Month: August 2020

Jamaican Attorney Marlon A. Hill makes historical 2020 run for Miami-Dade…

first_imgJamaican-born, Miami-based attorney Marlon Hill has made history last week by becoming the first Jamaican American to enter the race to be seated on the Miami-Dade County Commission.Accompanied by wife of 21 years, Carla, Hill recently filed qualifying papers as a candidate to represent District 9 on the Miami-Dade County Commission in Florida. Hill intends to qualify via the gathering of petitions from eligible registered voters in District 9 covering a number of SW Miami Dade neighborhoods. The  elections are slated for Tuesday, August 25, 2020.Seat held by Commissioner Dennis Moss The seat, held by Commissioner Dennis Moss since 1993, will be open due to term limits in 2020. Known for his entrepreneurial acumen as a business lawyer, Hill is also known for his local activism in support issues such as civic engagement, voter education, breast cancer awareness, business opportunities, and youth mentorship.  As a past president of the Caribbean Bar Association and trustee of the Miami Foundation, Hill has also served as an avid advocate for issues impacting communities of color.Born in Jamaica and raised in South Miami Heights, Hill is a graduate and Hall of Fame alumnus of Miami Southridge Senior High School and has lived in District 9 since 1985.  He is a partner at the law firm of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel and presently serves a a board member of the Miami Parking Authority, Orange Bowl Committee, and Miami Book Fair International.“Servant leadership begins in the church, is nurtured at home and put into action in the community. And the sole purpose is for greater glory of God. I learned this lesson first hand from my teenage days from the Jesuit tradition at the St. George’s College in Jamaica. These values followed me when I migrated to Miami in 1985 and have served as my GPS, stated Hill. Time has come He further commented, “The time has come for me to elevate what I have been doing for years on a different platform. My primary role in this campaign process will be to listen and learn from the residents of South Miami Dade County, and to help magnify their voices and needs to the hallways of county government.”Hill attended business school and law school at Florida State University and returned to Miami Dade County in 1995 to continue his work with students of immigrant descent, particularly those from the Caribbean. When he returned from law school, he heard about an emerging leadership program called the Miami Fellows at The Miami Foundation. He is an alumnus of Miami Fellows (Class I) and is a past Foundation trustee. He credits his Fellows experience for giving structure to his life and inspiring a legacy of civic leadership and activity that he wants to leave in the Greater Miami area. Community recognition Hill has been featured as one of the “outstanding members of the emerging generation of South Florida business and professional leaders” in the Daily Business Review. He received the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Bill Colson Leadership Award in 2016, the M. Athalie Range Foundation, Bridge Builder Award in 2012, and the inaugural Miami Foundation Ruth Shack Community Leadership Award in 2010.Hill has been a frequent commentator on local radio as the host of a weekly segment, “The People’s Politics”, on WZAB 880AM and a contributor on WPLG Local10 This Week in South Florida. “I embrace this public service opportunity to find innovative and proactive ways to make the lives of residents in District 9 of Miami Dade County better. We can only aspire together and rise together when neighborhoods are connected to their shared experiences, successes and challenges,” noted Hill.last_img read more

Another Marley emerges in the reggae world

first_imgSOUTH FLORIDA – This summer, singer Hymn Marley is scheduled to release his first EP. Already, one song from the seven-piece project is available through his HYMNtertainment label which is distributed by Tuff Gong International.Since You’ve Been Gone is the name of that single, a ballad he wrote and co-produced. Its soulful tone is different from the militant reggae his grandfather Bob Marley, and his father Stephen Marley, are famous for.Marley, who began recording two years ago, stressed the importance of him marching to his own beat.“I live my life on my terms and my career is no exception. I want people to connect with what I’m saying and feeling genuinely. That can only happen as long as I’m the captain of my ship,” he said.According to Marley, the core of musicians he worked with on the yet-titled EP are from Miami where he lives. However, he is tight-lipped on its content.“So, this EP is a compilation of what’s in my head, basically. Most of the songs talk about what I’ve been through or experienced. I believe there’s a relatable track for everyone on this project,” he explained.Hymn Marley was born Stephan Nesta Marley in Jamaica but grew up in South Florida where the Marley family have had a presence for over 40 years. Two years ago, at age 24, he released his first song, Bad Without You, an acoustic ballad.He became the latest Marley offspring to launch a music career. His brother Jo Mersa, cousins Bambaata Marley (son of uncle Ziggy) and Skip (son of aunt Cedella) are also artists.Stephen Marley is a multi-Grammy Award-winning artist and producer who has worked with the biggest names in reggae and pop music. While determined to establish himself independently, Hymn says he is never afraid to call on his father.“My Dad is actually one of the first people I go to for advice. He will always be my Dad so the friendship we’ve developed over the years is something I hope I have with my kids one day,” he said.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Women’s World Cup campaign ends with defeat

