Month: August 2020

Barbados health ministry considering banning sugary drinks

first_imgsugary drinks like these may be banned in Barbadian schools The Ministry of Health in Barbados wants to stem a rise in childhood obesity by banning the sale of sugary drinks in schools.Health Minister John Boyce, made the suggesting while addressing the Caribbean Subregional Workshop on Alcohol, Tobacco and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Taxation at the Accra Beach Hotel.“The WHO (World Health Organization) Global School Health Survey (GSHS) 2012 in Barbados indicated the prevalence of overweight and obesity to be 31.5 per cent and 14.4 per cent respectively. Girls were at a slightly higher rate of overweight and obesity when compared to boys. The survey also indicated that levels of physical activity and exercise and consumption of healthy diets were consistently low,” Boyce said.In light of the WHO survey Boyce said his Ministry is currently preparing a set of policy options to address the marketing of unhealthy foods to children while they are at school.“Consideration would be given to a ban on the sale and/or promotion of sugar-sweetened beverages on the premises of schools. These measures are to be considered by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on NCDs and subsequently, the full Cabinet of Barbados,” he said.last_img read more

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Carry On Friends: The Caribbean American Podcast

first_imgWhy do Jamaicans like to say second-generation Jamaicans born and raised in the U.S. aren’t Jamaican? What is it like growing up in America as a Trinidadian? How does it feel to work in a predominantly white workplace as a Caribbean American? How can we adapt and excel as Caribbean folks living here? These are some of the questions explored head on Carry On Friends, The Caribbean American Podcast – a talk show filled to the brim with accents that are Caribbean-with-a-hint-of-American, an authentically energetic Caribbean vibes, and thoughtful dialogue around our unique, shared experience in a mostly white, multicultural America. The HostThe podcast, which is available on Apple Podcasts, is the brainchild of 39-year-old, Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown, who was born in Jamaica and has lived most of her life in New York. Reid-Brown says she started Carry on Friends after entering the workforce and realizing that the subtleties of her Caribbean-bred work ethic and workplace social cues were not often understood by her largely American bosses and co-workers. “I realized that there wasn’t a lot of information for a career-focused Caribbean American, brought up in a Caribbean household, understanding what it’s like to work in an American workplace. That was one reason why I started. And then I wanted to talk about the other aspects of the Caribbean American experience,” she says. Caribbean Americans PerspectivesAccording to Reid-Brown, her goal with the podcast is to serve the Caribbean American community by diving into its distinct perspectives and the experiences of being a person of Caribbean descent living in the US. “There are so many little nuances that make up our experiences. It’s good to feel represented or see representation of parts of that experience. It gives a level of validation, especially in a world that tends to kind of wash over and generalize,” she shares.As a podcast host, Reid-Brown has developed a tenacity for analyzing the Caribbean American experience. She deems community and ambition as factors that have long driven Caribbean American people to thrive. She says, Caribbean Americans most often come to the US knowing that they will need to lend a helping hand and even financial support to family members back home. This, she believes, arms us with the resilience to survive and excel. She also says, that once here, as immigrants we tend to band together, developing strong community bonds that also help us thrive.  However, she explains, despite our ability to rise, there are still integral economic mindset limitations we need to overcome. “We know how to start businesses, but we don’t do a good job of scaling businesses. We don’t do a good job of passing down knowledge to really be good entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs the way that young people now are doing it. So, I think the challenge is reframing traditional ideas about what it means to be a business person or an owner. In some cases, we are a community when it comes to certain things – but we are very fragmented when it comes to business, and building enterprises and viable strong businesses.” Reid-Brown has been a speaker at Podcast Movement, Haiti Tech Summit, Caribbean Digital Divas and various career, entrepreneurship, podcast and Caribbean culture panels. Through her business, Breadfruit Media, she also helps other Caribbean Americans launch and produce their own podcasts.last_img read more

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Broward and Monroe Counties Announce Beach Closures for July 4th

first_imgPalm Beach County is also expected to announce the closure of its beaches today. “I think if Dade County closes their beaches and Broward County closes their beaches and everyone goes to Palm Beach County, it’s going to be a disaster,” said Mayor Trantalis. Fort Lauderdale Dean Trantalis confirmed Sunday afternoon that beaches in his city would be closed for the weekend and Broward County officials also announced that all public beaches in the county will be closed from 12:01 AM on Friday, July 3, through 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 5.  The announcement follows that of Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s, which stated that Miami-Dade County beaches will be closed from July 3 to 7. The planned beach closures come after Florida recorded a record-breaking week of COVID-19 cases. The spike has led to some counties issuing harsher penalties for non-compliance. Broward and Monroe Counties have joined Miami-Dade in closing its beaches for the fourth of July weekend. On Monday, Monroe County announced that all county-owned parks and beaches will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday and will reopen at normal operating hours on Tuesday, July 7. photo via browardpalmbeach.comlast_img read more

