Déjà vu presents from Nina to Lauryn

first_imgIn an effort to highlight the arduous journey traversed by the balck female musician and performer, Déjà Vu Theatre Productions Inc will present a jazz concert honoring two of Black America’s greatest female ambassadors, Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill.The concert, which will be held at the Luxurious Banquet Hall in Lauderhill, Florida on May 6,  will feature two rising talents. Abia Cilon will be portraying Nina Simone and Tanya Marie Greaves will portray Lauryn Hill.The two young talents are students of jazz and music on a wiser scale and  will pay tribute in song to the two icons.Founder and President of the Caribbean/American-infused theater company known as Déjà Vu, Sharon Cummings, has a noble vision of uniting the Caribbean community and its non-Caribbean friends in one cause.From Nina to Simone will also serve as a fundraiser for the upcoming “Ms. Lou In Color” production for our annual tribute for Caribbean Heritage month.“We find that there are so many talented young people within our local community, but are lacking the opportunity of an outlet We at Déjà vu theatre provides that outlet that allows them to soar.  We do not always have to import the talents. Our community artist studied long and hard in honing their skills to pursue their dreams, these are our daughters, sons, nieces, nephews, cousins etc. Shouldn’t we at least support them?” Cummings said.We hope you will come out and support our effort in showcasing these wonderful performers, it will be a soulful evening, reflection on the struggle for acceptance and love.Master of ceremonies for the event will be Sophia Nicholson.last_img read more

MCC Community Theatre Presents “Hamlet in the Hood”

first_img(MIRAMAR, Florida – The City of Miramar is excited to present the Community Theatre Program – Shakespeare in the Park. The performance entitled, “Hamlet in the Hood” is scheduled for Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 4:00PM.It is an original music production written and directed by JoMarie Payton (TV personality, Singer, Actress Director) from the hit TV show, Family Matters, and featuring students from the program. JoMarie will be available for interviews before the performance.Miramar Community Theatre is structured as 10 week sessions where students will engage in hands-on-participatory activities that culminate in the development of a full stage production. This learning through the arts initiative encourages creative thinking, breaks down barriers and builds self-confidence while honing both on stage and behind-the-scenes skillsets.Our dedicated Community Theatre youth will present Shakespeare in the Park: Hamlet in the Hood produced by JoMarie Payton! Enjoy an afternoon in the park and watch the Miramar Community Theatre put on a one of a kind free performance filled with comedy and fun for the entire family! Come 30 minutes early and enjoy free face painting for children 12 and under! Don’t forget your lawn chairs!This event is FREE and open to the Community! RSVP at https://mccshakethepark.eventbrite.com . Your support of this show is also support for the preservation and progression of Cultural Arts for future generations!last_img read more

St. Vincent Students Told to Pay Over US$1,000 to Return Home…

first_imgSt. Vincent and the Grenadines Honorary Consul to Jamaica, June Barbour, in a letter to the stranded students warned also that the airfare could increase if there are fewer than 56 students making the journey. “This means that the fare for each person to travel, if the 56 persons quota is achieved is US$1,339.29. This is a discounted rate from US$101, 420,” Barbour said, adding that the government is in the process of making arrangements to have LIAT’s officers here to collect all the payments for the flight. She said the Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, of which St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a shareholder, has quoted a cost of US$75,000 for a charter flight from Jamaica to St. Vincent. KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – St. Vincent and the Grenadines students in Jamaica wanting to return home amidst the problems created by the coronavirus (COVID-19, including locked borders, must each pay an estimated US$1, 3339 for a return flight. Many of the self-funded students have returned home amidst community spread of COVID-19 in Jamaica. But some of the stranded students include those whose education is being funded by disadvantaged students’ loans and scholarships. “Please indicate as soon as possible if you still have an interest in travelling on this flight,” Barbour told the students. The students were given the quotation weeks after one of them wrote to the online publication,  iWitness News, an April 21 open letter to the National Student Loan Company, Ministry of Education and Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. In the letter published on the iWitness News website, the student wrote “a poll was conducted among us, which revealed that past the month of April, many persons funded by the disadvantage student loan would no longer be able to sustain themselves for the extended period of the semester. Against this backdrop, we call on the stakeholders of the National Disadvantaged Student Loan Scheme to investigate the unforeseen situation that has resulted in varying implications for students in this time of anxiety and concern.” In a recent comment on radio, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said there were issues to be worked out to bring the students home from Jamaica and Cuba. “And I point out that I’m in touch in Jamaica with our Honorary Consul Miss Barbour, Pam Barbour and I’m in touch with Ambassador John about Cuba. There are issues at play which we have to work out,” he said. CMClast_img read more

