Happy Tuesday everyone! Today is January 31. We’re taking a look at some of the top stories that are making the news across your Caribbean-American community right here in South Florida.Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith is urging Jamaicans to remain calm in light of new immigration policies in the US. The minister says the Jamaican government is in contact with the US Embassy in Jamaica, and the US State Department through Jamaican Missions in the US. She said as soon as the Jamaican government is clear on the advice it can give to the public on any impact on the Jamaican community, it will do so. The minister assured Jamaicans the government is monitoring the situation closely in Jamaicans interest.Caribbean-American US Congresswoman Yvette Clarke of New York City is actively expressing her opposition to President Trump’s executive order banning immigrants entering the USA from seven Muslim countries. She joined in protest at JFK airport, and held an emergency meeting with Brooklyn’s Muslim community, and expressed her commitment to work with Congressional Democrats to ensure the executive order is repealed.St. Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says the United States Government had threatened St Lucia to accept nationals deported from the US, Chastanet told reporters that Castries was told that if it did not accept the deportees, travel visas for St. Lucians would be pulled. Chastanet says while he has indicated to Washington he is not pleased with the threat, he would honor the current system.In Sports:Jamaican and world ace sprinter Usain Bolt referring to the loss of his 2008 Olympic Games relay gold medal as a result of the confirmation of a positive, drug test finding for teammate, Nesta Carter, said he’s disappointed to lose the medal, but it won’t take away from what he has achieved throughout his career. He said the key thing was he won his individual events. Bolt ruled out extending his Olympics career to regain his ninth medal.Here What’s TrendingA 93 year-old Nigerian Muslim died recently in Nigeria leaving 86 wives and 176 children. Ordered by a court last year to divorce 82 of his wives, and keep four in accordance with Islam, he refused saying he had broken no law.For tomorrows weather forecast:It will be partly cloudy in Broward County with a High of 76 degrees and a low of 64. It will also be partly cloudy in Miami-Dade, with a high of 76 and a low of 63 degrees. For more information on these and other stories, visit us online at Caribbean nationalweekly.com. Make Sure to pick up your copy of the National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.Today’s coverage was brought to you by Grace Soups: Spice up your kitchen with Grace Soups today. Genuine Caribbean taste enjoyed worldwide!”This has been CNW90.
Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has announced it is closely monitoring the path of Hurricane Irma and preparing to respond safely and as quickly as possible should the storm impact its service area.“Despite the fact that last year, FPL customers in Central and North Florida were significantly impacted by Hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, we estimate that approximately half of the nearly 10 million people we serve, particularly in the tri-county area, have yet to experience a hurricane, much less a major one, since 2005,” said Eric Silagy, president, and CEO of FPL. “Hurricane Irma is a very powerful, dangerous and unpredictable Category 5 storm that has the very real potential to impact Florida, and we are taking every possible action to ensure we are ready to respond. This includes preparing to move our workers and equipment to the areas most likely to be affected. With that in mind, we appreciate Gov. Rick Scott’s forward-leaning decision to declare a state of emergency, which well-positions FPL as we execute our pre-storm efforts.” Prepare for prolonged power outagesFPL urges its customers to take the time now to prepare for potentially prolonged power outages. Additionally, given the nature of the approaching storm and expected vegetation-related impacts on FPL equipment, some customers may experience more than one outage throughout the duration of the storm.“Every storm is different; however, the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey serves as a vivid and painful reminder of Mother Nature’s fury,” said Silagy. “While we hope for the best, we owe it to our customers to prepare for the worst. We urge all of our customers to review their family and business emergency plans, heed warnings and evacuation orders by state, county, and local officials, ensure they have supplies on hand and keep a close watch on the development and track of the storm.”Preparation and safety tips are available at FPL.com/storm. In addition, customers can download the new FPL Mobile App for on-the-go, instant and secure access to their accounts. Customers can report or get the latest information on an outage. The app is available for download in the iOS App Store and Google Play. Invested in a stronger, smarter energy gridSince 2006, FPL has invested nearly $3 billion to build a stronger, smarter and more storm-resilient energy grid to help us restore power faster following outages. By the end of 2017, FPL’s enhancements to the energy grid will include:Strengthening nearly 860 main power lines, serving critical community facilities and services, such as police and fire stations, hospitals, 911 centers, grocery stores and gas stations;Placing more than 450 main power lines underground (60 of which were completed after 2006);Clearing vegetation – a major cause of power outages – from more than 150,000 miles of power lines;Inspecting the company’s 1.2 million power poles every eight years, and upgrading or replacing those that no longer meet FPL’s standards for strength (approximately 150,000 poles inspected annually); andInstalling more than 4.9 million smart meters and 83,000 intelligent devices to help predict, reduce and prevent power outages, and restore power faster if outages occur.
