Month: August 2020

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Miami-Dade Goodwill Ambassadors deploy to South Beach for Memorial Day weekend…

first_imgGoodwill Ambassador Project Manager Yvans Morisseau and the City of Miami Beach Police Department briefed on logistics about 300 Miami-Dade County Goodwill Ambassadors to work in South Beach this Memorial Day weekend. The goodwill ambassadors will be wearing identifiable lime green shirts and the team leaders royal blue shirts. The volunteers will assist County residents and visitors until Monday, May 28. The Goodwill Ambassador Program under the Office of Community Advocacy is made up of volunteer county employees who work as ambassadors during large events, demonstrations, rallies, and elections. Morisseau makes sure more the volunteers receive annual training covering crowd control, customer service, mediation, conflict resolution, and crisis management; there is also specific briefing before deployments. The volunteers for this event are serving at the request of the County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.The Office of Community Advocacy is charged with making Miami-Dade County “One Community” that embraces our diverse and unique population. Follow us on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @AdvocacyMDC and follow the Goodwill Ambassadors@mdcgwa.last_img read more

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Recognizing women in hip hop and the spoken word

first_imgThe Cultural Conversations series powered by Yvette N. Harris( Founder, Harris Public Relations) and The Betsy Hotel celebrates women’s history month with their “Pioneering Women in Hip Hop and Spoken Word: Reflections and How Is The Torch Being Passed on Today panel on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at the Betsy Hotel(1440 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139) at 2pm. The event is free and open to the public by RSVP@thebetsyhotel.com.Women contributions to hip hop/spoken wordThe historical contributions of women to the hip hop and spoken word arena are tremendous. They have always moved the culture forward with amazing lyrics, standout feature performances, and overall swag that has helped each narrative grow over the past 40 years.“I’ve worked at The Betsy Hotel for almost a decade, watching the emergence of so many exciting cultural programs.  I’m so honored now to be co-curating this brand new program with my colleague Yvette N. Harris It’s a program that highlights the vibrant world of African American culture, through panel conversations, multi-media presentations, and great food”, noted Ed Ponder, Director of Food and Beverage at The Betsy, and a well-known thought leader in South Florida for for his work in tourism, luxury hospitality, charitable and community building work.“Hip hop and spoken word would not exist without the support and participation of women. I grew up in the era of Queen Latifah, Jessica Care Moore, Monie Love, Roxanne Shante, and Salt and Pepper to name a few, states Yvette N.Harris, co-curator.The Nuyorican Cafe and Def Poetry Jam show in New York were spots I frequented to get my spoken word dose. We are excited to celebrate these amazing women and help support the ones currently charting their path in the industry now”.Moderator:Marie Vickles-Director of Education, Perez Art Museum MiamiPanelists:Elora Mason-CEO, Publicist,Lorenzo Ice Tea Thomas-Veteran Radio & TV Personality,Deborah Magdalena, CEO, SpokenSoulFestival,Mark Gordon,Artist / Entertainment Influencer,Rebecca “Butterfly” Vaughns-Spoken Word Artist,SHE-J-Hercules,Air Personality, 99 Jamz, DJ Fly Guy,Celebrity DJ,Donald Jones-Law Professor, UM,Loni Johnson- Visual Artist4pm Screening of “My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip Hop-Directed and Produced by Ava Duvernay** Guests are invited to continue the conversation at LT Steak and Seafood, at an a la carte dinner, hosted by Ed Ponder, Director of Food and Beverage –RSVP to eponder@thebetsyhotel.comfor details.About the Betsy HotelThe Betsy-South Beach (www.thebetsyhotel.com-Well regarded for its promotion of culture and art, recently expanded into a 130 room boutique resort hotel, debuting two new public art pieces in 2017: The Betsy Orb and Poetry Rail. Recent awards for luxury hotel excellence include Travel and Leisure’s Top Boutique Hotel on Miami Beach, and Conde Nast Gold List, among many others. The Betsy – South Beach is on a mission to redefine hospitality with music, art exhibitions, readings, book signings, guest roomlibraries, poems placed on pillows at turndown each night, and charitable collaboration (since 2009) with hundreds of charitable organizations in South Beach, and beyond. The Betsy-South Beach is family owned and operated. The Betsy-South Beach – 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 33139 – 305-760-6900 – press inquiries –Betsy@jpublicrelations.comAbout Yvette N. HarrisYvette N. Harris, the guiding force behind the innovative boutique public relations consulting firm Harris Public Relations has developed a national footprint and strong track record in the arts, and culture, community, Business, Caribbean and lifestyle arena for the past 20 years.A savvy businesswoman, Yvette’s approach is distinctive. Her purpose-driven results-oriented company has a very hands-on approach, and innate understanding of the traditional and new media landscape harnessed with a passion for positivity and enthusiasm has resulted in her unique network of real, long-term and mutually beneficial partnerships. Indeedthe go-to-publicist who has her finger on the pulse of today’s media landscape, Yvette has contributed significantly to the positive press and storytelling on behalf of many communities and organizations throughout the nation and globally. Above all, as a proud and involved mother of a beautiful daughter, Nya, whom she deems as her most significant accomplishment,Yvette truly believes in the company’s tagline “Culturally Driven, Community Minded” as the foundation of how she does business. Follow her on Twitter @YvetteHarrisPRlast_img read more

