem gambling including logging into their account an average of 10 times a day for a month and losing £64,000 in one month alone.Ladbrokes could not provide any evidence of carrying out social responsibility interactions with a customer who deposited over £140,000 in the first four months of their account being open.Ladbrokes, having identified concerns with a customer, then allowed further significant gambling without taking additional steps to verify the source of funds or consider if the customer could afford to spend and lose that amount of money.Richard Watson, Commission Executive Director, said: “Decision makers at gambling businesses need to invest in the welfare of their customers and the integrity of money being gambled with.“These were systemic failings at a large operator which resulted in consumers being harmed and stolen money flowing though the business and this is unacceptable.”As part of this settlement the Ladbrokes Coral Group’s new owners GVC will pay £4.8m in lieu of a financial penalty and will divest £1.1m gained from customers as a result of its failings. GVC will also review the top 50 customers for the years 2015-2017 to consider whether any further failings can be identified, and if so they will divest themselves of profit accordingly.GVC has committed to making a number of improvements to the business including overhauling its responsible gaming and customer interaction processes, retraining staff, and hiring new staff.These improvements, said GVC, led to the launch of its Changing for the Bettor responsible gambling strategy in January 2019, which included a comprehensive package of measures designed to better understand the issues around problem gambling and to protect and treat vulnerable individuals.The company said that this strategy is “underpinned by a ten-fold increase in investment into research, education and treatment of problem gambling as well as a drive to adopt a responsibility-first cultural change throughout our business”.GVC CEO Kenneth Alexander added: “Soon after the acquisition of Ladbrokes Coral following meetings and ongoing enquiries by the Gambling Commission, it became clear to GVC that there had been historic compliance failures within certain areas of the operations. Working closely with the Gambling Commission and an independent firm of solicitors, GVC facilitated a thorough, prompt and far-reaching investigation, which has led to today’s settlement.“These historical failings were unacceptable and since the acquisition, I have overseen a systematic review of the enlarged Group’s player protection procedures and the individuals responsible for these problems have exited the business. I am confident that, we now have in place a robust and industry leading approach to player protection.“More broadly, GVC is determined to take the lead in the critical area of responsible gambling, and is taking decisive, tangible action across a range of initiatives. This includes our recent voluntary commitment to increase funding for research, education and treatment projects ten-fold, as well as our decision to end all sponsorship deals that promote our brands on UK football shirts or on pitch-side advertising hoardings.“However, there is more to be done and social responsibility and we will continue to work with other gambling companies and the Gambling Commission to raise operating standards.”The Gambling Commission is still making enquiries into the role Personal Management Licence holders played in these failures. Share StumbleUpon Related Articles UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share GVC responds to ‘press speculation’ on former Turkish business July 30, 2020
BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Esports is continuing to develop a strong connection with the betting industry, with countless companies now initiating strategies to maximise the sector’s potential.BetConstruct is one such firm finding a niche opportunity in this growing market. The iGaming solutions provider has its own in-house esports division, allowing bookmakers to offer esports to its customers throughout the day.The company’s head of esports, Eduard Avagyan, told SBC News about how this idea came about, the process of selecting esport athletes, and how integrity is maintained throughout.He stated: “The interest in video games took off back in the 90s. Since then there has been an ever increasing interest. Esports is a unique product in so many ways. Its player base is huge and means that any person with a passion for games and who has the appropriate set of equipment can become a pro-gamer. “It attracts significant investments and sponsorships from popular brands, as the bulk of the audience is made up of young adults who happen to be the top consumers today. “Millions of viewers log in to live streaming portals to follow esports events, showing how much potential the product has. BetConstruct noticed the opportunity long ago, and now offers in-house esports; live streaming broadcasted from our studios situated in Yerevan, Armenia. The games played by our e-athletes include eFootball, eBasketball, eTennis and Mortal Kombat.” Unlike traditional sports betting, there is no need for an official tournament organiser to liaise with. In this case, the games are run by BetConstruct with the players selected by the firm. However, it is integral that integrity is kept throughout the process, especially when selecting players for teams. BetConstruct’s solution to solve this issue is to initiate qualifiers to ensure that the player’s skill is of a high enough level to warrant people betting on them.Avagyan explained: “The main criteria we have for our e-athletes is motivation and passion for the game. Their skills and motivation are decided by qualifiers which also help in identifying team’s strength and eligibility for tournaments.“The esports division is kept separate from the core betting business in order to maintain integrity, whilst the Risk Management department monitors all betting activity.“Live data for esports can also be provided only through the API connected to the platform where the tournament is taking place, which means that there is no need for scouts.”For an initiative like in-house esports to be a success, the demand has to be apparent not only to the consumers but to bookmakers as well, as ultimately those companies are the ones which will invest in these solutions. BetConstruct firmly believes that this fledgling sector has the potential to provide additional business for bookmakers, specifically in the Gen Z market, which is why it offers such an extensive amount of content.“It’s a multi-hundred-million business so there definitely is a demand for esports,” added Avagyan. “One must keep pace with the updates in the games. Take the popular Fortnite for example; the game has updates at least twice a month. While the operators may be unaware of them, it is our responsibility, as their dedicated provider, to ensure high player engagement and coverage of all possible tournaments and events.In addition to this in-house offer, BetConstruct provides live betting on 24,000+ esport matches from around the world from 12 different game types.Given that esports was thrown into prominence by the growth of technology, it has bypassed certain sporting traditions, particularly when it comes to streaming certain genres of games. Most esports are viewed on various open platforms such as Twitch, Youtube Gaming and Mixer, meaning that there are few protocols with regards to what games betting companies can stream. In turn, this means an enhanced betting experience with more widespread coverage and a greater demand for in-play odds.Avagyan added: “The suitability is mostly decided by the demand and popularity of the event. The tournaments are divided into categories – Premier Events, Major Events and Minor Events. The audience depends directly on the quality of the event.“Given the sporting world’s recent cancellations due to the coronavirus outbreak, more companies will be looking to esports in order to provide betting content for its players. BetConstruct’s foresight to begin working on its esports solutions portfolio before the majority of other firms will undoubtedly help it to grow, whilst also providing the industry with much needed content for the future. Submit Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020