Bahamians in S. Florida Celebrate 44th Anniversary of Independence

first_imgBahamians in South Florida, persons of Bahamian descent and friends of The Bahamas recently gathered at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, Miami, Florida. The occasion was an Independence Ecumenical Service celebrating the 44th anniversary of the Independence of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas which was on July 10.Among the speakers at the service, His Excellency Mr. Reuben Rahming, The Bahamas/CARICOM Ambassador-designate, received enthusiastic cheers telling those in attendance, “The greatest asset of The Bahamas is not sun sand or sea, but WE (the people).”The service themed, “Towards the Rising Sun,” began with a warm welcome from the First Lady of the Church, Mrs. Evelyn Brown, wife of Pastor Rev. Dr. Vincent Brown. Other speakers included Richard Treco, Consul General of The Bahamas to Florida, and Senator Fred Mitchell, former Minister of Foreign Affairs. The keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Jerome Symonette, of Restoring Grace Community Church, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.During the service, The Bahamas Consulate General Office, Florida, honored a number of persons from the local Bahamian community. Another highlight of the service was a solo by Acneal L. Williams, Masters of Classical Voice Program at Howard University (currently interning with the local Consulate office).Those in attendance included from the Diplomatic Corps, Consul General Franz Hall, Jamaica; Consul Dave Spence, Trinidad & Tobago and Commissioner Thomas Dorsett – West Park Florida. Clergymen included Rev. David Ellis, Pastor Mike Brennen, Pastor Byron Braynen, Bishop Dexter Rolle (Bimini), Rev. Carroll Storr, Bishop Francis Curry, McQuaise Hepburn, Minister Horace Hord, Fr. Denrick Rolle, Rev. Leslie McMillan, Rev. Charles Thompson, and Rev. James Ferguson.The Ecumenical service was one of a number of events planned by the local South Florida Bahamian community to celebrate the 44th birthday of The Bahamas as a nation. On Saturday, July 8th, Bahamians in Florida celebrated with a picnic at the Virginia Cay Beach, Miami.This Saturday, July 22nd, The Independence celebration events will continue with the National Association of The Bahamas (NAB) Annual Scholarship Ball, which will take place at the Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club, Miami.last_img read more

T&T gynecologist freed on rape charges 15 years later

first_imgA 71-year-old gynecologist was freed by a High Court in Trinidad here after he was accused of raping a woman 15 years ago.Dr. Shauffie David Ali, who is also the owner and medical director of Gulf View Medical Centre, had gone on trial before Justice Hayden St. Clair-Douglas last month, charged with grievous sexual assault and rape.The woman, who was then 21, alleged that Ali raped her in his office on April 8, 2003. But the jury took less than an hour to find the medical practitioner not guilty.The court heard that the woman had attempted suicide after two miscarriages and was a patient at the medical center for two days in March 2003.The woman alleged she received a call from Ali’s office for her to make an appointment to see him. The woman claimed she visited Ali’s office on April 1 and 2, 2003 and that on the third visit on April 8, the doctor raped her in his office.But the defense’s three witnesses, including the doctor’s daughter, a receptionist and a nurse, produced evidence showing that there was no record of any appointment for the woman to see the doctor and that the receptionist said she called the woman once for her to come to the office to pay her bill and not to set up an appointment.The nurse told the court that on the day of the alleged rape she was in the operating theatre with the doctor, who was performing a Caesarean birth procedure.“I have a smile on my face. I feel good,’ Ali said as he left the court on Monday.last_img read more

