Thousands affected in Jamaica as vandals destroy telecommunication cables

first_imgOver eight thousand customers in the central parish of St. Catherine, were on Saturday without service from telecommunications company, Flow, as vandals set fire to cables in the community of Central Village.The company, in a release, said residential and business customers lost voice, television and internet services.Manhole’s breached  “This is not a case of theft as nothing was stolen. Our fiber cables were secured in a manhole which was deliberately breached as the perpetrators went on to set fire to the cables inside. This latest incident again demonstrates the callous disregard for persons who rely on our services for access to emergency services, business, study, and for personal purposes,” said Kayon Mitchell, Flow’s director of corporate communications and stakeholder management.Thirty-seven communities affectedFlow disclosed that currently its network in 37 communities across Jamaica has been impacted by vandalism and theft.“Twenty-one of those are in St Catherine, but there are instances where we have restored services to these communities and the network is again vandalized or elements such as cables, batteries and generators are stolen. We have been investing heavily to roll out services to more communities across the island, bringing more Jamaicans online but between the bills for restoration, as a result of vandalism or roadworks in the Corporate Area, those plans will have to be revisited,” Mitchell said.Significant repair and restoration costsThe company said the cost for restoring services as a result of vandalism and theft of its network infrastructure and elements is around US$2 million per annum, which does not include the significant investment the company is making to further secure its network from criminal elements.This latest act of vandalism comes just days after Flow conducted a media tour across the Corporate Area where the company’s copper and fiber networks have been repeatedly damaged by contractors engaged by the National Works Agency to conduct roadworks.”last_img read more

Ras Michael Continues to Chant the Message of Rastafari

first_imgRas Michael & the Sons of Negus, Levitt Pavillion McCarthur Park, Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Steve Tracy 7-28-2019. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Having learned the tenets of Rastafari at the feet of giants like Mortimo Planno, master Jamaican drummer Ras Michael realized from early the importance of roots music and its spiritual message.Fifty years after forming Ras Michael and The Sons of Negus, he is still chanting Rasta.“From Back O Wall (a former expansive slum in West Kingston) to now, we deal with a certain standard as a Rastaman and churchman. It’s just a continuation of the works,” he said recently.In July, those works were recognized at a concert in Los Angeles where the singer/musician has lived for over 30 years. Ras Michael was honored with citations from the California House of Representatives and Senate before his show at Levitt Pavilion.“It shows that people accept the music and what I stand for, which is unity of people and oneness,” he said.Ras Michael, 76, is one of roots-reggae’s strongest pillars. Originally from rural St. Mary in eastern Jamaica, he moved to Kingston, the country’s capital, during the late 1950s and settled in West Kingston and nearby Trench Town.In the 1960s, he discovered the message of Rastafari while living in Trench Town where his colleagues included Joe Higgs, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston (later Wailer) of The Wailers and Planno, an inspirational figure in the Rasta movement’s early years.In 1969, Ras Michael formed the Sons of Negus, a group of Rasta drummers whose spiritual songs paid homage to Africa, black consciousness and their faith. They recorded a number of well-received albums throughout the 1970s, including Nyahbinghi, Rastafari and Kibir Am Lak.The group also recorded outstanding songs like New Name and None A Jah Jah Children which showcased the traditional drumming and spiritual chants that remains their signature.In July, Ras Michael was special guest of Ziggy Marley at the Del Mar racetrack in California.last_img read more

