Trinidad and Tobago Independence

first_imgThe Peter London Global Dance Company gave a riveting performance at TNT 55th Independence Charity Ball. Photo credit Uriah Bennett by Tanya RagbeerThe 15th Independence Charity Ball hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Independence Ball Committee, Inc. celebrated the country’s 55th year of Independence at Signature Grand on August 19.The event was a fabulous affair, elegantly decorated in the colors of Trinidad and Tobago (red, black and white) and depicted the theme “Bring Back Di Old Time Days.”It was co-hosted by WPLG-TV’s Neki Mohan, CANE TV’s Gillian Smart, and Committee Member and Image Consultant, Atarah Samaroo.Cherishing TNT culture Guest speaker, the Honorable Camille Robinson-Regis, TNT’s Minister of Planning and Development, spoke eloquently about cherishing Trinidadian culture. She took everyone down memory lane, reflecting on growing up in the twin islands where it “took a village to raise us,” on stand-pipe drinking water, street-light curfews, cocoa blocks to make hot chocolate, listening to folklore tales and the cocoyea broom that “sweeps cleaner than any hoover vacuum.”Prior to dinner —  which was a fabulous braised chicken and salmon in a plum sauce, served with the usual dramatic Signature Grand flair — the crowd was treated to cultural performances of Indo-Caribbean Dancer, Ilicia Dow of Jayadevi Arts, Inc. She performed beautifully to Don’t Fall in Love, Pholouri Bina Chutney, and Surajie My Darling.The Peter London Global Dance Company out of Little Haiti Cultural Dance Complex, the premier professional multi-cultural dance company, men (in red and white) performed “Shango”. This was followed by two works of “Kaiso Bacchanal” performed to the Mighty Sparrow’s Jean and Dinah, and Lord Kitchener’s Pan in A Minor.TNT citizens awardedOutstanding citizens of Trinidad and Tobago received special honors. These included Diane Galloway, CEO of The Herbal Gardens of Fl. Inc., radio talk show host and advocate for health and wellness; Agatha Samuel, Professor of Nursing and Nursing Director at Jackson Health System; Carnival Ambassador and ‘Mother of Carnival’ Ruby Allison Limere Alexander, a former president of the South Florida Carnival Band Leaders Association; Award-winning Realtor, Professional Standards Chairman and Ombudsman of the Miami Association of Realtors, Francis Ragoo.Gate prize tickets for two on Caribbean Airlines were presented by Kaye Chong. A copy of the book, Caribbean Heritage History Archives, was donated by Elliot Bastien and Sandra Bernard-Bastien, as well as a gift basket of Grace, Kennedy products.last_img read more

Barbados opposition calls general election

first_imgBarbados opposition, the Barbados Labor Party (BLP) has renewed its call for a general election, after the United States-based rating agency, Standards and Poor’s (S&P) dropped Barbados’ sovereign credit rating by one notch.“Our credit rating has been downgraded for the 20th time in nine years by the major international credit rating agencies. This has become so routine that Barbadians are becoming immune to the news, but unfortunately, overseas investors and businesses are not,” BLP and Opposition Leader Mia Mottley said in a statement.She said there can be no doubt that the longer the Freundel Stuart government “tries to hold on to power, the harder and longer our road to recovery will be.How many more downgrades?“How many more downgrades will it take for the Prime Minister and his Government to realize that there is no confidence left in their ability to reverse the situation? Barbadians are paying too high a price for this Government’s incompetence and stubbornness,” she said.The last general election in Barbados was held in February 2013, when the Democratic Labor Party (DLP), led by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart was re-elected, winning 16 of the 30 seats.Downgraded to CCC.Earlier this week, Standard and Poor’s said it was lowering its long-term local currency rating on Barbados to ‘CCC’ from ‘CCC+’, noting “we are affirming our other ratings on Barbados, including the ‘CCC+’ long-term foreign currency sovereign rating.Downgrade risk“The negative outlook reflects the risk of a downgrade given difficulty turning around fiscal policy (with parliamentary elections in 2018), a possible domestic debt exchange that could be a default under our criteria, and prospects for a balance-of-payments crisis.”It also noted that Barbados’ policy challenges include “high general government debt, deficits, and debt servicing requirements; limited appetite for private-sector financing; and a low level of international reserves raising the risk to sustainability of the peg to the U.S. dollar.”Barbados debts are vulnerableAccording to the S&P, the CCC rating means that “Barbadian debts are vulnerable to non-payment, and dependent upon favorable business, financial, and economic conditions for the obligor (owing party) to meet its financial commitment on the obligation. In the event of adverse business, financial, or economic conditions, the obligor is not likely to have the capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligation.”S&P previously downgraded Barbados’ credit rating in March 2017, when it lowered the sovereign credit rating to CCC+ from B-.Follow Barbados opposition’s attempts to call early elections here: read more

