Broward Summer Youth Program Teaches Environmental Appreciation

first_imgPhoto Courtesy of Broward Municipal Services District Broward County Parks’ Summer Recreation program now includes a NatureScape Broward Butterfly and Herb Garden Summer Program for the 50 children. The children include Caribbean-Americans, ages 6-10 attending Boulevard Gardens Community Center in the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD). Broward County’s NatureScape staff, Habitat Steward volunteers from the National Wildlife Federation and University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Master Gardeners will educate youth on various environmental topics.Children will experience planting a butterfly garden in grow bags. They’ll also learn about the lifecycle of different species of butterflies, principles of environmental stewardship, caring for plants, holistic benefits of natural herbs and more. Upon completion, the youth will participate in a graduation ceremony.The educational program is a collaborative effort between Broward County’s Environmental Protection, Growth Management Department and Broward Parks and Recreation Division. The collaboration is in support of the BMSD Health Community Zone. The County and its partners, Boulevard Gardens Community Group, Inc., Broward Regional Health Planning Council, and TOUCH Broward have made this special program possible.Recently, members of Boulevard Gardens Home Owners Association attended a NatureScape presentation to learn about the Butterfly and Herb Garden Summer Program. Residents were given native plants to start their own backyard wildlife habitats. Health Foundation of South Florida is instrumental in providing opportunities for youth in the BMSD Healthy Community Zone to learn about the benefits of gardening and protecting natural habitat.NatureScape Broward promotes Florida-friendly landscapes that conserve water, protect water quality, and create wildlife habitat. It encourages the use of native plants that provide quality and sustainable food sources for resident and migrating wildlife. The NatureScape vision includes all Broward County residents and all types of properties – from backyards to public parks.The BMSD HCZ NatureScape Butterfly & Herb Garden Summer Program is a collaboration between BMSD Internal Committee members, Broward County Planning and Development Management Division, Environmental Planning and Community Resilience Division, and Parks and Recreation.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

Jamaican Prime Minister reiterates commitment to safeguard human rights

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Prime Minister Andrew Holness  has reiterated his administration’s commitment to protecting and safeguarding the human rights of all Jamaicans, while reducing the country’s crime rate.He was addressing persons who were taken to the Denham Town forward operating base here by members of the security forces to be processed, under the State of Public Emergency.Tours detention centersHolness’ visit to the facility formed part of a tour of lockups and detention centers in Kingston, St. Catherine and St. James on Saturday, to get a first-hand look at the operations.Holness said the Government remains resolute in protecting the rights of persons who have been taken into custody. “I want to assure you that as your Prime Minister, I will not sit by and see any system that I have charge of, work in such a way as to deny you your dignity or deny you your human rights.”He said the Government is committed to providing a coordinated and multisectoral approach for preventing and responding to crime, adding that measures are being implemented to strengthen the trust between the citizens and the security forces.Cause for an emergency“We have a crime problem, a major problem. Over 1,500 people died in Jamaica (last year) and that is cause for an emergency. It could have been any one of you and indeed I am sure that all of you know someone who has perished in this crime situation. Many of you probably feel that you have to protect yourself because the police can’t protect you, but if I allow that to take root in the society, then we will have chaos and anarchy,” he said.“So, I have to make sure that I strengthen the police and the military, so that the society can feel that they can turn to the police and the military for their protection, rather than turn to gangs or seek to take the law into their own hands,” the Prime Minister added.He said the Government is working to ensure that over time, enhanced security measures such as the zones of special operations and states of public emergency will not be needed.“We are working very hard to make sure that in ten years’ time, we don’t need this again…we don’t have to have people being detained because there is no need for it. We  are in an emergency situation, we are treating it as such, but that doesn’t mean we treat you in such a way as to diminish your rights and human dignity. I guarantee you that there will be a fair process,” the Prime Minister noted.Denham Town was declared a Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) under the Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act last year.  A State of Public Emergency was announced for the St. Catherine North Police Division this year.States of Public Emergency also currently exist for the parish of St. James and certain sections of Kingston, while a ZOSO is in place for the Mount Salem area of St. James.last_img read more

