UPDATE: Several persons arrested in connection with shooting of undercover cops

The Miami-Dade Police Department has detained several individuals in connection with the shooting and injury of two undercover cops from the department last night.The two cops, were shot after hoodlums ambushed them as they were conducting gang surveillance in the county last night.The injuries to the cops are not life threatening and they are currently undergoing treatment in hospital.The department has reported that those held will be interviewed to determine their involvement, if any, with regards to yesterday’s shooting.There have been no arrests made in the case. read more

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CONCACAF whistle blower Chuck Blazer dead at 72

first_imgChuck Blazer, former FIFA Executive Committee member and a central figure in the FIFA corruption scandal, has died at the age of 72.Blazer, who served as CONCACAF general secretary and U.S. Soccer Federation executive vice-president, was handed a lifetime ban by FIFA from all football-related activity in 2015.The American had pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion in late 2013.Was battling cancer As part of his plea, Blazer, who had been battling cancer up until his death, agreed to work undercover to help authorities with their investigation into corruption within FIFA.“We are truly saddened by the passing of our client and friend, Chuck Blazer,” his lawyers Eric Corngold and Mary Mulligan said in a statement given to the BBC and AFP.“His misconduct, for which he accepted full responsibility, should not obscure Chuck’s positive impact on international soccer.”Served FIFA 1996 to 2013He was a member of the FIFA Executive Committee from 1996 to April 2013, when Sunil Gulati was elected to replace him Blazer also served as Commissioner of the American Soccer League and Executive Vice President of the United States Soccer Federation.[In May 2011, in response to allegations of bribery made by national representatives attending a 10 May meeting of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), Blazer initiated an investigation of AFC President Mohammed bin Hammam and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner. The investigation was conducted by John P. Collins, former United States federal prosecutor and FIFA Legal Committee member. Its submission led to FIFA’s 29 May 2011 suspension of Warner and Bin Hammam from all soccer activities pending the outcome of FIFA’s own investigation and procedures.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

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Holiday parang “Coming Home” thanks to soca artist Tony Prescott

first_imgThe Soca Parang season brings with it a feeling of true happiness in Trinidad and Tobago. Tony Prescott delivers three new songs between two beautiful seasonsThe Soca Parang season brings with it a feeling of true happiness in Trinidad and Tobago.Tony Prescott, a man some would call a young veteran on the Caribbean’s music circuit, is once again delivering, adding to the season’s nostalgia in a way that only few have been able to contribute effectively.New Parang track – “Coming Home”His new Soca parang track, “Coming Home” is one of a few tracks on the Christmas Vibe Volume 3 riddim and while in T&T there seems to be an unspoken overriding of the Christmas season when it comes to music, as the Carnival vibe seemingly takes central focus, Prescott says this cannot be allowed to happen.“This song’s been getting a lot of love since its release. I guess it depends on the radio stations you listen to. There are some stations that switched their programming to completely accommodate the Christmas lovers but some of the urban stations kind of wait till the month of December so we’re still hearing dancehall, rap and hip hop, mixed in with the new Soca music that’s being released,” he explained.He’s a radio personality too, so he understands the programming dilemma, but anticipates that airplay will be given to the song he co-wrote with Daniel Spyro.Well prepared for Carnival 2018Tony isn’t the least bit bothered by the short time period between Christmas and Carnival 2018 though, in fact, he’s well prepared. He’s recorded two Carnival 2018 singles- the first release called, ‘Energy’ on the Mansa Musa riddim, which was produced by Jesse John of Optimus Productions TT. Benjai is also featured on the riddim with a track called, ‘License.’Positive energy and good vibes“We’re taking on the season ahead with nothing but positive energy and good vibes,” said Tony Prescott. Life imitates art and so with that understanding, the artiste who’s best known for the boat ride anthem, “All Aboard”, which remains a party classic, is delving into the carnival season with a positive attitude. “I have another single called, “Oil Drum,” which was written by Asten Isaac and I now the people will love it. I anticipate that the pan men would pick it up to, but we’ll have to wait and see.”Tony Prescott’s musical ambitions remain intact. He passionately creates and wants his music to always be a true reflection of his positive spirit. “We’re not about bringing any negative energy into the year ahead, so I just want everyone to take the time to enjoy the new releases and I’m urging they deserve,” he said.last_img read more