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Breaking: Chelsea Completes Morata Signing

first_imgRelatedChelsea Agree £60m Morata Deal With Real MadridJuly 20, 2017In “England”Chelsea Seal Club-Record Deal For Spanish Goalkeeper KepaAugust 9, 2018In “Europe”Mourinho Not Intereted In Chelsea TransfersJuly 20, 2017In “England” Chelsea FC has announced the signing of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid on a five-year deal.The Spaniard will now join up with rest of the Chelsea squad on their pre-season tour of Asia. “I am so happy to be here. It’s an incredible emotion to be part of this big club. I am looking to work hard, score as many goals as I can and to win as many trophies as possible.” Morata said after completing his move.center_img More to follow shortly…last_img read more

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AUDIO: Ilechukwu Predicts Tough Season for MFM, Targets Top 10 Finish in NPFL

first_imgTechnical Adviser of Mountain and Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) FC, Fidelis Ilechukwu has predicted tough times for the ‘Olukoya Boys’ ahead of the upcoming season, stating that the team will be targeting a Top 10 finish in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).MFM, along with champions Plateau United, will fly Nigeria’s flag in next year’s CAF Champions League after finishing in second place in last season’s NPFL, missing out of the league title on the final Match Day, in only their second season in the top flight.However, Ilechukwu told www.busybuddiesng.com that teams in the NPFL are now aware of the capabilities of his side, and as such, will no longer take them for granted, adding that the departure of striker Stephen Odey and midfielder Oladele Oshobe will make things difficult for his side.“I know this season (2017/18) is going to be a tough season for MFM FC and we are working to make sure that at the end of it, we will able to make Top 10 in the Nigeria Professional Football League,” he said.“That’s because last season, people saw MFM as a Church team without knowing that MFM have all it takes to win the league, but this season, any team that wants to play MFM will be fully prepared.“At the same time, losing Stephen Odey and Oladele Oshobe in midfield, in as much as we have an opportunity to replace them, I know, I believe and I’m feeling it, it’s going to be a tough season for MFM FC,” Ilechukwu stated.The ‘Olukoya Boys’ are expected to participate in the 2017/18 NPFL season which begins on 14 January; the 2018 CAF Champions League as well as the Aiteo Cup. Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Fidelis-Nov-22.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedMartin MontoyaJune 30, 2017Similar postAUDIO: MFM Coach Banks On Divine Intervention To Win NPFL TitleSeptember 6, 2017In “Features”NPFL: Ilechukwu Eyes First-Ever NPFL Win Over EnyimbaMarch 31, 2019In “NPFl”last_img read more

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‘Very successful start’ for combined Ladbrokes Coral