Barcelona & Real Madrid Players Pay Tribute To Victims Of Las Ramblas Terror Attack

first_imgPlayers of Spanish football arch-rivals, Barcelona and Real Madrid, have paid tributes to victims of Thursday’s terror attack in the City of Barcelona.Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo led the tributes by posting heartfelt messages on their social media pages, as Barcelona announced they will wear black armbands for their match at the Camp Nou on Sunday. Thoughts are with everyone in Barcelona tonight ??— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) August 17, 2017 Luiz Suarez, Gareth Bale, and goalkeeper, Marc ter Stegen‏ were not left out, following the terror attack that saw a van rammed into unsuspecting tourist and pedestrians in the busy Las Ramblas tourist area, killing at least 13 persons with 64 injured.Very shocked for what happened in Barcelona. All my support to the city and families!— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) August 17, 2017center_img I’m deeply touched by what happened yesterday in my beautiful city. T’estimo Barcelona ❤?? We all need to be more united than ever ! ???— Marc ter Stegen (@mterstegen1) August 18, 2017In an official statement released by Barcelona, the Catalan club said: “FC Barcelona wants to express its profound sorrow and utter disgust at the terrorist attack that has hit the heart of our city, la Rambla de Barcelona. The Club wishes to send our support and thoughts to the victims, their families and friends as well as the people of Barcelona and its visitors.”FC Barcelona join the minute’s silence. The President Bartomeu and Directors Vilanova and Teixidor represented the Club at Pl.Catalunya.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 18, 2017“As a mark of respect, the flags will fly at half-mast at the club’s installations and the players from both teams will wear black armbands in all the club’s matches this weekend.”Our players and coaching staff held a minute’s silence for the victims of the attack in Barcelona before training today.#RealMadrid— Real Madrid C.F.?? (@realmadriden) August 18, 2017“On Sunday, before the 2017/18 La Liga opener against Betis, the Camp Nou will hold a minutes silence in recognition and memory of the victims.” the statement concluded.RelatedOnly Barcelona Can Stop Themselves From Another La Liga TitleAugust 13, 2019In “Spain”Best Player Award: Ronaldo, Messi And Neymar Make FIFA Shortlist.September 22, 2017In “England”Barcelona To Close Camp Nou As Punishment For Antoine Griezmann TransferSeptember 17, 2019In “Spain”last_img read more

3SC, Late Player’s Brother In War Of Words Over Entitlements

first_imgShooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) have been caught up in a war of words with the brother of their late player Izu Joseph over his entitlements owed by the club.Izu was killed by soldiers in October 2016 while he was on holiday in his home town of Okarki in Bayelsa State and he was reportedly being owed eight months’ salary and allowances before his death.According to the Nigeria National League (NNL) club, the total money owed is N2.3m but his family members claim the entitlements amount to over N3m.His brother Izu Reuben has been at war with the club over the refusal to pay the money owed prompting his petition to the Oyo State Government.In swift response to the petition, a club statement signed by their spokesman, Jubril Arowolo, denied the late player’s brother and that the club had been crediting their father’s bank account as instructed by the family.The statement read: ““While we acknowledge that the club was owing the late player, it is very pertinent to put the record straight that hardly would a month pass without the club paying into the account of Pa Joseph Izu, the father of the deceased, as requested by the family in the last six months.“This act did not go down well with the said Reuben, who wanted the payments in his account instead, a situation currently causing frictions within the family. We have refused to take issue with Mr. Reuben Izu as a mark of respect for the late player but this reaction is necessary in order to put a stop to the mischievous manner in which the man is going about the issue.”“On our part, we are committed to offsetting the outstanding salary and this position was acknowledged by an official of the National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers, Mr. Austin Popo, during his visit to our office last Friday.” the statement further added.Reuben has however reacted to the club statement in a chat with the Punch. He said the club is not revealing the truth and that they only paid for two months.He said: “It is really unfortunate that a well-respected club like Shooting Stars can resort to cheap blackmail because of the petition I wrote to the government and the Oyo State House of Assembly. The letter was meant to ensure that we get their assistance in getting justice for my late brother while imploring them to offset the debt so that we can cater for late Joseph’s daughter.”“I have never requested that the money be paid into my account and their claims of paying for six months is a lie. They only paid N300,000, which was done in two months. We have called them to give us a breakdown of late Joseph’s salary and allowances as well as his bonuses, but they haven’t done that.”“Their blackmail won’t stop me or the family.” Izu Reuben concluded. RelatedSacked 3SC Players At War With Club Over SalariesNovember 10, 2017In “Nigeria”Rivers Utd Players Beg Gov. Wike To Settle Outstanding Financial Entitlements (AUDIO)February 27, 2020In “Featured”Okunowo Drums Up Government Support For 3SCMarch 14, 2018In “Nigeria”last_img read more

