Month: August 2020

Diaspora Agricultural task force engages Jamaican farmers

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first_imgThe Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Task Force is working with Jamaican farmers in a number of initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable organic farming.Task force’s missionThe task force has been on a mission to enable the country’s farmers to capitalize on an increasing demand for organic foods in the United States. Its objective is to ensuring the proper training, technology and financing options are available in keeping in line with the Jamaican government’s economic growth agenda.Outgoing head of the task force and member of the USA West/Midwest region, Kim West, said the possibilities for Jamaican farmers are endless. She offered that some US$80 billion is spent on organic products annually in the US.Demand more than supplyShe said they were not enough producers in the US to meet the increasing demand.The task force is dedicated to adding value to the Jamaican economy. Agriculture is one of the best ways to achieve this goal she said.“The task force involves people who love farming and see the value in farming, especially with the growing organic market in the United States. Promoting organic, sustainable farming in Jamaica and getting these products in the States is a good investment,” she told the Jamaica Information Service.The Jamaican Diaspora Agriculture Task Force was formally launched during the current Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference in Kingston. Come September, Jamaican farmers can apply for financial assistance. All applications will be vetted and the winning projects will be awarded with financial help.This program will be initiated every three months.The Task Force has also partnered with the Jamaica Agricultural Society and will be present at the upcoming Denbigh Agricultural Show in Clarendon next month.last_img read more

City of Miramar to host Reggae Girlz World Cup Send-off celebration

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first_imgPHOTO CAPTION: Vice Mayor City of Miramar and host to the Reggae Girlz, Alexandra Davis; Consul General of Miami, Oliver Mair; Entertainer and Minister, Papa San; Reggae Girlz Player, Ashleigh Shim; Reggae Girlz Assistant Coach, Hubert Busby and President of the Reggae Girlz Foundation, Michelle Adamolekun Alex MIRAMAR – The Jamaica women soccer team, the Reggae Girlz, made history earlier this year by becoming the first ever Caribbean country to qualify for a FIFA Women’s World Cup. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is scheduled for June 1 – July 1, 2019 in France.The Reggae Girlz will play Brazil on June 9th, Italy on June 14th, and Australia on June 18th in Group C during the Group Stages.The Girlz will begin their 2019 World Cup Send-Off Tour with a game in Jamaica against Panama on May 19th.The Reggae Girlz Foundation (RGF), The City of Miramar, and Vice Mayor Alexandra Davis will be hosting a Week of Celebration Activities (May 20 – 24, 2019) to celebrate the Jamaican women historic achievement and send them off to France in style!Scheduled Fundraising Events in MiramarThe following list of fundraising and celebration activities have been planned under the patronage of Jamaican Consul General Oliver Mair, and the Jamaica Tourist Board, and under the mandate of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF):May 20, 2019– City of Miramar Welcome – at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. This will be open to the public.May 21, 2019– City of Miramar Sports Summit – hosted by Vice Mayor Alexandra DavisMay 22, 2019– Pep Rally – hosted by County Line Chiropractic, Countyline Road location. 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.May 22, 2019– VIP Fundraising Reception Cocktail – hosted by Consul General Oliver Mair, Vice Mayor Davis and Cedella Marley (Global Ambassador for Jamaica Football)May 23, 2019– Reggae Girlz 2019 World Cup Send-Off Fun-Day Celebration – hosted by the Reggae Girlz Foundation, City of Miramar and Vice Mayor Alexandra Davis. A fun-filled evening of food, drinks and music, featuring a double header football match (additional details to be announced pending approvals).last_img read more

Spirit Airlines Organizes Flight to Pick Up US Citizens in Haiti

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first_imgLast month, the airline said that it would be operating some flights based on embassy requests. In a statement on Thursday, the airline said that American citizens who wish to return to the United States should plan to do so immediately. “The US Embassy is not aware of any flights from Haiti to the United States after June 2 or if any flights will be authorized in the future. US citizens who do not return to the United States while commercial or commercially available charter flights are available, may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite period.” The US Embassy here also issued a reminder to potential travelers that “commercial airlines are privately owned and that the cost of flights may be higher than standard commercial fares during this time.”center_img PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – The low-cost US carrier, Spirit, says it has been authorized to operate a flight from Port au Prince to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Tuesday, June 2. CMClast_img read more

Mikel Obi: Winning At Life!