first_imgAustralia’s Samantha Kerr scores all four goals in the 4-1 match against Jamaica. GRENOBLE, France, CMC – Norway-based midfielder Havana Solaun netted Jamaica’s first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup goal but that piece of history was overshadowed by Samantha Kerr’s ruthless quadruple as the Reggae Girlz crashed to a 4-1 defeat in their final Women’s World Cup match on Tuesday.Playing at the Stades des Alpes, the 26-year-old Solaun struck in the 49th minute after entering the contest as a half-time substitute, to pull one back for the Reggae Girlz who trailed 2-0 at the break.However, Kerr then scored twice in the second half to restore Australia’s two-goal cushion and see the Matildas through to the next round of the competition.Jamaica, meanwhile, lost all three of their group games in their first-ever World Cup to end bottom of Group C, going down 3-0 to Brazil in their opener before losing 5-0 to Italy in their second game.Seeking to end their campaign on a high, Jamaica’s hopes were dented as early as the 11th minute when Kerr peeled away from her defensive marker Chantelle Swaby and headed in Emily Gielnik’s floated cross from the left side.Kerr continued to terrorise the Reggae Girls backline with her movement and doubled Australia’s lead three minutes before the break, this time finding herself in acres of space to once again beat goalkeeper Nicole McLure.Jamaica’s moment came four minutes after the resumption when Khadija “Bunny” Shaw produced a driving run out of midfield and released a defense-splitting through ball. Solaun beat the off-side trap, rounded the advancing goalkeeper and calmly rolled the ball into the bottom right-hand corner from eight yards out.Kerr grabbed her third in the 69th minute, stabbing home from close range after Jamaica’s defense failed to clear. And Jamaica gifted her a record fourth goal seven minutes from the end when McLure made a hash of Konya Plummer’s back pass, for the 25-year-old to pounce from close range.last_img read more

The City of Lauderhill CRA Presents Jazz Under the Stars On…

first_imgLAUDERHILL – The Lauderhill Community Redevelopment Agency Agency presents “Jazz Under the Stars on 38th”, a live music event on January 24, 2020.This FREE event will take place from 6PM – 12 AM at 1896 NW 38th Ave Lauderhill, FL 33311 ( In front of Casino’s Restaurant ).The event is hosted by Marvin Dixon and Music by DJ Big Man Kelly and performing acts include:Blade Martin and Sons of David BandRandy Corinthian BandDillard Jazz BandWake Campbell & Theresa Grayson “Sexy & Sax”Chris PriesterThis event will feature: Food Vendors, Live Music & Many MoreFor more information, Please visit www.lauderhill-fl.gov or call (954) 730 – 3041. For vendor information please call or email [email protected]last_img

