EDITORIAL: Why they marched

first_imgOn Saturday March 24, millions of Americans marched, ostensibly to demand action from state and federal legislators in implementing more effective gun control laws.The march called, “March for Your Lives,” initiated from the tragic mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month. However, the extremely high turn-out to the primary march in Washington DC, and in cities across the country was motivated by reasons other than the need for more effective gun control laws.Marched out of frustrationThousands of Americans, adults and children, marched because they are frustrated. Frustrated because time and time again they have been suckered into electing politicians who steal their votes with empty promises. Politicians who on taking office seem to disappear into an environment oblivious to the demands of voters.Healthcare reformPeople voted in politicians in recent elections to provide them with affordable healthcare. While the Obama administration implemented what turned out to be a contentious healthcare plan, the current set of politicians in the US Congress have neither been able to improve on this plan, nor replace it with one that’s more effective. So, millions of Americans remain without affordable healthcare, and they too marched.Immigration reformPeople also voted in recent elections for politicians who promised to, and whom they believed would, finally address the long, outstanding problem of immigration reform. Today, millions of immigrants from the Caribbean and other countries are living in America in fear of being deported in the absence of clear, definitive immigration laws permitting them to be in the US legally, on or without condition, or force them to leave.It does seem implausible that series of elected politicians in successive administrations over several decades haven’t found consensus on a fair, comprehensive immigration policy, So, millions of Americans remain frustrated without clear immigration directions. Thousands of these people also marched.Federal minimum wageFor decades, millions of Americans have been forced to earn paltry incomes tagged to a federal approved minimum wage that’s far distanced from the reality of the average cost of living. It’s pathetic that America, a nation that boasts of being the richest on Earth, has the lowest hourly federal minimum wage ($7.25) of all western developed countries. Certainly, lower than neighboring Canada where the minimum wage is C$14 or US$10.69. So, thousands of Americans who are frustrated at living below a minimum living wage also marched.Women rightsMillions of American women continue to live in a nation where they are treated to extensive inequalities in pay, benefits, and general working conditions. Millions of women, are also consistently blatantly abused sexually and domestically despite their collective appeal for more stringent laws and punishment to protect them from male  perpetuators. Still, million more single mothers and heads of household struggle to raise families with scant public assistance that could be taken away any day. These women are dreadfully frustrated, and they too marched.Yes, thousands of Americans joined the march for more effective gun court laws, while really marching for myriad underscored reasons on March 24, because of growing, pent up frustrations.Now what?But, after the march, then what? Will they be less frustrated?In former years millions also marched, most notably for civil rights. Some of these marches were considered successful as they did motivate the passage of laws that met the demands of the marchers.Within the last 14-months, Americans have marched for a variety of reasons, including women rights and immigration reform, to little or no avail. So far, elected officials in the US Congress and several state capitols remain oblivious to the demands of the people. Legislators meet, they debate, even draft bills, but repeatedly failed to pass legislation that is sought by  majority of votersSome people, cannot help but wonder if the anticipated magnitude of the March for Life will make any difference.Hopeful profound message was sentIt’s hopeful the march sent a profound message, and will be a key factor that generate effective legislative changes in gun control, and although while not the purpose of the march, in other areas in which Americans are frustrated. And, God forbid, if there is no change after this march, then come November 6, people must march to the voting booth and remove every non-performing elected politician.last_img read more

Fort Lauderdale’s July 4th Celebration to Feature Fireworks Around the City

first_imgComcast Channel 78, AT&T U-verse Channel 99 Residents are encouraged to enjoy the fireworks shows beginning at 9:00 p.m. from their backyards, front porches, patios, balconies or virtually on: FLTV at www.fortlauderdale.gov/fltv YouTube at www.youtube.com/CityofFortLauderdale Photo Courtesy of the City of West Palm Beach. Photo is from previous 4th on Flagler. This year’s fireworks will not be launched from near Flagler Drive but, instead, from two different undisclosed north and south locations to reach as many people as possible.center_img This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, the annual Fort Lauderdale’s Independence Day Celebration won’t feature a massive fireworks show but instead will have four small fireworks show around the city. The shows will take place at: Holiday Park, U.S. 1 and Sunrise Boulevard (18-minute show); City Hall, Andrews Avenue and NE 1 Street (18-minute show); Carter Park, Sunrise Boulevard and NW 16 Avenue (18-minute show); and the Beach Community Center, A1A and Oakland Park Boulevard (10-minute close proximity show). The shows will not be open to spectators and no pedestrians or vehicles will be allowed access to the areas where the shows are located.last_img read more