Queen of Spain Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano is greeted by Haiti’s first lady Martine Moïse The Queen of Spain, Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, visited Haiti on Wednesday May 23 for 24 hours – a visit aimed at strengthening the relationship between the two countries.The Spanish monarch, accompanied a delegation that includes the Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Latin America and the Caribbean, Fernando García Casas, also met with First Lady, Martine Moïse, as the country seeks to attract Spanish investors.“This 24-hour official visit of the Queen of Spain to Haiti reflects the exceptional partnership between the two countries and their common desire to continue strengthening their cooperation relationship,” according to a statement issued in Haiti.Spain has provided significant assistance to Haiti and the Fund for Water and Sanitation (FCAS) has invested Euro 19.79 million on development programs benefitting an estimated two million people.
RelatedFIFA Hands Life Ban To Former Panama FA BossDecember 19, 2019In “FIFA”Former Ghana FA President Nyantakyi Charged With FraudMarch 5, 2020In “Africa”FIFA Bans Former Ghana Football Association President For LifeOctober 30, 2018In “CAF” The big hammer of world football’s governing body, FIFA, has fallen on three former Football Association (FA) presidents.Former president of the Guam football association Richard Lai, his Nicaraguan counterpart Julio Rocha and former Venezuelan football association president Rafael Esquivel have all been banned from every football-related activities for life due to their involvement in corruption.FIFA started investigating Lau when he pleaded guilty to fraud in the USA in April. Lau is also a former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) official and FIFA committee member.Esquivel, a former vice-president of the South American confederation CONMEBOL, and former FIFA development officer Rocha also pleaded guilty to fraud in May 2015.The corrupt practices were in relation to the awarding of marketing and broadcasting contracts.
Share Submit Madrid Council puts a firm break on gambling establishments November 13, 2019 StumbleUpon Maxima opens Barcelona office to accelerate Complitech commercial capacity May 22, 2020 David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Gambling multi-product systems provider Win Systems has strengthened its executive management team by confirming the appointments of Carlos Reig as Corporate Director of Operations (Gaming) and Jose Luis Aranda as Managing Director of Gold Club Gaming in Slovenia.The Barcelona-based firm confirms the senior appointments, in order to continue its strong commercial momentum recorded during the past twelve months.A 20-year industry operations veteran, Carlos Reig joins Win Systems from Mexican operator Televisa, where he served as Director of Operations for its PlayCity property. Reig has further industry experience having served in a number of executive positions from Spanish gambling operator Grupo Codere.Luis Aranda previously spent nine years at Scientific Games, rising to the role of Regional Director, having previously worked at CIRSA Interactive and GTECH. Aranda will now manage Gold Club’s activity in Slovenia, where it currently runs the majority of its operations from.Eric Benchimol, CEO at Win Systems, said: “The past 12 months have been record-breaking for Win Systems in terms of commercial growth and I am thrilled to welcome Carlos and Jose Luis into our business to help build on this momentum.Updating investors Win Systems has recruited 120 staff across its various offices and departments since the start of 2016. At Present its entire workforce, across its offices in Spain, Slovenia and Mexico, as well as remote workers within USA, Argentina and Peru, is set to reach 350 by the end of 2017, representing an increase of more than 20% since the start of the year. Share Related Articles
Submit Share The bookmakers suffered a late defeat on day three at Cheltenham, despite getting back in the game after a “blinding” fightback started by a surprise defeat for Un De Sceaux.St Patrick’s Day at the Festival started with the bookmakers an estimated £50 million down from the first two days, and keen to get stuck into the well-backed Terrefort (in to 11/4f from 4/1).However, they hadn’t accounted for the eventual winner of the JLT, the day’s opening race at 1:30, as explained by bettingexpert racing guru Stephen Harris.He said: “They got the jolly beaten, but second in Shattered Love was the other runner to attract cash for Gordon Elliot (17/2 into 4/1), and he was roared home by the army of Irish punters who latch onto all the Gigginstown horses.“Steve Freeth, a spokesman for bet365, reported it to be one of the firm’s worse ever results on racing – a real public gamble across all of our customers.”The second race of the day was expected to provide “welcome relief for the beleaguered layers”, but once again the two best-backed horses fought it out up the famous Cheltenham hill.“A driving finish from Delta Work (6/1 from 10/1) saw off Glenloe (9/2f from 13/2),” said Harris. “Once more, the industry was looking down the gun barrel with huge liabilities stacking up in accumulators.”If the second race was expected to favour the bookmakers, they were braced for a big loss on Un De Sceaux, who was “8/11 with good reason” according to AP McCoy, and widely expected to become the fourth odds-on winner of the week after Footpad, Buveur d’Air and Samcro.Harris added: “The Ryanair saw one of the Irish bankers in Un de Sceaux backed down to 4/6f, but he had to settle for second to Balko des Flos (8/1) and the bookmakers could celebrate a real result in a race where they could take plenty of money out of the front two (Cue Card 5/1 always popular).