first_imgIn recognition of Jamaica’s 56th Anniversary of Independence, the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami will hold the annual Ecumenical Service on Sunday, August 5 at 4:00 p.m.  The Service will be held at the Cooper City Church of God located at 9191 Stirling Road, Cooper City, FL 33328.This year’s sermon will be delivered by the Reverend Karl Francis, Senior Pastor at the Living Word Open Bible Church in Cooper City.  The officiating clergyman will be Dr. Clyde Bailey, Executive Pastor at the Cooper City Church of God.This year, the cultural performances to precede the worship will include performances by the massed voice South Florida Caribbean Chorale, the Tallawah Mento Band and the Jamaica Folk Revue, and the Sierra Norwood Youth Voice Ensemble.Proceeds of offerings collected at the service will benefit charities in the South Florida community, and also respective charities in Jamaica.All Jamaicans and friends of the Diaspora are invited to join in worship at this special occasion of thanksgiving to commemorate yet another milestone in the nation’s history, since Jamaica gained its independence from Britain in 1962.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling in favor of the Trump administration’s emergency request to allow the “public charge” immigration rule to be enacted, the controversial measure will officially take effect on February 24 in all states except Illinois.Under the new rule, immigration officials can deny green cards and other immigration benefits to those who have or are deemed likely to use public assistance programs like Medicaid and Food Stamps in the future.USCIS announced it will begin implementing the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule (“Final Rule”) for all applications received on or February 24. New versions of Forms I-129, I-485 I-539, I-864, and I-864EZ have become or will be available this week and any applications received on or after the effective date will be rejected.Applicants are advised not to wait until the last minute, but give plenty of time for their application to be received by the USCIS before the February 24 deadline. Since the 24th falls on a Monday, and USCIS does not accept deliveries on Saturday or Sunday, its best to plan to have the relevant application delivered no later than Thursday, February 20, to account for any unexpected shipping delays.For those who may not be able to file applications before the February 24, 2020 deadline, now is a good time to start preparing for the new requirements. On that date, all residency cases, change/extension of status and certain work visa applications will require the submission of the new Public Charge form I-944 Declaration of Self Sufficiency.People living overseas and going through U.S. Consulates should complete the Form DS–5540 Public Charge Questionnaire. The form and instructions require applicants to list information, including: Household income, tax, assets, debts, credit scores, educational degrees, occupational skills and licenses held, health insurance information and English proficiency skills and provide copies of all documents relating to those items. For instance, applicants must provide documents to prove household income, copies of tax returns filed (if applicable), copies of assets, i.e. savings/checking/investment statements, deeds to real estate, automobile title and any other assets listed.The rule also now requires applicants to provide a credit report, even if they do not have a social security number. Further, those with a low or no score must explain and provide other proof of payment of debts (for instance payment statements for utilities, cell phone, etc.)Additionally, copies of high school diplomas and college degrees are required. These must be accompanied by a U.S. equivalency evaluation from an authorized Credential Evaluation Service.To demonstrate English proficiency, applicants should also include certificates/degrees for English language studies to help increase favorability scores.Further, those who have non-subsidized health insurance must list the health insurance plan and dates of coverage.It’s extremely important for new visa applicants to: Make a list of all their assets (real estate, savings, checking, investments), along with the value of each, and compile bank and other financial statements for each account and locate a copy of titles to any automobiles or real estate they own.Contact one of the three main credit agencies and request a free credit report. A good credit score, usually over 650, will be very advantageous to get a visa under the new measure,Try to get an US equivalency evaluation done from an authorized Credential Evaluation Service for high school diploma, college degrees, licenses and certification courses received outside the US. The closer one’s qualifications are to those obtained in the US the better are one’s chances in the immigration approval process.Seek to purchase private health insurance. Applicants will substantially increase their visa favorability score by providing proof they have private healthcare insurance with includes coverage for emergency and major medical expenses.Not apply for immigration fee waivers. This will substantially lower the applicant’s visa favorability score, as will as any applications made for such waivers in the past.last_img read more

