Miramar votes today

first_imgThe residents of Miramar will go to the polls to elect three city commissioners today, Tuesday March 14.The electors will vote to either replace or retain three representatives of the five-seat commission in the Broward County–based city.The three seats up for grabs are now held by Jamaican-American Winston Barnes in Seat 3, Yvette Colbourne – a Panamanian-American of Jamaican descent in Seat 2 and  Maxwell Barnes, also a Jamaican-American,  in Seat 1.Haitian-American  Darlene Riggs and Broward County Mayor, Wayne Messam make up the full compliment of the five-seat Commission.Winston Barnes, a Jamaican-American, who has served the commission since 2003, is facing the two-pronged challenge of Haitian-American Dalton Jall’s Bonheur and African-American James R. Hepburn, while Chambers and Colbourne are being challenged by Jamaican-Americans, Attorney Norman Hemmings, and chiropractor Dr. Venessa Walker, respectively.There are approximately 70,000 electors registered to cast ballots in the municipal election but voter turnout has customarily been low. All candidates are hoping that there will be a turnaround in that trend.Miaramar is the only municipality in South Florida with an all Caribbean cast of City Commissioners.Messam has openly endorsed the challenges of Walker against Colbourne and Jali’s Bonheur and Hepburn against Barnes, stating that he could do more with a stronger Commission.However residents of Miramar have expressed their satisfaction with the work of the present Commission. Miramar voting Three incumbent City Commissioners face electorate last_img read more

Haitian involved in identity fraud scheme jailed in Miami

first_imgThe DOJ said that the perpetuators used the stolen information to prepare and file about 2,000 tax returns with US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), seeking more than two million dollars in fraudulent refunds. The DOJ said Destine pleaded guilty in May 2017 to one count of a multi-object conspiracy to defraud the IRS, commit wire fraud and commit aggravated identity theft, and one count of aggravated identity theft. “The conspirators directed the refunds to debit cards as well as treasury checks mailed to various addresses,” it added. “The refund checks were cashed at different check cashing stores, and funds were withdrawn from the debit cards at Western Union locations and ATMs.” US$2.1 million in restitution to IRS Prepared fraudulent tax returns The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says a Haitian national residing in Miami-Dade County has been sentenced to 70 months in prison for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme. In addition to the term of prison imposed, the DOJ said US District Judge Federico A. Moreno on Monday ordered Destine to serve three years of supervised release and to pay US$2.1 million in restitution to the IRS. “Destine and his co-conspirators covered their tracks by recruiting individuals to obtain Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs) in their names from the IRS and then used these EFINs to electronically file the fraudulent returns,” the DOJ said. According to documents and information provided to the court, from about 2008 through January 2015, in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Jean Leroy Destine, 36, and others, obtained stolen IDs. The IDs included the personal identifying information of prisoners and deceased individuals.last_img read more

St Kitts/Nevis signs visa waiver with Russia

first_imgDeepening of bilateral relationsThe government of St. Kitts Nevis says the signing signals a significant deepening of the bilateral relations between the two countries and affords a platform for continued engagement between both countries. A waiver agreement has been signed between the Dr. Timothy Harris led administration in St. Kitts and Nevis and the Russian Federation. During the signing, Brantley and Lavrov spoke at length to the relationship already existing between the two countries and the ongoing efforts to grow that relationship. Travel without visaThe agreement, signed on Friday by St. Kitts/Nevis Foreign Minister Mark Brantley and his Russian counterpart H.E. Serguey Lavrov allows citizens of both countries to travel for up to 90 days to each other’s countries without the need for a visa.center_img The visa waiver signing brings to 12 the number of countries which have recently signaled similar agreements with Kitts and Nevis. The visa waiver takes effect 60 days from the date of signing.last_img read more

