Diverse cast for Best Of The Best

first_imgBrigadier Jerry..one of the headline acts at Best of the Best This year’s Best Of The Best concert, scheduled for May 28 at Bayfront Park in Miami, will have its most diverse cast yet. The eleventh renewal is heavy on dancehall, but co-promoter DJ Jabba says the team also went for old school reggae and soca to satisfy a wide demographic.“We have something for everybody,” he assured.Mavado, Aidonia, Konshens, Spice, Charly Blacks, Dexta Daps and I-Octane are the dancehall artistes confirmed to perform. Josey Wales, Brigadier Jerry and General Trees who came up through the sound system circuit during the 1980s will provide the old school flavor. Mad Cobra, best known for the ’90s monster hit Flex, represents that era.Soca acts Patrice Roberts and Lyrical from Trinidad and Tobago and Julien Believe of The Bahamas, will also be at Best Of The Best.The theme is a contrast to 2016 that was dominated by so-called foundation singers. Last year’s event reportedly drew 19,000 fans which Jabba describes as a “joyful situation”.Best Of The Best has traditionally featured Jamaican performers. But Jabba points out that with South Florida home to people from other Caribbean countries, it is important promoters reach out to them.”We’re showing them love for the love they’ve shown us over the years,” he said.last_img read more

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AG calls for probe into Asot Michael’s dismissal

first_imgFormer Antigua and Barbuda AG calls for probe into dismissal of Tourism MinisterA former attorney general is calling on the Integrity Commission to launch a probe into the circumstances that led to the dismissal of former tourism and investment minister Asot Michael from the Cabinet of Prime Minister Gaston Browne following his arrest in the United Kingdom last week.Justin Simon, who was a guest on Observer Radio on Sunday said that there was no reason to await the outcome of the investigation by the British authorities.“Within Antigua and Barbuda, this matter should not be allowed to simply die and for us to wait on whatever happens or unfolds in the U.K,” he said, noting that the Integrity Commission had the power to investigate matters without a complaint first being brought to its attention.Last week, Prime Minister Browne described the investigation involving his former minister as “a serious matter” insisting that Michael “was actually arrested on a serious issue” in the United Kingdom.Browne said that after he was briefed orally on the situation regarding the arrest, he immediately requested that law enforcement authorities in Britain submit the information in writing to Antigua and Barbuda’s High Commissioner to London, Karen Mae-Hill.“I was told by the high commissioner that he was actually arrested on a serious issue…we were told it was not a frivolous arrest, that it was a serious matter, that the international police, INTERPOL and the metropolitan police [were] actually following.“And, I also understand that it included the local police as well. And, as a result of certain information they would have gathered, that is what led to this action,” Browne told radio listeners.But Michael in a statement last week, said he was “sorry” that Prime Minister Browne had not contacted him prior to making public his removal from the Cabinet.“I propose to speak to him as soon as possible, and to explain the situation,” Michael said, adding that he had also been informed that a local radio broadcast had indicated “that the police in England informed me that I would be required for further questioning.For more on Asot Michael, click the link: Antigua Opposition questions firing of Asot Michaellast_img read more

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Five killed in police shootout in Guyana

first_imgFive people were killed during a shootout with police in Guyana on Tuesday morning.The police said several men attempted to invade a house in Lilliendaal on the outskirts of the capital, Georgetown.The authorities said that they have recovered an AK-47 rifle with two magazines and two shotguns at the scene.Investigators also found equipment that was used to cut through the gate to the property. They believe that the men may have been after a safe that was stored in the house.The homeowner’s name has not been released.Three of the five men killed during a stand-off have been identified and included a 31-year-old taxi driver.Crime Chief Paul Williams said the police had received an emergency call during the early hours on Tuesday morning of the break-in and that when law enforcement officials arrived on the scene they found themselves in an armed confrontation with the five gunmen.At the end of the gunfight, the five gunmen were found with multiple gunshot injuries. They were taken to the Georgetown Hospital where they were all pronounced dead.last_img read more