first_img Revenues down 11% but product depth helps GVC through lockdown July 16, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share GVC ‘surprised’ at widening of HMRC’s Turkey investigation July 21, 2020 Share Ladbrokes Coral CEO Jim Mullen has hailed the merged company’s first annual results announcement as a ‘very successful start’ for the enlarged group, with the combined results delivering 11% growth in revenues and a 22% increase in gross profits after tax.The standout performers are Ladbrokes Coral are the Digital division, which saw operating profit increase 125% and European Retail where operating profit jumped 219%. However the firm suggested there was growth in all segments. UK Retail revenue growth of £26.5m or 2% was driven by 4% growth in machines offset by the continued decline in horse racing and greyhound OTC stakes.Mullen explained: “Both Ladbrokes and Coral entered the merger in November with good momentum, and together delivered a strong full year financial performance. As a management team we are now looking to the future. We are focussed on delivering on the full potential of the merger through the strengths of the Ladbrokes Coral brands, enhanced scale, operational efficiencies and leveraging the best of both businesses.”The group has already upgraded its cost synergy expectations to deliver £100m per annum by 2019, rather than the £65m previously expected. Accountability for integration delivery sits with the selected leaders of each business area, with oversight and support provided by the executive team under a separate governance structure led by executive Deputy Chairman Carl Leaver. Mullen said that this structure has enabled rigorous scrutiny to be applied to all areas of the integration and ensure that sufficiently stretching targets are set. Immediate integration priorities include the transition to one unified IT system, completing the integration of functions and moving of teams out of the Rayners Lane office in Harrow, and in the longer term, implementing a new electronic point of sale (EPOS) system in the retail estate.Mullen added: “Our plan is simple. We are focussed on building on the leading multi-channel experience developed by both brands, utilising a rigorous approach to data driven marketing and ensuring that our product delivers a leading customer experience. We will look to leverage our existing experience in international markets to drive further growth and use our significantly increased scale in technology to develop new products and deploy across the enlarged Group. We will deliver this with a firm commitment to responsible gambling and health and safety.“The merger was the start of a journey. While we face some short term uncertainty with the triennial review, the scale, talent and agility we have in this business represent real strengths going forward. We intend to use these strengths to establish Ladbrokes Coral as both the leading, and the best, betting and gaming business.”While the company reported some growth in UK Retail, the truth is that EBITDA of £252.0m was 5% behind last year and operating profit of £189.9m was 7% behind. OTC net revenue was down 1% with OTC stakes down by 4%. A staking decline in racing and greyhound was partially offset by growth of 12% in football stakes (5% excluding Euro 2016) primarily driven by the investment in SSBTs. OTC stakes were also adversely impacted by the more stringent anti-money laundering processes that were implemented at the start of the year.last_img read more

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UKGC appoints David Pemberton as Chief Operating Officer

first_img Related Articles Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit David PembertonUpdating the market, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has confirmed the appointment of David Pemberton as the body’s new Chief Operating Officer.Pemberton is expected to join the UKGC’s leadership team at the end of June, and will be tasked with managing the regulator’s corporate services including HR, finance, IT, planning and risk.For the past 13-years Pemberton has acted as Executive Director of UK business network and non-profit organisation Business in the Community (BITC), helping relationships between community members and commercial enterprises.UKGC Chief Executive Sarah Harrison commented on the appointment of Pemberton: “I’m delighted to welcome David to the Commission’s executive team. He brings a wealth of expertise in leading change and developing corporate functions that are high performing and that deliver value for money.“This work is key to ensuring we have an organisation that is both effective and efficient as we deliver on our objectives to keep gambling fair, safe and free from crime.”Pemberton issued the following statement on joining UKGC’s leadership team“I’m very pleased to be joining the Gambling Commission. I am looking forward to contributing my experience to help shape the organisation’s skills, capabilities, structure and ways of working.“This is an exciting time to join the Commission as it increasingly focuses on putting the consumer at the heart of its work and I welcome the opportunity to play my part in that important work.’’last_img read more

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BetStars gains Czech Rep betting approval

first_imgShare StumbleUpon SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Czech news sources have reported that The Stars Group online betting subsidiary BetStars, will become the first international betting operator to service the newly regulated Czech Republic online gambling market.Last week, Czech news sources reported that the Czech Finance Ministry had published details of approved licensed operators for its new online betting regime, with BetStars featuring as the sole international operator.Toronto TSX-listed, The Stars Group has an established presence within the Czech Republic having been granted the right to operate online casino and poker services under its PokerStars.cz domain.The new Czech gambling regime came into effect as of January 2017. The Finance Ministry opened its licensing window to international operators, however interest has remained limited due to the high industry tax-rate of 35% on annual revenues.The introduction of the new online gambling regime has seen a number of international operators such as William Hill and GVC Holdings exit the Czech market.At present, The Stars Group has yet to confirm the Czech licensing approval or whether it will seek to launch BetStars services for the market.Expanding its European footprint, The Stars Group has launched BetStars enterprises in the regulated markets of UK, Italy, Spain, France and Germany throughout 2016 and 2017. Related Articles Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Catena Media sets 2020 vision