first_imgThis year’s US Open will see men’s and women’s singles champions earn a record $3.7m each, making the tournament the first tennis competition to top $50m in prize money.The record breaking purse for the 2017 US Open will be $50.4m, an increase of about 9% from the previous year, the U.S. Tennis Association announced.USTA President, Katrina Adams said: “Five years ago, we committed to the players that total player compensation for players would reach $50 million at the US Open, and we are honoring that commitment.” Runners-up will also receive $1.825m each, while men’s and women’s doubles champions will earn $675,000, with players who crash out in the singles 1st round pocketing $50,000.“Our goal is to make every experience at the US Open, whether for the players, our fans, or our partners, the best, world-class experience possible.” she concluded.The US Open starts on August 28 to September 10, 2017, at Flushing Meadows in New York.At A Glance – 2017 US Open Prize Money                         Singles:                               Winner: $3,700,000Runner-Up: $1,825,000Semifinalist: $920,000Quarterfinalist: $470,000Round of 16: $253,625Round of 32: $144,000Round of 64: $86,000Round of 128:    $50,000Doubles:Winner: $675,000Runner-Up: $340,000Semifinalist: $160,000Quarterfinalist: $82,000Round of 16: $44,000Round of 32: $26,500Round of 64: $16,500Related2019 Lagos Open: Nigeria Not Hosting To Win – Tournament Director (AUDIO)October 6, 2019In “Tennis”NTTF National Women Singles Open Championship Debuts in Lagos.June 24, 2019In “Table Tennis”2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open: Tikon Promises Fireworks As Competition Serves Off Today (AUDIO)August 7, 2019In “Table Tennis”last_img read more

first_img 1. Newly appointed El-Kanemi Warriors coach Imama Amapakabo has expressed his desire to win everything possible for his new side ahead of the 2017/2018 NPFL season.The highly-rated 48 year-old coach who led Enugu Rangers to the 2016 NPFL title spoke to The Busy Buddies (on Naija Style) in an exclusive interview. RelatedNPFL: Imama Explains El Kanemi Warriors’ Poor Campaign, Laughs Off Relegation Talks (AUDIO)May 15, 2018In “Nigeria”NPFL: Amapakabo Needs 3yrs To Build El Kanemi Warriors (AUDIO)August 6, 2018In “Nigeria”Former Rangers Coach Imama Amapakabo Unveiled At His New ClubOctober 18, 2017In “Nigeria”

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“Imama” 2:28 “I want to win everything in sight. I want to play exciting football the way I want to play”“The Governor of Borno State has given me a free hand and I’m not under any pressure”Amapakabo was unceremoniously sacked by Rangers after a poor start to the 2016/2017 season, but has vowed not to poach stars of the club with whom he shares a strong relationship.“I don’t like taking players immediately I leave a club. I’m not touching or taking anyone from Ranger – maybe after the season”“I can’t call some of the players I’m looking at, because no deal is done yet”He signed a one-year deal with El-Kanemi, but remains a part of the home based Super Eagles coaching crew. “Imama” Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

first_img Submit George Shamugia, Singular: How the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped Nigerian sports betting June 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 European operator 1xBet has signed separate three-year contracts, complete with first refusal on expiration, for rights of association with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the country’s League Management Company (LMC).Signed by NFF President Amaju Melvin Pinnick and LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko, the deals will provide 1xBet with extensive branding and advertising opportunities across matches involving Nigeria’s national team, and those taking place as part of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).This includes the opportunity to support broadcast of NPFL matches, while the operator will also benefit from coverage across NFF and LMC official websites and digital platforms.Dikko said: “We are delighted to have secured these partnerships. 1xBet is a global brand with a record of associating with football, and this underscores the progress Nigerian Football is making across all levels under the leadership of Amaju Melvin Pinnick, with the support of key stakeholders.”“These giant strides emphasize what can be achieved under a stable football environment,” he added. “Not only do we now have leading domestic brands partnering with our football; international companies are now coming. We welcome 1xBet to our growing portfolio of sponsors and partners and assure them that we will do all we can to make the partnerships win-win situations, and see that value for money is delivered to the brands.”Benefits to 1xBet also extend to components of cash, value-in-kind (VIK) and share of future revenues based on agreed parameters. As part of the VIK, 1xBet will pay the annual subscription for Instal (match analysis software) to aid the technical development and player scouting capabilities for the national team and all NPFL clubs in the country.By supporting Nigerian football, 1xBet has increased its association with the ‘beautiful game’ in Africa, having sponsored the 5th African Nations Championship in Morocco earlier this year, where the Super Eagles lost out to the host nation in the final.Evgeniy Kiriushin, Head of Business Development at 1xBet, said: “Our objective and strategy has always been driven by the need to stand out from other brands by offering a unique and perfect user experience.“We see Nigeria as an emerging marketing with huge potential, and the partnerships with NFF and LMC offer us the opportunity to deepen our brand while supporting football development. Exciting times await Nigerian Football fans and sports-betting enthusiasts with the entry of 1xBet into the Nigerian market.”last_img read more