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“THANKSGIVING ON GOOD FRIDAY” BLOCK PARTY FOR THE HOMELESS & NEEDY

first_imgOn Good Friday, April 19, the Miami Rescue Mission | Broward Outreach Centers will hold the annual “Thanksgiving on Good Friday” Block Party for the homeless and hungry families of South Florida. Along with a sit down Thanksgiving meal, volunteers will wash the feet of the homeless and needy and Barry Podiatry Students will provide foot care in remembrance of Jesus washing the feet of the disciples. Nearly 400 volunteers will provide over 2,000 Thanksgiving meals.  Those in attendance will be treated to haircuts, great entertainment, and special gifts.  Over 300 Easter Baskets will be given to children in our centers and those in attendance. Adults and children alike will feel important and shown the love of God.The event will commence at 10:00am through to 1:00 pm at the Miami Rescue Mission: 2020 NW 1st Avenue Miami, FL 33127 (on the street), and also on the street at the Broward Outreach Center Hollywood: 2056 Scott Street Hollywood, FL 33020.Rev. Ronald Brummitt, President of the Miami Rescue Mission | Broward Outreach Centers said, “It’s a privilege to provide meals and assistance to the neediest members of our community. We want homeless and at-risk families to know they are loved and that we are here to help.  Through our Good Friday Outreach, many hurting people are shown that they are not forgotten and people really do care. Many homeless will decide to come off the streets and enter one of our life-changing programs. We couldn’t do all that we do without our amazing donors, supporters and volunteers.  A special blessing to each of them.”last_img read more

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Premier League Giants Sign Big Deal With Amazon

first_imgThere is no better time to be a Manchester City fan with the club now adding off-field results to the ones recorded on the pitch.Pep Guardiola’s men have won their last nine games in the league to move eight points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United (2nd place) and Tottenham Hotspur (3rd place) in addition to booking their place in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) last 16.RelatedAdarabioyo Excited Over City ContractJune 24, 2017In “England”English Giants Manchester United Record Huge Revenues As TV Money IncreasesSeptember 22, 2017In “England”Eight Premier League Transfer TargetsJuly 3, 2017In “England” English Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester City have penned a huge deal with Amazon Prime for a behind-the-scenes TV series following the Etihad Stadium outfit throughout the course of the current season (2017/18).The TV series deal is reportedly worth more than £10m and it is likely to feature on Prime’s on-demand video service in autumn 2018 since the league body has already vetoed it.This is coming on the back of Wednesday’s announcement of the encouraging financial figures posted by the Citizens.The new figures showed a 21% increase in turnover to a record £473m.Speaking about the new partnership, the club’s chief executive Ferran Soriano said:“Amazon Prime Video is the perfect home for a ground-breaking project.”“It will offer a unique and authentic inside view into Manchester City’s season.” he added.last_img read more

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Rafi Ashkenazi – Amaya has M&A appetite for sports betting in 2017

first_img SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Speaking to Bloomberg News, Rafi Ashkenazi Chief Executive of Amaya Inc has stated that his firm’s ‘appetite for risk’ will return once its internal operations are settled.Ashkenazi who took over the reins of Amaya last August following the controversial departure of former leader David Baazov, has so far focused his short tenure on reducing Amaya’s long-term debt and installing new executive team members.TSX analysts have praised Ashkenazi’s pragmatic style of management, which has regained investor confidence with the firm’s stock up 30% since the new leadership appointment.An industry veteran, who has served as Chief Operations Officer at Rational Group and Playtech Plc, Ashkenazi reaffirmed to Bloomberg Amaya’s continued versification strategy which sees the company reducing its reliance on its online poker vertical.To date, Ashkenazi is satisfied with Amaya strong crossover with its online casino vertical, which “Amaya has done well to persuade their poker players to try their casino product,”However, Amaya’s leader notes that sports betting is tougher proposition for the firm’s operations as it “faces a competitive market where the majors have established significant volume and price efficiency.”As Amaya governance continues to reduce its debt levels, Ashkenazi states that his firm will move towards a gradual M&A focus in 2017 with the firm recruiting a Group Strategy Director seeking opportunities within sports betting. John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Sharelast_img read more

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Colossus Bets – Sponsor Profile – #bofcon2017

