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Monthly Archives: August 2020

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School Board Approves $37.7 Million in GOB Projects

first_imgMiami-Dade school board Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Goals Met or ExceededThe Miami-Dade School Board has approved four General Obligation Bond (GOB) projects at its regular monthly meeting today with a total investment valued at $37.7 million.The GOB was overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2012 to renovate, remodel and replace schools, expand student capacity, enhance safety, and provide technology upgrades. The projects awarded for construction include the following:Comstock Elementary School – Scope of work includes: Replacement of one building, playground and play court improvements, renovations to existing buildings.Total project allocation – $11.85 million  Completion – spring 2020Total Sub-Consultant Small Business Enterprise Participation – 25 percentTotal Sub-Consultant Small Business Enterprise Participation for Pre-Construction – 15 percent.Coral Gables Senior High School – Scope of work includes: Site improvements such as drop-off, parking and walkways, window replacement, selective flooring and ceiling improvements, restroom renovations, HVAC system improvements and security camera enhancements.Total project allocation – $11.2 million Completion – spring 2020Total Sub-Consultant Small Business Enterprise Participation – 20 percentTotal Sub-Consultant Small Business Enterprise Participation for Pre-Construction – 16 percentDr. Henry W. Mack/West Little River K-8 Center – Scope of work includes: New building to house science and special purpose activities; site improvements including parking and walkways; new playground and play court improvements; interior and exterior renovations of Buildings 1, 2 and 3, including HVAC, ceiling, lighting, window replacement; and interior and exterior painting.Total project allocation – $10.56 million Completion – fall 2019Total Sub-Consultant Small Business Enterprise Participation – 20 percentTotal Sub-Consultant Small Business Enterprise Participation for Pre-Construction – 16 percentArcola Lake Elementary School – Scope of work includes: New ESE building with classrooms and ancillary facilities, portable demolition and site restoration, new walkway, and exterior painting of existing facility.Total project funding – $4.08 million Completion – summer 2018Total Sub-Consultant Small Business Enterprise Participation – 43.38 percentIn each instance, the District-established S/MBE utilization goals were exceeded, with highly diverse sub-consultant teams. This was further strengthened by a strong commitment to Local Workforce Utilization.The District’s continued adherence to the GOB program and commitment to inclusiveness and diversity in its procurement process are positively impacting the quality of the educational environment and the local economy.last_img read more

McLeod to lead Jamaican hurdles delegation

first_imgWorld and Olympic champion Omar McLeod will lead a strong trio of Jamaican hurdlers competing in the 110-metre hurdles at the Shanghai Diamond League on May 12. McLeod, the best sprint hurdler in the world over the past two seasons, is going for his third straight win in the Chinese city.The 23-year-old McLeod, who was missing for Jamaica at the World Indoors in Birmingham and at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, produced the fastest time in the world to win the Shanghai meeting’s traditional curtain closer in 2016, clocking 12.98 seconds to grab the title ahead of two world champions and the world record holder.In Shanghai in 2018, he will be up against a deep field that includes two compatriots Ronald Levy, the Commonwealth Games gold medalist and Hansle Parchment, the silver medalist as well as 2015 world champion Sergey Shubenkov, who was second behind the Jamaican at the London World Championships, and the 2012 Olympic champion and world record holder, Aries Merritt, who is looking for his first Shanghai victory on his seventh appearance at the meeting.Meanwhile, three Jamaicans are expected to start in the women’s 400 hurdles, including Commonwealth Games champion Janieve Russell, 2017 World Championship bronze medalist Ristananna Tracey and 2016 Rio Olympics finalist Leah Nugent.Two-time African champion Wenda Nel of South Africa, who won bronze in Australia has also been included in the lineup.last_img read more

BREAKING – Rivers United Sanctions Five Players

first_imgThe management of Rivers United FC have sanctioned five players on the books of the club.Three of the players, Nzube Anaezemba, Bernard Ovoke and John Odumegwu have been sanctioned over acts of gross indiscipline.The other two, Aliassou Sanou and Maduabuchi Okereke have since been declared AWOL after absconding from the camp of the club.Speaking on the development, General Manager of the club, Chief Okey Kpalukwu explained that the move was taken to ensure that discipline reigns supreme in the club.He further added that fans of the club should remain calm as the management would continued to work assiduously towards keeping the club in the Nigeria Professional Football League.Rivers United finished the league in 2nd place, three points behind eventual champions Rangers last season, but have struggled through out this season and currently sit third from bottom.They travel to Shagamu to face Remo Stars on Sunday[tps_title][/tps_title]Relatedlast_img read more