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Live from Owings Mills: Ngata missing from practice again

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Despite the notion that Haloti Ngata’s thigh injury is not considered serious, the Pro Bowl defensive tackle was missing from practice for the second straight day on Thursday.Ngata was nicked up during the Ravens’ 30-27 win over the Arizona Cardinals despite the team reporting no new injuries following the game. While concern has grown with the hulking defensive lineman missing from practice again, Ngata is still expected to play against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.Left guard Ben Grubbs practiced for the second straight day after he was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday. The fifth-year lineman appeared to be more active than he was the day before as he fired out from a three-point stance with the rest of the starting offensive line during positional drills.Return specialist David Reed (knee) returned to practice after not participating on Sunday, but wide receiver Lee Evans (ankle) and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (thigh) were not present during the portion of practice. Evans is expected to miss his sixth straight game as he deals with “stress” in his left ankle.last_img read more

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La Liga Rejects Neymar 222m Euros Payment From PSG

first_imgLa Liga have rejected the world record £198m fee for Barcelona forward, Neymar Jr, from his lawyers, as the Spanish football governing body cites violation of Uefa’s Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.Neymar’s world record move to PSG became imminent yesterday when Barcelona authorized him to miss training and also confirmed that the forward wants to leave the Camp Nou.La Liga officials told the BBC: “We can confirm that the lawyers of the player have come to La Liga to deposit the clause and that it has been rejected.” More to follow shortly… According to Spanish laws, a player buys himself out of his contract, which is done by depositing the buyout clause fee to the La Liga.The Spanish football power house believes that PSG, a club bankrolled by Qatari sheikh, has violated FFP rules, which states that “European clubs cannot outspend what they earn by more than 30m euros.”center_img RelatedLeaked! – See Neymar’s €222m Transfer Cheque NoteAugust 6, 2017In “Europe”Neymar-Barcelona Saga Rumbles On…October 10, 2017In “Europe”Neymar’s PSG Debut To Be Delayed Again, As Barcelona Fail To Send ClearanceAugust 9, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

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SIS Product Director Paul Witten: Assessing the broadcast and betting scene within racing at #boscon2017

first_img SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Share Submit Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share To mark the start of the Betting on Sports conference, SIS Product Director Paul Witten, part of the ‘After the off – Opportunities in live betting’ racing session at the event, spoke to SBC News about what he’s looking forward to at #boscon2017 and what sports partnership has stood out over the last 12 months.SBC: Why is it important for you to speak at Betting on Sports?PW: Betting on Sports is a fantastic opportunity for SIS to speak with leading industry figures about the current broadcast and betting scene within horseracing and greyhounds.Specifically, the panel ‘After the Off’ will go into depth about the current opportunities and challenges within in-play betting on horse racing. We believe in-play betting will revolutionise the market. It will be fascinating to see how the panel reacts and hear their opinions on the future of the industry.SBC: What are you looking forward to at Betting on Sports?PW: It’ll be great to hear how various leading industry figures see sports betting progressing, in the areas of product, regulation, and technology. SIS operates within various verticals and we’re always looking to offer operators an improved product.We hope to take away new opinions and ideas from the panel sessions and people that we meet, as well as share our long-standing knowledge of the sector and vision for the industry in the coming years.SBC: Where can betting work together more closely with sport?PW: I’d like to see operators, suppliers and sporting bodies come together more on scheduling to improve the round the clock service that punters increasingly desire, mainly by helping grow the number of fixtures at times that suit the casual bettor.SBC: What sports betting partnership has stood out in the past 12 months?PW: It seems this season has been the tipping point for foreign operators to involve themselves with major football shirt sponsorships in the Premier League. It’s great to see that these companies see the value of the UK and its sports offering.It’s also been interesting to see an increased interest in the likes of cricket and rugby union by betting firms. I expect to see this trend continue into the likes of horse racing and greyhounds as operators realise the benefits of incorporating high-quality content onto their platforms.SBC: Describe your perfect sporting eventPW: It would have to be seeing England beat New Zealand in a Rugby World Cup final at a roaring Twickenham. After our struggles a couple of years ago, it would also add to the occasion if we can get our own back on the likes of Australia and Wales on the road to the final.last_img read more