first_img Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Publishing its 2017/18 (period ending 30 June) annual results, a new look Tabcorp Holdings demonstrates its enlarged capacity, recovering from its 2016/17 woes.The ASX-listed gambling group points towards a new direction as it incorporates the lottery and betting assets of Tatts Group, forming Australia’s biggest gambling enterprise (deal concluded December 2017).A significantly enlarged Tabcorp records 2017/18 group revenues of AUS $3.8 billion up 71% on corresponding 2016/17’s AUS $2.2 billion.At present, Tabcorp’s enlarged enterprise sees the company operate eight core brands within the Australian: TAB, UBet, Keno, The Lott, TGS, Sky Racing, MAX and Ebet.Following a turbulent 2016/17 period, Tabcorp doubles its corporate EBIT to AUS $241 million (2016/17: $101 million). With the betting group further reversing its net profits to AUS $29 million (2016/17: – AUS $20 million).Despite its 2017/18 profit recovery, Tabcorp earnings would be delivered below corporate expectations as the ASX enterprise incurred substantial costs attached to the closure of Sun Bets joint-venture with News UK.  During the period, Tabcorp governance would move ahead with terminating the Sun Bets enterprise, absorbing total costs of approximately AUS $91 million, with circa $38 million booked-in its 2017/18 accounts.David Attenborough, Tabcorp Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, commented on performance:“The 2018 financial year was company-defining for Tabcorp. The combination with Tatts Group has brought together two highly complementary organisations creating a leading, diversified portfolio of gambling entertainment businesses.“Since completing the transaction in December 2017, we have prioritised the integration of the two businesses. We have made good progress, including establishing new leadership teams across the Group and setting the foundations for a strong and aligned organisational culture.“Initial business improvements and synergies were delivered at the back end of 2H18 and we are on track to achieve our target of at least $130 million of annualised EBITDA benefits in FY21.” Submit Share Related Articles Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020last_img read more

first_img IGT moves to restructure board responsibilities May 18, 2020 Renowned US activist investor Jason Ader has returned to the gambling scene, securing a reported $100 million stake in FTSE250 gambling technology group Playtech Plc.Ader’s ‘Springowl’ hedge fund is a specialist in activist investments, targeting underperforming listed enterprises and applying pressure on corporate governance to undertake major structural changes.The Times reports that Springowl is pressuring Playtech governance to push for a sale of disposable corporate assets or to push for a further outright sale of the enterprise.Impaired by Asian market restrictions, and a changing European regulatory environment, Playtech has seen its share price decline almost 50% over the past 12-month trading period.Furthermore, investor pressure is mounting on Playtech governance to enact changes, with a significant number of shareholders (35%) opposing the re-election of Alan Jackson as Chairman.    The gambling sector has proved fruitful ground for Ader and Springowl, whose activist record includes the sale of bwin.party Entertainment in 2014/15 to GVC Holdings, and influencing the corporate restructure of Amaya Inc (Legacy The Stars Group Inc).  Nevertheless, recognised as the sector’s leading technology supplier, servicing the largest number of regulated-market tier1 gambling operators, Playtech governance is confident of the firm’s future turnaround and returning corporate value to its investor base.Detailing that it will soon show its muscle within the liberalised US betting market, in its Q2 2018 trading update Playtech governance confirmed that appointment of Ian Penrose as its executive director leading its North American growth strategy. Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share IGT sanctions capped $300m senior debt note sale June 9, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