“A public gamble on Sam Spinner gained momentum through the day, from 4/1 into a tight 3/1f before a wide open looking Stayers Hurdle. The bookmakers got a real result when Penhill won at 12s to make it honours even on the day, with 365 reporting it as a blinding result to get back in the game.”However, just when the bookmaker fightback was gathering pace, a late show from a pair of favourites saw the spoils go to the punters, albeit on a much lesser scale to the previous day.Harris concluded: “The punters finished strongly with The Storyteller (5/1f) and Laurina (4/7f) in lighter betting races, and it proved to be a fantastic day for the top Irish stables.”Watch the video below for Harris’ expert analysis and tips for the final day at Cheltenham: Related Articles ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 StumbleUpon Share ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Coral relaunches cinematic campaign for racing’s return June 5, 2020
Betting Gods provides a network for a host of sports betting tipsters, allowing punters to choose between a variety of both free and premium options when looking to get informed on the latest betting markets. The upcoming World Cup will undoubtedly provide an unrivalled opportunity for Betting Gods to grow its audience, as new punters are aiming to become informed about ties involving lesser-known nations. We spoke to Director at Betting Gods, Darren Moore who revealed how the tipster site can stand out at the tournament, as well as how the site is now appealing to affiliates.______________________SBC: As a football tipping site, what can you do to ensure your content stands out at the World Cup? Darren Moore: We recently signed a partnership with Sports Innovation DK to deliver the latest, breaking football news and updates throughout the World Cup and other football related events.We will also be listening to what our customers want in terms of World Cup content. If we know our current customers enjoy the content that we publish then chances are we will be able to attract some new customers to the Betting Gods brand. SBC: Can you explain the importance of the relationship between Betting Gods and the sites tipsters, how do you ensure your site is the best platform for them to use? DM: We know how vital our tipsters are to the Betting Gods platform. If we didn’t have the quality of tipsters that we currently have then the Betting Gods network wouldn’t exist. And that’s why we ensure we treat our tipsters as best as possible. Not only do we pay one of the highest percentages per sale to our tipsters, we also have additional incentives for the Betting Gods tipsters. These include a monthly competition with prizes for the top three performing racing and non-racing tipsters. We also organise get togethers during the year, with the aim of functioning as a team rather than a management/tipsters type of site.SBC: Your site is quite expansive, across a host of sports and platforms, why is it so beneficial to give affiliates creative freedom to promote whichever element of your site they find most appealing? DM: It may seem fairly expansive but 53% of our tipsters focus on the horse racing and 24% focus on football. The reason we have tipsters who cover the golf, tennis, greyhound racing and boxing is simply due to consumer demand. We regularly receive emails from customers asking if we plan on launching a tipster who provides tips for X or Y. This works well for affiliates because they can carefully tailor their promotional material to a particular sport. Perhaps an affiliate has published a piece of content on The US Masters and they need an offer to promote? It would then make sense for them to promote either Golf Betting Expert or Top 20 Golf Tips. SBC: As Betting Gods is relatively new to the affiliate scene, can you reveal your approach in building your own footprint in the affiliate market? DM: Especially in the UK, it is getting tougher for affiliates to promote bookmakers. SkyBet have completely shut their program down and Bet365 and Ladbrokes are becoming incredibly stringent on the sites that can promote their offers, as are the likes of Casumo, the popular online casino brand. At Betting Gods, we want to offer a viable and lucrative alternative to affiliates. The great news for affiliates is that Betting Gods can be promoted to any gambling traffic across the globe, and we’re happy to support the use of social media, paid advertising and other marketing efforts made by affiliates, working more as partners than simply going for the standard ‘hoop jumping’ approach required by many operators.Betting Gods does itself dip it’s toe into the affiliate market but realistically this accounts for less than 5% of our income and has only really come about since the formation of our strong partnership with Matching Visions, with whom we share an office and staff.SBC: As a subscription based site, could you reveal how you provide the fairest way for affiliates to be rewarded for their partnership and traffic?DM: Affiliates earn 50% of every payment their referrals make to Betting Gods. That means if an affiliate sends a customer who joins a service for two years and makes 24 monthly payments then that affiliate will earn a 50% commission on each and every one of those 24 payments. We also apply cookies to each referral which last 60 days. That means if an affiliate sends a lead who takes 59 days to join a service then they will still pick up those ongoing commissions. Share Related Articles FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit Share