Reunification Becomes Black and White in honor of Dr. Martin Luther…

first_imgThe Black Police Precinct Courthouse & Museum is 70 years old and has had its share of trials and triumphs.  In 1944, the City of Miami hired and trained five African American Patrolmen to serve the African American communities.  After several years of growth and community service, it was recognized that this new department needed a venue but had to be segregated in accordance with the Jim Crow Laws of the South.  In 1950, famed architect Walter G. DeGarmo built a unique two-story building with a station house on the first floor and courtroom on the second.  The building would go on to be the only one of its kind in the country and house hundreds of officers before closing in 1963 when the two departments integrated.  The venue reopened in 2008 as a museum thanks to the City of Miami Retired Police Benevolent Association.  Lt. Archie McKay, one of the first officers to serve in the building when it was a precinct, remembers, “I would have to stand before all of the judges.  They were tough, but they were fair.  We had a lot of respect for one another.” This event is part of the museum’s 2020 Justice For All Series, which will host community conversations and workshops around issues that impact the justice system and communities of color.  Miami, Florida  – Dr. Martin Luther King upon an invitation to speak at the American Jewish Committee convention in 1958 said this of his Jewish brethren, “Our unity is born of our common struggle for centuries, not only to rid ourselves of bondage but to make oppression of any people by others an impossibility.”  This message sets the tone for what has become decades of blended beliefs and hopes between two communities and will reign supreme at the MLK Shabbat on Friday, January 17 at 6:30 pm at the historic Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum in Overtown.  The museum is located at 480 NW 11th Street, Miami, FL 33136.   Repair the World Miami presented by the Greater Miami Jewish Federation has partnered with the Black Police Precinct and Courthouse Museum to produce an event that promotes reunification and love among all people.  “When approached but the Greater Miami Jewish Federation about this event, I immediately saw the opportunity to make a difference during these turbulent times.  In the 1950s during segregation when judges were afraid to cross racial lines to serve black communities, five Jewish judges agreed to serve in our courtroom at great expense to their safety and their families’ safety.  And so today in a small way, we get to return the favor and participate in a movement to repair and reconnect,” says Museum Director Terrance Cribbs-Lorrant.center_img Launched in 2017, Repair the World Miami saw an uptick in desire for people to find ways to connect to marginalized populations and connect young Jewish adults to opportunities to serve with their neighbors while connecting to their history and heritage.  MLK Shabbat is one of many events conducted in various communities around Miami.  This is the first event at the museum.  The evening events will include a tour of the museum, mingling, the Shabbat Ritual, dinner, and a conversation.  To RSVP, go to dinners.onetable.org.  Tickets are $18.  Or, contact the museum at 305-329-2513.last_img read more

William Hill predicts ‘unprecedented’ change will see 38% of shop estate unprofitable

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 Share William Hill has updated the market on the back of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) decision to reduce the maximum stake on B2 games from £100 to £2. Given the Government has specified its intended outcome, William Hill said it is providing preliminary guidance on the potential impact in order to help investors and analysts with their own modelling.It said: “However, a regulatory change of this nature is unprecedented and its impact on customer behaviour will not be fully known until some years after implementation. The initial guidance provided, therefore, is necessarily based upon a series of assumptions based on William Hill’s knowledge at the time of writing. We will update the market as appropriate during and after implementation.”William Hill has disclosed:·      In the first four months of the current financial year, c70% of our total gaming machine net revenue was generated by stakes in excess of the proposed £2 threshold.·      After making a number of assumptions on revenue substitution back into gaming machines and other products, and capture of revenue from other shops closing across the industry, we estimate that the annualised impact of a £2 staking limit could be a reduction in total gaming net revenue of 35-45%.·      At this point, preliminary estimates suggest that the stake limit could result in c900 William Hill shops (c38% of our existing Retail estate) becoming loss-making. A proportion of these would be at risk of being closed within a relatively short time of the proposed staking change being implemented and, for the remainder of the estate, we will monitor the actual impact on the estate and performance over the medium and long term.·      We currently estimate that this could reduce William Hill Retail’s annualised adjusted operating profit following mitigation measures by c£70-100m. We have assumed a degree of mitigation but will continue to look at further ways to reduce the longer term impact on profitability.Notwithstanding this change, William Hill said the Board’s current intention is to retain the existing dividend policy to pay out approximately 50% of underlying earnings. The Group’s balance sheet remains strong with net debt to EBITDA currently c0.5 times following the receipt of proceeds from the Australia and NYX transactions.Philip Bowcock, Chief Executive Officer, said: “William Hill has a long and proud heritage as part of the UK high street and we know how important betting shops are to our customers and their local economies. The Government has handed us a tough challenge today and it will take some time for the full impact to be understood, for our business, the wider high street and key partners like horseracing. “We will continue to evolve our Retail business in order to adapt to this change and we will support our colleagues as best we can. Despite the challenges presented by this decision, our teams will compete hard and offer great service to William Hill customers.” SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