Worldpay’s Ruth Prior joins William Hill as new CFO

first_imgShare StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Related Articles William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Ruth Prior – William HillFTSE-listed William Hill Plc continues its executive team restructure confirming the appointment of Ruth Prior as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).Prior who joins William Hill, from leading global payments provider Worldpay, where she served as Deputy CFO (2013 -2017), will takeover the operator’s financial leadership duties of Philip Bowcock who last month was promoted to William Hill Group Chief Executive, having served the role on an interim basis.A twenty-year finance veteran Prior has served as Finance Director for a number of top UK retail and entertainment operators including EMI (music group) and Boo.com (fashion retailer).Prior will now lead William Hill’s financial controllership and treasury duties, reporting to the firm’s board of governance. Prior joins William Hill executive team as the company focuses on its three-point recovery plan – recovering UK traction, growing its international services and delivering a new Openbet platform for its digital divisions.“I am excited to be joining William Hill at a time when there are clear opportunities both to grow the business inside the UK and to expand our position on the international stage. I’m looking forward to working with the team to deliver the digital expertise, operational efficiencies and technology platform that will underpin the group’s further growth” Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

DHV Denmark selects Sportech Racing & Digital as lead pari-mutuel systems lead

first_img Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Spillemyndigheden adds technical requirements on game and wagering reporting June 23, 2020 Share Related Articles Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Andrew GaughanDanish racing track operator Dansk Hestevæddeløb APS (DHV) has selected Sportech Plc’s Racing & Digital division to be its lead supplier of pari-mutuel betting technologies, systems and services.At present, DHV operates nine racing tracks in Denmark, which betting services and systems have been primarily operated by state-owned gambling firm Danske Spil.Sportech Racing & Digital has acted as lead pari-mutuel betting technology for Danske Spil. However, following the liberalization of the Danish racing market which will become effective this January 2018, Sportech will work directly with DHV operations.The partnership will see Sportech provide a suite of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services including the central system that will act as the Danish national host to consolidate all betting from private betting operators, including Danske Spil.Henrik FriisHenrik Friis, CEO of Dansk Hestevæddeløb ApS, stated, “We sought a technology partner with an exceptional suite of products and services, strong options for digital and self-service betting, and direct access to global commingling markets.  Sportech met these requirements, and their well-established track record and presence in Europe assures us that we will receive excellent support. We are looking forward to working with Sportech to offer a reliable and satisfying betting experience to our private betting operator partners.”The package will comprise Sportech’s Quantum™ System, the most widely deployed pari-mutuel betting software in the world, and hosting services from Sportech’s worldwide service delivery network.  The Quantum™ configuration will also facilitate the implementation of digital betting solutions, such as Sportech’s G4 website and Digital Link™ mobile, by future private operators.Andrew Gaughan, President of Sportech Racing and Digital, stated: “We at Sportech are very pleased to have been selected by Dansk Hestevæddeløb as their tote technology provider and look forward to working with them to help grow betting on horse racing under Denmark’s newly liberalizing horse racing environment.  We are pleased to note that this agreement further cements Sportech’s position as the leading independent provider of pari-mutuel betting technologies and services in Europe, building upon Sportech’s already strong position in Denmark, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, The Netherlands, Turkey, Spain, and Cyprus.”last_img read more

Ladbrokes estate receives Playtech single account functionality

first_img Ladbrokes players throughout the UK are now able to use one account and one wallet across all online, mobile and retail products, following an integration of the Playtech single account omni-channel functionality across its entire retail estate.In line with the Playtech One strategy the newly unified sportsbook platform, encompassing Self Service Betting Terminals (SSBTs), is fully integrated with the software, systems and services suppliers IMS player management system.Detailing SSBT integration as the final element of of the Ladbrokes Omni-Channel platform plan, it was stated that “this core platform integration work will enable significant future growth across the division and the wider business.”Richard Lang, Retail Commercial Director, Ladbrokes Coral Group, commented: “The collaboration between Ladbrokes Coral and Playtech BGT Sports to integrate SSBT’s to the Ladbrokes Omni-channel platform is the final piece of the jigsaw. The integration will further support the objective of delivering a true Omni-channel experience to our customers across all retail touch points.“This is a really exciting development for the product and will help us deliver growth. This development has been 18 months in the making and one that I am sure will be welcomed by our customers.”Amongst the features of the new platform are the ability to cross-promote to retail and online customers, use of the same bonus engine and training system, and the ability to place bets in retail and cash out online or on mobile outside of the retail environment.Armin Sageder, CEO, Playtech BGT Sports, said: “Today is a landmark in the evolution of our sports betting products at Playtech and we’re delighted to have completed the work with Ladbrokes.“The work the sports team has done for the last year to 18 months to unify both the retail and digital platforms and integrate it with IMS will generate further significant growth with operators from regulated and newly regulated markets seeking to implement our leading single wallet sportsbook offering.”Two further customers, Sociedade de Apostas Sociais (SAS), Portugal’s largest online gaming and betting operator, and Hpybet, are also preparing to go live with the new, fully integrated sportsbook. Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Submit Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020last_img read more

