The J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs is on a modified lock down Tuesday after a student threatened to bring a gun to school, authorities said.Coral Springs police said a school police officer made contact with the student who is accused of making the threat on social media, and the student’s parents have been notifiedPolice said the student confessed to writing the message, but said that it was a prank.Authorities said the threat was determined not to be viable.Broward County Public School officials said the school is on modified lockdown as a precaution.It’s unclear whether the student will be charged.Communities search for solutions to violence against youth
Simpson Miller served as the seventh Prime Minister of Jamaica from 2006-2007 and 2012-2016, she was also the recipient of the Jamaican Order of the Nation in 2006. Outstanding contribution to public lifeThe university says the degree is being conferred in recognition of Simpson Miller’s “outstanding and meritorious contribution to public life, and of her phenomenal achievements as a woman from the working class community who, without the privileges of wealth, colour, class and respected profession, overcame those obstacles and emerged as the first female Prime Minister of Jamaica.” Commitment to regional integration“As Prime Minister, she emphasized her commitment to regional integration and cooperation. During her tenure, she used her considerable political and social skills to harness international and domestic support for the stabilization and growth of the Jamaican economy,” the UWI said in a statement. Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will be conferred with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of the West Indies (UWI), during an official ceremony scheduled for September 30. The ceremony will be held at the UWI’s Mona Campus . The former Prime Minister is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, which is an international network of current and former women Presidents and Prime Ministers whose mission is to advance women’s issues.
There’s no stopping Sting and Shaggy. The former lead singer of the Police and the Jamaica native best known for his 2000 single “It Wasn’t Me,” were the performers at Game 3 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup finals last weekend.The duo perform on the steps of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery on G Street in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, June 2 at “The Stanley Cup Final Concert presented by Hulu.” The show featured songs from the Grammy-winning singers new collaborative album 44/876 and its lead single, “Don’t Make Me Wait,” which debuted at the top of Billboard’s digital reggae singles chart.The album’s lead single, “Don’t Make Me Wait,” debuted at no. 1 on Billboard’s digital reggae singles chart.44/876: The Remixes was also recently released and features an album’s worth of song remixes from their album by a diverse range of artists including Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend, the Brazilian duo Tropkillaz, Cherry Cherry Boom Boom (Madonna, Lady Gaga) and Grammy-award winning producer Dave Audé, among others.Sting and Shaggy will take their collaboration on the road this summer when the two iconic artists embark on a European tour of various historic venues, performing their most celebrated hits as well as songs off their new album together, followed by a North American tour in the fall.
Related Bafana Bafana of South Africa coach Stuart Baxter has released a 26-man list of players for the two 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying games against Senegal.The first match is slated for Friday, November 10, 2017 at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane with kick-off at 19h00 local time while the second game will take place on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor with a 21h30 (South African time) kick-off.Baxter has called up midfielders Bongani Zungu and Andile Jali as part of the 26-man despite their respective disciplinary situation.Jali is suspended for the first game as he has to serve a one-match ban after collecting two yellow cards in the qualifiers. He will return for the second game in Dakar.On the other hand, Zungu has a pending FIFA Disciplinary case which would be decided on November 1. This is related to the red card he received during the last qualifier against Burkina Faso.Speaking on his team, Baxter said:“In an ideal world I would love to have all the players available for every match but we know it is not possible. In Zungu’s case we will await the outcome of sitting but we have a job to do, and if you thought playing Burkina Faso was a world cup final, I can tell you now that playing Senegal is much more important than that.”