Recipe: Sweet Potato Pudding

first_imgRecipe provided courtesy of Gracefoods.com Sweet Potato PuddingPreparation time: 45mCooking time: 1h 45mIngredients5 pound(s) sweet Potato3 cup(s) dark Sugar1 cup(s) flour1 teaspoon(s) cinnamon powder1 packet(s) Grace Coconut Milk Powder5 cup(s) water1/4 cup(s) Grace Margarine melted1 whole nutmeg, grated1 teaspoon(s) salt1 teaspoon(s) cinnamon powder1 teaspoon(s) vanilla essence1 tablespoon(s) white rum1 tablespoon(s) lime juice1 teaspoon(s) Grace Browning optionalSweet Potato Pudding DirectionsPeel cut and grate sweet potatoes and place in a large mixing bowl.Add dark sugar, flour and raisins.Combine Grace Coconut Milk Powder with water, mix well and add to the sweet potato mixture.Add melted margarine, nutmeg, salt, cinnamon powder, vanilla, rum, lime juice and browning and mix well.Scrape mixture into a greased 10inch baking tin.Bake in a pre-heated oven 350 F or 180 degrees C for 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hours.Note:5 pounds sweet potato will yield 12 cups when grated.Courtesy- Gracefoods.comlast_img read more

Legendary Bermudian Actor, Earl Cameron Dies Aged 102

first_imgCameron, a father of five, was a devoted member of the Bahá’í faith, which he joined in 1963. His faith also took him to the Solomon Islands in the Pacific with his family to assist the Bahá’í community there. But he admitted: “my knees were trembling before I went on, the sweat was pouring out, and I had never been on a stage before in my life. But it still beat washing dishes.” Cameron was inducted into Britain’s Screen Nation Hall of Fame in 2016, the veteran having been honoured in his homeland four years earlier when the Hamilton City Hall theatre was named after him. “Coming from Bermuda in 1939, which was a very racist island, the degree of racism in England didn’t surprise me. I had grown up with it.” The Camerons left the Solomons in 1994, just before the death of his first wife, Audrey, from breast cancer. Cameron’s most recent screen appearances included a cameo role in the 2006 film The Queen, with Dame Helen Mirren; the 2010 film Inception, and a role as “grandad” in the short film Up on the Roof in 2013. Calling him “a pioneer from Princess Street”, Burt said “this iconic actor was a proud son of Bermuda whose constant, dignified presence added to stage and screen over decades. “At a time when the whole world is examining the history of people of colour, Earl Cameron’s life and legacy makes us pause and remember how he broke barriers and refused to be confined to what his humble beginnings may have dictated as his path,” Burt said leading the tributes to a son of the soil who achieved international fame. “He said, ‘No way’. The show was cast but strangely enough three weeks later he came by late one afternoon and said my big chance had come. He said a guy on the show hadn’t shown up. It was the third time he had missed a matinee, so the director said to get someone else, Cameron recalled. Cameron made his debut in the chorus that night and never looked back. Known for his relaxed manner and laid-back approach to fame, Cameron was appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2009 for his accomplishments, which included being the first black actor to star in a British feature film. He arrived in London on the eve of the Second World War and ended up stranded. Cameron scraped a living with a series of low-paid jobs in wartime London until his acting career started almost by accident. “When I arrived in London, I had no qualifications for anything,” he recalled two years ago, adding “it was a period when it was almost impossible for a black person to get any kind of job.” His father, a stonemason, died in 1922, and his mother took a series of hotel jobs to support the family. But his fortunes took a dramatic turn for the better when he went to see a friend who was in the cast of Chu Chin Chow, a West End show, when he was working as a dishwasher at a  restaurant in the city’s Strand.center_img He asked his friend if he could have a part in the production after he noticed several black actors in the cast. Cameron’s career was launched in 1951 by the film Pool of London, a classic thriller — but never shown in his home country. Bermuda snubbed it in part because it was the first British movie to show an interracial relationship. After his breakthrough in Pool of London, he landed roles in films such as Simba with Dirk Bogarde and Safari with Victor Mature, and also appeared in Tarzan movies. “All Bermuda joins with me in celebrating his long and remarkable life.” Cameron told the Royal Gazette newspaper in 2018, “to be honest, it didn’t strike me as breaking ground on the racial issue. He returned to Bermuda after the war. However, just five months later he was back on a ship, heading to New York and then to London, where he won a role as an understudy in the play Deep are the Roots. Cameron also appeared in cult TV shows such as Danger Man, Doctor Who and The Prisoner in the 1960s. He lived in Warwickshire in the English Midlands with Barbara, his second wife. Cameron, the youngest of six children who grew up on Princess Street in North Hamilton, not far from the old Colonial Opera House, was one of the first black performers to break into mainstream British entertainment. Cameron went on to star with actors such as Sean Connery in the fourth James Bond movie Thunderball, set in Nassau, and Bahamian Sidney Poitier — a good friend — in the 1973 film A Warm December. HAMILTON, Bermuda — Premier David Burt has led tributes to Bermudian acting legend, Earl Cameron, who died on July 3 in England, aged 102. Cameron held a series of jobs, selling newspapers and working on the ocean liners that brought visitors to the island from New York, as a young man. But his life changed in 1939 after he joined the British Merchant Navy. CMClast_img read more