Bolt ranked 10th on ESPN’s list of dominant athletes

first_imgLegendary Jamaican and international sprinter Usain Bolt has been ranked 10th on ESPN magazine’s list of the top 20 most dominant athlete of the past 20 years.The eight-time Olympic champion who retired from track and field at the IAAF World Championship last year, is ranked behind golfer Tiger Woods who tops the list, legendary NFL quarterback Peyton Manning in second place, NBA basketball star LeBron James in third place and boxer Floyd Mayweather in eighth place.Tennis legend Roger Federer sits in fifth position and retired formula driver Michael Shumacher is in seventh place.However, Bolt is ranked above football great Lionell Messi, tennis sensation Serena Williams, Portuguese football star Christiano Ronaldo, and US sprinter Alyson Felix.last_img read more

Broward County Commission Meeting Closed to Public – Remote Participation Urged

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY, FL – To promote social distancing and avoid risk of additional community spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the March 31, 2020 Commission Meeting, including the Public Hearing, will not be open to physical attendance by members of the public, the media, or general County staff.Only County Commissioners and those County employees required to attend the event at the express direction of the County Administrator, County Attorney, or County Auditor may be physically present at the meeting and public hearing.Interested parties can view the Commission meeting and Public Hearing in a variety of ways, including webcast, broadcast and live streaming on social media. Viewing Options.Members of the community who wish to speak on an item must utilize the new remote public participation option. This option promotes social distancing, while still offering interested parties the opportunity to participate in matters coming before the County Commission.In order to comment on an item remotely, you must have:Access to the internet (to register)A working email address (to receive your confirmation code)A telephone (to dial in to the meeting)For detailed instructions on how to participate, visit read more

Ibrahimovic Backs McGregor To Beat Mayweather, Says “He’s The Ibrahimovic Of Martial Arts”

first_imgManchester United striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has backed Irishman Conor McGregor to beat Floyd Mayweather in Saturday’s “Money Fight” in Las Vegas.The 35-year-old Swede, who re-signed for United this week, continues his recovery from a knee injury that ended his season prematurely last April.Speaking to Sport Bible, Ibrahimovic said: “Here you have a guy that has made a career out of many years and that is Mayweather, and then you have the other guy that has made a career in a short time, but he made himself a big name.”“Me as a huge fan of the MMA, I see this fight. I don’t know. It can go both ways. Either what people predict that Mayweather will win easy, which I don’t believe.”29-year-old Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) two-weight world champion, McGregor, will be making his boxing debut against undefeated Mayweather, as the Irishman has never boxed professionally.  “So I see him with his confidence. He will win. Because he believes in himself so much and like I say, in everything you do the mental part is 50%.” Ibrahimovic added. “Conor has a power he can knock you out from every angle. And he has a confidence, like me,”“He is the Ibrahimović of martial arts and I’m McGregor of the football world.”center_img RelatedFloyd Mayweather Set For Another Unusual Comeback to the RingNovember 5, 2018In “Boxing”VIDEO: Watch Jose Mourinho Give His Verdict On Mayweather Vs McGregor FightAugust 25, 2017In “Sports”Anthony Joshua To Fight In The MMAAugust 22, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

Mr Green appoints Mattias Wedar as new Tech Chief

first_img Submit Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020 Mr Green has announced that Mattias Wedar will replace Stefan Gustafsson as Chief Executive of its technology development subsidiary, Mr Green & Technology.Having previously held the role of Chief Information Officer and Chief Executive Officer at Swedish search portal Eniro, Wedar will bring with him a wealth of experience when he takes up his new role in September.   Mr Green Chief Executive Per Norman said: “We are very happy that Mattias Wedar joins Mr Green, he has a solid background in the digital industry and a thorough experience from technology development as well as marketing and products.“Wedar will be key in our further implementation of the business strategy Mr Green 2.0 and the continuous development of our technology platform which we launched last year.“Our strategy encompasses a clear plan to develop an even stronger customer experience, based on digital technology and our customers’ individual preferences” added Norman.The appointment follows on from the news that Mr Green recorded a successful H1 for 2017, in which the company declared “its most successful quarter in business.” Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020last_img read more

Enda Gaffney: Mr Green debuts new sportsbook offering at #boscon2017

first_img Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020 StumbleUpon Mr Green Head of Sportsbook Enda Gaffney, a key speaker in the opening ‘Leaders in Betting’ session at last week’s Betting on Sports conference, spoke to SBC News to recap the discussion and highlight the launch of the company’s new sportsbook offering which has just gone live in the UK & Ireland.SBC: In this world of algorithms and automation, where is the human touch best utilised in the process?EG: It’s about where you create a better experience for the customer? Knowing and understanding all the customer touchpoints in your product and in your marketing. Lots of opportunities are available, be it what you present on your homepage to how you do cross sell. Strategizing and figuring that out is where the human touch is best utilised.SBC: What is the future for the role of a sports trader or are they becoming obsolete?EG: This largely depends on the strategy of the business but for most I do see it as a role that will evolve over time. I believe it will move more to being a data scientist – customer profiling, extracting insights and so on.SBC: Is the marketing department, the finance department or someone else the enemy of a sportsbook?EG: No. Becoming a successful Sportsbook involves many factors, one of the most important is how effectively you work with other departments in your organisation – be it Marketing, Finance, Tech or BI. You need to help them understand the opportunity and how they can each add value to the Sportsbook and ultimately the overall Sportsbook revenues.SBC: What are the factors that make you decide it’s time for a new product?EG: The primary factor is about by being very close to and understanding your customer –  what does existing data tell you about your customers, what insight can you apply to justify the creation of new product features, what trends are emerging elsewhere in other online industries. Overall how can you add value for the customer.SBC: How do you weigh up the cost against the benefits of a new product?EG: With my Mr Green team, we will do a SWOT analysis of every new product idea. Then if we still like it, I will move forward by doing a mini-business case for management where I crunch down the numbers, establish KPI’s, set timelines for delivery and achieving ROI.SBC: Anything new in the pipeline?EG: We’ve just launched phase 1 of our new Sportsbook offering. It’s what we believe to be a new and improved experience in the marketplace. There’s two key elements to it. Firstly, we’ve set out to increase engagement for the customer by now displaying snippets of content throughout our product. These snippets which we call ‘Bet Assists’ are provided to us by Bettorlogic and we showcase over 15,000 of them per week across both Football and Tennis.The second element of our new Sportsbook 2.0 is about looking to add entertainment for our customer – so we’ve set out to create new Experiences around betting on Football and Tennis. Partnering with the development team at Bettorlogic we’ve created Football Combi Spin which has a Slots type feel to it. We’ve also built in-house a new feature called Instant Tennis which is about betting on next point. A mobile first experience, it’s already proving very popular with our players.SBC: Is the sportsbetting industry in danger of becoming too generic and not enough differential between different companies?  and if so what can we do to change that?EG: Most definitely and I believe we already see that in some places particularly with the UX of the major sportsbook operators. Having just launched over 1 year ago, Mr Green Sportsbook is still a baby but I’m determined that we’re going to grow up to be different in the marketplace.Central to that is taking a customer first and a data driven approach. Working with our great in-house UX team, we will deliver a best in class product experience, and our Marketing will be about being super relevant to the player. The Mr Green brand is about entertainment and we’re going to ensure that it is represented in our Sportsbook offering.SBC: What is your priority in running a sportsbook?  The customers, profitability, innovation, your team.EG: Customers…it’s easy to say but everything should be about the customer. They will give you so much feedback that if you listen to it and act upon it then you will be successful. Customer feedback can be found everywhere from CS emails to Google Analytics data. In our office, we sit right beside our Customer Service team!Equally important to Customers is our own Sportsbook Team – they are the ones who drive the Sportsbook business forward every day, by working closely with external suppliers and internal teams such as Marketing, Customer Service, BI and Tech. A customer-first mentality and a great Sportsbook team, get them two right and then profitability and innovation will follow.SBC: Is the sportsbook related know-how and innovation moving over to PR-odds and the marketing surrounding it?EG: There will always be room for product innovation – it’s the lifeblood of any online industry in 2017. There’s also room for PR-odds but the key is to be tactical with what you go after. Less is more. Share Share David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Peter Woodfine – Total Performance Data – In-play betting is ‘vital for racing’s future’

first_img SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Using innovative global navigation satellite systems Total Performance Data (TPD) aims to expand in-play horse racing betting into the mainstream, whilst opening up betting operators to a vast number of new horse racing betting opportunities. TPD attaches trackers to the saddlecloths of horses and allows operators access to data which was previously not available. The data ranges from sectional times to stride length, and even some breakthrough readouts tracking a horse’s heart rate. TPD’s Commercial Director Peter Woodfine described to SBC the importance of in-play horse racing betting and what he thinks it’ll take to elevate it into the mainstream. SBC: How close is in play Horse Racing betting to becoming a mainstream market for UK betting operators?Peter Woodfine: In-Play race betting as a concept has been popularized through Betfair’s exchange. The real-time cash-flow fluctuations allow for the exchange betting model to easily set live pricing – this is obviously not the case for fixed odds operators and as a result they have had to concede this lucrative sector of the market.Recently (and significantly) however, bet365 have started to offer an in-running product which is manually traded.Market sources suggest that in-running racing product could account for circa 10% – 30% of total race wagering – the key to mass adoption however is automation. This has of course been seen in other sports through the rise of companies such as Sportradar, SBTech and Betgenius in offering data driven automated pricing. Up until now, this has not been possible with racing.TPD have partnered with a start-up company which involves former Finsoft and Openbet employees called, In Play Racing Limited. Through their sophisticated algorithms, In Play Racing are able to provide an automated pricing service which is powered by TPD’s real-time GPS tracking data. The first operator to be serviced via this joint venture is due to launch in Q1 of 2018.Alternatively, operators can purchase TPD data direct from source to process through their own trading systems – again, advanced discussions on this front will lead to some key product launches in Q1 2018 from the major operators.SBC: How important is the growth of in place Horse Racing betting to helping racing evolve as a betting product? PW: Given the global betting landscape and shift towards in-running across all sports (circa 80% of all betting) the development of a comparable racing product is absolutely vital for racing’s future. Furthermore, the gamification aspect of an in-running racing product will not only increase the popularity to the next generation of sports bettors, but also open up interest from new global markets traditionally associated with other sports. The rise of alternative betting product such as esports and Drone Racing would support this concept.SBC: What methods need to be taken to grow in play Horse Racing to the next level of betting market?PW: Automation is key as is the availability of global content. As we have seen with the likes of Running Ball, what started off as a niche football betting product to stimulate interest in major matches from Europe’s tier 1 football leagues, became a global phenomenon where betting customers now look to wager on football across the world at any time of day – whether it be Barca v Real in La Liga or a UAE under 19’s fixture – content is king.Racing will need to follow the same path to build a truly world class in-running betting product: UK racing will always be seen as the pinnacle, but then we will need to see product from USA, Australia, SA, South America, France, DE, Trotting etc etc. There are over 300,000 racing fixtures globally per year (Running Ball currently offer 120,000 football fixtures by comparison).SBC: With the extensive data that is being provided what variety of markets could become available on in play Horse Racing? PW: Derivative markets are a very exciting area for the product. Relatively simple markets such as fastest furlong, max speed will significantly add to the entertainment factor. Incidentally, TPD launched a pilot of such markets with Sky Bet for the Windsor Sprint Series.Further down the line, advances in the data capture technology can lead to a variety of special markets: TPD are about to launch stride length as a latest development for example.SBC: Given the expansive amount of important data you’re providing, how do ensure that it is accurate as possible?  PW: We constantly monitor our data through our content team in London to benchmark for accuracy. By using a GPS based system, we benefit from the advances in technology in this area and therefore have a system which can constantly evolve.Our system to date has been designed as a compromise between cost and accuracy so that it can be rolled-out across any race track in the world: for in-running to truly take off, tracking data needs to be available from all race tracks, not just the elite few. Despite the low cost, our system has comparable accuracy with incumbent systems and is being used successfully to compile live betting odds. As the cost of advanced GPS reduces, the TPD system will be able to reap the benefits.Aside from accuracy, latency is also crucial from a live betting perspective: TPD’s data travels from the horse to the operator in less than 50ms from live.Total Performance Data has also been shortlisted for the Best Live Betting Product and Best Sports Data Product awards at this year’s SBC awards. To find out more about the event, click here. Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

