Award-winning Haitian journalist James Pierre touches hearts with Haiti: Hurricane Matthew One Year Later, his moving, eye-opening documentary on the devastating Hurricane Matthew that struck Haiti on October 4, 2016. It premiered on August 9.Almost a year later, the world is given an opportunity to take another look at the victims and their fight for survival. Devastation leaps off screen With each scene, the devastation leaped off the screen, hearing stories of destitute families detailing the loss they suffered. A woman spoke of giving birth on the floor of her fragile home, grateful that her child is safe and healthy.“They must remember that I am one of them,” said James, who has lived in South Florida since 2008.He reminded viewers that he too came from humble beginnings and never allowed his upbringing to limit him, nor change the way he feels about his native Haiti, once proudly called The Pearl of The Antilles, a sharp contrast to its current state.Fights for change Pierre – who covers current affairs in South Florida and Haiti for various outlets such as Mira TV – continues to fight for change in his country, bringing awareness to many all over the world.He is also an actor, producer and motivational speaker, who has inspired hundreds of people from his hometown Jeremie, which felt the brunt of Hurricane Matthew’s devastation.During a visit to Haiti last October, he was recognized by many residents as he walked through the streets, giving them hope for change.“It’s all about giving God the lead and following where he takes you,” said Pierre.He and members of the Hurricane Matthew Relief Effort provided medical and spiritual support to victims.Local 10 News reporter Calvin Hughes commended Pierre for his humanitarian work. “James, you have a gift,” he said.Over 1,000 victims The United Nations reported that over 1,000 persons died inHaiti due to Hurricane Matthew. According to the UN, approximately 1.4 million citizens required humanitarian aidin the country which has a population of over 10 millionpeople. Visit James Pierre on Facebook to view Haiti Hurricane Matthew One Year Later or JamesPierre.com.by Chely Paul
Haiti’s Prime Minister warns persons posing as soldiers The Haitian government has called on persons pretending to be members of the soon to be reconstituted national army to end their practice or they’ll be prosecuted for the possession of illegal arms.Pretenders occupy streetsHaiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant said armed individuals, dressed in military uniforms, have been identifying themselves as members of the Haitian Armed Forces, and occupying the streets of the capital and certain provincial towns by claiming to be part of the military.The prime minister said such actions contravenes the Haitian Constitution, particularly the provisions of the Criminal Law.“The reconstitution of the Haitian Armed Forces must be no pretext for anyone to give themselves titles and statutes that the law does not recognize, and take advantage to sow confusion in public opinion and create public disorder.Recruitment conditions provided for in Constitution “The conditions of recruitment and engagement in the armed Forces provided for by the Constitution, are determined by law,’ Lafontant said.He warned that “armed individuals posing as demobilized soldiers must report to the Office of Management of Demobilized Military to hand over all state property in their possession including weapons, ammunition, equipment and uniforms.”He said failure to do so could lead to those persons being charged and prosecuted for the possession of illegal possession of firearms. “The General Coordinator will make every effort to ensure the success of this operation.”Demobilized Military Management OfficeThe government said that since 2004, the State has set up the Demobilized Military Management Office (BGMD) which has been carrying out the compensatory indemnity program granted to the military because of their demobilization which is in its third and final phase.Last week, Haiti’s Prime Minister Lafontant shied away from confirming whether or not Haiti’s new army will be officially commissioned on November 18, promising however that it will not be one aimed at tormenting the population.For recent article on Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant, click the link: PM mum on new Haitian army