“We have only one option – to win the remaining two games and book our ticket to Russia. Everyone, myself, the players, the Association, media and the public – is well aware that anything less than victory in both matches will be curtains for our world cup aspirations. We did well against Burkina Faso, so we have to keep on believing that is it is very much possible to qualify. The good thing is that it is all in our hands.” he added.South Africa trail Senegal by four points ahead of the double header and will need maximum points from the games to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.Full Squad: GOALKEEPERS:Itumeleng KHUNE Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)Wayne SANDILANDS Orlando Pirates FC (SA)Ronwen WILLIAMS Supersport United FC (SA) DEFENDERS:Thamsanqa MKHIZE Cape Town City FC (SA)Clayton DANIELS Supersport United FC (SA)Erick MATHOHO Kaizer Chiefs FC (FC)Motjeka MADISHA Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)Morgan GOULD Supersport United (SA)Thulani HLATSHWAYO (C) Bidvest Wits FC (SA)Tebogo LANGERMAN Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)Sifiso HLANTI Bidvest Wits FC (SA) MIDFIELDERS:Hlompho KEKANA Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)Dean FURMAN Supersport United FC (SA)Keagan DOLLY Montpellier (France)Andile JALI KV Oostende FC (Belgium)Kamohelo MOKOTJO Brentford FC (England)Sibusiso VILAKAZI Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)Themba ZWANE Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)Bongani ZUNGU Amiens SC (France)Thulani SERERO SBV Vitesse (Holland)Phakamani MAHLAMBI AL Ahly FC (EGYPT)Lebogang MANYAMA Konyaspor FC Turkey)Siphiwe TSHABALALA Kaizer Chiefs FC (SA)STRIKERSPercy TAU Mamelodi Sundowns FC (SA)Bradley GROBLER Supersport United FC (SA)Dino NDLOVU Fk Qarabag (Azerbaijan)
SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Submit William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Following last month’s move by the Senet Group to waive copyright restrictions on its ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’ campaign, the independent body has released a new video extolling the virtues of the responsible gambling promotion.The video, which sets out the rationale behind the main message ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’, includes commentary from industry thought leaders giving their reasons as to why the campaign has been an unprecedented success.Appearing in the video, Philip Bowcock, Chief Executive Officer of William Hill PLC, said: “I think the campaign has worked because of the simplicity of message and because all of the industry has been behind it.”Joining him in the video was Richard Flint, chief executive of Sky Bet, who noted: “The most pleasing thing about the campaign is hearing people use it in general conversation. There have been quite a few examples where I have heard people say to their friends, or on TV, ‘when the fun stops, stop’.”Adele Duncan, chief executive of the Gordon Moody Association, which runs residential treatment programmes for gambling addicts, said: “I think [the campaign is] getting [a] message across that isn’t too doom and gloom, a message which is quite thought-provoking, without being scary. If people are joking ‘if the fun stops’, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. A bit of humour doesn’t hurt.”The campaign is almost a ubiquitous part of the gambling landscape in the UK and is already carried by about 40 per cent of UK gambling companies. And there’s potential for that to grow more according to Gillian Wilmot, chairman of the Senet Group, who said: “Since the launch, advertising space devoted to the messaging has had an equivalent advertising value of £16m each year. This figure could double under a more widespread use of the campaign material across the gambling sector.”According to independent research conducted last year, the When the Fun Stops, Stop campaign has reached an estimated 82 per cent of regular UK gamblers, with 33 per cent, or an indicative 5 million adults confirming that it has helped them gamble more responsibly since it was launched in 2015.The Senet Group has held the copyright to the: When the Fun Stops, Stop campaign since 2015, however it announced last month that it was waiving certain of these rights to ensure the entire gambling industry can make use of the material. Wilmot said: “We are now making the material available to everyone without copyright restrictions, and with that we hope to dramatically increase the scale of consumer engagement.” Matthew Hickey, Gordon Moody Association: Using lived experiences to tackle problem gambling July 13, 2020 Related Articles
Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Robin Reed, Gaming Innovation GroupPublishing its final trading statement as an Oslo Bors listed enterprise, Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) details that it has fulfilled on expectations set-out in its 2018 corporate guidance, despite facing a turbulent Q4 2018 closing period.Updating investors, GiG informs that during Q4 2018 trading the company would move to write-down four of its ‘in-house brands’ restructuring its B2C division.The asset write-downs combined with B2C restructuring costs would see GiG account for €13.7 million in impairment charges.“Having now concentrated our customers and staff on fewer brands, we have decided to write-off the value of the domains on the brands we have de-prioritised leading to a non-cash impairment of €13.7m,” said GiG Group Chief Executive Robin Reed. “With that impairment done we can continue to further focus our B2C Gaming business.”The B2C realignment would see GiG Q4 2018 corporate revenues stall at €40 million, as the online gambling group reported an EBITDA decline of 36% to €5 million (Q4 2017: €7.9m).Despite the Q4 friction, GIG reports full-year 2018 corporate revenues of €151 million (FY 2017: €120m), alongside an EBITDA of €16 million (FY 2017: €12.5m).The top-line metrics fulfil on GiG’s 2018 corporate guidance of €149-154m group revenue range, alongside an EBITDA target of €14-18m, as GiG governance closes 2018 accounts.Moving forward, GiG details strong progress on its regulated market agenda, entering the re-regulated Swedish gambling marketplace this January, with the operator further securing pending B2C/B2B regulatory approval for entry into the Spanish online gambling market.Furthermore, GiG fulfils the launch of its first US strategic partnership with Hard Rock International launching a full-service omni-channel sportsbook solution this January.