Robust quarter sees IGT adjust 2018 earnings forecast

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon New York-listed gambling technology and lottery systems provider International Game Technology PLC (IGT) has revised its full-year 2018 earnings expectations, publishing a better than anticipated Q3 2018 trading update (period ending 30 September).Updating the market, IGT governance details solid lottery performance, combined with improved gaming KPIs which have helped the company deliver a 3% increase in adjusted EBITDA to $443 million (Q3 2017: $428m).  The technology group delivers a robust EBITDA performance despite recording a 5% decline in period corporate revenues to $1.15 billion (Q3 2017: $1.22bn) due to negative impacts on ‘ASC – revenue from contracts’ and client product adjustments.Closing its Q3 2018 trading, IGT declares a group operating profit of $200 million, reversing corresponding 2017 losses of $550 million, a period which saw the company write-down a North America Interactive gaming unit.“Global Lottery same-store revenues for instants and draw games rose mid-single digits. The installed base of gaming machines was up, and unit shipments of gaming machines increased 10%. And, we enjoyed particularly strong sales and profit growth in Italy, confirming the vitality of that important market. We are firmly on track to achieve our 2018 financial and operational goals.” Marco Sala, CEO of IGT.Posting a solid Q3 trading performance, IGT governance narrows its full-year 2018 EBITDA outlook to $1,740 – $1,780 billion range, in-line with the firm’s top half of corporate guidance.“We’ve delivered Adjusted EBITDA growth of 4% and 7% for the third quarter and year-to-date periods at constant currency and scope,” said Alberto Fornaro, CFO of IGT. “As a result, we are narrowing our Adjusted EBITDA outlook for 2018 to $1,740 – $1,780 million, the top half of the prior range.” Submit Brazil to issue initial plans on Caixa Loterias sale August 17, 2020 Share IGT ‘prudent on recovery’ as company absorbs H1 losses of $291m August 4, 2020 Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020last_img read more

The future of pre-game betting: Should we pay our last respects?

first_imgShare Share SBC’s Year In Review: August’s big betting news December 27, 2019 The development of technology in the 21st century, particularly from a sports betting standpoint, has been geared around providing customers with instant rewards.As Jakub Myszkorowski, Chief Commercial Officer at STATSCORE, aptly puts it. “We’re living in a time where people do a few push-ups and expect that the very next day they will turn into strongmen. The betting industry is no different.”But, does this desire for instant gratification put the future of pre-game betting at risk? Myszkorowski explains why it is not yet ready to roll over to in-play betting. First things first, what makes live betting so tempting? It happens right here and right now. You bet as the game is being played and you don’t have to wait long after making your bet to knowing the outcome. You win or you lose quickly, then the joy starts all over again.This is what keeps people coming back to place bets on the best websites, self-service betting terminals and mobile apps while live games are being played. It is also why the giants of the betting industry invest a lot of time and money into expanding their live coverage in terms of the quantity and quality of the data and odds they can provide.Yet, while at STATSCORE we care a lot about the in-play experience, as shown by our commitment to delivering animated key incidents in real-time through LivematchPro, we have not forgotten about those that like to have a bet pre-game. This is where the betting markets started and we strongly believe that you can’t have a world of sports betting without proper pre-game offers. Here are three key reasons why:Pre-game betting still offers more time for properly analysing the odds on offer – while live betting is all about quick reactions and fast decisions, pre-game takes some of the pressure off users as it allows them to go through the numbers with care and make the best decision without an irritating time-bomb ticking in the background.It is easier to compile accumulation bets – a combination of odds spread across several sports and leagues demands good analytical skills and perfect evaluation. While you can make a good decision quite quickly for one game, we doubt that you can do this for a few matches grouped together while they are being played.You can leave the decision for later and think before you hit the button marked send – well, for obvious reasons, this is not possible when betting on live games, which is all about chances arising and disappearing very quickly.Once you have completed the right behavioural analysis on your customers, it becomes clear that there are those who demand live entertainment with all the immediate excitement, alongside those who like to take their time to place more educated bets. Therefore, we believe that the sports betting operators who keep the right balance, offering something that’s tailored for both groups, will continue to be the most competitive.With this in mind, STATSCORE took the time to develop proper pre-game widgets to engage and entertain fans. PrematchPro is our answer to the needs of the more traditional betting fans, who still enjoy taking the extra time to decide before placing their bets.From head to head comparisons to previous performance data, in-depth league statistics and latest standings, PrematchPro delivers all the necessary information to stimulate pre-game bettors, while taking away any need for them to visit external sites. STATSCORE chosen as the main sponsor for Futsal Ekstraklasa August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit SBC’s Year In Review: June’s big betting news December 24, 2019last_img read more