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first_imgJohn Obi Mikel is living the good life! Soaring with the Super Eagles, amassing £140,000-a-week at Tianjin TEDA, a beautiful girlfriend and absolutely gorgeous twin girls. What more could a man ask for?The Super Eagles Captain’s Russian girlfriend, Olga Diyachenko took to Instagram to congratulate her “Pooh1” after the Nigerian National Team’s remarkable 4-0 victory over reigning African Champions, Cameroon in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying game on Friday.Mikel and Olga seem to be just fine, contrary to various rumors that their relationship was on the rocks after Mikel deleted some pictures on Instagram some months ago.Since the birth of twin girls, Mia and Ava in September 2015, Mikel Obi has gone ahead to capture an Olympic bronze medal, become a more influential figure in the Nigerian National Team and moved away from Chelsea where he had become somewhat surplus to requirements, making more money in the process. Apparently, fatherhood has been a major motivation for the Nigerian skipper.The proud daddy recently shared a picture of himself and Olga taking their twin girls to nursery school for the very first time.With a very impressive performance for Nigeria against Cameroon, putting the Super Eagles in a good position to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the 30-year-old has again proved critics wrong. He looked like a very happy man.If Mikel would make it official by making Olga Diyachenko his wife, we have to wait and see.Relatedlast_img read more

Intertain sets target date for LSE listing

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first_img Luckbox raises CAD $3.8m ahead of TSX IPO June 12, 2020 Related Articles Share Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Andrew McIver,Issuing a corporate statement Intertain Group Limited (Intertain), has announced that it expects its full listing on the London Stock Exchange under new entity ‘Jackpotjoy Plc’ to take place on Wednesday 25 June.The company had first announced its intention to migrate its corporate listing from the Toronto TSX to London’s LSE in August 2016.Presenting plans to its investors, Intertain’s governance led by new CEO Andrew McIver stated that the strategic decision was made in order to bring the company closer to its main European markets thus making Jackpotjoy assets more attractive to long-term igaming investors.Ahead of its London exchange listing, Intertain governance has allowed investors to exchange their Toronto TSX shares with a new common share issuance in Jackpotjoy Plc, setting a 20 January deadline in which to fulfil the transactions.Updating investors Andrew McIver, Intertain’s President and CEO, commented on the planned LSE listing; “We are excited to have reached this milestone in the implementation of our UK strategic initiatives, including the London listing of Jackpotjoy plc.  We believe that these initiatives will provide a platform to further develop Intertain’s core assets for the long term benefit of the company, its shareholders and other stakeholders.”Canaccord Genuity Corp has acted as financial advisor for Intertain Group’s LSE listing. StumbleUpon Submit Sharelast_img read more

