Miami-Dade County toll collector arrested for corruption

first_imgDarrel Carson A Miami-Dade toll collector is now behind bars after he was collared by cops from the Miami-Dade Police Department’s Professional Compliance Bureau on corruption charges.The collector, Darrel Carson, was arrested after a long term investigation into the theft of parking toll revenue. Carson has been charged with professional misconduct, organized scheme to defraud and grand theft.He was locked up in the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.Ambulance thief arrested in Miamilast_img read more

Usain Bolt Receives IAAF President’s Award in Monaco

first_imgUsain Bolt presented with the IAAF President’s Award in Athletics. Sprint legend Usain Bolt was awarded the President’s Award on Friday at the IAAF awards In Monaco. Bolt, who earlier this year retired from track and field athletics, was recognized for his outstanding performances and contributions to the sport over the past decade. During his illustrious career Bolt won four gold medals at the 2008, 20012 and 2016 Olympics, and ruled as World Champion in the 100 and 200 meters.High jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and heptathlete Nafissatou Thiam of Belgium were named the IAAF’s world athletes of the year, after each won world titles in London this year.The 26-year-old Barshim completed an undefeated season across 11 competitions and won the Diamond League title. He became the first high jumper in history to leap 2.40 meters or higher in five successive years.The 23-year-old Thiam opened the year by taking the European indoor pentathlon title then she climbed to third on the heptathlon all-time list with a performance of 7,013 points at a meeting in Gotzis, Austria, in May.“I’m particularly excited by the young generation of talent which so dramatically came of age on the world stage in 2017. Athletics looks forward to a strong and exciting future safe in your hands,” said IAAF president Sebastian Coe.The President’s Award given to eight-time Olympic gold Bolt, who retired after taking bronze in the 100 meters at worlds, “recognizes and honors great service to athletics.”last_img read more

City of Miramar Organizes ‘Drop & Go’ Food Delivery

first_imgIn addition to the grocery items, each household will receive two masks to assist in keeping with the emergency order requiring them. Deliveries are on a bi-weekly rotation to assist as many as households as needed. So far, 15 -20 volunteers have heeded the call to assist their neighbors using their own vehicles to drop off groceries contactless. This week, Thursday, April 30th, volunteers will meet at the Miramar Multi-Service Center, 6700 Miramar Pkwy at 9:30 am where they plan on delivering to over 250 households in Miramar who have signed up for this service. MIRAMAR, FL  – As the state of Florida faces challenging times brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, now more than ever should residents lend a helping hand to their friends and neighbors. For more information on any of this event, please call the Office of Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis at (954) 602 3155. Over the last two weeks, volunteers have been able to deliver to over 350 homes providing produce from organizations such as Feeding South Florida and Joshua’s Heart Foundation. “As long as we have the donations of food products, we will be providing this service to our residents,” said Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis. With this in mind, Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis decided to launch a Drop & Go initiative where residents who are unable to attend the weekly food distribution sites, either because they are elderly, disabled, have young children or have no mode of transportation, will have food delivered to them.last_img read more