“We are now focused on improving and selling our products in B2B,” added Reed. “To accelerate these processes and scale, we are enhancing our technology. I see an enormous potential in accelerating the business with our target architecture which is why I have been leading our tech department over the last few months.“This has been very exciting, I am very happy for the investments made and very confident in the future. Our key challenge will be to make compliance an edge by developing the best sustainability models for regulated markets.“With our entry into New Jersey, Sweden and the UK, as well as our licence application into Spain, we have a great opportunity to overcome that challenge. I am looking forward to 2019.”In addition to the trading update, Reed confirmed that the company will move to list its shares on the Stockholm Nasdaq in early March 2019. Share Related Articles GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Submit LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020
Submit Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Campeón Gaming Partners has increased its appeal to global online gaming affiliates by expanding into a wider range of ‘geos’ and adding new payment methods pertinent to each of these new target markets, which includes Canada and Brazil.The igaming operator and affiliate network already includes European-focused sportsbook and online casino brands CampeonBet and EvoBet, along with SvenBet – a site launched in November 2018 specifically for players in Germany and the Nordic countries.However, three brands will soon become five through the imminent launch of SvenPlay – an extension of the SvenBet Casino (Sweden and MGA licensed with a Pay N Play module powered by Trustly) – and CampeonUK, a version of 2018’s ‘AskGamblers Best New Casino’ but for the UK market.AskGamblers is one of the major gaming affiliates already pushing these live Campeón brands, alongside the likes of Catena Media, Slotsia, Ihre Consulting and Raketech – all through an Income Access-powered affiliate platform catering for CPA and revenue share models, as well as sub-affiliation commission.CampeonBet, EvoBet and SvenBet have, for some time, offered international payment methods such as Visa, Skrill, Neteller, Entercash, Boleto, Giropay, Sofort, Zimpler, iDeal and MuchBetter – a collection that will soon include Interac (Canada) and Inovapay (Brazil), as well as credit card solutions for Nigeria, Kenya and Namibia.“We have set about reaching a wider set of geos through our sports betting and gaming brands,” said Campeón Gaming Partners Co-Founder Avraam Tosounidis, “both in terms of launching new licensed domains and integrating the right payment solutions.“SvenPlay and CampeonUK will give us access to new markets, while providing our growing pool of affiliate partners with more revenue-making potential. Our partners know that the Income Access platform is one they can trust to deliver the right returns at the right time, regardless of their revenue sharing agreement.” Share Share Catena forecasts ‘record results’ ahead of August interims July 20, 2020 Related Articles Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon
Related Articles Share Submit Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Ladbrokes has confirmed that it has been named as the new sponsor for Kempton Park’s flagship meeting, The King George VI Christmas Festival, after inking a new five-year partnership. The King George VI Chase – the most prestigious Grade 1 chase after the Cheltenham Gold Cup – was previously sponsored by Kindred Group’s 32Red. Simon Clare, Ladbrokes Coral PR Director, commented: “Ladbrokes has a long and proud history of sponsoring top class horse racing in this country, and we are absolutely thrilled to be embarking on this exciting new sponsorship of the King George VI Chase and the two day Christmas Festival at Kempton Park.“There are few races in the calendar that can boast the heritage and prestige of the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase, and it is always one of the top ten betting races in the year, making it a perfect fit for Ladbrokes.“Boxing Day and the days following Christmas is one of the busiest betting periods in the year, so this sponsorship has broader strategic benefits too at such an important time for the Ladbrokes business.”The new addition to Ladbrokes’ sponsorship portfolio, combined with Coral’s sponsorship of the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow on December 27, boosts GVC Holding’s presence across the racing calendar.The two day Kempton festival, which will now be named Ladbrokes King George VI Christmas Festival, will include the Grade 1 Boxing Day showpiece, the 3 mile £250,000 Ladbrokes King George VI Chase, the Grade 1 £130,000 Ladbrokes Christmas Hurdle, and the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Desert Orchid Chase. Steve Parlett, General Manager of Kempton Park Racecourse, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ladbrokes as the new partner of our most prestigious race meeting. Ladbrokes are a longstanding supporter of Jockey Club Racecourses and we are excited to work together to further enhance our racegoers’ experience.