Jamaican officials are concerned about a reported increase in the number of Jamaicans who have recently been refused entry at a Texas, United States airport.Jamaica’s Consul General for Miami, Franz Hall, has cited that a number of Jamaicans who arrived at the Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas, have been denied entry to the US, and had their visas cancelled.Speaking on Friday on ‘Both Sides of the Story’, which is aired on Power 106 FM in Jamaica, Hall said Jamaican authorities are troubled by the development.He conceded that immigration officials in any foreign country have the right to determine who they allow into the respective countries. However, he said Jamaica also has a responsibility to ensure that its citizens are treated fairly when they travel abroad.Earlier this month, a Jamaican woman, Veronica Gaubault, complained about treatment she reportedly received at the Hobby Airport.Gaubault said US border and customs personnel confiscated and inspected her cell phone, along with a tablet computer and other personal belongings.She reported being held in custody for a period of four hours, and that her US visa was revoked before she was sent back to Jamaica.The concern among Jamaican officials relating to increased scrutiny at US airports followed the recent issuance of expanded powers to US border and customs personnel by President Donald Trump.
In the Cayman Islands, a backlog of between 900 and 1,000 permanent residence applications will be considered by the government appointed board this week.According to the Ministry of Immigration, the applicants may be contacted by the Immigration Department if additional details are needed to process their case.“I am pleased the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board and immigration leaders have stepped up to the challenge and together have developed a plan for resolution that looks to guarantee a high level of speed and efficiency in dealing with applications going forward,” said Premier Alden McLaughlin in a recent statement.The requests from non-Caymanian residents to remain permanently in the British Overseas Territory have not been heard since at least January 2015 due to legal uncertainties surrounding certain criteria government had set for applicants.The previous administration led by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had approved changes to the Immigration Law that took effect in 2013 – but only a few applications were processed under the 2013 version of the law, but they were not approved based on concerns expressed by the Caymanian Status and Permanent Residency Board members, and later by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie.Last week, board Chairman Waide DaCosta said members would begin hearing residence applications in the order received.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Rising Reggae star Koffee continues to make waves internationally, as her hit song ‘Toast’ was featured on Former US President Barack Obama’s summer playlist.Every year, Obama reveals a list of his favorite songs for the year with an annual playlist. Among the 2019 list was Koffee’s ‘Toast’, which was listed at number 28.“With summer winding down, here’s a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow. Hope you enjoy,” Obama wrote.She responded to the list on Twitter, saying “WOW!!! Gratitude really is a must”. Koffee is one of two Reggae artists that made Obama’s list this year. Toots & The Maytals “54-46 Was My Number” was also on the list. Other artists on the list included Ella Fitzgerald, Anthony Hamilton, Drake, and Frank Sinatra. Koffee is currently on tour with R&B artist Daniel Caesar.
Defending champion, D’Tigers of Nigeria began their Afrobasket title defense with a narrow 78-77 victory over fellow West African nation, Côte d’Ivoire in Tunis, Tunisia on Friday.Team captain, Ike Diogu was in unstoppable form as he provided 31 points and 8 rebounds to ensure Nigeria survived Côte d’Ivoire’s second half fight back.Ike Iroegbu also scored 15 points and 7 assists.Washington Wizards center, Daniel Ochefu did not make his Afrobasket debut as he was not seen with the team.Points Per Quarter1st: Nigeria 17-11 Côte d’Ivoire2nd: Nigeria 25-22 Côte d’Ivoire3rd: Nigeria 11-17 Côte d’Ivoire4th: Nigeria 25-27 Côte d’Ivoire Video Credit: Youtube – FIBARelated2017 Afrobasket: D’Tigers Edge Past Côte d’Ivoire To Begin Title Defence With A VictorySeptember 8, 2017In “National Team”VIDEO: Watch How D’Tigress Crush Côte d’Ivoire To Make AfroBasket Semi FinalAugust 26, 2017In “Nigeria”#AfroBasket2017: D’Tigers Fall To DR Congo In TunisSeptember 10, 2017In “National Team”
