Miami-Dade students explore options at National College Fair

first_imgMiami-Dade County Public Schools experienced another successful National College Fair last Sunday at the Doubletree Miami Mart Airport Hotel. “This event is a wonderful and beneficial opportunity for our students to get information and learn about the academic choices that are available to them,” said School Board Member Perla Tabares Hantman, who has co-chaired the event since being elected to the School Board many years ago.More than 10,000 students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from some 200 colleges and universities; 25 from around the world, including France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain and Canada. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools sponsored the free event.last_img read more

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Leadership change for Jamaican Women of Florida

first_imgJamaican women of Florida The Jamaican Women of Florida, Inc. (JWOF) has changed its leadership.At the fourth annual general meeting of the organization held last Saturday, Camille Edwards an administrator with the Broward School Board was elected to succeed local attorney Dahlia Walker-Huntington as the organization’s president. Walker-Huntington and other members of the board had termed out.Camille EdwardsEdwards previously served as the president of the Immaculate Conception High School Alumnae Association and Broward Alliance of Caribbean Educators (founder). She hails from Montego Bay, Jamaica and holds Masters of Science and Bachelors of Arts degrees from St. Thomas University, Miami, FL and York University, Toronto, Canada.The newly Elected Vice President is June Minto – Marketing Consultant and Managing Partners with Jamaican Jerk Festival & Jamaque – Paridis Magazines.  Rounding out the new Board are Secretary Tamara Wadley; Treasurer Dale Telfer, CPA – who is returning for her second term in the position; Director-At-Large Ann Marie Clarke, Esq. and Legal Director Hilary Creary, Esq.- who previously served as the association’s Secretary.JWOF was launched in April, 2013 with twenty founding members. The membership has tripled since, and the organization continue to seek members to strengthen the group.The non-profit was founded as an organization to provide an opportunity for Jamaican women residing in Florida to empower themselves through charitable and educational endeavors, personal development and mentoring. JWOF seeks to engage Jamaican women and to give back to the next generation of young women by assisting in the development of leadership and personal skills to operate in a global environment.Since its launch, JWOF has initiated several measures to accomplish its goals.  These include the annual Women’s Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon; the “Powerful Women…Next Generation” scholarship, the annual Health & Wellness Conversation, and the adoption of Melody House Girls’ Home in Montego Bay, Jamaica.  Members of JWOF have made several trips to Jamaica to visit Melody House and have supported the girls home financially over the years.  The organization has also helped several Jamaican women and families in Florida in need and continue to live up to their mission of helping the community.“We the new board embrace JWOF’s mission and vision and are dedicated to the organization’s continued growth over the next two years” says JWOF President, Camille Edwards. “We have some big shoes to fill but with the guidance of the outgoing board we will strive to provide avenues to empower the now gen and the next gen,” said Edwards.To celebrate their fourth anniversary, JWOF is again hosting the popular “Jamaican Women of Florida Empowerment Conference & Scholarship Luncheon”, on Saturday, April 8th, at Jungle Island in Miami, Florida.  The event will include three panel presentations focusing on the organization’s mission –  empowerment; personal growth and development, and mentorship; the annual scholarship awards luncheon to benefit a female high school senior and promising second, third and fourth year college students.last_img read more

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Jamaica looking to construct thousands of new hotel rooms

first_img“The industry is growing. The demand is expanding. At 4.3 million visitors, our market has increased by nearly 300,000 per month,” Bartlett said, adding the potential for further growth in the local tourism sector is limitless, relative to how the industry is projected to grow globally, noting that “the scope for us to act and get more from it has no bounds”.In this regard, he called on financial industry stakeholders to be more accommodating of local entrepreneurs supplying the industry, particularly manufacturers, by facilitating them with funding support.Need banking support“We have to change the mindset [of lenders] because, unfortunately, our credit arrangements in Jamaica are skewed towards consumerism. It’s easier to get a loan for a car or to spend a holiday than for an investment [in a budding entrepreneur] in Priory.”Bartlett also called on financial institutions to boost funding support to persons in the creative industries, which, he argued, have sustainable products. He said these will serve to attract increased foreign direct investments from the thousands of persons travelling to Jamaica annually for a cultural experience.“Entertainment, sport, music and arts… form around building that experience of happiness. Nowhere is better for that than Jamaica, with Reggae being regarded today as the millennium music form.“Today, Jamaica’s popular artistes are celebrated all over the world, and the music form has been embraced by more countries than you can imagine, making Jamaica a real powerhouse,” Bartlett added. KINGSTON, Jamaica, – Jamaica has plans to boost the economy through the construction of 6,000 additional hotel rooms early next year.Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the initiative is expected to begin in January and would serve to further boost the economy by providing opportunities for local stakeholders, such as manufacturers, whom he encouraged to prepare to supply the anticipated heightened demand for furniture, among other key inputs.Industry growing and demand is expandinglast_img read more