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Broward Supervisor of Elections kicks off annual high school voter registration…

first_imgThe Broward County Supervisor of Elections’ Office will kick off the annual High School Voter Registration (HSVR) Drive two weeks early this year, starting March 7 – 23, 2018.  The effort is in partnership with the Broward County Public Schools, and with significant participation from Broward County Private and Charter High Schools.  All high schools in Broward County will have the opportunity to register their students who meet the qualifications to become registered voters. Honoring Stoneman Douglas High School“In honor of Stoneman Douglas High School and the increased interest from high school students, we decided to start the online voter registration drive earlier this year,” said the Supervisor of Elections’ Dr. Brenda Snipes.  The Florida online voter registration website was launched last year in compliance with a 2015 Florida law that required online registration to be available by October 1, 2017.  This offers students another way to register to vote or update an existing registration that is convenient, secure and user-friendly. Broward County’s first timeThis is Broward County’s first time in implementing the online voter registration during the High School Voter Registration Drive program.  All Broward County High Schools will have a secured portal to register students online.  To register online, students will need a Florida driver’s license or state identification card and a social security number.  On February 13th, students and faculty were trained on voter registration policies and procedures.  The video conference training streamed live to the participating schools, hosted by BECON TV.  The HSVR training video is available at www.browardsoe.org.Registration drive target over 80 schoolsOne week after the March 13th Municipal General Election, Broward County Election officials are scheduled to visit over 80 local high schools during the period from March 19 to 23, the final week for the drive.  Election Officials will be on hand to assist the students and staff as they conclude their voter registration drive.  The school with the most registered students will receive the coveted brass trophy, banners and certificates. Last year, Stoneman Douglas High School registered 739 new students. High School students who are 18 years old are eligible to register to vote if they are U.S. Citizens and have no felony convictions without their rights being restored.  Students who are 16 and 17 years of age may pre-register. The goal is to register 10,000 students this school year!last_img read more

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The Youth Kick Off Miami Carnival 2019 With Carnival Jr.

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – South Florida’s youth will showcase pageantry, vibrancy, and pride at the annual Miami Carnival Jr. Carnival. This annual Caribbean family-friendly event fosters Caribbean pride, Carnival tradition, and artistic expression. With multiple Jr. Carnival bands, young masqueraders will be judged based on their creativity, presentation, originality, and craftsmanship of their vibrant and colorful masquerade costumes.Miami Carnival’s Jr. Carnival takes place Saturday, October 5, 2019, at Central Broward Regional Park (3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill, FL 33311). Gates open at 1 pm and the parade begins at 4 pm.With more than ten junior masquerade bands, the Junior Carnival is growing and has become a mainstay of the Miami Broward Carnival experience.“The Jr. Carnival product is an integral component in the celebration of Carnival and allowing the kids to embrace their culture and participate in an expression of self, needs more attention and support. I am eager to do so, and look forward to this year’s event and to making the experience a more inclusive one,” said Asa Sealy, Board member of Miami Broward Carnival One Host Committee.Miami Junior Carnival unleashes South Florida’s youth inhibitions, creativity and confidence like no other local events. Children from all walks of life are celebrated and uplifted in a safe, family-friendly environment.“We want to give an opportunity to express, entertain, engage and teach the youth with our costumes,” says Giselle d’ Wassi One, Bandleader for Wassi Babes Jr. Carnival. “I think about the young masquerader who wants to be beautiful and stand out but be comfortable enough to have an unrestricted phenomenal experience on the parade route.”As part of the Miami Broward Jr. Carnival experience, the Royal Miss Miami Carnival Pageant encourage young Caribbean American women to take pride in their culture, live boldly, and own their confidence.“Miami Broward Carnival Pageant committee and I feel fulfilled and rewarded that we have afforded the young women of our community a forum to showcase their talents & gifts that they have brought to the universe,” said Yolanda Henry, of Miss Miami Carnival Pageant.This event serves as a celebration of Caribbean culture and has also become a beacon of inclusion and a teaching moment to non-Caribbean children of diverse backgrounds who participate in the parade.Miami Broward Carnival is proud to be once again sponsored by America’s Most Convenient Bank, TD Bank. This year, TD Bank will provide free giveaways, face painting, and fun photo booth to capture this special memory.“TD Bank is pleased to once again sponsor the Miami Broward Jr. Carnival for the 4th year in a row,” said Andre Khan, V.P. Diversity & Inclusion Relationship Manager. “As the human bank, we are invested in making a positive and lasting impact on the communities in which we live, work, and play. TD Bank couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such a culturally enriching event.”last_img read more

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For the First Time in History, An American Airlines Flight has…