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Ladbrokes Coral launches ‘unified partnership programme’ with Income Access

first_imgShare Anat Schlesinger – Ladbrokes CoralPaysafe Group’s marketing subsidiary Income Access begins 2019 with a major coup announcing that Ladbrokes Coral (GVC Holdings) will relaunch its affiliate marketing programme utilising its platform and system provisions.Income Access reveals that it has been selected as lead affiliate marketing software for Ladbrokes, Coral and Gala brands operating across multiple international markets.Updating stakeholders, Anat Schlesinger – Marcom Manager at Ladbrokes Coral Group, detailed that Income Access has been selected as affiliate software lead, given the firm’s proven track record at meeting tier1 operators’ marketing scale demands.“As the Coral and Gala brands have worked with Income Access for a number of years, it felt like a natural fit for Ladbrokes to be migrated onto the platform. Relaunching the affiliate programme also provides an opportunity to make essential updates and help Ladbrokes achieve greater synergy with Coral and Gala” Schlesinger detailsTara Wilson – Income AccessLaunching a unified program for Ladbrokes Coral brands, the legacy UK betting group details that it is committed to providing its affiliate partners with campaign optimisation features, robust reporting, and best-in-class support.Supporting Ladbrokes Coral initiatives Tara Wilson, General Manager at Income Access, detailed:“Partnering with Ladbrokes Coral Partners for this initiative is a very important milestone for Income Access, as we continue to establish a leadership role in the market. Positioning ourselves to effectively meet the needs of one of iGaming’s most lauded and respected brands is an accomplishment of which we’re extremely proud.” GVC ‘surprised’ at widening of HMRC’s Turkey investigation July 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Revenues down 11% but product depth helps GVC through lockdown July 16, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Digital Fuel boosts US Vision with Pennsylvania trusted approval

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Jordan Levin, Scientific Games: The right time to ramp up Golden Nugget relationship March 10, 2020 Industry full-service marketing agency Digital Fuel, announces its second major ‘US win’ of the month, confirming that it has been authorised to operate marketing services for the state of Pennsylvania.Updating the market, Digital Fuel confirms that it has been sanctioned as a ‘wagering industry specialist’ by state regulators, allowing to the company to service marketing provisions.News of Pennsylvania’s approval follows Digital Fuel announcing this April that it had secured a New Jersey ‘Ancillary Casino Service Industry Enterprise (ACSIE) licence’, allowing the agency to secure NJ advertising partnerships.Upon its New Jersey ACSIE approval, Digital Fuel CEO & Founder Toby Oddy would confirm to industry media that the agency would now move to launch NJ-specific media planning and buying services.As the US sports betting market opens up, Digital Fuel’s early positioning into the market in Pennsylvania and New Jersey places them in an advantageous position to bring their customer acquisition and retention specialism to US operators in regulated States.Digital Fuel Marketing Founder and CEO, Toby Oddy, detailed – “This second US licence approval, for Pennsylvania, is a huge opportunity for Digital Fuel Marketing to grow our offering to the rapidly developing US sports betting market, with the country’s appetite for sports wagering products growing more each day. Digital Fuel is delighted to be among the pioneers in the highly competitive wagering customer acquisition space and this second licence is our opportunity to lead the pack.” Share Playtech eyes US acceleration following NJ approval June 1, 2020 Related Articles Share SBC Webinars series presents U.S. Publishing – Navigating the Fog January 23, 2020last_img read more

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Playtech BGT Sports strengthens Jenningsbet partnership

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share BGC members to donate virtual grand national profits to NHS charity April 1, 2020 BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Russell Colvin joins FSB as retail lead June 9, 2020 Share Omni-channel sports betting solutions provider Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has strengthened its long-term partnership with Jenningsbet by agreeing to continue supplying its self-service betting terminals (SSBTs).The multi-year extension will see PBS roll out its SSBTs across the operator’s retail estate throughout the United Kingdom. Lee Drabwell, Senior Commercial Director at Playtech BGT Sports, commented: “We’re delighted to have extended our deal with Jennings and look forward to providing its customers with the best products and features available.“Our SSBTs are now an integral part of the modern betting shop experience, particularly when it comes to in-play betting options. With the industry’s leading operators such as Jennings lining up to extend their agreements, we see this deal as the perfect endorsement for how good our product is.”The partnership is hoped to reflect a shift towards a ‘digitised in-shop user experience’ whereby punters can access sporting events and information directly via the terminals. It comes as PBS continues to roll out its SSBTs across UK retail betting shops, having already produced double digit growth year-on-year.Julian Knight, Managing Director at Jenningsbet, added: “When it comes to driving incremental revenue and delivering the digitised retail experience that customers increasingly desire, extending our contract with PBS was a no-brainer.“Self-service is integral to retail betting’s future and we’re seeing continued adoption across all our shops as more and more customers take to using them.“Enhancing the customer experience through market leading technology is key to our strategy and we see PBS as the perfect partner to deliver that.”last_img read more