Privy Council to Hear High Profile Case Involving Portia Simpson-Miller

first_imgUnder Dutch law, it is illegal for companies to donate to political parties and at the time of the donation, in 2006, Trafigura had an oil-lifting contract with the then PNP administration. Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn has confirmed the court date. The PNP had said the money was a donation, but Trafigura said it was payment on a commercial transaction. The party later reported that the money was returned. The Office of the DPP will be appearing as the designated central authority in the matter, acting on behalf of the Dutch authorities. KINGSTON, Jamaica – The high profile case involving former senior members of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) including former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller, will come before the London-based Privy Council on March 1, next year. “Andrea Martin Swaby, deputy director of public prosecutions, was informed by the lawyers in England and she told me. We have lawyers in England appearing for us,” Llewellyn said. Defence lawyers for the five had argued that the judge erred in his ruling and that his ruling was flawed. They also argued that the individuals cannot be compelled to cooperate with requesting foreign states, that the treaties have to be subjected to Jamaican laws that they already indicated they know nothing about alleged bribery in respect to Trafigura, and cannot help the Dutch authorities any further. The order was later upheld by the Appeal Court. The Dutch authorities want to question the former prime minister and past PNP president and other senior party members who have challenged the ruling to give statements in public. Simpson Miller and four other senior PNP members are challenging, among other things, a decision by the Supreme Court here to make an order that the former prime minister, Phillip Paulwell, Robert Pickersgill, Colin Campbell, and Norton Hinds answer questions in open court from Dutch investigators probing a J$31 million (One Jamaica dollar=US$0.008 cents) to the PNP by the firm, Trafigura. CMClast_img read more

John Boyle prepares to step down as CEO of Boylesports

first_img BoyleSports signs Coventry City sponsorship August 21, 2020 Related Articles Countdown to Cheltenham: Wednesday racecard ‘not a worry at the moment’ says BoyleSports March 6, 2020 Share Submit Share StumbleUpon BoyleSports closes Irish retail estate in response to COVID-19 March 17, 2020 Irish news sources are reporting that John Boyle, the Founder and CEO of independent bookmaker Boylesports is preparing to officially announce his retirement as leader of the firm he founded in 1982.It has been reported that Boyle (61) plans to announce his CEO successor ‘from within his family‘. Boyle will maintain a governance position within Boylesports retaking the role of Executive Chairman.“I’ve been CEO now since 2012, and that’s not my gig. My gig was retail and going out and finding stores. But I’ve gone in and I’ve enjoyed it for five years. I’m ready this year to step back from the frontline of being leader,” Boyle told the Sunday Independent.At present Boyle’s daughters, Orla and Jenna hold senior executive positions within the firm, accompanied by son-in-law Conor Gray the firm’s current Director of International Development.Boylesports, which holds a 3/5 performance rating on Bookmaker Ratings, is Ireland’s second largest bookmaker with a retail betting portfolio of +200 betting shops nationwide. Whoever takes over leadership of the firm, will be tasked with growing the firm’s UK footprint, a core ambition of John Boyle.In 2014, John Boyle detailed to the media, that he was actively looking for his CEO replacement in order to take Boylesports to the saturated UK betting market.Boyle stated that it was unlikely that his firm could continue to grow within the Irish betting market, in which it had reached peak penetration.last_img read more