Serbia Sack Manager Despite World Cup Qualification

first_imgSerbia have severed ties with coach Slavoljub Muslin despite the fact that he led them to a place at next year’s World Cup in Russia.64-year old Muslin guided his country to a first major tournament in eight years.His exit was confirmed via a statement from the country’s FA (FSS) which said: “The FSS decided to part company with Muslin by mutual consent.“His assistant Mladen Krstajic takes over as the caretaker until a new head coach is appointed.” the statement further read.RelatedEzenwa Declares Himself Fit For Poland, Serbia Friendlies (Audio)March 21, 2018In “National Team”Tadic Agrees Deal To Join Ajax From SouthamptonJune 27, 2018In “England”FIFA Open Investigation Into Xhaka, Shaqiri Goal CelebrationsJune 24, 2018In “England”last_img read more

ABB tells Arcade owners to ‘catch up’ with regards to consumer protections & risk gambling

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share Industry body, The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has called for amusement arcade operators to ‘catch up’ with other betting stakeholders in relation to consumer protection standards and problem gambling awareness.The ABB has made its comment, following new evidence by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) which revealed that consumers are at greater risk of losing more money and playing for a longer time on gaming machines in arcades than on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in betting shops.In its findings, the UKGC details that gaming sessions lasting longer than two hours were 67% higher in UK arcades than in betting shops, with arcade gaming machines returning less money to players than FOBTs.Furthermore, the ABB has been critical of the lack of consumer safety protections, alerts and monitoring at UK arcades. Compared to betting shop FOBTs, the ABB states that arcade machines do not display ‘safe gambling’ messages, and do not allow for players to set betting limits before they can start playing, which are subject to mandatory time and spend alerts.The ABB further details that UK arcades lack comprehensive player monitoring systems and that arcade staff may lack training in identifying customers who may be at risk from problem gambling.“It is time the amusement arcade industry cleaned up its act and got its house in order. Arcade owners should be doing far more to support responsible gambling. This research from the Gambling Commission clearly shows that people can lose more money, more quickly in an amusement arcade than a betting shop.” The ABB detailed in its statement“The evidence also revealed that the biggest session losses for customers across all gaming machines occur between 9 am and 10 am in adult gaming centers. In a betting shop, gaming machine players can set their own limits on what they spend or time they play for, and they are supervised by a highly trained staff – staff who can spot and help people getting into difficulty”. UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