Cambiasso Retires From Football

first_imgRelated Argentine midfielder, Esteban Cambiasso has announced his retirement from football after an illustrious career as a professional player.The 37-year-old combative midfielder, who most notably played for Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Leicester City, will immediately open a new career chapter as a coach according to Argentinian site El Clarin.Cambiasso started his career with a sensation move to Real Madrid in 1996 after breaking through with the Argentinian Juniors.He won 24 trophies throughout his playing career that span over two decades, with his last club being Greek side Olympiacos.last_img read more

Ladbrokes Coral takes full control of video content with bespoke iGame Media platform

first_img Revenues down 11% but product depth helps GVC through lockdown July 16, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 GVC ‘surprised’ at widening of HMRC’s Turkey investigation July 21, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Eddie Mumtaz,FTSE-listed bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral has claimed a “world first technology” by taking full end-to-end control of its licensed video content.In partnership with iGame Media, Ladbrokes Coral has developed a new video streaming platform which merges the enterprises combined API video content providing users with a unified front-end experience using a single player across all digital outlets.Updating the market, Ladbrokes Coral development team stated that the bespoke platform was a ‘crucial leap forward in a changing strategy’ as the merged enterprise develops new co-synergies.Boosting operational efficiencies, the video platform will reduce the Group’s overall ‘acquisition to delivery’ cycle down to a matter of days and will enhance market engagement and distribution of content.iGame Media developed Ladbrokes Coral’s new streaming platform in such a way that they only require a single sportsbook integration API to map all video events and additionally connect with multiple rights holders as well.This means video events from major third party rights owners are also mapped via this single API, drastically reducing the multiple resources to support sportsbook integrations.“This revolutionary technology, with the industry’s first single platform video solution, allows unlimited rights holders or content aggregators to bring their offering via Ladbrokes Coral in a very short timeframe,” said Ian Chuter, Chief Operating Officer – Digital at Ladbrokes Coral Group.“It places Ladbrokes Coral in a unique place to stay abreast of technical changes and ahead of our competition. It also delivers a unified solution for our customers who can access a single player across any platform.”Eddie Mumtaz, Managing Director of iGame Media, commented on the platform “We are very excited for Ladbrokes Coral Group; working with their technical teams and strategists over the last few months has been a fantastic journey for both us and them. Our single API video platform is the future, driving a lot of cost savings for the Ladbrokes Coral operation, and equally allowing a single team to manage all their video property, giving users a unified playback experience.” Sharelast_img read more

Ascot sticks with Betfred Tote for launch of ‘AscotBet’ pools in 2018

first_img StumbleUpon Share Updating the market, the management of Ascot Racecourse has confirmed that it will launch its ‘AscotBet’ pool betting system in 2018.The product will be developed in-partnership with Betfred’s Totepool, who will end its trackside pools monopoly on July 2018, opening the market to new incumbents.Ascot management stated that following a review of options, it had decided to keep its existing partnership with Betfred’s Totepool agreeing terms for a five-year provisions partnership.The racecourse detailed that Totepool’s established trackside operations combined with its stable liquidity would be its preferred option for its pools service.Guy Henderson, Chief Executive, Ascot Racecourse, commented on AscotBet plans: “AscotBet’s first priority is to provide the very best service and experience that we can to our 600,000 annual racegoers, 300,000 of whom join us for the five days of Royal Ascot and place around 1.5 million pool bets.  AscotBet’s customer service, supported by Totepool’s proven systems, will deliver this.”It appears that Ascot will not join UK racing stakeholders the Jockey Club and Arena Racing Company who last month confirmed that they would launch a rival pool to Betfred’s Tote, stating that the sport needed a better system to generate new funds.Fred Done, Chief Executive, Betfred, backed Ascot Racecourses decision:  “I am delighted that Ascot has agreed to partner with Totepool and it is a privilege for us to work with the leading racecourse in the UK, and indeed the world.“I have no doubt that Totepool, one of the most established pari-mutuels in Europe, will produce a class leading partnership with Ascot for many years to come.” Submit Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more