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Sky Betting & Gaming launches industry first AI ChatBot

first_img Betting bosses withdraw from upcoming APPG hearing September 3, 2019 GambleAware donations top £10m for 2019/20 April 21, 2020 Share StumbleUpon UKGC forms three groups to address safer gambling standards January 18, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Sky Betting and Gaming has launched ‘Ask Jeff’, a new recruitment ChatBot using the face of Sky Sports’ football presenter Jeff Stelling.Matt Hughan, Sky Betting & GamingThe company is using the AI ChatBot to engage candidates and support the recruitment experience. ‘Ask Jeff’ is on Facebook to respond to questions with the use of interactive buttons on an applicant’s status, business locations, benefits and social opportunities.It is the first ChatBot of its kind to be introduced in the sports betting and gaming industry, with artificial intelligence and natural language processing which provide applicants with 24/7 access to the recruitment process. It offers a responsive and interactive experience from the moment an application starts, right through to someone’s first day with the company.Matt Hughan, Head of Recruitment at Sky Betting & Gaming, said, “As a fast-growing tech company that during one eight-month period alone recruited over 600 people, we’ve been keen to look at where artificial intelligence can add value to our hiring process. Using AI and being able to link with media personality, Jeff Stelling will deliver a unique new experience for prospective employees.”Whilst the tool is fun and engaging for candidates, the recruitment team are also freed up to spend more time supporting and advising recruits at the later stages of a hire, rather than simply fielding more straightforward closed questions.last_img read more

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Betting Gods extends reach with European language versions

first_imgShare StumbleUpon CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Betting Gods has extended its reach in Europe after a successful move into the Maltese sports betting market highlighted a clear demand for expansion.Darren Moore, Betting GodsSince launching in Malta in December, Betting Gods has seen a growth in business of 17.27%. The company, which was previously available in English only, has reacted by creating French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish language versions for the sports content and tipster platform.Professional in-house and third party tipsters with specialist sports knowledge are now able to provide advice to a wider European audience, across a diverse range of markets. Each of the tipsters are vetted over a 16-week period prior to being taken on, which also means that Betting Gods can provide an accurate guide as to the expected ROI based on profit and loss patterns.Managing Director Darren Moore said: “At Betting Gods, we take great pride in enabling people to become successful with their betting by providing them with top quality content and betting advice.“Having seen tremendous success since formally introducing our brand to Malta, we are now extending our reach by enabling our content to be viewed in a greater range of languages, thus increasing our accessibility and support for bettors across Europe.” Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020last_img read more

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‘Passing of the Batton’…LatestCasinoBonuses.com acquires WorldCasinoDirectory for $1.7 million

first_img Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Submit SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Share John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Joshua ChanOnline casino review portal LatestCasinoBonuses.com (LCB) has confirmed that it has expanded its website portfolio by acquiring WorldCasinoDirectory.com (WCD), one of the oldest industry affiliates for $1.7 million (£1.25 million).Confirming the deal, Joshua Chan CEO & Founder of LCB detailed that his firm would takeover management of WCD main domain and its related assets.Founded in 2002, WCD is one of the most trusted player casino review portals, detailing news, information, resource and insight on online and land-based casinos. The popular website has garnered a strong international following and active community player base.Updating industry media, Chan stated that WCD’s portal was the right fit for LCB’s operations, which relies heavily on player trust and accurate reviewing of online casinos. Chan detailed that his firm’s acquisition could be seen as a ‘Passing of the Batton’“My team at LCB has big plans for the site and are very excited to build on what the World Casinos Directory team have already done.”“Most important is to keep the quality, reputation and complete mission intact. Working with the existing concept, the strategy is to embellish the site with the expertise WCD is so well known for.” Chan commented on the acquisition.last_img read more