Unified Veikkaus ready for €3.5 billion Finnish gambling market

first_img Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Veikkaus seeks new wagering lead as Kauhanen departs to lead Finnish Hippos June 12, 2020 Share Lottery leaders to address COVID-19 crisis at SBC Digital Summit April 17, 2020 The governance of Finnish state-owned operator Veikkaus OY has stated that it has completed its unification of gambling enterprises under the Veikkaus brand, which will seek to bring a greater market proposition to Finland’s betting/gaming consumers.Last June the Finnish Finance Ministry announced that the state-owned gambling enterprises of Ray (slots & games) Fintoto (racing) and Veikkaus (betting) would be merged under the single entity of Veikkaus OY.The unification of assets has been led by newly appointed Veikkaus OY Group Chief Executive Olli Sarekoski who took leadership of the company in July 2016.Completing its unification, Veikkaus governance stated that Finnish charities and social programs would benefit greatly from the new enterprise, which would be a more effective vehicle for fundraising.Presenting its Finland gambling report, Veikkaus OY estimates that the Finnish gambling market is valued at circa €3.5 billion a year.Last week, Veikkaus governance presented the final results of Ray, Fintoto and Veikkaus as independent assets.Ray and Veikkaus would declare respective record-breaking years, as Ray games would declare a turnover EUR 809.4 million, while Veikkaus betting would declare a turnover € 810 million, combined with an underlying corporate profit of €423.5 million.The growth of the two divisions, has made Veikkaus governance positive that it will be outright market leader for both retail and landbased gambling consumer services Related Articles Share Submitlast_img read more

Daniel Graetzer: Mediatech – “Spain is now too big to ignore”

first_img Share StumbleUpon Daniel Graetzer,As further tier-1 operators emphasise regulated market growth, can the Spanish market deliver solid business conditions and long-term value for industry stakeholders?SBC speaks to Daniel Graetzer, executive director at Mediatech Solutions (R Franco Group) an industry technology supplier founded in Spain, on how the Spanish market is developing and becoming an attractive proposition to new players.____________________________SBC: Hi Daniel, great to catch up ahead of BOF 2017, Spain has had a rocky transition in its industry regulations can you detail to SBC readers how Spain has developed as a gambling market? Daniel Graetzer: Hi SBC, great to catch up…The Spanish online gambling experienced a record-breaking year in 2016 in terms of revenues and turnover last year. Sportsbook revenue rose 32% on the previous year to €238.2m, while casino revenues enjoyed an even greater boost of 73% on 2015 figures following the addition of online slots to the permitted product verticals.The Spanish regulator, the DGOJ, has worked very hard to create an appealing jurisdiction and the result is many in Europe are now taking notice of the Spanish market for the first time, with annual turnover of more than €10bn and revenues of more than €400m. The figures represent strong progress for a market that only regulated in 2012.SBC: Is the Spanish market a genuine prospect for industry stakeholders, or does the reality of business and its regulations point towards a limited oligopoly of players having success in the market? DG: The Spanish market is now simply too big to ignore, if recent financial figures are anything to go by. That’s not to say success in Spain is easy, far from it, as the market is becoming increasingly more competitive and there is still a sizeable number of players who still bet offshore.However, Spain has yet to reach the maturity that we have seen in the UK and Scandinavia, and there are definitely opportunities for operators who can bring innovation and agility to the market.The recent appointment of Juan Espinosa Garcia, who has worked at the DGOJ since 2013, as the new director general of the regulator is another encouraging sign in this process, and I expect the jurisdiction to continue to perform strongly under his stewardship.SBC: As an industry platform provider, how has R Franco set up its resources and capabilities to function within the unique Spanish gambling market?  DG: For us, it’s important to have a flexible platform that can adapt to and comply with the demands of the local market, whether that be player preferences or regulatory requirements. It is simply not enough to roll out one-size-fits-all solutions in a market as vibrant as Spain.Since Mediatech Solutions was acquired by R Franco, the combined group can now boast a great deal of land-based heritage as well as cutting-edge digital expertise, which is a potent combination in this multi-channel age. We are continuing to develop a host of new products that utilise this expertise, and many will be industry firsts in Spain.SBC: As a Spanish industry stakeholder, what unique market consumer trends and habits do you see within the Spain’s gambling market. What unique features should new market entrants be aware of?  DG: I believe operators who integrate a flexible platform, run by those with local expertise that will allow them to market effectively, adapt the user experience and prioritise the product offering based on demand and regulation, will flourish in the market. We saw this in action when online slots were licensed for the first time in 2015.Ultimately, it will be those who understand the intricacies of the region who build market share, with those who attempt to roll out ‘one-size-fits-all’ products unlikely to gain much traction.SBC: How do you see the Spanish market evolving in the coming years. What core challenges and debate need to drive the Spanish industry agenda to ensure growth and stability?DG: I think the future is bright for the market, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of Europe’s major operators make moves in Spain in the coming months and years.With a solid and evolving regulatory framework in place, the challenge facing Spanish gaming now is to push forward innovation across areas such as server-based retail gaming, where we are now able to create a full omni-channel experience, and expand into new verticals such as virtual sports.SBC: You will be speaking at BOF 2017 on the Spanish betting market, what do you want delegates to take away from your session?DG: Of course, I want them to enjoy the session! I suppose the key point is that the Spanish market is here to stay, and there’s huge opportunities for growth from operators who decide to enter the market, provided they are willing to be agile and innovative.___________________________Daniel Graetzer – Executive Director at Mediatech Solutions, R.Franco GroupDaniel Graetzer will be speaking at Betting on Football Conference () on Spanish and Latin America market prospects and developments. Click on the below banner for more information. Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020last_img read more