Milan Title Bid Falters After Sampdoria Defeat

first_imgSan Siro giants AC Milan suffered a massive dent to their league title bid after they were beaten 2-0 at Sampdoria in a Matchday 6 clash played at the Estadio Luigi Ferraris. RelatedInter Hold Off Sampdoria To Go Top In Serie AOctober 25, 2017In “Europe”Serie A Review: Top Two Teams Maintain Title Push With Respective WinsFebruary 5, 2018In “Europe”Serie A Review: Napoli Wrestle Top Spot From Juventus With Bologna Win As Milan Edge Lazio In Big ClashJanuary 29, 2018In “Europe” The win takes Sampdoria above Lazio and Torino into 6th position with 11 points from 5 games while 7-time European champions AC Milan fail to move to within three points of early pacesetters Napoli and Juventus. Vicenzo Montella’s men stay in 5th position with 12 points from 6 games ahead of the remaining Matchday 6 fixtures.center_img Colombian striker Duvan Zapata broke the deadlock for the hosts with 18 minutes left on the clock before substitute Ricky Alvarez sealed the win in added time to maintain his team’s unbeaten start to the new league season while handing big spenders AC Milan a second league loss of the season.last_img read more

Joshua/Pulev Fight Is OFF!

first_imgThe much publicised boxing bout between world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and his challenger Kubrat Pulev has been called off after an injury to the latter.Bulgarian fighter Pulev damaged the muscles in his right shoulder during a sparring session at his training camp in Germany some 10 days ago but it was not revealed by his camp.BREAKING: @KubratPulev ruled out of world heavyweight title fight with @anthonyfjoshua on October 28 after suffering shoulder injury. #SSN pic.twitter.com/sPS9yO4XEb— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) October 16, 2017The injury, said to be muscle strains and tears from his right shoulder through to his chest, has now led to the cancellation of the much awaited fight.This new development is a big blow due to the fact that over 70,000 tickets had already been sold with a 78,000 full house expected for the fight initially billed for Saturday at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.Anthony Joshua ended Wladimir Klitschko’s career at the Wembley Stadium in April and the fight with Pulev was to be his first fight since then with his WBA and IBF crowns on the line if the fight had gone ahead.Pulev, also known as “The Cobra”, was the mandatory challenger for the IBF belt and has won 25 of his 26 fights, with 13 knock-outs, his only defeat came in 2014 when he was beaten in five rounds by Klitschko.RelatedAnthony Joshua Vs Kubrat Pulev Bout Breaks Cardiff RecordSeptember 13, 2017In “Sports”Anthony Joshua To Face IBF Challenger Kubrat Pulev At Tottenham Hotspur StadiumMarch 2, 2020In “Boxing”Anthony Joshua Meets Challenger Kubrat Pulev In Cardiff.September 11, 2017In “Boxing”last_img read more

Former Boxing Legend Reacts To Anthony Joshua’s Win Over Takam

first_imgFormer Boxing Heavyweight champion, Lennox Lewis, says Anthony Joshua’s fight with Carlos Takam was stopped way too early.British-Nigerian Joshua retained his IBF, WBA and IBO world heavyweight titles with a 10th-round stoppage-win over Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday.Speaking on the referee’s decision to stop the fight in the 10th round, Lewis said,“Of course… it was way too early!“There’s always something these days. Would have been nice just to let it play out one way or another. Takam still looked strong and with his senses! Very good test for AJ though – especially with the broken nose”“This was just the type of fight, experience and adversity that Anthony Joshua needed. He wasn’t at his best, but sometimes you won’t always be and it’s those times you have to find a way. Some fall apart after a broken nose. He remained composed and controlled fight.” He concluded.Relatedlast_img read more