Brathwaite to Lead Strong Pride Unit in Opener

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite leads a strong 13-man squad for Barbados Pride’s opening match of the Regional Four-Day Championship against Windward Islands Volcanoes just over a week from now.The squad announced yesterday includes three other current Test players in batsman Shamarh Brooks, wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich and left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, along with Ashley Nurse and Jonathan Carter who have both played one-day cricket for West Indies.Brathwaite is coming off a lean year for West Indies where he averaged just 16 from six Tests, and will be hoping to regain his form during the first-class campaign.Brooks, meanwhile, is coming off a maiden Test hundred against Afghanistan last month, while Dowrich and Warrican also turned in decent performances in that match.All-rounder Kyle Mayers, who returned to the Pride line-up for the first time in seven years for last month’s Super50, is also included in the squad.The 27-year-old spent the last sev­er­al sea­sons rep­re­sent­ing Wind­ward Is­lands Vol­ca­noes, but missed last year’s campaign.Selectors have also included talented fast-bowling all-rounder Justin Greaves and speedster Keon Harding, who are fresh from helping West Indies Emerging Players to the capture of the Super50 title.Pride face Volcanoes at Arnos Vale in Kingstown from January 9-12.SQUAD — Kraigg Brathwaite (captain), Shamarh Brooks, Jonathan Carter, Shane Dowrich, Dominic Drakes, Justin Greaves, Keon Harding, Chemar Holder, Kyle Mayers, Shayne Moseley, Ashley Nurse, Tevyn Walcott, Jomel Warrican.last_img read more

AUDIO: Eguma Denies 3-Match Ultimatum, Targets Victory Against Wikki Tourists

first_imgRelatedNPFL: Rivers United Go For Broke Against Wikki Tourists – Eguma (AUDIO)January 25, 2020In “NPFl”Eguma Targets Playoffs, Rules Out Relegation for Rivers United (AUDIO)April 8, 2019In “NPFl”NPFL: Stanley Eguma Rallies Rivers United For Away Win Against Wikki TouristsMarch 17, 2019Similar post Technical Manager of Rivers United Stanley Eguma says he is unaware of a reported 3-match ultimatum handed him to improve results or face further sanctions by the club’s management.Rivers United lost 0-1 at home to Sunshine Stars on Wednesday in a Match Day 30 clash of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and various media reports claim the long-serving tactician has been mandated to improve the fortunes of the team or face stiffer punishments.Asked about his reaction to the reported ultimatum, Eguma said: “No comments. I don’t have any comment on that because I have not heard anything about that (the 3-match ultimatum).”Rivers United are currently placed 16th (a place above the relegation zone) on the NPFL standings with 37 points from 28 matches and will next face Wikki Tourists on Sunday.Eguma however says his team is prepared and ready for the visit of Wikki Tourists as the defeat to Sunshine Stars now belong in the past.“We are prepared. We have trained, worked hard and corrected our mistake from the last game which lost,” he said.“It was a very painful loss to Sunshine (Stars). I think we have kept that behind us and (we are) looking forward to a better result come tomorrow’s game (against Wikki Tourists).“The players too have dusted themselves up from that defeat and they are looking forward to improve on their performances tomorrow. So we are ready,” Eguma concluded. Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Eguma-July-22.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Eguma-Ultimatum-July-22.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Former Manchester City Winger Arrested For Drink-Driving

first_imgFormer Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, common assault and criminal damage.Sinclair, 44, who played 12 times for the Three Lions of England was arrested after a woman was left with minor injuries from a car accident on Sunday night.Lancashire Police officers immediately responded to the incident and thereafter confirmed Sinclair’s arrest.A force spokesman while confirming his arrest said:“A short time later, officers found the vehicle which had been involved in a collision with a woman pedestrian on Clifton Drive. She received minor injuries.”“The driver, a 44-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving, common assault and criminal damage.“He is currently in custody.” the spokesman added.London-born winger and soccer pundit Sinclair grew up in Manchester and played for clubs like Blackpool, QPR, West Ham, Cardiff and Manchester City during his football career.Trevor Sinclair also played for England (on 4 occasions as part of his 12 caps) at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan.RelatedFormer Liverpool Star, Craig Bellamy Convicted Faces 18 MonthsMarch 27, 2019In “Lifestyle”Football Hooligan Jailed For Attack On City Star SterlingDecember 20, 2017In “England”Wayne Rooney Arrested For Drink-DrivingSeptember 1, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Hakan Hallstedt resignation spreads fear of further Swedish regulatory delays