BROWARD COUNTY, FL — Elected officials and community leaders from the hospitality industry from throughout Broward County will gather on January 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center for an event celebrating the $1 billion Convention Center expansion and Headquarters Hotel project.Those attending include the Broward County Board of County Commissioners; Dale V. C. Holness, Mayor of Broward County; the Fort Lauderdale City Commission, Dean Trantalis, Mayor of Fort Lauderdale; Bertha Henry, Broward County Administrator; Stacy Ritter, President & CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; officials from many of Broward County’s 31 municipalities; and community leaders from throughout Broward County, including the hospitality industry.“We are gathering to thank the many government, industry and community leaders who have worked hard to make this project a reality,” said Broward County Mayor Dale Holness. “Years of careful planning have brought us here, and we are celebrating the fact that this expansion will boost the local economy and create more than new 1,000 jobs.”“With increased meeting space, 800 hotel rooms, new dining concepts and more, we expect over $200 million of additional consumer activity in the market each year,” added Bertha Henry, County Administrator.A highlight of the expanded convention center will be the 6-acre outdoor waterfront plaza. Event attendees will get a 360-degree sneak peek at the reimagined plaza and the rest of the project using new technology now available on Facebook and Instagram. Event attendees will be invited to transport themselves to the future through an augmented reality portal.“Greater Fort Lauderdale listened to the needs of meeting planners to create the convention center experience of the future,” said Stacy Ritter, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “When the expansion is complete, Greater Fort Lauderdale will be able to attract some of the world’s largest meetings, some bringing more than 8,000 total hotel rooms nights per event.”The expansion will grow the existing 600,000 sq. ft. convention center to 1.2 million sq. ft. There will be 350,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space, 132,000 sq. ft. of ballroom space across four ballrooms, including the spectacular 65,000 sq. ft. waterfront ballroom. Total meeting space will measure 215,000 sq. ft. with 50 breakout rooms, along with 220,000 sq. ft. of flexible space and the expansive waterfront plaza.The new 800-room headquarters hotel will feature a rooftop bar with a spectacular waterfront view, multiple dining venues, 73,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a spa and fitness center and versatile outdoor event space.The convention center expansion and headquarters hotel projects, both of which will be LEED Gold-certified with the latest technology and sustainability initiatives, will be the centerpiece of the full convention center district enhancement project that will include outdoor event space, exceptional restaurants, premier shopping, arts and cultural attractions, and more.
PALM BEACH COUNTY – The first day of drive-thru testing for COVID-19 in Palm Beach County (March 31) went smoothly, thanks to the efforts and dedication of a 20-member clinical team with the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s C. L. Brumback Primary Clinics, Health Care District support staff, Palm Beach County’s Department of Emergency Management and the Florida National Guard.Of the 281 patients who were scheduled for appointments, 255 were tested.The average age of the patients tested was 52. Six children were tested with the youngest 10 years of age.The results are expected within five to six days. A provider will contact each patient by phone with test results regardless if the result is positive or negative.The Health Care District’s COVID-19 Screening Center received 50-thousand calls in the first hour this morning. Callers are being asked to please be patient and expect delays because of the high call volume. Representatives are screening callers for symptoms per CDC criteria.Appointments for testing are scheduled through the end of the week and the Health Care District is evaluating Saturday operations if more test kits become available. The Health Care District will continue scheduling appointments as long as there is a need for testing and there are additional test kits and supplies.The hotline number to call and schedule testing appointments is: (561) 642-1000.
Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Issuing a short market update, Malta and Tel Aviv based industry white label and turnkey platform services provider Aspire Global has detailed that it has begun to seek a public offering listing on Stockholm’s First North Premier market.The news of Aspire Global seeking a Stockholm IPO, follows this month’s announcement that the company has appointed former Cherry Gaming CEO Fredrik Burvall and former Ongame Network MD Carl Klingberg to its board of directors.Company CEO Tsachi Maimon commented that the appointments of Burvall and Klingberg would help take the company to the next level adding ‘experience and expertise to the organisation, complementing a strong group of existing directors and the management team’.Operating in the igaming sector since 2005, Aspire Global seeks to become the ‘best-in-class’ turnkey platform provider servicing all key components of the industry’s operational value chain.Gearing up for its Stockholm IPO, Aspire Global targets aggressive expansion in the coming months as the company targets adding further clients to its platform provisions.Aspire Global management chose not to comment on its Stockholm’s First North Premier release. The company employs 150 staff across Malta and Tel Aviv and currently holds six European jurisdiction licenses. Related Articles Share Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020
Related Articles StumbleUpon Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 Submit MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Share In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Join Oliver Wilson, Director of Client Services at Nektan, as he discusses one of the greatest strikers in World Cup history, which team team had his full support in England’s absence at USA ‘94 and an underdog story from this year’s tournament worthy of a place. First World Cup memory22 June 1986 (Hand of God, England v Argentina). I can just about remember the Maradona ‘Hand Of God’ moment in Mexico ’86, at six years old it was the single greatest injustice I’d ever known. Maybe the ‘VAR’ generation will be spared this in future.Favourite World Cup:GoalDavid Platt (England v Belgium, 1990). David Platt’s spin and volley finish for England against Belgium in Italia ’90. Awesome goal and unbelievable timing just before full time. Bobby Robson’s dancing after the goal was unforgettable as was the spectacular barnet of the despairing goalie – perfect.PlayerGary Lineker. It’s hard to look past Gary Lineker. Clinical world cup goal scorer, English and a gent to boot! One of the greatest strikers the World Cup has ever seen.TeamRepublic of Ireland, 1994. I was wholeheartedly rooting for Republic of Ireland in the USA ’94 World Cup in England’s absence. They were really plucky, likeable and entertaining. Beating Italy in their opening game courtesy of a Ray Houghton strike was a major shock at the time. They had some quality players in that side too, including a young Roy Keane and Paul McGrath.GameSouth Korea v Germany, 2018. I’ve just seen the 2-0 South Korea win over Germany. That was unbelievable and I can’t think of anything that beats that. Massive kudos to the Koreans for the upset. It’s hard to imagine the Germans not featuring in the knockout stage of a major tournament, which can only enhance England’s chances of bringing football home!KitBrazil. I’d have to go with the Brazil kit, which is iconic and synonymous with the World Cup. The tournament just wouldn’t be the same without those bright yellow jerseys and blue shorts. So many legends have worn the famous kit, including Pelé, Ronaldo and Cafu, who have all lifted the coveted trophy. Of this year’s shirts, Nigeria have produced one of the most eye- catching jerseys in recent years with its retro look.The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day, if you would like to be involved please email [email protected]
Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles John Hagan – IGRGThe governance of the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has stated that ‘Responsible Gambling Week 2018’ (RGWeek – 1-7 November 2018) will showcase the sector’s latest sustainability, social responsibility and community-focused initiatives.Following the success of last year’s inaugural RGWeek, the IGRG details that all UK licensed gambling operators will participate in 2018’s edition, aiming to promote the public directive of ‘developing a national conversation between customers and their friends and families about what it means to gamble responsibly.’Updating the market, John Hagan, Chairman of the IGRG said: “It is heartening to see the support of leading operators for Responsible Gambling Week. Our aim is to make the event bigger and better than last year and we are using the collective networks, venues and staff of all gambling sectors, and our digital channels, to reach a wider audience and raise awareness”In its most recent update, the IGRG reveals that some 127,000 staff in more than +11,000 gambling venues and online websites will take part in RGWeek 2018.Spreading the message of responsible play and industry sustainability, a number of UK operators will undertake further visible initiatives to spread the campaign’s core message