The ‘ideal’ gaming platform: Living up to the multifaceted label

first_img Share Share BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 Submit When it comes to the iGaming industry, the ideal gaming platform is often seen as one that, once developed, can be easily integrated into an existing operator’s environment.However important this might be, it is integration of a different kind – and particularly those that come much earlier in the developmental process, of most concern to BtoBet Chairman Alessandro Fried.The key trait for any aspiring platform provider is flexibility, or more specifically the creation of flexible solutions that are compatible with “multi-faceted” integration. I will go on to outline the four ‘integration of any’ scenarios for companies to work towards.These solutions must be compatible with different types of existent features and open to integrate various specific properties. Only a gaming platform that allows the below-mentioned types of integration can truly justify this ‘multifaceted’ label.Integration of any game or sportsbook providerThe easy integration of any type of games or sportsbook operator is a fundamental aspect of success in this competitive industry. Gaming platforms that are difficult to integrate into existing business environments and struggle to work harmoniously with already determined business infrastructures can obstruct the players’ gaming experience and result in unnecessary costs. On the other hand, gaming platforms that are able to integrate any game and sportsbook provider can guarantee an engaging players’ experience.Integration of any specific contentNo matter the industry, every product which is able to be adjusted to the personal needs and expectations of the users has the potential to succeed. This is especially true when it comes to the iGaming industry. When gaming operators are searching to implement a new platform, they focus on finding one that could be easily customized in accordance to their specific needs and that will allow the integration and management of any specific gaming content.Integration of any payment providerFor a gaming platform to be seamlessly integrated into an existing business environment, it should also be able to incorporate a wide variety of payment methods for a number of countries, either directly or through specialized payment providers. This would allow users to make payment transactions quickly, easily and securely. In reality, it is proven that the majority of online shoppers are likely to abandon a purchasing process if they can’t use their preferred payment method. Therefore, it is crucial for gaming operators to get to know their target audience’s behaviour, needs, and habits and offer a solution that would be satisfying.Integration of any affiliation systemAn affiliation system can be considered an important contributor to the gaming operators’ success, as it can empower their brand and boost their income. The capability of the gaming platform to integrate any affiliation system can result in building a quality two-sided relationship between operators and affiliates. As a conclusion, having an affiliate system helps in increasing brand awareness and building a strong affiliate network and promoting different gaming offers.last_img read more

Addison Global strengthens All-in Diversity ‘Steering Group’

first_img Submit Betsson strengthens diversity commitment with AIDP membership May 7, 2020 Payment Expert brings together industry leaders to conclude Digital Summit Payments track April 29, 2020 Share David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon The creators of betting and gaming brand MoPlay, Addison Global, has strengthened its commitment to boosting diversity in the gambling industry after joining a Steering Group to build out PAS 1948: 2020 Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the workplace: A code of practice. The invitation, which came from BSI and the All-in Diversity Project (AIDP), will see Addison Global work towards building a global diversity, equality, and inclusion standard. Nyreen Llamas, Chief Strategy Officer at Addison Global, commented: “From the very beginning, Addison Global has been a proud founding member of the All-In Diversity Project.  We are committed to advancing a diversity, inclusion and equity agenda, not just internally, but within the industry as a whole. “We also strongly believe that the creation of the code of practice PAS 1948: 2020 Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the workplace will assist all businesses with their implementation of tangible changes that will move the dial in a positive direction. “Andrew Gonzalez’s expertise in this field, combined with his academic background and previous work experience, will no doubt provide invaluable guidance in the creation of PAS 1948.” In implementing the strengthened standards of inclusion, Addison Global’s HR Business Partner Andrew Gonzalez is set to play an integral part. The new standard will cover corporate governance and reputation; internal policies, processes, and practices; recruitment, retention and development; under-represented groups; and concepts such as ‘diversity of thought’ and ‘intercultural competence.’“I’ve always been passionate about engraining diversity, inclusion and equity into the company cultures of the organisations I partner with. I believe the creation of PAS 1948: 2020 will assist organisations, both big and small, in creating a diversity and inclusion strategy that can be easily implemented, in order to create positive change,” added Andrew Gonzalez, HRBP, Addison Global.The Code of Practice is planned for publication by BSI in June 2020, and will be utilised by the Steering Group to provide a flexible toolset for voluntarily adopting workplace equality practices, assessing the impact of those activities, measuring the progress of these initiatives, and developing strategies for continuous improvement.The Steering Group’s goal is to develop the standard through a consensus-building process that includes public consultation and will be facilitated by BSI.Kelly Kehn, Co-Founder of All-in Diversity Project, explained: “Andrew brings a global perspective and a truly human touch to the steering group that we believe will benefit all businesses who adopt this code of practice. He’s worked tirelessly on the subject matter in industries where recruiting and retaining diverse talent isn’t the easiest thing.”David Fatscher, Head of Environment, Social and Governance Standards at BSI, concluded: “It is recognized that diversity is critical for an organization’s ability to thrive and adapt in a fast-changing environment. “The variety of perspectives that diversity brings makes it the crucial ingredient for the innovation that drives business growth. PAS 1948:2020 aims to help build a Code of Practice that will provide recommendations for businesses and organizations across the world to develop and sustain a workplace that supports diversity, equality, and inclusion.”last_img read more