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Commission urges industry to act on advertising warnings

first_img StumbleUpon Gambling Commission programme director Ian Angus has emphasised the need for “a proper and constructive debate about gambling marketing and advertising, including sponsorship arrangements in sport”.Angus’ recommendations come after Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson mapped out the party’s policies on heightening gambling marketing restrictions, aiming to replicate the ‘whistle-to-whistle advertising ban’ introduced in Australia at the start of 2018. Which would mean prohibiting all promotion of betting-related content during the broadcasts of live sporting events. Speaking at a Responsible Marketing for Gambling Operators Conference in London, Angus highlighted that: “At a time when consumer trust in gambling is at an all time low, it would be unwise for industry to ignore the hardening public and political mood around advertising. “For some, it’s a moral reaction; for others it’s an irritant (stop bombarding me with gambling ads); but for many, including a growing number of researchers and academics, it reflects a genuine concern about the unknown impacts of children’s exposure to gambling advertising and sport sponsorship.”He added: “It’s difficult to see how the “as is” scenario is sustainable. Parliamentary questions on advertising are tabled almost weekly, media headlines scream about irresponsible marketing practices, and prominent politicians, from across the political divide, are calling for drastic measures to reduce children’s exposure.”Angus went onto highlight how the industry has let itself down with regards to free bet and bonus marketing: “The advertising of free bets and bonuses is a good example. Well established advertising rules, drawn down from consumer law, make clear that marketing promotions must not mislead. Industry was warned, time and time again, about misleading marketing practices but failed to act. “It should never have taken a series of ASA rulings, a million pounds worth of financial penalties from the Commission and a major investigation, followed by enforcement action, by the Competition & Markets Authority, to secure sector-wide compliance. It’s done incalculable damage to the industry’s reputation and it could, and should, have been avoided.”Looking ahead, he stated: “My advice to you is this. A storm is gathering, but it can be avoided. Learn from the mistakes of the past – listen to what the public is saying and put responsible advertising standards at the very heart of your business.“Don’t wait for the storm clouds to burst and precautionary measures to be triggered. Step up now and own this.” Submit Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Related Articles Share ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020last_img read more

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Bookmakers suspend ‘no confidence vote’ on May’s party leadership

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 The majority of UK bookmakers have today suspended markets on a ‘vote of no confidence’ taking place on Theresa May’s party leadership.Following a frantic 24-hours of trading, triggered by the abrupt departure of Dominic Raab as lead Brexit negotiator – who stated that he could not support May’s draft EU-withdrawal agreement, bookmakers’ have suspended a no-confidence motion.This morning, new sources report that so far 21 Conservative MPs have sent ‘letters of no confidence’ to Sir Graham Brady’s Conservative Committee.Conservative Party rules mandate that 15% of MPs (in this case 48), must support a ‘no confidence’ motion in order to trigger a vote on party leadership.Paddy Power Politics made the decision to suspend betting on the vote following ‘heavy, continued betting on the outcome’, as market odds had fallen from odds-on 1/3 to 1/10 before 10am (Friday), and had been slashed from as high as 5/2 earlier this week.Nevertheless, should the vote happen, Paddy Power has moved to price Theresa at ‘odds-on 1/2’ to secure a confidence approval, as opposed to 6/4 for her to lose, warning Brexiters to be careful of what they wish for.Paddy PowerUpdating the media, politics spokesman Paddy Power said: “With letters flying in from disillusioned Tory lawmakers, we’ve been forced to completely stop taking bets on a vote of no confidence taking place against the Prime Minister.“However, we are seeing continued support on May to win the vote should it go ahead, in fact a win is rated over 25% more likely than a loss at this stage.” Paddy Power – Vote of No Confidence Markets :1/10     A vote of no confidence to happen (now suspended)1/2        May to win a vote of no confidence6/4        May to lose a vote of no confidencePaddy Power – Next Conservative Leader:9/2 -Dominic Raab11/2 – Sajid Javid6/1 -Boris Johnson6/1 -Michael Gove7/1 – Jeremy Hunt9/1 -Jacob Rees-Mogg9/1 -David Davis16/1 – Penny Mourdaunt Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more