Sportradar signs MoU with France’s racing and betting police service

first_img FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Sportradar has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Service Central des Courses et Jeux (SCCJ), the department within France’s national police force that oversees racing and betting.Sportradar, which operates its the Fraud Detection System (FDS) across 13 sports including FIFA, AFC, UEFA, World Rugby, NHL and NBA, will engage in the exchange of expertise, statistical data, information and trends with the SCCJ, as they relate to sporting integrity. The two parties will also begin exploring projects that they can collaborate on, or support each other with.Andreas Krannich, Sportradar Integrity Services Managing Director, commented: “We have already worked closely and fruitfully with Mr Menard and his team in the past, looking at various sporting events held in France and supporting their efforts around the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament hosted in France.“It was clear to me that we could do more in the future and this MoU sets us up to begin identifying other ways for us to share insights and develop investigations. It is so encouraging to see the SCCJ live the spirit of the Macolin Convention, and we are honoured that they trust us to support the efforts of the French National Platform going forward.”After the official MoU signing, SCCJ’s Philippe Menard added: “Our aim in France is to make sure that we are at the forefront of the fight against match fixers and manipulators. That requires us to identify the most potent allies to help us shore up our defences. Our informal collaborations with Sportradar to date have left us in no doubt that today’s signing is a strong statement of intent, and we look forward to working closer with their specialists to safeguard French sport.” Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

Paddy Power denies racism claims over Mayweather promotion

first_img StumbleUpon The potentially offensive nature of the promotion was initially highlighted by the Daily Mail, however Price was keen to emphasise that the campaign had raised ‘plenty of debate’ and also got a lot of ‘positive feedback.’ Price said: “As an edgy brand we have to accept that some of our campaigns are bound to spark debate. “We’re happy for the Mail to raise any issues that they feel may have arisen from our ads and are thankful to them for offering us the opportunity to address these issues and to clarify our position.” Submit Sharecenter_img Share Not one to shy away from controversy, Paddy Power has refuted claims that its promotion yesterday could in anyway be construed as being racist. The allegations related to Paddy Power’s use of the phrase ‘always bet on black’ after the company paid out on Floyd Mayweather defeating Conor McGregor. Defending the promotional slogan to SBC, Lee Price (Head of PR Paddy Power) said: “Always bet on black’, references a classic 90s movie quote, from Passenger 57. Like Wesley Snipes – who famously delivered the line – Floyd Mayweather is rightfully proud of his identity and, while the advert does reference his race, it does so in a manner which isn’t in any way derogatory or insulting.“It’s also a betting-related pun which references a roulette wheel. Because we’re about gambling – get it? If people don’t like it that’s entirely their prerogative.“But, most of all, it is a statement of fact. Floyd Mayweather is black and we’re suggesting you should bet on him because we believe that he’s going to win. We wouldn’t be paying out otherwise.”last_img read more