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – On Sunday, February 23, American Airlines made history on a flight from Kingston to Miami, with an all-Jamaican crew.Flight 2370 was operated with a Boeing 737-800 and a Jamaican crew that included: Captain Robert McPherson, First Officer Shaun Nelson and Flight Attendants Linneth Duhaney, Shanecia Witter, Mario Facey and Stanley Franklin.“American Airlines has a long history in Jamaica, with 43 years operating in the country, and this is the first time that we’ve ever had an all-Jamaican crew operating one of our flights,” said Maxine Meijerink, General Manager for Kingston.“Our team is so proud and I know that our Jamaican customers were also thrilled to be part of this historic journey. American is a company that values diversity and inclusion and this crew exemplifies that commitment.”Captain Robert McPherson, from Kingston, has been an American Airlines Pilot for more than 20 years. “After three years flying together, First Officer Shaun Nelson and I are now going to fly different aircraft, so this was our last flight together. We couldn’t believe that on this particular flight we had an all-Jamaican crew.”“Before the flight, we all had ackee and saltfish for breakfast, the perfect way to start this special day,” added McPherson.Flight Attendant Stanley Franklin, from the parish of Portland, remembers the excitement around the flight. “Being a part of the all-Jamaican crew was exciting, to say the least. We were shocked and excited when all four cabin crew were all-Jamaican but when we found out the cockpit crew both are Jamaican as well, we realized it was an unusual and special occasion.”Passengers also took part in the fun. “The passengers were also excited…we were all able to speak to them in Patois. It made for a very upbeat, fun flight and you could feel the pride and excitement of the passengers,” said Franklin.First Officer Shaun Nelson, from Montego Bay, added: “Jamaicans are a proud set of people and when passengers hear the Jamaican accent coming from the cockpit it makes them feel good. You get a lot of ‘Respect Mon’ and ‘Big Up’ when we greet and say goodbye to those passengers.”After a two hour and six-minute flight, AA2370 landed in Miami at 8:50 a.m. Flight Attendant Linneth Duhaney made her arrival announcement: “This all-Jamaican crew would like to welcome you to Miami.”last_img read more

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Video – Watch Usain Bolt Bow Out With A Bronze, Loses 100 Meters To…

first_imgWorld 100 meters record holder, Usain Bolt bows out of the 100 meters race with a bronze medal, as the Jamaican loses to America’s Justin Gatlin at the World Athletics Championships in France.?Justin Gatlin beats King Usain Bolt in the final #London2017 pic.twitter.com/cyj4A8OuJ5— Fr9266 ?? (@Fr9266) August 5, 2017Bolt finished third with a time of 9.95 seconds, behind two American Athlete’s, Christian Coleman and Justin Gatlin, who finished in a time of  9.94 seconds and 9.92 seconds respectively. Video Credit: Twitter.comRelatedlast_img read more

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Hall of Fame entry for Paris Smith, Fred Done and Vigen Badalyan

first_img Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith, Betfred Founder and CEO Fred Done and BetConstruct Founder and CEO Vigen Badalyan will be inducted into the SBC Sports Betting Hall of Fame at this year’s SBC Awards.The fourth edition of this end of year industry celebration is being held tonight (Tuesday 5 December) at the stunning Artillery Garden at the HAC in Central London..The SBC Sports Betting Hall of Fame was launched at last year’s SBC Awards to acknowledge outstanding individual achievements within the industry. The inaugural members were Sportradar Founder and CEO Carsten Koerl, Sportingbet Founder Mark Blandford and Howard Chisholm, the long-term Managing Director of Chisholm Bookmakers and co-founder of the Bookmakers Trade Consortium.Joining this trio will be Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith, who started her gaming career in 1995 by taking bets at WWTS, an offshore sports betting company that was later sold to Betcorp Ltd. Having worked her way up the business to become COO, she joined Curacao-based Pinnacle in the same role from 2006.Pinnacle soon recognised Smith’s efforts in shifting the focus away from North America towards growth markets in Asia and Europe, by promoting her to CEO in 2008. Almost a decade on, Pinnacle continues to flourish under her leadership. The operator emphasised its desire for data driven innovation by launching a revamped eSports portal in 2017.Smith commented: “I’m extremely humbled to be recognised for my contribution to the industry, capping another successful year for me at Pinnacle. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve with the new eSports Hub in 2018 – hopefully we’ll be moving into some new and exciting markets ourselves and through our B2B partners.“It’s always been my goal to make a positive mark on the industry, by ensuring my staff love their work as much as I do. I will strive to support them where possible and continue to champion the high-performance culture that is so important to Pinnacle’s future success.”One of the founders of Betfred, Fred Done recently celebrated 50 years in the betting game. With his brother Peter, he opened the first ‘Done Bookmakers’ betting shop in Pendlebury on 4 September 1967.Heading up the family business, the real growth came in the millennium with a name change to Betfred and the opening of a first shop in London. By 2010, Betfred had a high street presence of 800 shops, which grew to 1,350 with the purchase of the Tote for £265 million, an exclusive seven-year licence to run pools betting on UK horse racing.Fast forward to 2017, Done has consolidated Betfred’s status as a UK betting behemoth, which operates over 1,700 shops and employs more than 11,000 staff nationwide.Done sent the following message to all delegates at The Artillery Garden: “I’m very, very proud to receive this award, it means a lot to me, and I promise if I last another 50 years I’ll be there to receive my 100th year trophy!”BetConstruct Chairman Vigen Badalyan also assumed CEO duties for the company in November 2017 following the departure of Vahe Baloulian. Formerly the owner of Vivaro Betting, Badalyan was one of the founding members of the company, which now operates development, sales and service centres in 14 countries worldwide.Now headquartered in London, Badalyan has overseen the growth of BetConstruct’s online and land-based gaming solutions, with a product range which includes a fully managed sportsbook and casino, alongside sports data and retail betting shop solutions.As well as inducting Smith, Done and Badalyan, the #sbcawards2017 will also recognise excellence across all areas of sports betting in 2017, with 28 prizes split into 11 Operator/Affiliate awards and 17 Supplier awards. For a full list of the nominated companies in each category, click HERE.Presenting the Christmas themed end of year celebration will be former Sky Sports presenter Matt Lorenzo and Luis Garcia, a UEFA Champions League winner with Liverpool in 2004/05 who now serves as an official ambassador for the Anfield based club. Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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STATSCORE – Dariusz Leczynski – Going wider and deeper to provide the best data