first_img Share Share Related Articles Hakan HallstedtSwedish gambling stakeholders have been left in limbo regarding the country’s path towards a regulated online gambling market following the departure of Hakan Hallstedt as Director General of Lotteriinspektionen, Sweden’s national gambling regulator.Last Friday, Lotteriinspektionen governance confirmed that Hallstedt would not be renewing his tenure as Director General, as he had accepted a placement as Judge for the Blekinge District, which he will take up in May.As Director General, Hallstedt had been tasked with leading the reform of Sweden’s national gambling framework to include secure provisions for online gambling services.In November 2015, facing mounting criticism from the European Union for lack progress and stakeholder information regarding Sweden’s gambling reform, Hallstedt announced that he would head up a special committee redrafting all national legislations and business standards.Offering a regulatory timetable Lotteriinspektionen governance detailed that an official redrafted framework would be made available to the government and industry stakeholders ahead Sweden’s next General Election, which is scheduled for 2018.At present little is known regarding the potential provisions which will be attached to any proposed Swedish gambling framework. As Industry stakeholders await news of Hallstedt replacement , many commentators have questioned whether Lotteriinspektionen can meet any of its deadlines, in what is becoming a long drawn out process. StumbleUpon LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Submit Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020last_img read more

Bernard Marantelli – Colossus Bets – Building a Crowd Pleaser with Colossus Syndicates

first_imgShare Colossus Bets confirms cash-out collaboration with bet365 October 1, 2019 StumbleUpon Bernard Marantelli, Colossus BetsBringing new player engagement dynamics to its football pools product, Colossus Bets has announced the launch of its ‘Colossus Syndicates’ feature which will enable users to propose crowdfunded tickets which will compete for Colossus jackpots.Colossus Bets Founder & CEO Bernard Marantelli speaks to SBC on the challenges of developing an effective crowdfunded game for the sports betting market and how his firm’s development teams continue to test industry standards and norms…___________________SBC: Hi Bernard, thanks for catching up…Can you detail to SBC how ‘Colossus Syndicates’ was created? Where did you get the idea for this unique new product?Bernard Marantelli : I guess this has been a decade in development, as I have seen and been part of gambling syndicates, both ‘professional’ and ‘social’ for decades. I’ve witnessed all the pitfalls and challenges: counterparty risk; trying to broker an agreement on who makes the picks and what those picks should be; staying in touch with an office syndicate member who moves job; ‘managers’ being slow to pay out on winning tickets etc.Colossus Syndicates solves all these issues and enables the true crowdfunding of bets into our pools across our global network of B2B partners and their players.SBC: Where does Colossus Syndicates’ sit within your firm’s current product portfolio? BM: We don’t see this as a different product within our portfolio. Syndicates are just another entry point into our pools. We consider our portfolio to be a single product: ‘The world’s biggest most engaging sports pools – win lotto-sized prizes on the sports you love’.Although we are football-led, Syndicates works well across our multi-sports pools. When the UK Tote’s exclusive licence to offer horseracing pools on British racing expires in the summer of 2018, we think Colossus Syndicates will help reinvigorate betting on multi-leg horseracing pool bets, and we are working towards that date.SBC: Crowdfunding plays an important part in Colossus Syndicates, how has your team built an engaging game using this social dynamic? BM: Our pools are available in 30+ currencies and Syndicates must enable players to join forces across currencies on a single ticket, through a fully localised front end. It is a technically complex product in the backend, and our development team has done an outstanding job. The quality of our in-house development team is the main reason we are increasingly being asked to build technology solutions (and not just provide access to our pools) by a series of third party operators.With the back end system in place, our focus now is to make the front end experience for the player as clean as possible while embedding the social features necessary to maximise engagement.SBC: The industry has seen some community/pooled features fail for sports betting? Why do you think that this has been a reality for stakeholders? BM: In some cases the people behind what were nice social betting ideas may have run out of funding before getting traction – perhaps they may have had success if they had not run out of time/funds. However, most forms of betting, for example, win singles or in-play betting are not designed for crowdbetting and bolting on a ‘follow my bet’ or similar feature, as many have tried, does not change that reality and does not socialise or improve the betting experience.Like a lottery syndicate, people are generally happy to say (and to ‘share’): “I’ve joined a syndicate, and we are shooting for £1 million on the weekend’s football”; whereas not everyone is happy to say: “I’ve copied the bet of an expert, and I’m having a £50 double on Chelsea and Arsenal to win this weekend.”If you were to design the ideal bet type to work in a crowd context, it would be a multi-leg pool bet shooting for a big jackpot prize, with cash-out decisions throughout. Perhaps we are fortunate in this respect, but our core product works for syndicates in a way that other forms of betting do not.SBC: At present what is your plan of action relating to the Syndicates product launch for Colossus clients? (how do you plan to push this product to market?)BM: The current version of Syndicates is the ‘minimum viable product’ which we wanted to get live, learn from and quickly adapt. That is why we limited the rollout to our B2C (colossusbets.com) site only. In about four weeks we will release an enhanced version with added functionality/usability improvements and a few weeks after that we will put Colossus Syndicates live across our B2B partner sites.We pioneered cash-out, but that was a product which works well across all forms of betting. I think Syndicates will have as big an impact as cash-out but will not be so easy to replicate because as described above it works uniquely well with a multi-leg pool bet.SBC: Any final thoughts you want to put forward to potential clients of Colossus Syndicates? BM: For players of our Syndicates I would say please keep the feedback coming. We’ve had some great suggestions from players, many of which we are now working to include.For potential B2B partners I would say our tech roadmap for 2017 is almost full but get in touch if you want access to potentially the first betting feature which uses social features to improve your players’ betting experience.____________________________Bernard Marantelli – CEO & Founder  – Colossus BetsSports betting product development, technology and leadership will be discussed and debated at the upcoming Betting of Football Conference  (3-5 May – London). Click on the below banner to see the full conference agenda… Related Articles Submit Share SIS pens new partnership with Colossus Bets October 8, 2019 Colossus Bets backs Central Park sweepstakes March 20, 2020last_img read more