first_img Ahead of its Capital Markets Day (6 December), Stockholm-listed industry affiliate network Catena Media has announced that it has reset its enterprise long-term financial targets, as corporate governance seeks to extract optimal value for its investors.Updating stakeholders, Catena’s Board has set the enterprise target of generating a group EBITDA in excess of €100 million (£90 million) by the year 2020.In order to achieve its corporate 2020 target, Catena governance states that the company will sustain its ‘accelerated’ double digit percentage growth, driven by the combination of increased organic revenues and strategic acquisitions expanding its affiliate network capabilities.Setting its corporate goal, Catena governance details that its short to medium term goal is to operate with Net Debt / EBITDA* in the range 1.5-2.5x. The company may elect to operate temporarily outside this span under certain circumstances and during limited time periods.Catena Media details that it does not intend to pay any dividend prior to 2020, and that previously communicated financial targets expire.This November, Catena informed that it has undertaken its first corporate acquisition outside of the online gambling industry, acquiring Malta-based European financial services advertising network Beyondbits.The acquisition increased Catena Media’s footprint in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). Related Articles Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Sharelast_img read more

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UK government to consider society lottery reform

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Share National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Related Articles Society Lotteries could be set for major reform, as the UK government embarks upon a consultation period relating to the amount of money that can be raised for good causes.Running for a period of ten weeks, and open to members of the public, a series of rises are to be considered, with the previous sales limit increase occurring in 2009.Government recommendations would see the maximum draw prize rise from its current limit of £400,000 to £500,000, whilst also asking for views on increasing the number of tickets society lotteries can sell to a value of £100m per year, in addition to the amount they can raise per draw to £5m.Regarding the consultation period, the government states that “Society lotteries play a vital part of the giving landscape by enabling charities and other societies, such as sports clubs, to run lotteries for good causes. The amount a society can raise is subject to limits of £4m sales per draw, £10m sales per year and a maximum prize of £400,000.“Our preferred options would allow a tenfold increase in the amount that a large society lottery can raise per year, bringing the annual limit to £100m. The per draw sales limit would rise to £5m and the maximum prize to £500,000.”Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, said: “Society lotteries make a vital difference to communities up and down the country. They raise hundreds of millions of pounds every year, supporting our veterans, lifeboats, hospices, air ambulances and many other great causes.“They are an important fundraising tool for charities and we want to ensure that both society lotteries and the National Lottery are able to thrive now and in the future.”Society lotteries, such as those run by charities The Health Lottery and People’s Postcode Lottery, raised over £255 million for good causes in 2016/17.The move would allow charities and community groups to increase fundraising methods through society lotteries, while protecting the National Lottery’s ability to raise money for good causes. Sharelast_img read more

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Accuscore delivers real-time ‘breaking betting news’ data ticker

first_img Submit Share Accuscore begins new journey under BetQL’s domain May 7, 2020 Repeat Performance! Accuscore seeks to out forecast Goldman Sachs at Russia 2018 June 15, 2018 Related Articles Tuomas Kanervala – AccuscoreSports betting forecasting software provider Accuscore has revealed its latest industry innovation – BreakingBetting.News (“BBN”), a real-time breaking news ticker providing betting insights to sports audiences.“BBN is a unique real-time provider of breaking news for sports bettors.  Our news feed is updated daily based on output of key matches, races, games, events or proposition bets derived from our proprietary algorithmsWe continuously scan massive amounts of data from all major sports to find those few key events which present the best betting opportunities.” Details Accuscore in its corporate update.The real-time ticker has been co-developed as a joint-venture with racing data and betting analytics tool/app HorseLogics (HorseLogics.com).Accuscore details that BBN will provide relevant and accurate, betting-centric updates to its audience, displaying information on market values, handicaps and pricing variables.Updating the market, Tuomas Kanervala, CEO of Accuscore, commented on the launch of BBN“Our mission is to provide all sports bettors with the most interesting betting news on a daily basis. Currently there is a void of genuine betting content and BBN allows both the operator and the player to access unique real-time predictive data output through our sophisticated event simulations. This is just the tip of the iceberg of our proprietary tools for the sports bettor as we ready our position to meet the demands of the US player as sports betting is legalized throughout the U.S.” Accuscore launches all-in-one betting info app at BOFCON2019 March 20, 2019 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

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