to the widest possible audience. Industry RGWeek 2018 initiatives include:-JPJ Group is donating advertising space at key London Underground stations throughout Responsible Gambling WeekClarion Gaming is funding a targeted influencer engagement campaign to run on Instagram before and during the weekAspers, Mecca, William Hill and Cashino provided staff and venues for campaign imageryVirgin Games mocked up its site for a Responsible Gambling Week ‘takeover’Genting staff are organising a wide range of charity fundraising events at their venues throughout Responsible Gambling WeekSharon Bryne -IBA IrelandBacking RGWeek 2018 commitments, Simon Wykes CEO of Jackpotjoy Operations Ltd, said: “JPJ Group plc fully supports Responsible Gambling Week. Preventing the harms associated with problem gambling is a shared goal among companies working in the gaming industry, and one of the most effective ways to ensure players gamble responsibly is to arm them with the information they need to make responsible choices.”This year’s campaign includes Ireland for the first time, where it will be supported by more than 800 bookmakers, and by the Arcades Association, the Gaming and Leisure Association of Ireland, Horse Racing Ireland and the Irish Greyhound and Horse Racing Tote.Sharon Bryne Chairperson of the Irish Bookmakers Association, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the IGRG and joining their Responsible Gambling Week. Merging both campaigns can only help to increase the impact and reach of the campaign and ensure maximum coverage for the week” GentingBet secures North American racing boost with XB Net July 22, 2020 Gamesys moves compliance disciplines to TruNarrative’s ‘single platform’ November 27, 2019 Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020
Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 SBC announces digital future for Europe, America, CIS & Africa July 30, 2020 Submit Share Lee-Ann Johnstone – Affiliate InsiderSBC’s marketing and player acquisition vertical – AffiliateINSIDER has confirmed that figurehead TEDx speaker and published author Katie King as the Keynote Speaker for next week’s Digital Marketing Forum.With over 30 years of experience, King’s recognised area of expertise lies within artificial intelligence (AI) and digital business transformation, with a particular focus on helping companies adapt to Business 4.0.She has advised many of the world’s leading brands and business leaders, including Richard Branson, O2, Orange, Accenture, PA Consulting, Arsenal FC and Harrods.Lee-Ann Johnstone, AffilliateINSIDER founder and CEO, said: “I’m delighted to have secured Katie as our Keynote presenter. She is a high-profile and experienced digital marketing expert. Her expertise will help deliver fresh insight on how online marketers in the igaming industry can harness the power of digital and AI to transform their digital and acquisition strategies. In a bid to add more diversity to our speaker line up, we are delighted to have been able to secure her expertise to address the digital marketers who are in attendance at this year’s Digital Marketing Forum.”The igaming industry is undergoing an AI and digital marketing transformation, driven by a need to offer customers the ultimate personalised experience and better targeting for improving campaign ROI under stricter regulations. King will discuss how digital and AI can impact acquisition marketing and igaming business functions, and the actions which companies can take today to grow, survive and thrive.King added: “I’m really looking forward to delivering the Keynote presentation at the Digital Marketing Forum. I’ll be sharing many of the invaluable insights gained from the deep research conducted for my book just published on AI and the new marketing paradigm. Football is in my DNA and I’ve worked with sports clubs as well as affiliate marketers, so it promises to be a very relevant and current session.”Produced in partnership with SBC Events, the Digital Marketing Forum will take place on Thursday 21 March, as part of the second full day of the Betting on Football conference, which runs from 19-22 March at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge stadium.King joins an impressive group of thought leaders and digital experts that make up the speakers list for the event, including Customer Devoted founder James Sandberg, Square in the Air Director Robin Hutchison, Blueclaw Marketing Director Martin Calvert and Pinnacle Head of Content Marketing Benjamin Cronin. StumbleUpon Share Related Articles ESI announces first wave of speakers for Digital Summer esports event August 7, 2020
Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submit Related Articles Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Legislation and technology can play a key role in tackling problem gambling, and in recent years, Spain has prioritised its player protection measures in a bid to combat problem gambling.Speaking at the recent Betting on Sports, Chairman of Jdigital Mikel López de Torre explained that the Spanish regulation has developed its policies with the protection of its players in mind.He explained: “It is very important to point out that the Spanish regulation is actually one of the best out there. It has pioneered some of the actions in the protection of problematic gamblers and vulnerable groups. If you go back ten years ago, when we saw the first draft of Spanish regulation, there was almost an outrage among operators because it was far too restrictive at the time. “Clients and customers had to specify their tax residency, which in Spain means that you will be passing on information to the tax agency, which hasn’t always been welcomed easily by customers. We have real time ID verification, which is something that has never happened before. It gives real time identification of problem gamblers, which are then put on a registered list by the government. We have pre-set deposit limits, self-assessment tests before being able to raise those limits.Since then, we are seeing a lot of other initiatives from the regulator.”López de Torre explained that the successes of the Spanish legislation have been replicated in markets around the world. He continued: “A lot of decrees have been passed in recent years, putting the Spanish regulation ahead of other markets. And actually, most of those initiatives have been replicated in other regulated markets around the world.“From a problem gambling-prevention standpoint, the Spanish regulation is way ahead and has pioneered the field. That means that if you look at the actual problem gambling figures in Spain, you see that according to the government, only 0.3 per cent of the public in Spain suffer from problem gambling behaviours, which is one of the lowest in the entire world. What we do have is perception among the public that this problem is a lot bigger than it actually is. “In that sense, there are several measures that we can take proactively as an industry – one of them being the maximisation of the tools that we get from advertising such as the self-regulation regime that we have today. And clearly, we have the implementation of all of the technology measures that allow us to get ahead of the problem. We have worked towards detecting problematic gambling before it develops, through artificial intelligence and other technology alike. “
Related Articles EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 Former England captain Wayne Rooney has collaborated with 32Red as the firm emphasises its focus on responsible gambling with the launch of its ‘Stay In Control’ series.The opening episode of the series saw Rooney joined by former football league midfielder Scott Davies, who currently does extensive work in promoting the risks of gambling with Epic Risk Management. Hosted at the training facility of the Championship side, Rooney revealed the potential impact gambling can have on the career of a young player, particularly as they are forced to spend an abundance of time away from their family and loved ones. Revealing his experience with gambling as a young professional, Rooney stated: “I was a young lad, who had just come into a lot of money. And when you go away with Manchester United, to an away game, you stay in a hotel, and especially when you’re away with England, you’re in a hotel for seven to 10 days, you get bored and you end up doing things to fill time, and at that time gambling was one of them. “It was easy to put bets on and at that time, it wasn’t like I had to into a bookies to put bets on where there were limits, this was over the phone where it was just numbers and it didn’t feel like real money and before you know it, you’ve lost quite a bit of money.”He added: “I won at the start actually, a couple of bets and thought this is easy, it’s easy money. So it sucks you in a bit more and then ended up losing ended up down, ended up chasing my bets, trying to win my money back.”Commenting on Linkedin, Epic Risk Management CEO Paul Buck underlined that the video emphasises the importance of ‘impactful and effective education to elite sportspeople and how programmes like the EFL Sky Betting & Gaming EPIC Risk Management 5 year education programme can have a positive effect on players, clubs, sports and the wider community’.It comes as Manchester United’s record goalscorer prepares to make his return to English football with 32Red sponsored Derby County when the Rams take on Barnsley at Pride Park this evening.Speaking about the video release, Neil Banbury, UK General Manager at 32Red said: “32Red is committed to using its branding opportunities within football to share with community initiatives and to promote proactive responsible gambling messaging. I am therefore very proud that we are launching the first episode of our ‘Stay in Control’ series today with Derby County star Wayne Rooney, and delighted that he has chosen to talk so openly about his experiences.“English football – and prominent players like Wayne – has a unique reach and cut through with adult audiences, and as such is a great avenue for promoting healthier gambling behavior and advocating for control. Sponsorships are a powerful medium for evolving key responsible gambling messaging that our industry promotes, and we are proud to be leading the way through our new model of sport sponsorship in utilising our assets in this way.” StumbleUpon Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 EPIC delivers problem gambling education with Harvard Medical School June 24, 2020 Submit Share Share