Evoke Gaming migrates all brands onto NYX systems

first_imgShare Related Articles Organic Mr Green confident of expectations following strong 2018 opening April 27, 2018 StumbleUpon Mr Green refreshes Redbet sportsbook with Kambi September 13, 2018 Submit Share Mr Green’s Redbet brand to migrate to Kambi sportsbook July 18, 2018 Updating the market, Toronto TSX-listed gambling platform and software provider NYX Gaming (NYX) had confirmed that it has expanded its supplier provisions agreement with Malta-based European operator Evoke Gaming.The new agreement sees TSX become the lead platform supplier to Evoke Gaming brands, as the operator seeks to unify its services and operations.Moving forward Evoke igaming brands Vinnarum, MammaMia, and Bertil will be serviced utilising NYX’s Open Platform System (OPS) for online gaming verticals. Meanwhile, Evoke flagship brand Redbet will be fully migrated onto NYX online betting platform provisions.Evoke Gaming Chief of Product Hampus Eriksson commented on the lead platform agreement“ With the migration of redbet.com over to the NYX OPS platform, all of Evoke Gaming’s brands are now running on one award-winning gaming system. This allows us to focus on our mission to deliver the best entertainment experience possible for our current and future customers.”NYX Chief Commercial Officer David Flynn welcomed all Evoke Gaming brands to NYX platform provisions, “We are thrilled to have been chosen to support Evoke Gaming as they move to a unified gaming platform. Having been one of our longest-standing customers on the NYX Open Platform System, it’s with great pleasure that we look forward help them grow their business across all the Evoke brands.”last_img read more

Pariplay appoints Gil Soffer as global sales lead

first_img Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 Unique gaming solution to drive “significant global expansion” for Finunion May 16, 2019 Aspire Global appoints figurehead Kärrbrink as Pariplay Chairman March 4, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Gil SofferIndustry gaming systems and content provider Pariplay Ltd has confirmed the appointment of Gil Soffer as its new Vice President of Sales & Business Development.Soffer will be tasked with leading Pariplay global sales and commercial initiatives. Further to the senior executive appointment, Soffer has joined Pariplay’s management board advising the company on its growth strategy.An industry commercial services veteran, Soffer joins Pariplay from Playtech Plc where he served as international business consultant, advising the firm on new market entry and development.Soffer takes commercial lead of Pariplay, following a number of improvements to its industry platform provisions expanding the its portfolio games titles.Gili Lisani, founder and CEO of Pariplay, commented on the appointment, “As we continue to expand our business within the iGaming sector, we are thrilled to bring onboard talented individuals to support in the company’s growth. Gil Soffer is an accomplished and knowledgeable professional, and we look forward to his contribution in growing our business and promoting Pariplay&B2B FUSION content hub, as well as our gaming and lottery platforms.”Gil Soffer commented on joining Pariplay management “Pariplay has cutting-edge technology and gaming content. Its dynamic offering is beneficial to new and established operators, and I look forward to working with Pariplay management team to drive the brand’s growth as they continue to introduce all-encompassing products to operators. Share Sharelast_img read more

Bookmakers remain exempt from latest money laundering rules

first_img Mr Green to pay £3m for failures in gambling harm and money laundering prevention February 27, 2020 David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Consensus cannot be the hardest word February 21, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Share Submit Bookmakers already celebrating a successful start to Cheltenham week will have further cause for celebration with the news that the betting industry will continue to be exempt from European money laundering rules.There was a real danger that the Fourth EU Money Laundering Directive would encompass bookmakers given the classification of gambling as a high risk area for money laundering. At last year’s Betting on Sports conference, one compliance manager described it as introducing the biggest change the retail betting sector will have ever experienced.However it seems that the Gambling Commission’s recent work on money laundering and the tightening up of its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) has persuaded the Treasury that areas of the gambling industry are suitably policed in this area already and that its latest National Risk Assessment (NRA) views bookmaking as low-risk and as such exempt from the 4MLD.Licensing expert David Clifton of Clifton Davies commented: “In what is a surprising decision to many – me included – the Government has made a policy decision to exempt all gambling service providers other than remote and non-remote casino operators from the requirements of 4MLD.“In light of comments contained in the September 2015 first National AML Risk Assessment and repeated concerns expressed by the Gambling Commission, betting operators have good reason to be mightily relieved that they will continue to fall outside the ambit of the Money Laundering Regulations, but they will need to remember that they remain bound by both the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (breach of which could constitute a criminal offence) and the Gambling Act 2005 licensing objective to prevent gambling from being a source of crime or disorder.”Things can still change in the future though. In its consultation document on money laundering and terrorist financing (ML/TF), the Treasury warned: “The government will regularly review its position on the ML/TF risk that gambling providers present. Moreover, the Gambling Commission will continue to evaluate ML/TF risk across all gambling sectors, and this information will contribute to and influence future NRAs.“Importantly, the government recognises that the risk levels attributed to a particular gambling sector are not static and will vary over time. As a result, if a gambling sector can no longer be deemed low risk (including where the sector fails to adequately manage the ML/TF risks) then the exemption could not be maintained. It is therefore imperative that gambling providers comply with the requirements of the Gambling Act and the strengthened LCCP to ensure that they have effective policies, procedures and controls in place to mitigate ML/TF risks, and continue to raise standards.”last_img read more