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Bernard Marantelli, Colossus BetsColossus Bets is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Bernard Marantelli, the CEO and Founder of Colossus Bets about why football is such an attractive sport for betting, new technology that will impact football betting and what he’s looking forward to at the conference.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?BM: Driven by many historical and socio-economic reasons, football is the world’s most popular – played and followed – sport. From a sports fan’s perspective, the passion and adrenaline surrounding the defining 1-2-3 goals scored in each game makes it an intense, fun watching experience. Also, the supporters are loyal, virtually tribal – they have a strong emotional connection with their team, they live the game.So, it is not surprising that a recent study showed that football is the most bet on sport in almost every country in the world, with very few exceptions such as the NFL in the USA, the AFL in Australia and a few other niche markets. The rest is really a case of a virtuous, self-fulfilling cycle – the more volume a sports betting market attracts, the more attractive it grows for players and operators.SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?BM: Carrying on from the point above, the biggest change is the rapid growth in global volumes, driven by wall-to-wall televised games, extended coverage and massive tournaments every second summer. People want to watch football and when they watch they want to bet, as a means of making it more meaningful to them. At Colossus, we regard betting as an integral part of a sports fan’s experience – we believe it augments what would otherwise be a pure follower experience.For the same reasons and although the functionality itself is no longer news, we continue to observe rapid growth in in-play betting. The other big change that was quickly adopted as a standard is the availability of cash-out functionality across all forms of betting. As with in-play, cash-out provides more opportunities for engagement. Finally, we anticipate a rise of social betting or ‘crowdfunding’ models as a soft entry for a more mass audience to football jackpots.SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?BM: It is a complex issue. The elephant in the room is that betting – and gambling more broadly – is still seen as a seedy business even where legal. Luckily, Colossus operates in a segment, pools betting, which has historically enjoyed social acceptance thanks to its ‘small stakes, life-changing wins’ ethos, like the lottery segment.And even though I partly sympathise with the underlying drivers of the persistent, negative connotations – lack of industry-wide transparency, the potential for consumer exploitation or addiction, etc., we cannot afford to ignore two realities: first, betting has gone hand in hand with sports since ancient times so it is not going away; and second, there is more to be gained in terms of protecting and better serving consumers when all stakeholders work together.As things stand, football’s association with gambling seems to exist as a slightly distanced, mercenary activity. Essentially, betting operators are still viewed as an advertising ‘war chest’ to be accepted as a necessary evil, but any stronger links are not fully acceptable yet. But I do think that as betting comes more into the mainstream and the perception evolves into one of a healthy entertainment activity, which seems to be the focus of many brands like ours now, football stakeholders will seek to be involved more intimately.America surprisingly seems more progressive, with sports stakeholders frequently investing in betting, for instance, major league baseball investing in DraftKings during its infancy in 2013 and Fox Sports and the Kraft Group, owners of the New England Patriots, following up in 2015.SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?BM: Many people in the industry are trying to claim the ‘next best innovation’ in football betting – emerging bet types like BTTS, instant games, Daily Fantasy variants, social betting solutions including ‘crowdbetting’, free-to-play models and a new wave of P2P betting. I think that all of them are relevant as they appeal to different audiences, beyond the core sports bettor segment. They will therefore add to the player base and the overall ‘pie’.But at the same time, I feel that they remain customer recruitment mechanisms, more than direct P&L drivers. Sky Bet has perhaps more ‘casual’ pathways into betting than anyone and they are a rapidly growing firm so it seems to be working for them. All in all, I think you will see more innovation on bets to attract players, but a lot of the core handle markets will not change that much, perhaps except for an increase in instant bet types and jackpot bet types.SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?BM: I very much look forward to the sessions on LATAM and Africa, both complex markets to ‘crack’ but with amazing potential. Betting is exploding in Africa and governments are making policy decisions in catch-up mode, which makes market dynamics very volatile. On a broader point, the clarification of grey markets globally is one of the most interesting discussions in 2017 for me. Share Colossus Bets backs Central Park sweepstakes March 20, 2020 Share SIS pens new partnership with Colossus Bets October 8, 2019 SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019last_img read more