Netflix shows the way for iGaming says BtoBet

first_img StumbleUpon BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 Related Articles Share BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 Share Netflix provides an excellent example of the power of a company with a simple, clear customer strategy and business model adapted for the digital age, according to new insight on the player-first betting experience from BtoBet CMO Sabrina Soldà.Soldà explained that iGaming companies should take note of how Netflix is “redefining the concept of customer centricity through technological innovations”.“In layman terms, when it comes to the iGaming industry the provision of a ‘standardised’ omnichannel betting platform is simply not enough to provide and guarantee the kind of betting experience that is sought by the players themselves,” she said. “This results, ultimately, in the player churn rates which characterise most markets.“It is becoming clearer by the day that players are asking for a betting ecosystem that simplifies their interaction with all available devices, channels and communicative mediums throughout the day, be it social media platforms, smart speakers, and why not, TV.”However, she added that “most operators are restrained from delivering an augmented UX via the core platform technology provided to them by service providers” – technology which often leaves the operator with “no possible way” to alter the betting journey.Soldà also bemoaned the fact that “most operators are slowly but surely transforming themselves into franchises with no unique points of reference that make them stand out from the competition” – a source of frustration already shared by BtoBet’s CEO Alessandro Fried in this year’s ‘Essential Guide to Betting on Sports‘ magazine.Speaking this summer, Fried said that the concept of a platform provider prescribing the user experience (UX) “creates a scenario where platform providers are delivering and transferring the same experience to their customers, with nothing that distinguishes one brand from the other in terms of UX”.He continued: “Ultimately it is the wrong approach to be undertaken because operators are becoming franchises of the same UX that comes part and parcel with the technology that is delivered from the service providers.”By contrast, Fried explained that BtoBet has dealt with this problem by disconnecting the whole UX aspect from the core platform technology, thus “unlocking the potential for each bookmaker to create their own individual player experience”.Individual operators working with BtoBet now have the freedom to differentiate totally the UI and UX for each channel through key elements – especially from a mobile perspective – such as front-end visualisations, side menus, and the way that the players access and interact with their betting slips.However, Fried did acknowledge that not all operators have the resources to apply such differentiation, which explains the company’s “two tiered approach” to partnerships – the upgraded sportsbook platform for mature operators and an off-the-shelf solution delivered through its White Label Partnership Program. Submit BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020last_img read more

Paysafe hires former Barclays UK platform lead Sujit Unni as new CTO

first_img Share Related Articles Risk mitigation sees Rightlander launch first US compliance tool February 14, 2019 SBC’s Year In Review: September’s big betting news December 27, 2019 Share Submit StumbleUpon Paysafe Group signals US betting intent with ‘Single Point API’ launch February 6, 2019 Online payments group Paysafe has confirmed the appointment of Sujit Unni as Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO), leading the firm’s product cycles, payment networks and innovation frameworks.A key leadership hire for Paysafe’s corporate strategy, Unni joins Paysafe from Barclays UK, where he served as a Managing Director overseeing the development of the firm’s retail and business lending platforms.Updating investors, Paysafe governance brands Unni as a best-in-class executive who holds extensive knowledge of leading product development, tech strategy and engineering for mass-market brands.Unni holds further tech leadership experience having served as an executive for Vantiv, JP Morgan, Travelex and HSBC.Paysafe confirms that Unni will be based in London, reporting directly to Group Chief Information Officer Roy Aston.Aston commented: “I am delighted to welcome Sujit to Paysafe at such an exciting time in our growth journey and I’m confident he will be a real asset to our technology leadership team as we drive forward our vision of being the world’s leading specialised payments platform. Sujit’s wealth of experience in the payments industry and strong technical knowledge will bring huge value to the team.”last_img read more

Nick Luck joins William Hill racing roster

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 William Hill has strengthened its racing expertise with the addition of Nick Luck who will become the bookmaker’s new flat racing expert.The seven-time HWPA Broadcaster of the Year joins William Hill’s stable of racing experts which includes Rebecca Curtis, Sir AP McCoy and the Twiston-Davies’, Nigel and Sam.Commenting on his new role, Luck said: “I am delighted to join the William Hill team. William Hill has a strong association with horse racing on both sides of the Atlantic, and so I am looking forward to working with a brand that shares my love for the sport of kings.”As part of the job, Luck will provide key insights and tips on both UK and US racing, with his content due to be shown across the William Hill website and the operator’s Twitter page.Liam McKee, Head of Sponsorship at William Hill, added: “We have seen a keen interest in US racing during the lockdown, and we believe our customers will continue to enjoy it even when racing returns to the UK. Nick’s racing knowledge covers both sides of the pond, and we hope our customers find some luck when backing his selections.”The news comes as the UK racing industry is ramping up preparations for an early June resumption, ensuring that its measures are in line with the UK Government’s guidance. Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020last_img read more