BetRegal diary – Moving past some of the early frustrations

first_img Submit MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Former Pinnacle Marketing Director Aly Lalani is one of the key drivers behind the launch of BetRegal.com, a new sportsbook created to provide its customers with the “highest possible value” in prices. In the fifth diary of this series, we are moving towards the present day. It’s the summer of 2017 and the product is live, but there are a still a few issues to iron out.The faithful diary readers amongst you will know that we chose EveryMatrix after meeting with a wide selection of software providers at last year’s ICE conference in London. We were immediately taken by the potential of the platform’s granular margin management and how quickly we could take our product to market.However, we knew that no one platform was ideal for our needs, and that all would require some form of compromise. For us, this was knowing that the iframe solution that we chose gave us less control over the betting experience as it was being shared by other operators, and that working with a third-party provider would, at least until we had the leverage of a huge customer base and/or significant volume, pit us against all other EveryMatrix clients for attention.Obviously when you operate all aspects of your sportsbook internally, you have greater control over your development priorities with a clear and visible finish line. It’s easy to say ‘this is priority #1’ when dealing with an internal team of developers. With a software provider, it is harder to gauge where your ‘priority #1’ stands in the queue with all the other operators’ priorities. As expected with any new software-based integration and launch, we are going to uncover technical issues that need to be addressed. We are definitely finding our fair share of bugs and issues, and it has been frustrating trying to get some of these issues solved expeditiously. Don’t get me wrong, things are getting crossed off the list, just not at the pace I would hope for.Knowing that all startups have problems in the first few months, we deliberately overstaffed on the support side to help us to execute a ‘killing them with kindness’ strategy. After all, we defined an over the top level of customer support as one of our brand differentiators. By having these extra support staff, we can ensure there is a warm body there to respond to any customers who have a problem within minutes by email, and seconds by live chat. Although the intent is there for us to be as responsive as humanly possible to our customers, we have to accept that there is a learning curve when it comes to managing customer service queries when dealing with a brand new software. There are some questions that we simply don’t know the answer to (or more likely don’t know where to find the answer yet). This creates a need for us to escalate to our software provider support, who in turn has to prioritize the query, investigate, respond to us and then we respond to the customer. Needless to say that’s not the most efficient communication chain. Sometimes that communication process can take hours or days depending on complexity. Making customers wait extended periods for seemingly simple queries can prove frustrating, for both the us and the customer. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. As we build our knowledge of the backend system, and begin seeing repeat questions, it’s becoming easier to deal with customer support interactions quickly and compassionately.We have to keep in mind that this is a marathon not a sprint, and make long term decisions while learning as we go. It is for this reason that we have actually held off on larger marketing spend in target regions such as Latin America, because we understand the importance of first impressions. There are some fundamental UX issues that we need to address before I would feel comfortable engaging in any reasonable marketing spend. The positive here is that focusing on the product, and the quick resolution of player problems, has helped to refine elements of our own strategy moving forwards.A key part of this strategy is to give players the highest value prices we can in terms of our odds pricing. As I mentioned in the first diary of the series, building on the exclusivity and aspirational part of our ‘Regal’ branding, it’s key that our users are treated like royalty with the margins that we offer in the sportsbook. As someone with a marketing background, this is where EveryMatrix’s margin management provides an ‘arrow in the quiver’ for BetRegal’s marketing team.I said in the last diary that BetRegal was starting to make its mark, and I stand by that statement. Sure there are website UX issues that need to be addressed, but those are being constantly documented and reviewed by our team and we are working to prioritize and fix them as quickly as we can. We are getting very valuable feedback from customers and affiliates that let us know quickly and directly where we need to focus our efforts.We have had to reign in the expectations of early marketing spend, but we are growing the affiliate base, and player counts are growing as well. We have begun to define ourselves in terms of our pricing model, as we priced the ATP World Tour Finals at 98% last week, and promoted it heavily with a couple of key partners. We have also used this strategy for some key Premier League matches which have driven solid acquisition from our odds comparison affiliates.It’s exciting to be live and servicing customers. I’m sure these aren’t the last set of challenges we are going to face. Onwards and upwards. Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Secret consortium in talks with Fred Done to revive & reposition The Tote

first_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Eamon Wilmott,Sky News has reported that Betfred founder Fred Done is in ‘advanced talks’ to sell a significant stake of The Tote, as Betfred prepares to readjust its UK racing proposition.In 2017, Fred Done publicly stated that Betfred ‘was finished with UK racing’, and that his enterprise could ‘live without the sport’, following Jockey Club and Arena Racing Company (ARC) syndicated racetracks dropping Tote betting pool services.The dispute has seen Betfred lose its Tote trackside monopoly for pool betting within Britain’s most popular racetracks (54 venues total). A contract Fred Done won through a government-sanctioned auction in 2011, paying + £250 million for the Tote business.Sky News reports that Fred Done is prepared to sell a 25% stake in the Tote to a ‘consortium of racing industry figures’, seeking to revive the asset’s proposition within UK racing.Fred Done and Betfred advisors are reported to value The Tote at £125-£150 million, targeting an equity stake sale of circa £30 million.The consortium is said to be led by Eamon Wilmott, the chairman of Total Performance Data, a technology firm seeking to create new engagement dynamics for racing punters and viewers.Entering advanced negotiations, the consortium has pledged to invest millions of pounds creating a new pools proposition for the Tote, which would be attractive to modern sports audiences.Insiders close to the talks believe a deal will be concluded within weeks, detailing that Fred Done believes the Tote has a vibrant future despite the impending removal of its presence from the majority of British racecourses this July. Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articleslast_img read more