“The Ladbrokes King George VI Chase has an exceptional roll of honour, including four time winner Desert Orchid, and five time winner Kauto Star. With the likes of jumping world record holder Altior looking to take the step up in distance for this year’s renewal it promises to deliver another phenomenal contest.“The top quality racing extends well beyond the feature race across the two days of the festival including the Grade 2 Wayward Lad Novice’s Steeple Chase and the Desert Orchid Stakes whose recent notable winners include Sire de Grugy, Sprinter Sacre and Special Tiara.“We very much look forward to welcoming racegoers in partnership with Ladbrokes to enjoy this special meeting.”Parlett added:“I would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere thanks to 32Red for the support they have given Kempton Park’s flagship fixture over the past three years. We look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.” Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk August 10, 2020
DraftKings CBO – Industry ‘only just scratched the surface’ of US sports betting July 16, 2020 Expanding into the US and elevating its core education programme have been some of the key changes that have taken place at EPIC Risk Management since its inception in 2013.EPIC Owner and CEO Paul Buck spoke to SBC News about how the company evolved, and outlined some of the key ways that its recent ISO 9001 accreditation will support further successes as it continues to grow in the UK and further afield.SBC: EPIC Risk Management has undoubtedly undergone a number of changes in the last few years, what are the biggest changes that have taken place?Paul Buck: EPIC was originally set up, in 2013, as a one-man band sharing a powerful personal story. We then progressed to 6 of the better-known personal stories providing authenticity and hard-hitting education and awareness sessions.Lived experiences remains at the heart of all that we do but we have now progressed the advisory and training arms of our business in addition to the core education, and now provide sector leading training and consultancy to the most gambling harm prevalent sectors in 16 countries including the UK and most recently the USA in our groundbreaking partnership with GVC Foundation US.SBC: It’s coming to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, what has EPIC been doing during to support its clients?PB: EPIC has been really active throughout Mental Health Awareness Week 2020. We believe that both safer gambling and mental health awareness are year-round business as normal, but obviously a week-long concentrated focus from a wider audience helps highlight the issues and initiatives.Across media and social media, we have been highlighting some of the work and key messages that we provide to elite sport, financial services, education, the armed forces and the gambling industry. These include that it’s OK not to be OK and that a problem shared is a problem halved. There is still far too much stigma across both gambling addiction and mental health.Poor mental health is something that many of my team suffered from, off the back of the addiction itself. The two often go hand in hand. Now that we are mature in recovery, we realise that there is no shame attached and the problem should be shared. However, during our gambling activities, this was something we were very much concerned about. How we would be perceived was a huge worry, but it was the smallest of problems compared to the addiction itself. Reaching out is the best thing that an individual can do.Practically, we will be providing awareness sessions and advisory to a number of audiences. We are working together with The Gordon Moody Association to provide sessions for current and former residents; we are facilitating our first session for a school in Africa, in Kenya to be more specific, along with over half a dozen UK schools for pupils and parents; we are providing population appropriate resources into prisons who have requested help at this time, and we are proving webinar sessions to elite sports teams across four different sports.SBC: Congratulations on your accreditation audit for ISO 9001! How will this accolade support EPIC’s business growth in the coming months?PB: We have always prided ourselves on being a modern, innovative business. We are commercially sustainable but socially driven as our multitude of social impact awards will testify. By not being a charity, we don’t have a traditional independent oversight as we don’t fit into the Gambling Commission remit for regulation and we do not fall under a Charities Commission or Care Quality Commission.ISO 9001 is the independently assessed and globally recognised quality management standard for business operations and process. It is a stringent audit based certification process that only certifies those businesses who demonstrate consistent and high levels of control, governance, process and quality standards.This has already started to assist EPIC’s business growth by leading to a completed deal in financial services and progressed conversations around different funding streams. EPIC now has at least as much independent oversight as any charity, CIC or treatment provider in this space. This has been independently verified.SBC: Can you detail EPIC’s management of resources under lockdown… How hard is it to run a gambling-related organisation during these unprecedented times?PB: As a company, we have grown to be in the fortunate position that due to our client base and contract structure, we have been able to retain all staff on 100% salary during this unprecedented period. We have had no redundancies or