Dafabet completes Comtrade iCore platform migration

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first_img Related Articles Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Dafabet grows cricket portfolio with Durham and Sussex deals July 15, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Steven ValentineIndustry tailored platform provider Comtrade Gaming has announced the final integration of its iCore enterprise back-end solution for online bookmaker Dafabet (AsianLogic Group).The platform partnership between Comtrade and Dafabet was first announced in March 2016, with the Asian-focused bookmaker agreeing to migrate its services to Comtrade’s iCore solution.Updating industry stakeholders, Comtrade development has detailed a successful installation of iCore systems, stating that its new client had undertaken a smooth migration with no downtime deployments.Dafabet is set to gain a complete back-end solution for managing its multi-product assets, featuring better player reporting and management functions. The iCore platform will further allow Dafabet better operational flexibility, allowing for the bookmaker to deploy a ‘higher degree of customisation’.Commenting on the project Dimi Karatzas, Online Betting & Gaming Director at AsianLogic stated“The new platform will helps us grow and meet business demands as the market becomes more competitive.”“Migrating the entire back-end platform as a live operator involves massive risks if not done correctly. Comtrade Gaming seamlessly managed the process for us and the transition created an instant, positive effect on our business,”Steven Valentine, Director of Interactive Services for Comtrade detailed that Dafabet had gained a top tier platform designed for effective scaling up of client demands“We made a promise to Dafabet to replace their back-end and immediately improve their business without any short-term negative impacts during integration, and once again we delivered on our promises,” Valentine stated“Our vast experience and flexible approach with individual client needs makes us the first choice for operators looking to improve their platform technology.” Share AsianBGE launches live instant win channel with Pin Projekt June 24, 2020last_img read more

Jacob Lopez Curciel – OPTIMA – Developing an In Play horse racing product to capture the eye

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first_img Last month, SBC Events marked a landmark year in horse racing with a dedicated full day conference track at Betting on Sports, held at the Olympia Conference Centre in London.Jacob Lopez Curciel, OptimaAs part of the ‘Betting on Racing’ track, the ‘After the off – Opportunities in live betting’ session facilitated a high-level discussion around the opportunity to engage new punters with an in play horse racing product.Just a few weeks after the event, we caught up with Jacob Lopez Curciel, CEO at OPTIMA and a key speaker from this session, to build on the insight he delivered to a packed room of delegates at #boscon2017.SBC: Do you think the horse racing industry is missing an opportunity to engage punters with live betting products?JLC: The horse racing industry, as any other, needs innovation to keep the business interest up and to continue attracting new customers. Live betting and the user experience around the live betting will attract the interest of existing and new customers. If the user experience is good, the customers will use the services.SBC: Do you share the opinion that the speed and accuracy of live data represents the biggest obstacle to its successful adoption?JLC: Not the biggest, and not the only.First the customer experience, how do we drive enjoyment and eliminate frustration completely from the user journey to play “real time betting” on horse racing. What plus is the customer going to get in his experience to capture his eye and his time. A challenge that each operator has to shape and evolve, probably iteratively.Speed and consistency, both together, between data and video streaming, which requires systems and resources that are now becoming available at consumer level and in previous years were not readily available, a challenge that definitely we have the technology to resolve now.SBC: From an integrity perspective, do you think there is any chance of varied in-race markets such as first to fall or leader after first furlong?JLC: Transparency is the key. If parameters can be monitored in real time, it is more likely that competitiveness and integrity will be better and those markets could have a chance, some of them I doubt will be possibly suitable for betting without full transparency in real time, however I don’t think In Play betting must be thought only around new markets as it is often the case, In Play betting is more about the user experience and extending the times for betting than adding new markets.SBC: What can horse racing learn from in play betting on other sports?JLC: Only very low % of all markets offered get bets, quality more important than amountReal time data is equally or more important than live streaming for the customer to enjoy and for the operator to maximize the product quality and profitability.Technology used must be the right one, proven and stable, or In Play betting could cause serious damage to a business and its reputation.SBC: Can you trade in play horse racing algorithmically from the data? Or does there need to be a human influence too?JLC: A hybrid is required. 80/20 automated vs human interaction.There are many situations still that cannot be properly assessed and processed specially in situations of low liquidity no matter how much data you can process in real time. Submit Share Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