Miramar Latin Music Festival 2019 A Huge Success

first_imgMIRAMAR, Florida – The City of Miramar celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with over 2500 residents attending the Miramar Latin Music Festival hosted by Commissioner Yvette Colbourne on Saturday, September 21.Latinos from various areas of South Florida converged representing Puerto Ricans, Colombians, Panamanians, Dominicans, Peruvians, Cubans, Venezuelans, Argentinians, the Caribbean, and Latin America.A free family event, the smells and sounds of the culture-filled the air creating a true festive ambiance. The festival featured award-winning performances by Rey Ruiz, who did not disappoint as he entertained the crowd with his favorite songs creating nostalgia.Additional entertainment was provided by Lisett Morales and the Reinier Bonachea’s Orchestra, Tito Swing and DJ Fito. The MC’s for the night were MC Gaby and MC Julissa Perez.For Commissioner Yvette Colbourne, who is a Panamanian of Caribbean descent, this festival has been her vision for the last 6 years as she has championed Hispanic Heritage Celebration in the City of Miramar. “The Latin Music Festival is the City’s way of bringing our community together to show appreciation for the Hispanic contribution during Hispanic Heritage Month”, she shared during the event. The festival has grown from a small gathering to a signature event in Miramar recognizing the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the country’s history, heritage, and culture.In a message from local Miramar resident, Martin Mejia, shared, “Being a resident of Miramar, I am proud to have a representative of us Hispanic and Panamanian pride, it was a spectacular concert, Thank you very much”. Dayanara Torres, an attendee commented, ”Commissioner Colbourne, you always put the Hispanic Heritage on top. Proud of you and what you represent to the community”.last_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup Review (CAF): Morocco Pip Cote D’Ivoire To Final Slot

first_imgRelatedMeet The Five Teams Hoping To Change Africa’s World Cup StoryJune 13, 2018In “Africa”Nacho MonrealJune 30, 2017Similar postNigeria? Nah! Germany Coach Low Identifies Morocco As Africa’s Biggest Threat In RussiaNovember 23, 2017In “Africa” North African side Morocco became the fifth and final African team to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia after the team produced a solid defensive display to beat Cote D’Ivoire 2-0.Head coach Herve Renard was facing the team he led to the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) title with the knowledge that a draw would take his side to Russia.  With that in mind, his team started the game in a defensive mindset to combat the early attacking instincts of the Ivorians before unleashing theirs on the home side.Nabil Dirar’s cross cum shot sneaked into the net to give Morocco the lead with 25 mins gone before defender Mehdi Benatia added a second five minutes later. The Ivorians were up against it at that point as they needed three goals to qualify for Russia 2018 however they didn’t get much from a well drilled Moroccan backline.Herve Renard’s boys kept out their hosts for the remainder of the encounter to win the game 2-0 and join other African countries like Nigeria, Egypt and Senegal at the World Cup.Earlier on Saturday, Tunisia became the 4th African nation to qualify for Russia 2018 despite a goalless draw against fellow North African side Libya at home. The team needed a solitary point prior to the game and they got just that to finish group winners ahead of DR Congo who defeated Guinea 3-1 in the other group game.African Countries Going To Russia:NigeriaEgyptSenegalTunisiaMoroccolast_img read more

Lukaku Escapes Punishment For ‘Alleged’ Kick Out

first_imgManchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has escaped punishment for allegedly kicking out at Brighton defender Gaetan Bong.The incident took place during his side’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Saturday but centre referee Neil Swarbrick didn’t see it.The Football Association (FA) referred it to three ex-Premier League referees to independently review on Monday however the panelists didn’t unanimously agree that it was a sending off offence.The decision means the 24-year old Belgium international striker will escape a three-match domestic ban which would have seen him miss crucial league games against Watford, Arsenal and Manchester City.Relatedlast_img