Malta moves to power-up MGA with Gaming Act revamp

first_img Related Articles Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Share Submit Malta’s Parliament has approved new provisions to be added to its national ‘Gaming Act’, which will move to strengthen the Maltese Gaming Authority‘s powers to enforce industry compliance, standards and regulatory guidelines on gambling/betting stakeholders.The revision of Gaming Act, will deliver a new regulatory mandate for Malta gambling enterprises to adhere to, primarily focusing on strengthening the industry’s anti-money-laundering framework and improving player protection standards.As national gambling regulator, the MGA secures a greater supervisory role, gaining the power to investigate, intervene or monitor, betting enterprises deemed to have breached AML policies.Aiding the MGA’s compliance operations, will be the development of a new ‘player support unit’, designed to be a mediator between players and operators relating to potential disputes.Further, provisions will see the MGA move to revamp Malta’s responsible gaming measures and mandate for licensed operators and gaming-related services.Updating the market, the MGA’s Chief Executive Officer, Heathcliff Farrugia, said: “This is a very important milestone for the MGA. The new law establishes very robust compliance and enforcement powers and structures, and lays the necessary foundation to continue to strengthen player protection.”Should the new provisions secure final approval, the MGA will look to install its mandate by July 2018 for remote gaming operators, followed by a January 2019 for land-based enterprises. StumbleUpon Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

SIS promotes William Morris to Head of International Racing

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Share SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Racing content and data services provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that William Morris has been promoted to Head of International Racing.Morris initially joined SIS back in 2016 as the company’s Digital Sales Manager, where he supervised the domestic and international expansion of SIS’ digital division.Commenting on his new position, Morris said: “This is a really exciting move for me as I enter the next chapter of my career at SIS.“We already have a fantastic portfolio of racing rights and I’m keen to ensure we continue to build on this to optimise our 24/7 racing offer for operators globally.”In his new role, Morris will be responsible for managing and growing SIS’s international horse racing rights portfolio, which forms an integral part of the company’s betting channels including its 24/7 Live Betting Channels.Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, added: “William has made a significant impact since joining the company three years ago and we’re pleased that he’s now taking on the role of Head of International Racing.“With his industry experience and passion for horse racing, we believe William is the perfect candidate to further enhance our international racing rights operations.” Related Articleslast_img read more

Greyhound racing suspended following COVID-19 lockdown

first_img StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020 Share Share Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Related Articles Greyhound racing has become the latest sport in the UK to be suspended due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the decision coming into effect as of today.The suspension, confirmed by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB), follows on from Boris Johnson’s package of new restrictions on travel and social engagements which will be reviewed in the next three weeks.Commenting on the suspension, Managing Director of GBGB Mark Bird said: “In responding to tonight’s PM’s announcement we have to suspend all racing tomorrow as this is the responsible thing to do however there remains a need to clarify the government position in terms of ‘gatherings’ and ‘work’.“I have contacted our contacts in Defra and DCMS and await their urgent clarification on these points. The GBGB has planned for this eventuality and we are ready to meet it head on.“I firmly believe that the UK racing greyhound community are of the same stoic mind. Let’s remain calm and we will carry on.”Just last week, the GBGB decided that the sport would be moving behind closed doors at all licensed stadia in England, with racing at Shawfield unaffected due the stadium being under Scottish Parliament’s jurisdiction.COVID-19 has continued to have wide-reaching impacts upon the sports and betting industries, as betting shops and casinos were forced to close their doors with immediate effect for a period of two weeks on Friday, pending further review.last_img read more