first_img StumbleUpon Share STATSCORE chosen as the main sponsor for Futsal Ekstraklasa August 11, 2020 Share Submit SBC’s Year In Review: August’s big betting news December 27, 2019 Dariusz Leczynski, Head of Product for STATSCORE, says there will be no compromise in the company’s dedication to providing data on the most intricate of sporting statistics in 2018.Leczynski explained that the company has been widening its coverage across a range of sports in recent times. This is demonstrated by the fact that STATSCORE scouts are currently gathering deeper info for handball statistics such as goals from inside the six-yard box, the penalty records of goalkeepers, and even how many goals were scored in the bottom-left corner of the net.“We go wider, we go deeper, we work on the dynamics, we basically move forward in every possible area,” he said. “We listen, we adjust to clients’ needs and depending on complexity we can even integrate within days. These are not promises, these are proven facts. “At the moment, we believe there isn’t another tracker on the market as dynamic as the ones we provide. The coverage is what we are working hard on. The range of sports and number of events continues to expand all the time, and our main plan for 2018 is to continue with this growth.”The data front-runner has enjoyed a breakthrough 2017, a year most notable for a deal to implement two of its leading products on Ladbrokes.be. Ladbrokes’ Belgian facing site has gained access to ‘match trackers’ for more than 10,000 live events through in game visualisations from STATSCORE’s LivematchPro, while Prematch Center is providing Ladbrokes customers with information including league standings, form tables, top scorers and yellow cards.Leczynski explained: “A full fifteen sports are available in STATSCORE’s LivematchPro – the website’s in-play visualisation item.” Meanwhile, the data provider for bookmakers, sports clubs and news sites received a further boost to close a successful 2017, after being nominated for the ‘Rising Star in Sports Betting Innovation’ and ‘Best Sports Data Product’ at this year’s SBC Awards. “Despite the successes we have enjoyed in 2017, we will never say that our products are finished,” Leczynski concluded. “If there is at least one good suggestion from a client or a fan that can make them better, we will act. This is an invaluable attribute – the ability to listen.” Related Articles SBC’s Year In Review: June’s big betting news December 24, 2019last_img read more

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Catena expands Deutsch vision with €9.5 million takeover of Dreamworx

first_imgShare Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Stockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network, Catena Media continues to expand its German market footprint, confirming the acquisition of Dreamworx Online Ltd for a total consideration of €9.5 million.Updating the market, Catena governance has agreed to acquire all Dreamworx’s related assets and portals active within German sports betting, casino and financial services.German media owner Dreamworx operates high coverage websites Sportwettenanbieter.com, Fussballwetten.de and financial services aggregator DeutscheFXBroker.com.The agreed transaction will see Catena governance pay a €5.5 million cash instalment, combined with a further €4 million in newly issued Catena Media shares.At present, Catena details that Dreamworx assets are expected to generate quarterly sales of approximately €600,000, with an operating margin of approximately 80 percent.Updating investors, Catena CEO Henrik Persson Ekdahl detailed that Dreamworx’s digital assets would be managed by the recently acquired Baybets Malta team, which will move to optimise the future earnings potential of Catena’s expanded german market portfolio.“The assets of Dreamworx will strengthen our position as the leading affiliate in Germany. This will place us in the top position, short-term for the World Cup 2018 as well as long-term,” detailed Henrik Persson Ekdahl. Related Articles Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

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