UK Government moves to implement reformed UK Racing levy

first_img The UK government has moved forward with plans to reform UK racing’s levy, which will see the introduction of mandatory contributions from all betting operators that take bets on the sport, regardless of channel.This weekend, UK Sports Minister Tracey Crouch confirmed the government’s plans, which will see licensed betting operators charged a 10% fee on gross profits from wagers on UK racing from British consumers.The 10% charge has been set for profits ‘above the first £500,000′ generated by operators from UK racing markets.Declaring its industry reforms to the ‘Horserace Betting Levy’, the UK government stated that its all-round tax charges were necessary in order to ‘help secure the future of horseracing and ensure a fair return for the sport’.At present, the current levy format generates UK racing circa £70 million from a 10.75% charge on retail wagers. However, stakeholders have been acrimoniously split on the issue as racing directors have argued that levy funds are insufficient, but betting companies point out the amount of funding they provide to the sport via media rights is far greater.The current Levy scheme compels betting shops to pay into Levy by law, and although online sportsbooks are not required to provide money to racing, several do on a voluntary basis. The sport also put the squeeze on online bookmakers last year by introducing the ‘Authorised Betting Partner’ status, whereby only the bookmakers that the BHA considers to be paying a ‘fair amount’ to racing can sponsor races.Issuing an industry update, Tracey Crouch MP commented: “This move will help secure the future of horseracing in Britain by making sure that gambling firms pay a fair return to support the sport. Horseracing has a strong heritage in this country, employing thousands of people and is enjoyed by many almost every day of the year. This new approach to the Horserace Betting Levy will help sustain and develop the sport.”Closing her statement Crouch detailed that the reformed levy would be reviewed ‘within seven years of the legislation coming into force’. From 2018 the UK Gambling Commission will be in-charge of collecting levy charges from licensed bookmakers.The levy funding will be passed on by the Gambling Commission to a nominated Racing Authority, that will act on behalf of British racing and be responsible for making decisions on spend.This isn’t the first time that a ruling government has attempted to reform the Levy, however any changes to the Levy Scheme threatens to contravene European State Aid laws. It remains to be seen if this attempt is more successful. Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articleslast_img read more

PDC confirms bwin as new Grand Slam of Darts sponsors

first_imgShare Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit Belgian Pro League selects bwin as its new betting partner August 4, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) Chairman Barry Hearn has confirmed that bwin will be sponsors of the Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton for the next two years.The Grand Slam of Darts, a cross-code event for both PDC and British Darts Organisation (BDO) players, was introduced in 2007 and sees 32 players competing across nine days, with a round-robin group phase followed by a knockout stage.Won for the past two years at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall by Michael van Gerwen, the tournament has also seen Phil Taylor, Scott Waites and Raymond van Barneveld lift the trophy over the past decade.Hearn commented: “It’s great to welcome bwin as the new title sponsor for the bwin Grand Slam of Darts. Their previous sponsorship of the World Cup of Darts came at a time of huge growth for that event in Germany in 2014 and 2015.“Their backing of the Grand Slam of Darts will not only showcase the brand across nine days of fantastic darts in Wolverhampton, but provides worldwide exposure through Sky Sports and our international broadcast partners.”Adam Lewis, CMO of bwin, added: “We’re delighted to become the title sponsor of the bwin Grand Slam of Darts. It is a huge tournament that continues to grow in popularity every year, with an ever-increasing international reach. Darts is enjoying a huge boom and it’s great for us to link up once again with the PDC to sponsor this prestigious tournament.”Prize money for the bwin Grand Slam of Darts 2017, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports from 11-19 November, has increased to £450,000, with the first prize rising to £110,000.last_img read more

‘Flying Finn’ Häkkinen joins Unibet Ambassadors

first_img Submit Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Ahead of this weekend’s start of the 2017 Formula One season (Australian Grand Prix – 26 March), European bookmaker Unibet (Kindred Group) has appointed former F1 World Champion racer Mika Häkkinen as its new Brand Ambassador.Known as ‘the Flying Finn’, Häkkinen is considered one of F1’s greatest ever drivers having secured back-to-back world championships in 1998 & 1999.The twenty-time Grand Prix winner will be providing his expertise in motorsports and F1 to Unibet marketing and editorial teams, detailing opinion and exclusive content.Unibet Marketing announced the appointment of Häkkinen as brand ambassador, by launching its latest YouTube campaign ahead of the Australian Grand Prix.Mika Häkkinen commented on joining Unibet as F1 Brand Ambassador: “Unibet is the number one company in the gaming industry, and it’s great to be a part of the team.”“In the world of Formula One and motorsports in general, there are still a lot of things that the fans don’t get to see. I’ve experienced it closely as a driver and nowadays as an advisor and team member, and now I also want to get the fans inside F1 together with Unibet.” Share Related Articles Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020last_img read more