Peter Woodfine: Vermantia – Servicing a cashless wonderland

first_imgShare George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: The future for retail betting April 30, 2020 StumbleUpon George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: Decoding the customer engagement enigma June 30, 2020 New look ARC revamps executive leadership team February 18, 2020 Submit Share Peter Woodfine – VermantiaOmni-channel content provider Vermantia picked up the SBC award for Best Virtual Sport Product last month. Entering 2019, Business Development Director Peter Woodfine has his eye on the efficient delivery of live content and how customers will prefer to make transactions and collect their winnings…_______________________When I was over in the UK recently, I saw a story on the BBC about a pub that had gone fully cashless. Drinkers at the Crown and Anchor in South London now pay for their pints and gin and tonics using only their cash cards, smartphones, and watches. Money, in the tactile sense of it, no longer changes hands.The pub’s managers took the decision on security grounds, as it turned out, with the threat of burglary and the safety of staff having to take cash to the bank in front of mind. Upon further analysis, however, they realised that large numbers of their customers were paying for their food and drinks using a cashless method anyway. The decision to abandon the coins and notes was much easier, therefore.Needless to say, it got me thinking whether or not retail betting would ever take the plastic plunge and consign cash to the rubbish dump of history. Security is also a major consideration in retail betting. But whilst there are lots of similarities between the two licenced premises there are lots of differences too. The needs of middle-class drinkers in a London suburb do not necessarily correspond with those of customers in the local bookie, let alone the multiple different betting shop types in the far-flung corners of the world, be they in Athens or Abuja, Melbourne or Macau.For many of these customers, cash will always be king. For them, much of the thrill of their retail experience will remain ‘holding the folding’ after a well-earned win on the horses, dogs, or virtual game. What is clear, however, is that tech-savvy customers want to be able to use the variety of the new payment methods available to them wherever they are making their transactions.For that reason, Vermantia has developed a new breed of the self-service betting terminal that only takes bets from cashless devices. We will be showing our V-POS system at ICE next month and will be interested to see what operators make of it. Unlike the larger cabinet-based SSBTs, it is a compact desk top self-service device that comes with its optional printer arrangement, integrated bank payment OS as well as a decoder, with which to coordinate the on-screen live action in-shop.Probably the most interesting feature is that all wagering is completely cashless. Why the need for the printer then, I hear you say? Well we are working on a version that will allow customers to collect their winnings on the device with which they placed the bet. But our research tells us that at the moment, the majority of customers like to feel the cash in their hand, in the same way that an athlete is presented with a medal on the podium. Whether that is still the case in few years’ time remains to be seen. What is important for now is to recognise that customers want their user experience to be as simple and convenient as possible. In this, retail is no different to online dynamics.What we need to watch very carefully as an industry is that by offering customers this type of convenience, we don’t provide them with temptation too. The UK Gambling Commission recently published some advice on the subject that referred to evidence that some gamblers using cashless payment methods will sometimes spend more than they would, were they handing over cash. The reason being that the process was far less tangible and dangers less apparent.What that does is put the onus on us as responsible suppliers and operators to put in place measures to stop over-indulgence. Shop staff also have to be well-trained to spot the signs of problem gambling and encourage those at risk to stop or take a break. These are not things we should take lightly in our quest to drive revenues and increase turnover.  That’s why we’ve ensured V-POS can be integrated easily within an operator’s responsible gaming platforms that can also set money and play time limits on the customer.What we must do, however, is provide choice if we are to compete for people’s leisure spend. As more retail sports betting transitions from over the counter to SSBT solutions like V-POS, customers will want to use the technology available to place their bets more easily. If that technology is available in other retail experiences they enjoy, whether that’s shopping for clothes, or visiting the Crown and Anchor, it makes sense our industry should endorse it where appropriate too. As well as protecting the vulnerable, what we must always do is provide customers with choice. Variety, after all, is the spice of life_____________________Peter Woodfine – Business Development Director – Vermantia Related Articleslast_img read more