furloughed staff. In fact, we have grown the team by 30% during the last 8 weeks with key hires in education programmes, safer gambling and communications.We have, however, needed to adapt to new ways of working as the majority of our programmes are traditionally delivered in a face to face setting across elite sport, financial services, the gambling industry, education directly to children aged 14+ or the armed forces.To maintain the impact, we pivoted our offering to a remote, digital training company. This was always in the future plans but the lockdown has accelerated this offering. Our team has worked tirelessly during this period to produce content and facilitate through a digital platform, with both live and pre-recorded sessions taking place on a daily basis, particularly within the gambling industry where we have provided safer gambling training sessions for 600+ operator staff across nine different countries, and across elite sport.As the owner and CEO, I could not be more proud of how we, as a company, have embraced these new and challenging times. Another example is that we have secured Living Wage Employer status in the last 6 weeks as well as finding out last week that we have been successful in securing certification for ISO 9001, the internationally recognised quality management standard for our work.SBC: Can you give us an overview as to how EPIC has been supporting sport and industry clients during the lockdown – both in the UK and US?PB: As is right at this time, we have been incredibly proactive with our clients over the last 8 weeks. This is an extraordinary time with additional and new vulnerabilities for both our clients and those who work for them. We have created numerous new resources and information packs that have been sent out to our clients in both education, the gambling industry and professional sport. We have written blogs, provided media appearances, used powerful and engaging video content and been available for our clients in terms of help, support and advice at all times.In terms of supporting our industry clients, both in Europe and in the US, we have continued to provide training and consultancy to all of our existing clients and have held several positive conversations with new and prospective clients on both sides of the pond. As stated earlier, we have managed to move our industry training programmes to a digital platform and provide ongoing and impactful sessions.As it stands, throughout the lockdown period, we have trained over 600 staff from 4 different industry clients, across 9 countries, covering topics such as vulnerability, risk assessments and how to effectively interact with customers, which we feel is essential and perhaps even more vital throughout these increased times of risk due to the current situation. We also continue to provide board level advice and support on all safer gambling initiatives and key cases.In terms of sport, we have made sure we have been approachable to all players who we have seen over the past few years. Social media is a powerful outlet for players to get in touch. With increased messaging around the dangers of out of control gambling it’s a good reminder to players that we are still working to reduce gambling harm and available should they require.During these unprecedented times, players are at even higher risk of delving into different forms of online gambling which can then lead to emotional and financial stress. Furthermore, it can also impact on their mental health which we will be signposting throughout this week at a time where we are trying to get people to speak out with any issues. 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FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Ladbrokes has accepted a strong return for UK racing, as the general public yearns to watch live sports again following a near three-month hiatus.During lockdown, Ladbrokes commissioned research data firm Perspectus Global to undertake a survey of 2,000 sports fans to find out their views on what they missed most about watching live sport.Ladbrokes stated that an ‘absence has clearly made the heart grow fonder’, as 56% of the sports fans surveyed said the lack of sport on TV has made them realise ‘how much they love it’. Today’s lunchtime meeting at Newcastle (13:00) will see UK racing restart its summer schedule behind closed doors. Meanwhile, this Saturday’s ‘2000 Guineas Stake’ at Newmarket (6 June) will be the UK’s first competitive terrestrial sports broadcast to be aired since lockdown began.Ladbrokes revealed a bright outlook for racing’s return, as 50% of survey participants said they would tune-in to watch racing behind closed doors.When quizzed about what they missed the most about watching the racing on television, 36% said they missed watching the racing itself, 17% missed watching with friends and 9% missed the build-up to the races.Nicola McGeady, Head of Ladbrokes PR, said: “It really is good to have racing back. The crisis hasn’t just halted our enjoyment of sport, whether live or on television, it’s taken away the sociability and sense of togetherness that comes from cheering on a winner, or consoling each other on backing a loser.“Following two months with no live sport, Ladbrokes details that 50% sports fans said they will be tuning in and watching the behind the closed door races on Monday, confirming that the nation is chomping at the bit for the resumption of horse racing action.” Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Share Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon