Trayvon Martin to be awarded college degree posthumously

first_imgTrayvon Martin to receive posthumous college degree Slain Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin, is to be awarded with a posthumous bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science from the Florida Memorial University.Martin was killed by George Zimmerman under controversial circumstances five years ago.Martin’s parents, Sabrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, will accept the degree on his behalf at the start of the school’s spring semester on May 13. Fulton is an alumnus of the school, a historically black university in Miami Gardens, Florida, a report carried CNN stated.The aeronautics degree is in “honor of the steps he took during his young life toward becoming a pilot,” the school said in a Facebook post. Florida Memorial’s Department of Aviation and Safety has a designated Cessna pilot training center, and the school also houses the Trayvon Martin Foundation.“Trayvon had an obvious love of flying,” university spokeswoman April R. Silver told CNN. Martin took some aviation classes in high school.On her Twitter page Fulton thanked the university for honoring her son.Martin was shot and killed in February 2012, by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch captain in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman had called 911 to report a suspicious person in his neighborhood and later got into a fight with the 17-year-old. Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense.The shooting sparked protests nationwide for months.Zimmerman was acquitted of the crime in July 2013.last_img read more

City of Lauderdale Lakes Welcome Jamaican World Youth Athletes

first_imgCity of Lauderdale Lakes Mayor Hazelle Rogers, accompanied by Commissioners Gloria Lewis and Sandra Davey, welcomed the Jamaican IAAF World Youth Athletes into the City of Lauderdale Lakes on July 7th.Team met at MIAThe group flew into Miami International Airport as their first layover. Team members and officials were met by Mayor Rogers and other community members with travel tour bus transportation. On their way to Fort Lauderdale International Airport, escorted by the Mayor and the Commissioners, the team visited city hall in Lauderdale Lakes. Following the visit, the team left for Dubai on to Nairobi, Kenya for the 2017 IAAF World Youth Championships.“I am extremely proud to have the pleasure to greet the young athletes from my native country and show off our wonderful city to the group,” said Mayor Rogers. While in the Lauderdale Lakes, the Mayor accompanied the group to a quick tour of the City Hal. She also hosted them for lunch before leaving for the Fort Lauderdale Airport.IAAF World Youth Championships The IAAF World U18 Championships (formerly named the IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics up to November 2015) is a biennial global athletics event. It comprises track and field events for competitors age-17 or younger. The event is organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and was first held in 1999.The World U18 Championships are not to be confused with the World U20 Championships, which are for athletes who are 19 or under. Several Olympic Gold Medalist like Jamaican sprint icon Usain Bolt, Americans LaShaun Merritt, and Carl Lewis have competed and become nationally recognized by participating in these competitions. The Jamaican group is scheduled to compete from July 12th—July 16th.Third Jamaican Mayor in LauderhillLauderdale Lakes is home to one of the largest Caribbean-American communities in Florida. Mayor Rogers is the third Jamaican to serve as the city’s mayor. She was the first Jamaican elected to office in Florida when she was elected as city commissioner in 1996. She served until 2008 when elected to the Florida House of Representatives. There she served the limited two terms. She was elected mayor in November 2016.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

JN Florida Rep office hosts “Community Connection”

first_imgThe JN Bank Representative Office in Tamarac, Florida, will host a “JN Bank Community Connection” event on Saturday, February 24th for real estate prospects interested in purchasing a property in Jamaica for investment, retirement or vacation purposes. The event at the JN Bank Representative Office at 4111West Commercial Boulevard, Tamarac, Florida, will be held on February from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will include housing developers and realtors from Jamaica, part of JN’s preferred partners, who will advise clients about the current residential and business developments in the Jamaican market. Step-by-step mortgage processJanice McIntosh, chief representative officer for JN Bank Florida, stated that attendees will be guided step-by-step about the mortgage process and the loan options available through JN Bank. JN Bank“We will also share information about JN Bank, and our transformation as the first mutually-owned commercial bank in Jamaica,” she explained. “We are eager to promote our newest products and services, and most importantly, how these products and services may be accessed by Jamaicans living overseas.”McIntosh said presentations will be delivered on the benefits that Jamaican residents in Florida can access through government agencies, such as the National Housing Trust (NHT) and the National Land Agency (NLA). She noted that Jamaicans residing in Florida have always maintained their family ties with visits to the country more than once a year.  “However, many have expressed a desire to do more business in Jamaica, hence their interest in tapping into investment opportunities such as real estate to name a few.“Linking realtors with individualsThis forum, “JN Bank Community Connection,” will link individuals with realtors and developers from Jamaica that will not only be able to guide them expertly on real estate purchases but will be able to sign up attendees to get updates on existing and future opportunities in securing a property in Jamaica.There has been such a boom with investors purchasing properties for business purposes that having the realtors on hand will be able to guide them on the areas that will suit their purpose, McIntosh pointed out.Some of the developers on board are Richmond Estate, marketing “Fern Court & The Crest” development and Moorlands Development, which constructed “Palmbrook Estate.”In addition, other realtors set to participate in the expo will include: Keller Williams, Property Solutions, Edge Realty, Kleinhans Realty and Century 21.RegistrationTo register for the event, text “YES” and the number of persons, to 954-647-8380 or send an e-mail to: [email protected] You can also register for free on Eventbrite.last_img read more

Two defensive stars missing from Thursday’s practice

first_imgIn contrast to the good news of wide receiver Lee Evans practicing for the second straight day, the Ravens were surprisingly without two Pro Bowl defensive players on Thursday.Safety Ed Reed and linebacker Terrell Suggs did not practice after neither was listed on the injury report on Wednesday. Reed was listed with a shoulder injury, which isn’t a shock after the All-Pro defensive back suffered a stinger in the loss to Jacksonville last month and has dealt with a chronic nerve impingement in his neck and shoulder over the last few seasons.However, the appearance of Suggs on the injury report was a bit more concerning as the rush specialist missed practice due to a knee issue. It is unknown whether Suggs suffered an injury during Wednesday’s practice since he was not listed on Wednesday’s injury report.Running back Anthony Allen also missed practice as the rookie continues to deal with a thigh injury.Center Matt Birk returned to practice as a full participant after sitting out on Wednesday.BALTIMOREDID NOT PARTICIPATE: S Ed Reed (shoulder), LB Terrell Suggs (knee), RB Anthony Allen (thigh)LIMITED: LB Brendon Ayanbadejo (head), LB Dannell Ellerbe (thigh), WR Lee Evans (ankle), TE Kris Wilson (calf)FULL: C Matt Birk (neck)SEATTLEDID NOT PARTICIPATE: LB David Vobora (concussion)LIMITED: TE Cameron Morrah (toe, knee), WR Sidney Rice (foot)FULL: QB Tarvaris Jackson (pectoral)last_img read more

AppBet horse racing tipster picks her Wincanton winners

first_img Share StumbleUpon 1Alan Alger – Betway311.41 2Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 3Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 4Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 5Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 6John Hill – Coral24.25 7Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 8Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 9bettingexpert1.534.00 10Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 11Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 12Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 13Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 14Paddy Power13.00 15Timeform1.792.92 16Russell Yershon11.88 17Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 18Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 19John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 20Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 21Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Share Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 The horse racing tipster for AppBet, the providers of a free online service combining odds comparison and integration with betting accounts, has supplied expert tips for today’s Tipster Challenge.Sarah Shannon has been the AppBet horse racing tipster since the app’s conception back in 2015. A passionate tipster with over five years’ experience in the betting industry, she is currently on a roll with a 25% strike rate.She will be going up against Stephen Harris and the experts from Timeform for the six-race meet at Wincanton. Harris, who represents leading affiliate bettingexpert, climbed a place to 9th at Doncaster last week after a 15/2 victory on Rocky’s Treasure.____________________________________2:10bettingexpert: Cornish WarriorCould improve a chunk for joining the excellent Mulholland stable.Timeform: Fountains WindfallHas twice shaped well in competitive-looking handicaps in recent weeks, and this may well represent a good opportunity for him to add to his tally, despite conceding weight all round.AppBet: Fountains WindfallDespite being under a penalty for strong form in his recent handicap run at Sandown the drop back to novice company should suit him here, and with his trainer enjoying a good spell, he looks the one to beat.____________________________________2:40bettingexpert: Sleep EasyHas shaped better than the bare result in both handicaps so far and can defy topweight.Timeform: Pure VisionGot his act together in handicaps to end 2016, and given his useful bumper ability, he can be expected to win more races in this sphere.AppBet: Pure VisionAfter winning at Lingfield back in December, he also put in a very strong performance to finish second at Uttoxeter last time out. Given weight by all the other horses in this race, he makes a strong case for an early double for A J Honeyball here.____________________________________3:10bettingexpert: BallinvarrigBounced back to his best at Leicester last time and has been found a weak race to follow up in.Timeform: BallinvarrigNot an obvious type to follow up but has been found an uncompetitive event and remains on a fair mark despite a 10lb rise.AppBet: BallinvarrigPlacing in both his previous starts over course and distance, the nine-year-old should have the class to win this four-horse race after winning by 14 lengths last time out at Leicester.____________________________________3:40bettingexpert: MurrayanaUseful hunter has an obvious chance on the ratings and will like this speed track.Timeform: Apple’s QueenA small field but easy to make a case for at least three, with Apple’s Queen fancied to build on his point wins for the Alners and come out on top on his hunter chase debut.AppBet: Apple’s QueenWinning his last two outings on point to point courses, it looks as though the six-year-old will have a very promising career and she looks set to do well here.____________________________________4:10bettingexpert: TangleyHeld in high regard by his excellent stable and can put two disappointments in bumpers behind her on hurdling debut.Timeform: TangleyRan out a 10-length winner on her sole start in points and it would come as no surprise were she to leave her bumper form (well supported both starts) behind now sent hurdling.AppBet: TangleyTrained by Harry Fry, more is expected from this mare who has failed to fire in her last two bumper races. The switch to hurdles could be what she needs, and coming from a good yard she does make a strong case here.____________________________________4:40bettingexpert: Lady LongshotCaught the eye last time and can improve to land this weak looking handicap.Timeform: Lady LongshotMade more of an impact on her handicap debut at Exeter and could be the one to beat.AppBet: Skylark LadyShe makes a strong case here following her runner-up effort at Fakenham earlier in the season, she handles the ground and distance well and could pick up a first win for her new stable here.____________________________________Where will Sarah Shannon enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? Related Articles Submit Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020last_img read more

Winamax renews French Ligue 1 football sponsorships

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share Submit Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Related Articles Winamax nets RC Strasbourg shirt sponsorship ahead of Ligue 1 kick-off August 10, 2020 Betclic Everest waves adieu to the UK October 28, 2019 French licensed online gambling group Winamax has this week confirmed that it has renewed its betting partnerships/sponsorships with Ligue 1 football clubs FC Nantes and Girondins de Bordeaux.The firm confirmed that it had renewed Girondins terms, which will see the Winamax firm continue to be promoted on Bordeux’s match-day sleeves and shorts for a further two seasons.Its FC Nantes sponsorship will see Winamax continue to be promoted as club betting partner for Ligue 1 season 2017/18.Speaking to French sports media, Alexandre Roos, Managing Director of Winamax was pleased to have renewed the partnerships during the French football’s close season and stated that both Bordeaux and Nantes formed intrinsic parts of Winamax marketing strategy.Throughout 2016, Winamax management has sought to push its sports betting product for the French market, diversifying its player offering from its core product of online poker. The company had targeted growth for its betting division through high coverage French Football marketing partnerships.last_img read more

Betsson ups user in-play dynamics with Perform’s ‘Opta 3D’ football visualisation

first_img StumbleUpon Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Nick Maurice – BetssonUpdating the market, Stockholm-listed Betsson Group has become the first betting operator to integrate Perform Group’s new ‘Opta 3D’ football visualisation product.The new Opta 3D content vertical will be integrated across Betsson’s European sports betting portfolio, starting with Betsafe UK.Moving forward, Betsson customers will gain access to Opta’s ‘highly detailed and captivating live visualisations’ for the Premier League and 60 of the top European and global leagues and competitions.Utilising Perform propriety data capabilities, Opta 3D accurately tracks the ball’s movement and every player on the ball. Forming the partnership, Betsson development stated that the Opta 3D product would act as a perfect companion for its live betting portfolio, bringing new in-play engagements and accurate information for its players.“Perform Content’s new 3D football visualisation product is in a league of its own,” said Nick Maurice Director of Trading at Betsson Group.“Integrating this innovative new product into our sportsbook offering means we can not only continue to improve on our customers’ betting experience but also means we can lead the field with this pioneering new technology.”The partnership sees Perform extend the services of Opta 3D for online betting stakeholders. To date, Opta 3D has been utilised by major sports broadcasters, football clubs and media outlets.John Harlow, SVP Betting at Perform Content, commented: “As a football fan, following passing sequences, who’s on the ball, where it is, and what they’re doing with it, creates the closest visual experience to watching the real match. We’re delighted to bring this experience to Betsson’s customers, to enhance the way they follow their bets, and make their betting even more entertaining.” Related Articles Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

Steven Spartinos – Kiron – Providing ‘must have’ virtual products to global operators

first_img StumbleUpon Share Steven Spartinos, co-founder and co-CEO of Kiron Interactive, spoke to SBC News about the technical challenges to producing virtual content, a UKGC statistic that helps to explain the virtual transition from retail to digital in the UK, the corresponding picture in emerging markets such as Africa and LatAm, and the key differences in regulation or content to consider for virtual games targeting these regions.SBC: What are the key technical challenges Kiron has faced when producing virtual content?SS: Our challenges are largely the same as those of other suppliers, in truth. As a supplier working in key regulated markets, one key challenge is ensuring our software meets the requirements imposed by the regulatory bodies in these markets. This is often a fairly tedious and time-consuming process subject to delays and red tape. As we internationalise as an industry, virtual content needs to consider the needs of each market and allow for customisation of products to meet local requirements and player preferences. Finally, delays caused by ever growing project pipelines at operators is another key challenge, requiring the need for flexibility in your project planning and the ability to change tack at short notice.SBC: Earlier this year, the UKGC reported a +3% decrease in the number of betting shops; is this more justification for the ongoing transition for virtuals from retail to digital? SS: I’m not sure it is justification – but I think it certainly helps to explain the transition. Suppliers have been adapting to the growth in mobile for a number of years now, as that’s how the tech-savvy millennial generation wants to consume their betting and gaming content. Virtual sports are no exception and further lend themselves to digital channels due to their round the clock availability and high frequency nature. As simple and entertaining sports betting games, they offer great crossover qualities, often used by operators as a good player acquisition tool. New instant win formats for virtual games is further growing their popularity with operators as a vertical in its own right.SBC: In this report, virtual sports came in third for revenues, behind only horseracing and football – what is the corresponding picture in emerging markets such as Africa and LatAm?SS: In many countries in Africa, virtual sports are a number one or number two product and a must have product for all operators. Younger punters associate with their realism in emulating real sports and their simplicity when placing bets. Customers are becoming more open to the fast-paced interaction of the products which, being real-time and high-frequency, and are often perceived to offer a more entertaining betting experience. A similar trend is emerging in LatAm but the market there is a lot more immature at this stage as sports betting is a relatively new phenomenon. Don’t forget, the provision of live content can be expensive for operators in these markets, so virtuals provide a cost-effective alternative. Kiron has developed bespoke solutions for these emerging markets to enable easier deployment of its games. A number of structural impediments such as poor internet connectivity and power interruptions can make the operating of our games in some of these markets quite challenging. Our newly developed proprietary bet management solution, BetMan Omni, is one such product offering innovative solutions in tackling these challengesSBC: What are the key differences in regulation, or even changes to make up of the content, that you need to consider for virtual games targeting these regions?SS: In general terms, it is no different to any other market, in that you need a product that is reliable and profitable. Operators also quite rightly expect to be offered a tailored solution that gives them genuine choice with which to engage as many customers as possible. Too many suppliers have entered these markets with a one size fits all policy and have failed. Our technology allows Kiron to localise its products to fit specific market requirements, so they are relevant to customers on the ground there. SBC: Finally, what new digital disciplines do you expect to emerge in the development of virtual games during 2019?SS: With their crossover nature, virtual games do have potential to appeal to both sports bettors and casino players, but it is important to ensure the format is relevant to either set of players. With this in mind, we expect a continuation of the evolution of new virtual game formats, such as in-play and instant win, to increase their popularity across these two separate verticals. With the emergence of new digital technologies, innovation will be key in ensuring suppliers deliver games that remain relevant and enticing to an ever-demanding online player base. Submit Sharelast_img read more

6 of the Best: SEM Global’s Philip Canavan

first_img SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 6 of the Best: All-in Diversity’s Kelly Kehn October 24, 2019 Share Related Articles Submit Philip Canavan: ‘ASA legislation cannot be taken lightly’ January 10, 2020 Share StumbleUpon This week’s instalment of 6 of the Best comes from Philip Canavan, Director of SEM Global, who tells us why he did the conga through the club enclosure at Cheltenham racecourse and which Manchester band produced his favourite album.Best HolidayThe Algarve is our most regular holiday destination and I love it every time we visit. The food, beaches, golf and weather are all great. Further afield I’d say Bali is the best place I’ve been – had a phenomenal week there and would love to go back again should I ever get the chance. The whole atmosphere on the island was friendly and welcoming, so relaxing. It’s also packed with awesome restaurants and beach bars and is all really good value for money.Best BookI’m sorry to say that I’ve never been a particularly big reader, and since having kids that has diminished even further! If I do read I prefer non-fiction. Biographies or true stories. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain or The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson are probably my top 2 books. Both were fascinating and I finished them in a couple of days which for me is really going some. I’ll go with Kitchen Confidential. Anthony Bourdain becasme a bit of a hero of mine after I read that book and I love his subsequent TV travel shows Parts Unknown, No reservations and The Layover. They are such good viewing. He very sadly committed suicide last year and is a huge loss to writing and broadcasting given his inspiring and genuinely interesting outlook on the world.Best AlbumLots of albums I love – The Stone Roses debut and a few of the Beatles albums are close…but Definitely Maybe by Oasis is my favourite by a distance. It doesn’t have a single dud track and I don’t think a week goes by without me listening to at least a handful of songs from it.Best Sporting ExperienceFootball is my favourite sport but it’s hard to pick out a single experience. Ashes Test matches in Australia are a pretty special atmosphere – I was lucky enough to do 2 days at both the GABBA and the SCG in the 10/11 Ashes that England won over in Oz which was a top experience. However, I’m going to say that my favourite sporting experience is the Cheltenham Festival. Champions Day and the opening day Cheltenham roar is just incredible and I look forward to it months in advance. Bring on March 10th 2020…Best FilmImpossible to pick just one – maybe a toss-up between HEAT, Goodfellas, The Usual suspects, The Dark Knight, Cable Guy and Home Alone. Christmas doesn’t start until Home Alone 1 and 2 have been watched. I love the Rocky and Indiana Jones movies too. Too many good films to pick a single favourite, I could probably list 50!Best BetI’ve had some satisfying ante post Cheltenham bets in the past – Thistlecrack in the 2016 World Hurdle and a Walsh/Mullins double on Yorkhill and Un de Sceaux in 2017 stand out in my mind. Thistlecrack in particular was great – a group of my oldest mates and I backed him a few months in advance at a decent price and ended up doing the conga through the club enclosure down to the Quevega’s bar when he came in…In terms of pure unexpected joy though there is only one I could pick – I had a £1 Tricast at the Hove Greyhound track when I was 18 and it paid back £102. Total guesswork, and I couldn’t believe I had won that much from such a small stake. I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know the prices!last_img read more

ActiveWin launches auditing service offering lockdown support

first_imgShare Related Articles StumbleUpon Nektan Plc acquires Nektan Marketing Services from Betfred Founder July 6, 2017 Marketing agency ActiveWin has launched its new ‘auditing service’, helping betting and igaming incumbents navigate COVID-19 disruptions.The free service will review the core marketing and player acquisition components of PPC, display advertising, SEO, social media and CRM functionalities.Operating a team of +140 dedicated specialists in online gambling acquisition and retention disciplines, ActiveWin underlines that it can deliver the most comprehensive and accurate audits for industry operators.Launching the service, ActiveWin  Marketing Director Mark Baker said: “Digital engagement is now critical for the survival of betting sites. Since we offer a full suite of digital options, we can share expertise beyond PPC and affiliate marketing.“Our speciality is multi-channel campaigns that work in conjunction with each other for acquisition and retention, taking a holistic approach to how a brand performs across all player touchpoints. In-house experts execute the majority of our work instead of relying on automated third-party services to make strategic decisions, so if brands glean even a small advantage from our advice, we consider it a win.”Further to launching its auditing service,  ActiveWin confirms that it has temporarily waived PPC management fees for a period of one month, and will further reduce its agency costs for all new clients, reducing the economic burden of the current global lockdown period.Operating since 2013, ActiveWin agency clients include Betfred, BuckyBingo, Wigan Warriors and MoneyPlus Group.ActiveWin MD Warren Jacobs added: “Our initial priority was to do everything we possibly could for our brand partners like Betfred and Kerching once the lockdown hit. Immediately, we collaborated with clients to support them in every way we could. My team has executed the strategies beautifully, and we are on stable ground.“Once we had steadied the ship for clients, we decided to look outwards at ways to help the industry with the resources we have available, and leverage the four-decades of experience that my senior team has accrued in e-gaming. So we will highlight gaps in media bidding strategies that burn through spend and find better ways to optimise campaigns to put brands in a much stronger position when the crisis finally lifts.” ActiveWin secures first European Apple ‘Search Ads Certification’ September 28, 2018 Share New football app Gloryhunter signs deal with Betfred August 10, 2016 Submitlast_img read more