Share SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 Submit Roger DevlinRoger Devlin is to leave his post as Chairman of Sports Information Services (SIS) after nine years, to become Group Chairman of William Hill.Departing his role at SIS on January 31 next year, Devlin will is to become the William Hill Chairman Designate on February 1, before being appointed Chairman when current incumbent Gareth Davis steps down on April 2.Sir Roy Gardner, Senior Independent Director of William Hill, said about the appointment: “Roger Devlin has extensive experience as a listed company Chairman, in the City from his early days in corporate finance and across his sector relevant appointments at Hilton Group, Gamesys and SIS. “We look forward to him joining as Chairman and continuing the strong recent progress the Group has made under Gareth’s chairmanship. “On behalf of the Board I would also like to take this early opportunity to thank Gareth Davis for his considerable contribution and commitment to the Group over the past seven years. “Gareth’s experience, energy and commitment have been of considerable benefit to William Hill as we seek to continue to grow the business online and internationally, and to deliver our strategy. We look forward to working with him in the coming months and wish him well for the future.”Devlin, who has executive, non-executive and Chairman experience across the leisure, sport and betting and gaming sectors, said of his appointment: “William Hill is a business and brand I have greatly admired during my years in the leisure sector and more recently as Chair of SIS. “I recognise that there are both immediate challenges to address for the industry and considerable medium and longer term opportunities for the Group, and I look forward to working with Philip Bowcock, his executive team and the Board to deliver further progress for the Group and shareholders.”SIS states that it has started the search for a new chair, and expects to make an announcement in the new year. Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon
Advertising news source Campaign Live has reported that Paddy Power Marketing Director Mark Singleton has departed the bookmaker to join digital photo printing firm Photobox (Photobox.co.uk).A six-year Paddy Power marketing veteran, Singleton has held a number of senior executive roles for the Irish bookmaker including Head of Sportsbook Marketing (2012-2015) and Head of Multichannel (2015-2016).Singleton would maintain the position of Marketing Director for Paddy Power, following the bookmakers 2016 merger and integration process with betting firm Betfair Plc, forming new FTSE enterprise Paddy Power Betfair.Entering 2018, Paddy Power has chosen to restructure its marketing operations, ending its long-term relationship with London agency Lucky Generals, as its creative lead.Taking a new marketing direction, Paddy Power’s multi-million £/€ advertising account will be serviced by sports-centric creative agency Chime Sports Marketing, a subsidiary of Chime Group Communications.The bookmaker is expected to announce a new multi-format marketing campaign for 2018, replacing the existing ‘Paddy Power – You Beauty’ campaign created by Lucky Generals. Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon
FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 IGT secures major FanDuel retail sportsbook agreement August 3, 2020 Matt King – FanDuel GroupThe newly formed FanDuel Group (Betfair US + FanDuel) has confirmed that it will utilise IGT Group systems as its lead sports betting technology provider for the regulated state of New Jersey.FanDuel Group, the strategic US subsidiary of FTSE100 betting firm Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) has chosen IGT as its lead sports betting platform supplier, servicing its New Jersey operations.The technology partnership will see FanDuel integrate its PPB’s pricing modules and risk management capabilities within an IGT bespoke retail systems, as new enterprise ‘FanDuel Sportsbook’ seeks to become the leading establishment for sports betting in New Jersey.Matt King, FanDuel Group CEO, explained: “We are delighted to choose IGT’s leading platform for our sports betting platform in New Jersey, starting with the recent ‘go live’ at the Meadowlands Racetrack.“When we evaluated sports betting platform provider partners in the U.S., IGT was the ideal choice, based on the company’s proven history in the space and the quality, reliability and flexibility of the sports betting technology that it has deployed for customers around the world.”Last Saturday (14 July), FanDuel Group launched its initial ‘FanDuel Sportsbook’ retail establishment at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherland NJ.Enrico Drago – IGT GroupEnrico Drago IGT Senior VP of Interactive & Sports Betting, backed the technology partnership, detailing that the combination would develop New Jersey’s best sportsbook enterprise;“IGT’s sports betting technology combined with the expertise of FanDuel represents two experienced, complimentary sports betting companies coming together to create a reliable, world-class sports betting experience in New Jersey.“As sports betting in the U.S. continues to evolve, IGT is prepared to address the needs of its partners through proven solutions and technologies that can be deployed today to advance sports betting across land-based and mobile platforms.” Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Brazil to issue initial plans on Caixa Loterias sale August 17, 2020 Share