ARC agrees deal with TSG Global Wagering Solutions

first_img Related Articles Intralot appoints Byron Boothe as US CEO June 12, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) has agreed a significant distribution deal for North American thoroughbred and greyhound racing with TSG Global Wagering Solutions (“GWS”).The deal commences from April 2018, under an exclusive arrangement, which sees ARC take GWS horseracing and greyhound content for distribution for fixed-odds betting in independent betting shops in the UK and across the international market.GWS provides fixed-odds and co-mingling from over 40 thoroughbred race tracks from North America, with on average more than 60 thoroughbred horseraces available every day.  The dozen greyhound tracks under GWS include leading stadia Daytona Beach and Palm Beach and will provide over 60 greyhound races a day.Following the deal with GWS, ARC now offers an extensive range of sporting content with horseracing and greyhound racing from across 4 continents, including:UK greyhound racing from established and well-known proven BAGS tracks;Australian horseracing and greyhound racing content;South African horseracing content;US horseracing and greyhound racing content; andUK horseracing, in partnership with At The Races, from the end of 2018.ARC’s Group Corporate Development Director, Kevin Robertson, commented: “ARC is delighted to announce this deal with GWS which sees us significantly expand our range of products available for UK and international betting shop customers. Furthermore, our continued distribution into Australia, following a successful trial, will be expanding to three BAGS greyhound meetings per day. “This clearly shows we are the world leaders in the betting shop market having the most extensive and best quality horseracing and greyhound racing. This ensures both sports can maintain their popularity with punters around the world.” ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 IGT ‘prudent on recovery’ as company absorbs H1 losses of $291m August 4, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

Better Collective hits high notes posting strong 2019 opening

first_imgShare Share Submit Related Articles Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Jesper Søgaard – Better CollectiveStockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing publisher Better Collective AB has declared a strong start to 2019 trading, as the company benefits from strong customer activity combined with organic efficiencies.Publishing its Q1 2019 trading update (period ending 31 March), Better Collective records a 97% increase in corporate revenues to €14 million (Q12018: €7.5m).During the quarter, Better Collective details that new-depositing-customers (NDC) reached a peak 116,000 (+116%) – a figure that ‘exceeded corporate expectations’.Boosting its revenue performance, Better Collective details that it was able to ‘transfer NDCs’ on to revenue share contracts, which account for 72% of revenues (18% CPA – 10% other income).“Growth in Q1 was strong compared to the same quarter last year,” said Better Collective AB Chief Executive, Jesper Søgaard. “We now see the effect of the strong NDC intake throughout 2018, which even accelerated further to record levels in the first quarter of 2019. Revenue almost doubled including a strong organic growth of 41% and operational earnings tripled compared to the same period in 2018.”Furthermore, Better Collective has strengthened its affiliate network capacity with paid media and search campaigns, supporting the firm’s existing ‘organic acquisition channels’.A period of high player activity would see Better Collective post a Q1 2019 EBIT of €6.5 million up 212% on corresponding 2018’s €2.1 million.Closing a busy Q1 2019 opening, Better Collective declares operating profits of €3.6 million (Q12018: €1.2m), with corporate governance maintaining that it continues to monitor opportunities within new and developing markets.“We continued to allocate significant resources to the development of new markets including the US, and we also opened new subsidiaries in UK and Poland to support our increased activities in those countries,” said Søgaard. “Furthermore, we continued to allocate significant resources to developing products and technologies.“All this has increased our cost base and headcounts, however, managing the high growth is a priority, thus we continued to report strong earning-margins while growing and investing in the future at high pace.” StumbleUpon Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020last_img read more