Irish Dáil confirms new gambling authority for revamped market

first_img Share Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Submit Share Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 A key week for Irish gambling sees the Dáil confirm that a new gambling regulatory authority will be formed, tasked with monitoring and regulating all components of Irish online and retail gambling/betting.The new authority will act as an independent body reporting to Ireland’s Department of Justice, in which Its formation forms the key directive of a report submitted by the Inter-Departmental Working Group on the Future Licensing and Regulation of Gambling.Supporting its directive of reforming Ireland’s gambling framework established under the mandates of ‘Gaming & Lotteries Act 1956’ and the ‘Betting Act of 1931’ – today the Fine Gael government allowed for the publication of its ‘Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill – 2019’.In the bill’s mandate, a new regulatory authority is required to maintain national licensing procedures and to further develop comprehensive regulatory measures on consumer protections, advertising standards and industry safeguards.Furthermore, the authority will monitor new licensed incumbent requirements on age restrictions, staff training, player self-exclusion and controls on advertising and marketing promotions.Updating the media, Irish Minister of State David Stanton a key stakeholder in the development of the 2019 Bill stated“A modern and effectively regulated gambling environment will ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that gambling will be a safe, fair and entertaining activity for the majority of those who choose to take part in it.“We must ensure that it will provide enhanced consumer protection for players while limiting to the greatest extent possible the harmful effects on young people and those who may be susceptible to addiction.” Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

Casumo enters Danish market with five year licence

first_img Danish gambling prepares for MitID launch June 26, 2020 Spillemyndigheden reports decline in Q2 betting August 25, 2020 Share Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Online operator Casumo has been given the nod to expand into the Danish iGaming market after being granted a five-year licence from Spillemyndigheden, the Danish Gambling Authority.The operator is set to take a mobile-first approach to the new market, with reports suggesting that Casumo will develop a new media campaign to promote its online casino services.Oscar Simonsson, co-founder and CEO of Casumo, stressed that the new licence marks a milestone moment for the online operator, forming a significant part of its ongoing strategy to both enter and grow in newly regulated markets.He said: “I’m confident that the Casumo brand will resonate well with the players in Denmark—those who want to experience a modern way of playing online casino.“We have a very strong and unique product offering, which includes our very own custom-designed live casino studio, as well as the casino rewards system that Casumo pioneered in the industry when we launched in 2012.”Casumo has already secured both an Italian and Swedish licence earlier this year. The operator, however, also faced a significant issue in the Netherlands after it was found to have been targeting players in the country. It was slapped with a €310,000 fine from the Dutch regulator as a result.last_img read more

STS Poland makes its Interactive play with BetGamesTV

first_img Leading Polish bookmaker STS Gaming Group has moved to enhance its interactive gaming capacities, integrating the full portfolio of live studio games supplier BetGamesTV across its digital portfolio.The interactive gaming partnership has launched on of the platform, with the bookmaker confirming that BetGames.TV portfolio will be imminently made available on STS’ mobile inventory.Confirming the partnership, STS management states that BetGames.TV content will be a stand-out feature for its Polish market proposition, in which STS is one-of-fifteen licensed online bookmakers allowed to operate by Poland’s Ministry of Finance.“We implement modern solutions and developing our functionalities to ensure that our customers have access to a unique offer. The agreement with allowed us to introduce a wide range of TV games to our website”: said Mateusz Juroszek, CEO of STS.Operating since 2012, BetGames.TV seeks to lead the industry in live and interactive gaming disciplines, filming its content from a purpose-built HD studio in Vilnus Lithuania.Aiste Garneviciene, BetGamesTVBetGames.TV has secured a number of tier-1 European partnerships with SNAI Italia and German legacy bookmaker Interwetten Sports.“Baltic states were the first operational markets to ourselves being the natural ones. Therefore, we are extremely happy to announce that BetGamesTV products are already available to the biggest neighbour of ours – Poland. Therefore, I have no doubts that BetGamesTV will become one of the most popular products on STS” says Aiste Garneviciene, COO at BetGamesTV.” Submit StumbleUpon Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Share Share Related Articleslast_img read more