Fast Track’s Dan Morrison: Why now is the time to digitalise player engagement June 30, 2020 Fast Track hires Dan Morrison as commercial lead June 30, 2020 Ed Fogarty – BetBrightBetBright has announced that it will boost its online casino personalisation and behavioural learning capabilities by integrating ConversionBet software within its proprietary platform.Partnering with Middlesbrough-based ConversionBet, BetBright seeks to better understand its customer journeys, selections and engagements taking place across its casino inventory.Customised for online gambling incumbents, ConversionBet software is developed on the ethos that ‘every click represents a different outcome’, with the technology company seeking to disrupt traditional norms and practices with regards to digital personalisation.“Understanding why someone visits our site in the first place is fundamental to delivering our differentiated product in the right way, the right person,” commented Ed Fogarty, Acquisition Manager of BetBright.“The ConversionBet platform will allow us to communicate with our visitors prior to entering our registration process making for a smooth and highly personalised acquisition journey that will not only impact our conversion figures, but also lifetime value stats.”Supporting BetBright daily functions, ConversionBet will service the Dublin betting group with real-time conversion and insight tools, which will be integrated across BetBright’s proprietary platform optimising engagements and player experiences.Dan Morrison – ConversionBetFurthermore, ConversionBet will work with BetBright to enhance the betting group’s behavioural-based modelling capacities – seeking to treat each customer as an individual rather than a data segment.“When operators like BetBright choose ConversionBet it demonstrates a shared mission to put an end to meaningless experiences,” stated Dan Morrison, Founder & CEO of ConversionBet.“We’re now in a partnership to help BetBright continue to be customer-centric and be one of the most innovative operators in the gaming market.” Related Articles Share Share Submit DraftKings opens Dublin hub seeking closer wagering controls November 14, 2019 StumbleUpon
Fitzdares to launch Mayfair private members’ club August 11, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Fitzdares launches betting’s first WhatsApp tipping service July 28, 2020 Submit Private bookmaker Fitzdares has confirmed that it will be continuing its support of the UK racing industry through its sponsorship of the upcoming Peterborough Chase in December. The bookmaker will be launching the £500,000 Best Mate Bonus to mark the 50th anniversary of the race, and to celebrate the revered jump horse, Best Mate. The half a million pound bonus will be made available to any horse that wins the Peterborough Chase, King George VI Chase and the Cheltenham Gold Cup in one season, as Best Mate famously did in 2002.William Woodhams, CEO of Fitzdares, commented: “We are fully committed to supporting UK racing and like to put our money where our mouth is, which is why we have put up this huge bonus. Courses like Huntingdon are what makes National Hunt racing ingrained in our culture. “It is our role as a bookmaker to support them not just financially but also with creative initiatives that drive awareness and attendance. With the first-ever Trainers Derby as well, it’s going to be a day to remember. Wrap up warm!”The race day card will consist of seven races, including the 50th Peterborough Chase, and a extra race, the first-ever trainer’s race. The Trainers Derby will see trainers taking to the saddle to raise funds for Racing Welfare, highlighting both Fitzdares and the Jockey Club’s continued support of trainers and stables in East Anglia. Fitzdares’ latest race sponsorship has already captured the attention of both Newmarket trainers Charlie Fellowes and George Scott, who have since confirmed that they will be participating in the competition.
Share Gold Standard… Minute Media closes $17 million funding round May 17, 2018 Submit Play in the Official SBC Foosball Championship at #BOFCON April 11, 2016 Related Articles StumbleUpon Minute Media has has raised a further $40 million in venture capital to help accelerate the digital sports publisher’s next stage of global growth and further product launches.Closing its latest funding round led by London-based VC fund Dawn Capital, Minute Media raises its total enterprise funding to date to $160 million.A transformative 2019 saw Minute Media aggressively expand its US publishing network by acquiring the high coverage assets of NFL news source ‘The Big Lead’, fan content publisher ‘Fansided’ and baseball legend Derek Jeter’s athlete-focused domain ‘The Players’ Tribune’.Asaf Peled, enterprise founder and CEO, said: “We are grateful to have the confidence of industry-leading investors to support our vision of building digital publishers rooted in strong technology. This round of funding will help us invest in our technology platform and enable us to look at new digital brands as acquisition targets.”Minute Media’s US acquisition drive sees the publisher strengthen its established media network, which includes leading football fan community ‘90mins’, leading esports publisher ‘DBLTAP’ and millennial news and entertainment portal ‘Mental Floss’.Leading the investment, Dawn Capital detailed that it was backing the development of sports and entertainment’s most diverse publishing network, beefing up its asset for global expansion.Haakon Overli – Dawn CapitalBacking Minute Media’s ambitions, Haakon Overli, General Partner at Dawn Capital, said: “Following explosive revenue growth in 2019, we’re pleased to back the team once again, allowing them to accelerate R&D and commercial efforts further still.“Minute Media’s best-in-class platform enables publishers to create, distribute and monetize high-quality content. The company is quickly establishing itself as a major player in the new generation of online publishing, empowering creators and audiences alike.” BOFCON 2016 – Read all about it: Content Marketing April 21, 2016 Share