Aguero in triple delight for fantasy managers

first_img Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Submit Swansea City drops gambling sponsor August 21, 2020 Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 The latest gameweek of the Premier League has come to end, with Swansea City’s game plan executed perfectly to crash Liverpool back down to earth, following the euphoria of ending the long unbeaten run of Manchester City.Fantasy managers within SBC’s League of Legends were left ruing decisions to stock up on players of the Anfield based outfit, however, Pep Guardiola’s side did pick up where they left off at home to offer some respite. A Sergio Aguero hat-trick making him joint highest scorer for the round with 17, level with Chelsea’s goal scoring full-back Victor Moses.Top scoring for the round, and climbing up the table a number of places to 40th in the process, is Areg Oganesian, Head of Trading at PariMatch. Top scoring was captain Aguero, who saw his 17 points double to 34, suitably backed up by Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal, whose goal and two assists saw him register 16 points, and Manchester United defender Phil Jones, who kept a clean sheet in an impressive away win at Burnley.Closing the gap at the top is Charlie Cole, outscoring the current leader, OPAP trader Constantinos Digonis, to narrow the gap to just 11 points. A large chunk of Cole’s 71 point haul can be attributed to the front line of Aguero (17 points) and Kane (captain, 16), with Tottenham defender Ben Davies securing an assist to back up with eight points.Leapfrogging his way into tenth spot was Joe Ryan, with 73 points enough to outscore rivals and take his place amongst the top ten. It was a familiar front-line of Aguero (17) and Kane (captain, 16), with Jones (9) backed up in defence with the Chelsea duo of Marcos Alonso (6) and Cesar Azpilicueta (6) off the back of an impressive 4-0 away win at Brighton.The Premier League takes a break this weekend, with FA Cup action set to return, before league action resumes in a weeks time. Arsenal face what could now be a tricky away trip to Swansea, while Liverpool look to bounce back at Huddersfield. Champions elect Manchester City host West Brom, and in the tie of the round Manchester United travel to Wembley to take on Tottenham.last_img read more

Adapting to a new scenario for the Italian gaming market in 2018

first_img Share Submit Share StumbleUpon What strategies should bookmakers and operators adopt to enter the .IT market? In his latest market analysis, BtoBet chairman Alessandro Fried delivers a warning about hidden dangers in Italy, while exploring the potential of establishing a brand and attracting the attention of Italian players.For a deep insight, download the full report here.last_img

Melvin Ritsema: Staying true to Royal Panda’s sportsbook roots

first_img LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Related Articles Submit In the second of an exclusive three-part series for SBC News, Royal Panda CMO Melvin Ritsema discusses his company’s takeover by LeoVegas, staying true to its own sportsbook roots despite the acquisition, why the UK market remains the principal target, and how pricing ploys around the World Cup will be taken forward into future high-profile tournaments.SBC: Was the Royal Panda sportsbook impacted by the LeoVegas takeover? Or do the two effectively still run as separate businesses?MR: We had just launched our sportsbook a couple of months before being acquired by LeoVegas. They were very impressed by what we had achieved on our sportsbook in such a short amount of time, and the decision then was to keep our own sportsbook. This still holds true today. We are happy to operate completely independent from LeoVegas, with our own platform, our own sportsbook and our own operational teams. This allows us to grow in our own unique way instead of becoming the exact same product under two different brands.SBC: You estimate that 80% of your sportsbook business comes from the UK market; is this by design, or just a reflection of where your casino business was strongest?MR: It’s a representation of our casino business as well. Casino already had the majority of our business from the UK, and when we launched the sportsbook, we decided to focus mostly on the UK. We also had our UKGC license before the MGA one, so we went live in the UK before other markets. A main reason is that we want to focus and grow in regulated markets, since these markets are more sustainable long-term.SBC: How much of an increase would it take to consider moving the sportsbook tab ahead of either Casino or Live Casino? Do you anticipate that the casino side will always take prevalence?MR: We want to be a one-stop-shop for any online betting and gambling. While casino is currently the homepage, the idea is to ensure every customer can easily find what they want on the website. I don’t think we would shift to a sportsbook first, but definitely a sportsbook equal to casino is the aim.SBC: Looking back on the World Cup, how successful was it for the Royal Panda sportsbook? Did you turn to LeoVegas for advice given their experience of launching ahead of Euro 2016?MR: The World Cup was a huge success. We went all-in on getting our name out there in the UK. We joined the Oddschecker odds grid + offered top price match odds on England in all games + outright markets. We also had a lot of top price on Harry Kane and other England markets. This has worked well for us, though with England winning a lot more than anticipated, and Harry scoring quite a few goals, this came at a price. Still we managed to make a healthy profit over the world cup while attracting a lot of new punters, so we are very happy with the result. Now our sport and CRM teams are working on keeping these newly acquired players active for the new football season as well.SBC: What will you take from the marketing ploys you deployed this summer? Is going top price on core markets for England matches something you would revisit in tournaments to come?MR: I definitely prefer it over an inflated price at a max cap. A lot of companies boost 2/1 to 20/1 for instance, with a max bet of £1. We prefer to boost our odds slightly, just being (joint) top price. We’ll lower our spread and margin by doing this, but allow players to win as much as £5000 per bet. That seems much more interesting to a genuine punter than a £1 bet to win £20, doesn’t it? Sharelast_img read more