first_img Submit Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Italian betting and gaming continues to grow, but all incumbents face tough adjustments as the Lega-5Star coalition government maintains its hostile stance against the industry.October Data published by Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM) details a further record-breaking month for Italian online gambling.As the sector heads towards its upcoming Lega-5Star blanket ban on all forms of gambling/betting advertising and marketing (inbound January 2019), online casino posts a record-breaking October, with the ADM reporting segment gross gaming revenues totalling €65 million – its highest figure since 2011.At a current run-rate ADM calculates that Italian consumers have spent approximately €582 million on online gambling this year, with the high spend Autumn period yet to finish.Perhaps the most intriguing data presented by the ADM, relates to the Italian online betting scene, where Italian legacy brands take on foreign incumbents.Stoke-on-Trent powerhouse bet365 wrestled back the top spot as most popular online bookmaker with a reported market share of 15%, representing an October GGR of circa €9 million.Closely behind bet365 is Austrian GmBH Group brand SKS365, who have recently concluded their biggest advertising campaign to date, securing 15.5 of market share.The two leading settlers, that have swapped positions numerous times during 2018, and are chased by Italian legacy gambling giants Snaitech, Sisal, Goldbet and Lottomatica.Whilst online gambling shows robust form, at a retail betting level, GGR margin dropped to €77 million (-29%), as Italian bookmakers were hit by a number of unfavourable sporting results.However, Italian giants have had no time to lick their wounds, as closing October Lega-5Star presented its first coalition 2019 budget.Signed-off by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Lega-5Star have rejected European Commission appeals, stating that they will stick to their high spending ‘anti-austerity’ budget with no revision intended.Headaches appear inbound for Italian betting stakeholders, as the government intends to increase taxes on slot machines and video lottery terminals.More dismay for Italian betting stakeholders, sees Lega-5Star make no attempt to move forward with the promised to revamp of betting’s regulatory framework for markets and transactions.___________Content provided by AgiproNews Italia Share Share Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020last_img read more

first_imgShare VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Online gaming and sports betting software provider BetConstruct has signed a deal to provide new esports operator Winners.bet with its Esports betting and Odds Feed services.By offering markets for all the major games including League of Legends (LOL), CS:GO, DOTA2, KOG, Starcraft and Rainbow Six, BetConstruct is ready to provide a complete esports betting experience, pending the outcome of Winners’ application for a B2C Type 2 licence from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA).Players on Winners.bet will subsequently be able to place bets on more than 500 annual tournaments – averaging out at more than 17,000 games each streamed in 50+ markets – while watching event streams and customising their experience with a number of options.The esports product from BetConstruct, available in 22 languages, also comes with Partial, Full and Auto cash out functionality, multiple odds formats, expert risk management and reporting tools to monitor the number of matches streamed each month.Winners.bet is one of three primary WIN products alongside Winners League, a CS:GO league that is already the biggest on the Faceit platform with over 700 registered teams after just one season and WIN.GG, a news platform featuring expert analysis, live scores and one of the biggest informational databases in esports. Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 Share New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020last_img read more

first_img Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Related Articles Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance August 11, 2020 Share Only a few days after its launch in the UK, Gamesys Group-owned Virgin Bet has confirmed that it will be situating its operations in Gibraltar. The Gibraltar Government has congratulated Virgin Bet on its successful application for a new gambling licence, and new partnership with SBTech, which allows the group to operate in the UK sportsbook market.Gamesys’ Gibraltar Marketing Director Simon Mizzi celebrated the launch of operations on The Rock: “We’re excited to launch Virgin Bet into the world’s most competitive sportsbook market, and we feel that Gibraltar is the perfect location for us to base our operations.”The group’s investors and management chose Gibraltar as a base after previous successes on the island, while also emphasising that Gibraltar will be the only jurisdiction which has guaranteed market access to the UK in the event of the UK and Gibraltar leaving the EU. Gibraltar’s Minister for Commerce, Hon. Albert Isola MP, also praised the decision from Virgin Bet. He added: “We maintain that Gibraltar is a leading jurisdiction from which to operate a remote gambling business. “A large number of existing operators, despite Brexit challenges, continue to maintain faith in the jurisdiction and this is shown by the increase in start-up businesses aimed both at the UK and non-EU international jurisdictions.” ​The praise follows on from the recent news that amid Brexit concerns, Bet365 is reported to have sanctioned a multi-million relocation project to migrate its staff to Malta.The operator’s management confirmed that it had been undertaking the relocation of ‘certain functionalities’ to Malta as part of its “strategic and contingency plans to ensure EU market access.”The operator emphasised that its decision was ‘driven primarily by the continuing Brexit landscape’, however it will still maintain a presence within Gibraltar. Submit Sharelast_img read more