InBet keeps up 2018 momentum with VivaroBet deal

first_img StumbleUpon InBet Games, a global B2B solutions provider for gaming, betting and lottery operators, has agreed a deal with Armenia-based sportsbook platform provider VivaroBet, just weeks after striking a similar deal with online gaming software developer EvenBet Gaming.VivaroBet will now integrate InBet’s slots, lottery, poker, roulette and virtual betting solutions such as betting on dogs, horses, 3D dogs and Tron Race on to its sportsbook platform.This is further evidence of InBet’s strong start to 2018, in which the firm has also launched a football-oriented virtual game in preparation of this summer’s World Cup, and introduced a new version of virtual lottery solution Keno in betting shops.The latest deal, coupled with the EvenBet Gaming agreement, will widen InBet’s scope, while the football-themed virtual should mean a greater slice of the ever-lucrative World Cup pie.Pavel Korolev, Business Development Director at InBet, said: “We are very pleased with this deal with VivaroBet, as it will give us a wider exposure to an extensive sports  betting network, and will diversify and brighten up our partner’s gaming portfolio, giving their players a more engaging and exciting  gaming experience during and between the matches.”Founded in 2003 in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, VivaroBet’s sportsbook network comprises 190 betting shops. Operating on sports betting software developed by BetConstruct, the firm covers over 30,000 live matches, while offering live broadcasting with detailed animations and voice-overs providing commentaries for making bets in real-time mode. Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 Submit VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Share Related Articles Share New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020last_img read more

Colossus Bets delivers Jackpot dynamics to RaceBets daily coupons

first_img Submit Betsson AB European racing property RaceBets has moved to strengthen its customer engagement dynamics, integrating Colossus Bets jackpots market capabilities.Moving forward, RaceBets customers will be able to wager on new Colossus multi-leg pools markets, boosting their RaceBets daily raceday coupons.Acquired in 2016 by Stockholm listed Betsson AB for €34 million, RaceBets offers European racing’s most comprehensive wagering portfolio featuring horseracing markets from the UK, Ireland, Australia, France, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Japan, USA, Germany and Sweden.RaceBets’ Managing Director Alex Haig, said, “We are pleased to announce our partnership with Colossus, which aligns with our mission to offer the best and most comprehensive online horse betting experience. Colossus racing pools, with their substantial prize guarantees and competitive take-out rates, offer stand-out value to bettors and we therefore expect the product to appeal to our core demographic and beyond.”The partnership sees Colossus Bets announces its second major commercial partnership of 2019, with the ‘next generation’ pools provider detailing that it has secured totalizator licence with the Oregon Racing Commission significantly expanding its US profile.Colossus Bets’ COO, David O’Reilly, commented, “This is an exciting development for the Colossus network given RaceBets’ pedigree as a specialist racing operator. Since the launch of our British and Irish racing jackpots last July, we have consistently beaten our competition in terms of dividends and user experience, so widening our distribution is the inevitable next step in the journey.” StumbleUpon Share Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Related Articles Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020last_img read more