Better Collective Spotlight – SmartBets – Servicing the Europe wide demand for personalised odds comparison

first_img Claus Jansson, Head of Sales for Better Collective, takes SBC News readers on a tour of SmartBets’ European operations, as the Better Collective Spotlight falls on the firm’s Scandinavian expansion, a bonus-based challenge for Swedish operators, legal challenges to the advertising ban in Italy, and building on its growing media profile in Germany.SBC: SmartBets expanded its Scandinavian horizons last year by launching in both Sweden and Denmark; does Sweden’s 18% GGR tax (compared to Denmark’s 20%) present an opportunity for odds comparison sites to make better deals with operators?CJ: There are many skilled punters in Sweden, so the demand for statistics, market overview, and tips in general, is big. That demand is reflected commercially. That’s why operators see a clear advantage in being present on trusted platforms like SmartBets. SBC: Will the removal of reload and reactivation bonusing in Sweden pose a problem for market incumbents?CJ: It creates a challenge for all the operators that have applied for a licence. Not because they don’t know how to attract customers, but because they need – similarly to media partners like us – to think differently, when it comes to acquisition. SBC: SmartBets has been active in its home country of Denmark for almost 18 months now; how successful has that launch been compared to other language version launches?  CJ: We are very happy with the Danish launch of SmartBets, as it’s a product that can stand on its own feet commercially. Looking at the future of SmartBets in Denmark, we need additional operators to apply for Danish sports licences. Currently there are only a handful of Danish bookmakers. More bookmakers create more markets, offering different values and greater commercial aspects. SBC: What are the target markets for SmartBets’ dotcom version?CJ: Our strategy is to supply licensed markets with the best and most transparent information for betting. So all current and future markets that operate with licences will be taken into consideration. SBC: SmartBets Italia was launched in 2017; how will the firm adapt to the country’s gambling imminent advertising ban?CJ: We will comply with the Italian gaming law. How this will look in the future, no one knows for sure. Currently the decision to ban gaming advertising is being challenged in EU by at least one major operator. We will follow the story closely, and adjust our strategy accordingly when we know the result.SBC: How has SmartBets utilised Better Collective’s vast experience of the German market to maximise its German language offering?CJ: In a core market like Germany, it’s crucial to have all media channels available. The demand for statistic, news, offers, tips is big, not only for football, but for a big variation of sports and events. We see SmartBets in Germany as another great addition to our existing media portfolio such as Wettbasis, Sportwettentest, and Wettfreunde. Better Collective Spotlight: How is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more