Share iGaming firm Rootz LTD has cemented a new partnership with Swedish fintech Zimpler which will focus upon its first online casino product, Wildzcasino.Under the terms of the new agreement, Zimpler’s payment system will be integrated into the Wildz website as a new payment option.Wildz founder Mikko Halmela commented on the new alliance: “Wildz are going against the masses in more ways than one, instead of focusing on payment solutions just to make fast money, where minimal player knowledge is required, we want to know our customers.“Only through understanding of our players can we truly tailor and optimise their gaming experience. Zimpler allows us to do just that, above all in a way that is ‘Zimpler’ for them and allows for the most control over any and all transactions entered into. It’s a win win.”Zimpler is a Swedish mobile payment service launched in 2016 and is currently only available for Sweden and Finland, although it is expected to launch across more market in the coming months.Zimpler CCO Rhi Burns added: ”Zimpler is so happy to begin working with Wildz from the very beginning.“I’m excited to watch this fun, colourful brand grow and also to expand our collaboration with new markets over the next few months. Wildz has a great team behind it and I can’t wait to see more from them!” Submit StumbleUpon Share
The Overwatch League could face legal trouble before it’s even got underway, law firm Morrison Lee reports. Following the publication of the league’s logo on March 28th, Major League Baseball (“MLB”) has taken issue with the likeliness and as such looks set to oppose it with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Morrison Lee outlines that once a trademark is approved, it’s published in a weekly newsletter — “The Official Gazette”. Other parties then have 30 days to file an opposition to the trademark or a request for more time to file an opposition to the “Trademark Trial and Appeal Board”. MLB has requested an extension of time to oppose the logo which has been subsequently accepted. The two logos are somewhat similar, but ultimately the success of the opposition will be based on whether or not the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board believes MLB will suffer harm as a result of the logo design.Caroline Womack, the author of the piece writes “But does the Overwatch logo deceive fans into thinking the MLB is a participant? And is there really consumer confusion here? With both of these trademarks residing in the realms of sports and entertainment, this could be a tricky one. In the end, the answers are for the TTAB to decide.” Should the MLB’s opposition be filed and successful, we will see an alternative design for the Overwatch League’s logo. It’s not likely to cause the league much harm as it’s not yet taken off and there’s an array of different characters for Blizzard to choose from in redesigning it.Esports Insider says: Could this be seen as MLB feeling threatened by this up and coming “e-Sports fad”? Or is it Riot whispering in the ear of MLBAM and having a prod at a competitor? We jest — and this isn’t a huge deal ultimately as it fundamentally will not stop the OWL going ahead. It may have just increased the workload of Blizzard’s design team.
Echo Fox, the esports organisation with roots in the FGC has confirmed it has secured one of ten North American League of Legends Championship Series (“NALCS”) spots in the new permanent partnership scheme. It comes as little surprise given the list of teams and franchises that have been accepted, with big sports investment coming from many and three NBA teams hopping straight in. Most recently, Echo Fox was included as part of an investment partnership between Vision Esports and the New York Yankees. The investment will allow accelerated growth and increased brand awareness for the Echo Fox organisation and brand across the globe. The partnership aims to “mirror the management of Echo Fox in a manner similar to traditional professional sports properties”. Rick Fox, former NBA Champion and Echo Fox founder commented: “Riot Games has been at the forefront of esports since it installed the LCS back in 2014. We are extremely honoured and proud that Echo Fox will be one of the charter franchises in North America and our selection further proves that Echo Fox will continue its ascent to becoming the number one esports organisation in the world”. Jared Jeffries, recently appointed President of the organisation commented: “We are on the forefront of something magnificent for the esports world and we’re looking forward to competing against nine other world class esports organisations to win this inaugural season”. The Echo Fox organisation now houses teams competing in 12 different esports titles and holds a roster of over 40 competitive players. League of Legends will be the organisations first venture into the “big three” esports titles and it’s quite the gig. Rick Fox will be up against some familiar faces as the Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets all field teams next year. Esports Insider says: Congratulations to Rick and the team. League is very different from many of the titles they compete in but here’s hoping they embrace the new league spot. There’s some big names in the NA LCS next year, that’s for sure.