Betfair – Le Pen’s price proves to be an ‘attractive proposition’ as France 2017 hits £22 million mark

first_img StumbleUpon France Galop eyes May return for French Racing April 16, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share French racing secures ‘conditional approval’ on restart programme May 4, 2020 Updating the media, on its ‘France 2017’ general election market, Betfair Politics maintains that far-right candidate and former Front National leader Marie Le Pen is still an ‘attractive proposition’ for political punters priced at 9/1.As France heads to the polls this Sunday 7 May, Betfair informs that its ‘France 2017’ market has hit the £22 million wagering mark breaking all the operator’s records for a European political market. Additionally, Betfair Politics informs that a further £8 million has been traded since the first round of voting (23 April).En Marche leader Emmanuel Macron odds plummeted to a low of 1/8 once votes were counted, the former banker is now trading at 1/9 (90% chance) of winning the second round.However, entering the last week of campaigning Macron’s polls have varied wildly for the centrist candidate, with French news sources detailing that polls range between a 4-20 point lead over Le Pen.Furthermore, a number of political commentators have pointed to the marked similarities between Le Pen’s campaign and Donald Trump’s Shock 2016 US Presidential victory. The deep divide between French voters in Cities supporting Macron vs Le Pen’s popularity in provincial and rural areas has been a distinct narrative of France 2017.Naomi Totten, BetfairBetfair Spokesperson, Naomi Totten said: “The Next French President market has now surpassed Scottish Referendum betting from 2015 which traded £21m and is well-placed to become the third biggest political market of all time, behind only the juggernaut heats of Brexit and US election.“Macron is the clear favourite to win and has continued to shorten in price in recent days, with Le Pen drifting to just a 10% chance of becoming the next president. The far-right candidate continues to attract support however and accounts for 70% of all bets placed in the past week but the serious punters are backing Macron with over 85% of money backing the favourite to go the distance, with bets as big as £85k on the independent candidate.” ANJ takes charge of new French gambling era June 22, 2020 Sharelast_img read more