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Hamilton boss ‘self-reports’ gambling activity to Scottish FA

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Share Campaigners call on Boris to ban gambling sponsorship in football February 26, 2020 Share Hamilton Academical Football Club head coach Brian Rice has received a notice of complaint from the Scottish FA after he was prompted to ‘voluntarily acknowledge’ a breach in SFA gambling rules.In a statement on the club’s website, Rice said that he had written a letter to the SFA alerting them of his betting activity.The statement said: “Firstly, I would like to express my regret to the players, coaching staff and my friends and colleagues at Hamilton Academical for the lapse that has prompted me to voluntarily acknowledge breaches of the Scottish Football Association’s gambling rules.“This decision was one of the hardest I have had to take but in a way also the easiest. I have made no secret of the fact that I have struggled with the disease that is gambling addiction in the past. The reality is I am an addict and while I have been proud of the fact I have been in recovery from this disease, a key part of the recovery programme is honesty: honesty to myself, and honesty to those who have and who continue to support me, including my family and my football family at Hamilton.“I wrote a letter to the Scottish FA self-reporting my gambling and did so as an admission that my disease has returned, in order that I commit to recovery. I have apologised to those at the club in whom I have sought counsel and I apologise today to the players, fans and colleagues I have let down through my gambling addiction.“I accept that a breach of the rules will come with punishment and I accept that. The reason I am speaking out is to remove the stigma attached to this horrible, isolating disease, in the hope that those involved in Scottish football who are similarly in its grasp feel they can seek help and draw strength from my admission.”The Accies coach has been accused of breaching the Scottish FA’s betting rules in each season from 14 July 2015 to 15 October 2019.He was reported to be in breach of disciplinary rule 31, which states that “no club, official, team official or other member of team staff, player, match official or other person under the jurisdiction of the Scottish FA shall gamble in any way on a football match.”Rice could face a suspension of at least three matches and a maximum of 16, in addition to a £100,000 fine.Rice continued: “After committing to recovery I cannot believe that I have found myself back in the grip of gambling addiction but this disease is not cured with a finite course of treatment. You are an addict for life and through my commitment to the 12-step recovery programme, I am confident I can stay on top of this disease one day at a time.“I am eternally grateful to the club for its unwavering support, both seen and unseen. I have spoken to my management team and players and they have been great and they understand the reason for me speaking out today. It is my intention to atone through openness, honesty and togetherness.“I look forward to a future founded on truth and commitment to recovery and it is my wish that anyone who feels vulnerable, helpless or hopeless in the grip of this silent yet destructive disease can come forward and seek help.”Responding to Rice, Colin McGowan issued a statement on behalf of the Board of Hamilton Academical Football Club: “On behalf of my fellow directors at Hamilton Academical, we are proud that our Head Coach, Brian Rice, has today spoken publicly of his struggles with gambling addiction.“I would like to thank the Scottish FA for the empathy shown throughout this process, whilst respectful of the need to safeguard the integrity of the game and the rules upon which football is founded.“As a Head Coach in the Scottish Premiership, news of his breach of gambling rules will come with profile, media attention and scrutiny. But this is a far more serious issue than a breach of a football rule, a breach that both Brian and the club accepts.“As a club, we are proud of the work undertaken to support the local community. Today, we support our Head Coach and we feel certain that the Community will get fully behind him. We also believe Brian’s public admission today can be hugely significant in helping the lives of other coaches and players who can relate to his addiction and other addictions.“It is my intention to write to my colleagues at the SPFL to table a proposal to the Scottish FA’s Professional Game Board for the introduction of a gambling amnesty in our game: one that will enable people to confront their addiction in a safe and non-judgmental environment, with help and support readily available. Brian’s courage today can be a seminal moment for Scottish football.” Related Articles Scottish FA sponsorship deal with William Hill to end February 21, 2020 SPFL concludes Ladbrokes Championship with COVID crisis plan April 16, 2020last_img read more

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