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Nektan on course to ‘€ break-even’ in 2019

first_img Related Articles FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs June 29, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Submit XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 London AIM-listed igaming platform and games provider Nektan Plc has this morning published its Q2 2019 trading update (period ending 31 December) reporting record KPI growth, new commercial partnerships and progress on its US market foundations.Updating investors, Nektan reports record cash wagering across its active business verticals of £222 million, a £40 million increase (22% growth) on Q1 2019’s £182 million.Nektan governance informs that performance has been driven by ‘significant increase in the number of unique players on Nektan B2B platforms, helped by four new partners going live’ during the trading period.Furthermore, Nektan has been able to boost its platform performance by adding a number of ‘premium gaming titles’ across its B2C and B2B divisions.Closing the trading period, Nektan governance records a Gaming Revenue increase of 28.4% to £8.6 million, up from £6.7 million in Q1 FY19 (up 83% on Q2 2018).On current projections, Nektan’s current growth trajectory should result in the firm achieving its ‘European EBITDA break-even’ target by the end of FY19 (30 June 2019).The trading update, sees Lucy Buckley make her first public announcement as new Nektan Chief Executive, having officially joined the London-AIM enterprise on 3 December.“This record-breaking quarter for the Group has not only highlighted that we have made significant enhancements to our technology, but we are becoming a firmly established business that is on track to be profitable in our core European business by the end of this financial year ending 30 June 2019.Our BetVictor contract win with this tier-one operator is a landmark for Nektan and we are proud to have them believe in the breadth and depth of our offering. The B2B figures continue to demonstrate the huge potential that that division has in fuelling our growth going forward.Another significant highlight from the end of the last quarter was the announcement of potential external investment in our US business. Once completed, we believe these developments will put Nektan in its strongest and most secure position to date”last_img read more

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GLMS reappoints Ludovici Calvi as President

first_img Lottomatica’s Ludovici Calvi has been reappointed as the President of the Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS) at the association’s most recent AGM in Antwerp. Joining Calvi, a number of other members have been elected to the Executive Committee for the upcoming 2019-2021 term. Kauhanen Sami from Veikkaus OY has been appointed, alongside EL Mechrafi Younes from MDJS as well as Lee Ilho from Korea’s KTOTO.Calvi celebrated his re-election: “I am extremely honoured to have been appointed as the President of the Association for yet another term. I am proud of GLMS many achievements of the last term and I am privileged to carry on the mission of growing GLMS network worldwide and disseminating its core values while guaranteeing continuity and strengthening the association.“I strongly believe that protecting Sport Ethics means safeguarding the passion and integrity of our children and therefore the future of our society. I am fully convinced that GLMS represents a tremendous vehicle not only for our network and its members but also for all other key interested stakeholders, our communities, and our society as a whole. “I assure all our members, public, private stakeholders and partners, that I will continue with the same energy, passion and dedication to make my best efforts for the global success of GLMS.”The new committee, as set out in its company statutes, also appointed new members who had been chosen by the founding members.  Bolingbroke Rupert, HKJC, was re-appointed to the Executive Committee as the group’s GLMS Vice-President. Danske Spil’s Folmann Niels Erik, Garcia Fabian from La Banca as well as Maillet Gilles from FDJ were all elected to the committee. “The new executive committee is a geographically diverse powerful group of leaders that will work together on the implementation of our vision and strategy for GLMS,” Calvi added.“I would like to thank the GLMS General Secretariat and all staff members of GLMS in our 2 hubs for their hard and relentless quality output, setting new standards of excellency for the whole sport integrity sector.” Share Share GLMS monitors North American integrity with Montreal Hub June 23, 2020 Related Articles Submit IGT records dire 2020 opening as COVID-19 impacts all primary revenues   May 18, 2020 StumbleUpon IGT sanctions capped $300m senior debt note sale June 9, 2020last_img read more

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