Royal Ascot gets China streaming coverage boost with Sina Sports deal

first_img Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 Share Updating the market, Ascot Racecourse management has signed a media deal with Chinese digital sports broadcaster Sina Sports to stream its flagship Royal Ascot event.The partnership will see Sina Sports stream the final three days of Royal Ascot across its platforms. Deal stakeholders inform that the partnership could see Royal Ascot reach up to 213 million Chinese households.The Sina stream will be utilsiing the ‘world feed’ from Ascot official broadcaster ITV Racing. Sina will supplement races with its own dedicated commentary and presenter panel live from Beijing.Seeking to boost Royal Ascot’s Chinese appeal, the partnership is working together on a unique concept for an exclusive Official Royal Ascot live streaming event in Beijing, on the Thursday of racing.Sina will invite over 200 of China’s leading female entrepreneurs and professionals are expected to attend its event, where the dress code will mirror that of the Royal Meeting with fine dining made available alongside a Royal Ascot fashion show.Strengthening Royal Ascot’s Chinese coverage Juliet Slot, Commercial Director at Ascot stated : “China is a very important emerging market for us with an increasing number of owners with interests in British racing. To be able to provide this coverage in China, where the ceremony and tradition of Royal Ascot is of considerable interest, is a key part of our international broadcast strategy. The live Beijing event gives us the opportunity to bring a piece of this unique British institution to China.”The broadcast and event will be augmented by active social media through Weibo, China’s leading social media channel with 600 million accounts. Fans will also be able to watch the racing through Sina Sports’ website, mobile site and Sina Sports AppArthur Wei, SVP of Sina, GM of Sina Sports, commented on the partnership: “Sina Sports is pleased to offer Ascot an excellent promotion platform. We hope this partnership will present a crossover of sports and social, introducing the unique culture of British horse racing into the life of Chinese elite class, as well as promoting the new social lifestyle of fashion. In addition to our strong online presence, Sina Sports has established itself as a premier offline events company with nationwide 3×3 basketball and 5×5 football tournaments, a running team award ceremony and the Leaders Sports Business Summit, amongst others. The Royal Ascot live streaming event is another great event hosted by Sina Sports in China.”last_img read more