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Lotteriinspektionen appoints Camilla Rosenberg to acting Director General as National Gambling review enters ‘crucial period’

first_imgShare Related Articles StumbleUpon Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020 Submit Share Sweden’s gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen, has confirmed the appointment of Camilla Rosenberg as Acting Director General, as Swedish Parliament reviews its national gambling framework.Updating industry stakeholders, Lotteriinspektionen governance confirmed that Rosenberg who has acted as internal Head of Operations will takeover leadership of the regulator as of 15 May.The appointment sees Rosenberg replace Haken Hallstedt as Director General, who left the regulatory body in December 2016 as Lotteriinspektionen redrafted its first national gambling review.Last March Lotteriinspektionen delivered its first mandate of provisions for the potential regulatory framework of the Swedish gambling market.Key provisions saw Lotteriinspektionen recommend a 18% tax charge for online gambling verticals. Furthermore, Lotteriinspektionen advised the Swedish government to explore the potential sale of state-owned gambling operator Svenska Spel in order to create fair market conditions for home-based and foreign operators.Swedish gambling stakeholders will look to push any mandate for Swedish gambling reform in 2017, aware of upcoming National Elections in 2018. At present, It is understood that the new regulatory regime will become effective as from January 1, 2019. Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020last_img read more

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Videoslots confirms senior games & HR appointments

first_imgShare Submit Malta-based online casino operator Videoslots (Videoslots.com) has confirmed two senior appointments strengthening its day-to-day operations.Updating the market, Videoslots promotes William Ahlberg to the position of Head of Games, Ahlberg has risen through the operator’s wider gaming department over the past 18-months.Ahlberg will now be a key stakeholder for Videoslots games department, leading its community management, expanding existing supplier relationships, and selecting upcoming content for Videoslots casino games portfolio.William Ahlberg, Head of Games at Videoslots, said: “In my time at Videoslots, I’ve seen a dynamic team that’s sole focus is on delivering the best gaming experience to the customer. I’m looking forward to utilising my expertise to confirm our position as the leading online casino.”Further to the promotion of Ahlberg as Head of Games, Videoslots confirms the appointment of Gemma Hodge as new Head of HR.Hodge joins the Videoslots operations team, from Stockholm-listed online gambling group Cherry AB.As Head of HR for Videoslots, Hodge will be tasked with leading strategic planning of staff hiring, compensation, benefits and training as the company expands its operations in 2018.Gemma Hodges, Head of HR at Videoslots, said: “Videoslots continue to be one of the most progressive operators around in terms of diversity, culture and work-life balance, and I’m pleased to join and be a part of this exciting company.”Confirming the two senior appointments, Alexander Stevendahl, CEO of Videoslots, said: “We’re very pleased to have secured two outstanding candidates for these key roles. With William’s knowledge of the wider gaming industry and Gemma’s previous experience leading the HR department at another major operator, we’re sure they’ll both add considerably to our growing team.” Related Articles StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Slovenia’s Parliament shows no love for online gambling

first_img Submit Share Pinnacle exits Slovenia market ahead of regulatory makeover March 7, 2017 Win Systems boosts Gaming Arm with Reig & Aranda executive hires July 12, 2017 Betting hots up in race for Scottish football’s top job October 13, 2017 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Slovenia’s move towards regulating online gambling services has been derailed, as the government’s proposed bill failed to secure parliamentary support.Throughout 2017, policymakers had been working on the provisions of Slovenia’s first digital gambling framework, seeking to revamp 1995 industry laws.Had the bill been approved by parliament, the Slovenian government would have moved to introduce a new licensing system and regulatory framework for sports betting and online casino services.Industry news source legalgamblingandthelaw.com, reports that the bill was rejected 18-12 by the National Council Commission for Economy, Crafts, Tourism & Finance which forms the upper house of the Slovenian Parliament.The bill will now be pushed back to the National Assembly, in which its backers will have to secure ‘more than two-thirds’ of the house’s approval in order to progress its mandate.Slovenia’s online gambling bill has been primarily driven by MP Branko Zorman, who argues that the country’s 1995 laws are no longer fit for propose amid changing consumer habits towards preferring digital betting services.last_img read more

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