Yggdrasil and Tabcorp in Sun Vegas deal

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first_img Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Submit Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 Share Yggdrasil Gaming has agreed a deal with Tabcorp for its slots to be featured on the Sun Vegas platform.Under the terms of the deal the supplier of online and mobile casino games will see its full portfolio of slots integrated, including the recently released Jungle Books and Valley of the Gods.Adam Ruffett, Director of Casino at Tabcorp UK, said: “Yggdrasil provides the type of high-quality games our customers demand, so we are delighted to add them to our growing library of titles.“We’ve been particularly impressed by the powerful and versatile in-game promotional tools which back up these games, and are confident they will prove popular on Sun Vegas.”As part of the deal Sun Vegas is to also have access to Boost, Yggdrasil’s collection of in game promotional tools, and Brag, its social sharing tool.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil, said: “It has been almost two years since we made the strategic decision to enter the UK, and our growth in the jurisdiction has been very encouraging.“Adding a brand as recognisable in the UK as The Sun is yet another major coup for us, and perfectly displays the growing demand for Yggdrasil content in this exciting market.”This follows news of a new title launched by Yggdrasil titled Reptoids, a 1960s inspired extra terrestrial slot.Featuring ‘old school graphics’ Reptoids sees aliens become exposed in top government positions, with new features also introduced alongside a storyline designed to further engage with users.last_img read more

Football INDEX unveiled as main sponsor of Bristol Rovers FC

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first_imgShare StumbleUpon Share EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Related Articles QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Football Index selects beBettor to lead customer affordability demands July 30, 2020 Submit League 1 football club, Bristol Rovers has revealed a record deal for the club, unveiling Football INDEX as its new front of shirt sponsor for the 18/19 season.The world’s first football stockmarket provides users with an exciting alternative to traditional betting markets where traders can buy and sell shares in professional footballers with real money.Football INDEX Founder and CEO Adam Cole commented on the new partnership: “We are delighted to further strengthen our position as part of the fabric of English football and look forward to a successful season in partnership with Bristol Rovers.“The sponsorship will showcase our brand-new logo which will be rolled out across our website and media channels over the next few weeks.” Tom Gorringe, Commercial Director of Bristol Rovers F.C added: “This is a landmark deal for the club, with the front of shirt sponsorship sold for the first time in a decade. “Football INDEX is an innovative concept and so it is great kudos for the club to be aligning ourselves with such a progressive brand. We’d like to thank the team at Football INDEX for opting to showcase their new brand on our first team kits for the 18/19 season.”As part of the partnership, the Football INDEX logo will be on the front of all first team and adult replica home and away shirts for the upcoming season.last_img read more

‘Three Simple Tools’ sees Sky Bet continue safer gambling commitment

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first_img StumbleUpon Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Richard Flint – Sky BetSky Bet continues to promote safer gambling to UK sports audiences, announcing the launch of its new ‘Three Simple Tools’ nation-wide advertising campaign.The campaign which features ‘Sky Soccer Saturday’ pundits Charlie Nicholas, Matt Le Tissier and Phil Thompson will act as the follow up to Sky Bet’s ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’ campaign first launched in 2017.Raising audience awareness of ‘gambling controls’, the Sky Soccer pundits promote three Sky Bet safer gambling tools available to customers; Deposit Limits’, ‘Cool-off Periods’ and the brand new ‘Profit and Loss’ function.“Each pundit represents ‘a tool’ aimed at keeping betting from getting in the way of the enjoyment of sport, with more useful content to help customers fully understand and further increase the frequency of use of the new tools.” Sky Bet marketing details in its communication.‘Three Simple Tools’ sees the bookmaker continue its commitment to improving industry standards and responsibility, with the company pledging ‘£3.5 million in ad-spend promoting safer gambling awareness’.Updating the market Richard Flint, Sky Betting & Gaming CEO, said: “Our first safer gambling campaign broke new ground because we were the first betting brand to produce a dedicated safer gambling advert, and we put a big-budget campaign behind the cause of safer gambling awareness. We hope to build on these impressive results with the launch of ‘Three Simple Tools’ – including the new ‘Profit and Loss’ tool – to give customers a simple to understand indication of their betting balance over a selected period of time, to keep them informed and help them manage affordability.“Research indicates customers increasingly want to bet with trusted companies that provide a safe environment. Advertising forms a part of an increasingly multi-channel dialogue with the public in order to keep making betting and gaming safer and that’s what we are doing here.” Related Articles EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Sharelast_img read more