ASA pulls ‘irresponsible’ Coral tweet as Ladbrokes ad cleared

first_img FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has pulled an advertisement from Coral after the advert was deemed ‘irresponsible’.An ad from Ladbrokes was cleared by the ASA, despite receiving five complaints suggesting it encouraged gambling behaviour that was socially irresponsible.The advertising watchdog upheld one complaint issued against a post on Coral’s Twitter page after a challenge was raised concerning irresponsibility, and warned that the advert must not appear again in its current form.A Tweet on Coral’s Twitter page, seen in March 2020, featured the text ‘We’re as passionate about the bet as you are. So, get your stake back as a free bet if your horse fails to finish. #CoralRacing 18+, T&C’s Apply’.A link to a video ad was captioned ‘Have another go’ and began with horses racing and superimposed text which stated ‘STRONG, FAST, RELENTLESS, RIDERLESS’.The scene then featured a jockey about to fall off his horse. Further text stated ‘GET A FREE BET BACK WITH FAIL TO FINISH’ while a voiceover repeated it.A man watching looked disappointed until he looked at his phone and smiled. The voiceover stated ‘For the passion of the bet: Coral Racing’.Addressing the complaint, Coral emphasised that the ‘Fail to Finish’ promotion did not encourage repeated or socially irresponsible gambling, reiterating that ‘consumers were not obliged to take up the offer and did not have to use additional funds to qualify for the offer if they decided to have another go’.The firm ‘did not consider that the ad applied undue pressure to place another bet or encouraged gambling any more than what a consumer would normally gamble’.The ASA understood the ad promoted a ‘Fail to Finish’ offer which gave consumers a free bet token matching their bet value up to £10 in the event that their horse failed to finish. We acknowledged that the promotion did not oblige consumers to take up the offer and that consumers did not have to use additional funds to qualify for the offer.“However, we considered that the claim ‘Have another go’, together with the video ad which featured a man whose mood was instantly lifted following a free bet back, gave the impression that the decision to gamble had been taken lightly and was therefore likely to encourage some consumers to take up the offer repetitively. For that reason, we concluded that the ad was likely to encourage gambling behaviour that was potentially harmful and therefore breached the code.”But despite five individuals submitting a complaint against a Ladbrokes advert, the ASA cleared the advert, concluding it ‘did not portray, condone or encourage gambling behaviour that was socially irresponsible’.The Ladbrokes ad, seen on February 29, 2020, featured a man filling his car up with petrol while a voiceover stated ‘It’s all about getting them to line up’.The ad showed the price of the petrol which stopped at ‘£77.77’ after which the man said ‘Yes’. The ad then featured a man who was ordering a sandwich. The man twice said, ‘Hit me’ after which a further filling was added to the sandwich, the man then said, ‘When the time is right, I like to double down. Hit me’.The ad then featured a woman in a clothes shop who said: ‘There are few things more exciting than a spinning wheel. I’m going for red, definitely red. OK black’ while she spun a circular clothing rail which contained alternating red and black clothes.Five complainants, who believed the ad showed people who were addicted to gambling taking part in scenarios which mimicked gambling as part of their everyday lives, challenged whether the ad breached the code by portraying gambling as taking priority in life.In its response, Ladbrokes highlighted that the advert was intended to show the excitement of gaming in a metaphorical way which exaggerated real life, with analogies not suggesting that gambling took precedence over the characters’ work or other daily activities.Publishing its assessment in clearing the ad, the ASA stated: “The ad presented three characters engaging in everyday tasks and real-life scenarios that appeared to remind them of different online casino games: a slot machine; blackjack game; and roulette wheel.“The ASA considered that whilst the characters were depicted as momentarily reminded of gambling and engaged in that analogy of the situation, they were not so distracted that they didn’t continue with those tasks.“We also considered that the brief scenarios depicted did not present gambling as indispensable or imply that it took priority in any aspect of the characters’ lives. We therefore concluded that the ad did not portray, condone or encourage gambling behaviour that was socially irresponsible, or portray gambling as indispensable or as taking priority in life.” Related Articles SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020last_img read more