Colossus Bets launches ‘Conscious Colossus’ charity directive

first_img Colossus Bets confirms cash-out collaboration with bet365 October 1, 2019 Colossus Bets backs Central Park sweepstakes March 20, 2020 SIS pens new partnership with Colossus Bets October 8, 2019 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit Eva Karagianni-Goel – Colossus BetsColossus Bets, the supplier of next-generation betting pools and global sports jackpots, has announced the formal launch of its ‘Conscious Colossus’ charitable campaign.The betting technology group underlines a commitment to supporting ‘three nominated charities’; Alive and Kicking, the Greyhound Trust and YGAM, with ‘Conscious Colossus’ covering critical causes from the advancement of sports within communities to responsible gambling education and animal welfare.Updating the market, Colossus Bets’ CCO Eva Karagianni-Goel commented: “As a company, we are fortunate to provide an inherently responsible product with a low impact ethos designed to minimise problem gambling.“The scheme is about engaging with causes that are close to our hearts as citizens and humans, not just providers of a gambling product, and we are really excited to start this journey with 3 amazing charities that have impressed us with their spirit and impact.”Ben Sadler – Alive & KickingEstablishing its lead charity mandate, Colossus Bets details that it envisions the development of meaningful long-term partnership with the three charities, as opposed to the technology group offering one-off donations.Backing Colossus Bets support Ben Sadler, CEO at Alive and Kicking, said: “Alive and Kicking’s mission is to use the power of sport to create ethical jobs, deliver vital health education and give thousands of people access to sport.”In addition, Colossus Bets states that its charity initiative will seek to harness the power and reach of betting’s multi-million industry strengthening relationships with sports and wider communist stakeholders.Lisa Morris – Greyhound TrustWelcoming Colossus Bets crucial support, Lisa Morris, CEO at the Greyhound Trust, added: “We are thrilled that Conscious Colossus have chosen to partner with the Greyhound Trust as one of their charities of choice. The Greyhound Trust homes between 3,500 and 4,000 retired greyhounds a year and helps them make the transition from athlete to pet, but we need to do more.“Our vision is a day when all racing greyhounds retire to loving homes and are treated with compassion and kindness – and this partnership takes us a step closer to this vision.”We are delighted to announce the launch of Conscious Colossus, a charitable initiative targeting a wide range of causes including…? Animal welfare⚽ Advancement of sport within communities❗ Responsible [email protected] | @BallsForAfrica | @YGAMuk— Colossus Bets (@ColossusBets) July 23, 2019last_img read more

GVC strengthens operational division with two new hires

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share GVC Holdings has strengthened its senior operational management team by announcing the appointment of a new director of payments and compliance, and a new gaming product director.Set to join the operator’s leadership in early November, Gabriele Griesbacher will assume the role of Director of Payments, while Colin Cole-Johnson takes up the role of Gaming Product Director.Shay Segev, Chief Operating Officer of GVC celebrated the new appointments: “We are delighted to have Gabriele and Colin joining us. Both have huge expertise in their respective areas and will further strengthen the Group’s leadership team.“Gabriele will spearhead our ever-increasing focus on compliance, ensuring we maintain a player-safety-first approach in everything we do, while Colin will drive our gaming product forward, bringing his unparalleled industry experience and gaming expertise.”Griesbacher will hold the responsibility of overseeing all aspects of payments across the Group covering the areas of commercial, product and compliance.The role will involve close collaboration with the Group’s Compliance, Marketing and Customer Service Teams, with the role having a particular focus on responsible gambling, Know Your Customer and Source of Funds commitments.She joins from the end-to-end financial platform, PXP Financial (formerly part of the GVC Group as Kalixa), where she was COO. Based in Gibraltar, she will report directly into Group COO, Shay Segev.Meanwhile Cole-Johnson will oversee GVC’s casino, live and bingo products with a particular emphasis on elevating player experience. GVC explained that he brings with him a ‘proven track record of delivering success’, having previously held positions at Rank, William Hill and Ladbrokes. Based in London, Colin will report to Deputy COO, Valery Gelfman. Related Articles Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submitlast_img read more