Industry in need of ‘Bonus Therapy’ ahead of Russia 2018

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 BoyleSports signs Coventry City sponsorship August 21, 2020 Submit Share Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 As betting sign-up bonuses and bonus-led customer incentives have come under increased scrutiny from gambling regulators. How are operators adjusting to new demands on promotional transparency, and will bonuses be replaced as a customer acquisition/marketing tool?Florian Guede Chief Marketing Officer of mybet states that bonuses have now become ‘a costly game of chicken, between operators and their customers’, which is simply unsustainable for the sector’s long-term future.For Guede, the industry’s current context sees too many incumbents allocating resources to developing ‘effective bonus strategies’, fighting against competitors’ on sign-up incentives, bonus pricing and terms & conditions.Eddie Bennet Managing Director of Boylesports shares Guede’s concerns relating to the subject matter of customer incentives. Bennet deems that player volumes brought by bonuses as a ‘vanity metric for industry incumbents’.Leading Boylesports digital operations, Bennet has placed a greater emphasis on presenting ‘real market opportunities, to betting customers through insights, stats and content creation’.On a positive note, Manuel Stan Marketing Director for Kindred Group details that bonus strategies can still be effective, but operators have to significantly refine user targeting segments with appropriate incentives.Stan believes that too many industry stakeholders have used the bonus simply as a sign-up incentive, offering little value beyond a customer’s initial interaction.At Kindred, Stan details that a greater emphasis has been placed on the value of second and third player deposits, before judging the success of a bonus-led campaign.Stan warns that a dependency on bonus led promotions may stop betting stakeholders from asking fundamental questions about their services and customers, which in itself becomes a growth block.Gearing up for World Cup 2018, the panel is asked whether ‘the bonus will still be an effective and relevant tool?’Stan and Bennet, believe that the majority of established operators have significantly changed their acquisition-to-retention strategies away from wholesale bonus propositions. Both leaders hope to avoid ‘a race to the bottom on pricing and sign-up incentives’.Guede states that World Cup planning should be focused on the development of retention frameworks combined with meaningful customer engagements, as the ‘World Cup will draw-in player volume regardless of any first-time incentives offered’.______________________Content reported atlast_img read more

Packing a punch: AJ joins William Hill global ambassador roster

first_img Mark Moisley joins GBGB as Executive Commercial Director August 6, 2020 Share Submit Share StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Related Articles William Hill has announced the signing of unified world heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua OBE, as its new global brand ambassador.The sporting icon has signed an initial one-year deal with the bookmaker and will feature in the company’s exciting new integrated advertising campaigns over the next twelve months.AJ will also appear in the firm’s social media and PR activities, promoting the William Hill brand in a fun, interactive and responsible way. Anthony joins William Hill’s current brand ambassador team, which already includes Sir Anthony McCoy, Kirsty Gallacher and Robbie Savage. The announcement comes as Joshua prepares to defend his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world titles against Alexander Povetkin in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium on 22 September. On the deal, Joshua said: “I am pleased to partner with William Hill. We are both leaders in our fields so it was only right to go ‘all in’ with them! They are promoting and marketing boxing to a huge audience outside of our industry which is something I am passionate about.  “It is important for me to work with brands who understand the journey I am on and the dedication it takes to become undisputed heavyweight champion. I have been really impressed with the team at William Hill and I am looking forward to a long and successful partnership. “CEO of AJBXNG Freddie Cunningham said: “We are delighted to partner with such an established and forward thinking brand in William Hill. We have been really impressed with their activation plans for the next 12 months and how they would like to grow the partnership in to new territories.”William Hill CEO Philip Bowcock added: “Anthony Joshua is one of the leading sports personalities of his generation and he has achieved so much so quickly.  It’s exciting times at William Hill as we expand into the United States and we felt this was a perfect time to announce a global brand ambassador. “AJ is the ideal fit for the role and we believe he will help us grow and energise our brand as we join him on his journey to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.” SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more