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Jamaican recognized as airport innovator

first_imgMaurice Jenkins Maurice Jenkins, the director of information systems and telecommunications at Miami International Airport in Florida, has been ranked at Number 9 on the Future Travel Experience (FTE) Airport Innovation Power List for 2017.The list recognizes the ten top technology-focused leaders working in the airport industry who have shown exceptional dedication to using new and emerging technology to improve business performance and passengers’ experiences.The Miami International Airport is one of the most technologically advanced airports n the United States, and Maurice Jenkins is the person responsible for much of its innovation. An example of the innovation is the smartphone app that allows travelers blue-dot way finding with visual directions, customized shopping and dining information, and updates to flights, travel and destinations in real time.More importantly, the app interacts with the hundreds of beacons across the airport the give travelers aid via an advanced digital travel assistant. Jenkins has applied his skills toward driving improvements in the entire airport industry as well. He has chaired ACI’s Business Information Technology committee, which sets policy on IT standards. Serving in his current position for 16 years, Jenkins has had a crucial role in modernizing the Miami airport, one of the busiest in the world, and this accomplishment combined with his willingness to adopt new technology advances, resulted in his Number 9 ranking on the Power List.last_img read more

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Windies opening batsman saves the day

first_imgWest Indies (Windies) opener Evin Lewis lashed a half-century as Dhaka Dynamites rebounded from their opening day defeat with a convincing 65-run victory over Khulna Titans in the Bangladesh Premier League on Sunday.Playing at the Sylhet International Stadium, Dynamites piled up an imposing 202 for seven off their 20 overs, with the left-handed Lewis gathering a top score of 66 off 40 deliveries.Lewis struck seven fours and three sixes, putting on 38 for the first wicket with Kumar Sangakkara (20) and a further 116 for the second wicket with South African Cameron Delport who belted 64 off 31 balls with four fours and five sixes.Lewis eventually perished in the 13th over, slapping a short ball from fast bowler Shafiul Islam to Mahmudullah at cover.Kieron Pollard failed to catch fire, departing cheaply for five after top-edging a pull at a short one from Barbadian pacer Jofra Archer who ended with two for 34.Sunil Narine, however, provided a spark near the end, blasting a pair of sixes in a 11-ball 16. Narine  then returned with his off-spin to claim two for 32 as Titans were dismissed for 137 off the first ball of the 19th over.Archer top-scored with 36 while Jamaica and West Indies star Chadwick Walton chipped in with 30, but Titans lost wickets regularly and they never really regained their balance.Windies Twenty20 captain Carlos Brathwaite fell for a one-ball ‘duck’ batting at number three to be one of two wickets to fall in three deliveries as Titans slipped to eight for two in the third over.Walton, who struck five fours and a six off just 13 deliveries, added 35 for the third wicket with South African Rilee Roussouw (23) before edging a cut at left-arm spinner Shakib al Hasan behind.Five wickets tumbled for 45 runs before Archer arrived to blast five fours in a 24-ball cameo, as the tail wagged briefly.In the earlier game, Marlon Samuels’s half-century went in vain as Sylhet Sixes won their second on the trot with a four-wicket victory over Comilla Victorians.The right-handed Samuels struck 60 from 47 balls, with two fours and three sixes, as Victorians tallied 145 for six off their 20 overs.Former Windies seamer Krishmar Santokie picked up two for 30.In reply, Andre Fletcher was again among the runs stroking 36 off 29 balls with five fours and two sixes, putting on 73 for the first wicket with Upul Tharanga who made 51 off 40 balls, as Sixers overhauled their target of 146 with a ball to spare.West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was the best bowler with two for 34.For recent update on the Windies Cricket Team, click the link: West Indies denied whitewash against Zimbabwelast_img read more

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Cayman Islands owes success to immigration

first_imgCayman Islands owes success to immigration ~ says PremierPremier Alden McLaughlin has brushed aside sentiments from opposition legislators who have suggested a review of immigration procedures related to work permits and the granting of status.McLaughlin, in closing the 2017/2018 budget debate on Monday said he believes immigration has been an important and positive factor that as contributed to the growth of the British overseas territory.“I know it’s a bad word in some quarters …but it is immigration that has allowed these islands and all of us to develop the way we have,” the Premier said.However, he agreed that the situation must be properly managed, and “cussing the foreigners” and saying that nobody should be granted status was the kind of thinking that had set other places in the region, such as The Bahamas, far behind.Manage immigration properlyAccording to the Premier, if properly managed, immigration will provide opportunities for Caymanians, adding that the territory was the envy of the region because it had not been a victim of “insular thinking and prejudice.”He said the stance taken on immigration was the major difference between his administration and the policy position of the opposition.He noted that immigration has provided the current economic foundation that Cayman now enjoys.Accuses oppositionThe Premier also accused the opposition and local talk-shows of promoting the idea that people are automatically entitled to something just by being Caymanian.“That is an incredibly dangerous mindset,” he said.“It is going to undermine the ability of Caymanians to truly aspire and truly achieve in their own country.”McLaughlin told the Legislative Assembly, that there are challenges to Caymanians getting opportunities and not all employers are prepared to give locals opportunities, saying this was “the other side of the coin.”He said that the Government of Cayman will strive to make the work permit system more transparent and would penalize abuses.For more on Cayman immigration, click the link: Cayman Island to consider permanent resident applicationslast_img read more

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Coach Marc Collat signs two-year deal with Haiti

first_imgFootball coach Marc Collat has been confirmed for a second stint as the coach of the Haitian national team after signing a two-year contract recently.Collat, the former French U-18 team coach, was previously in charge of the team from 2014-2015 but parted ways after what is believed to be a wage dispute with the Haitian Football Federation (HFF).  With a vacancy in the national program last year, however, the coach returned and took charge of the Haitian unit which put in impressive performances against Japan and the United Arab Emirates.  With the coach’s intimate knowledge of the squad, however, the HFF opted to renew his contract with extended responsibilities.“The mission of the new coach will be even wider than in his first lease with the Haitian Football Federation,” President of the HFF Yves Jean-Bart explained.“He will be coach, but considering his past at the training club of Paris Saint-Germain, we chose to involve him even more in training especially in the category of players under 15 years. We are discussing with two renowned physical trainers who want to live in Haiti to complete the group to ensure better training for our young footballers.”The coach is also expected to take charge of the national U-20 women’s football ahead of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.last_img read more

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Kayleigh Ferguson Walker: Determined to overcome quadruple amputations

first_imgIn the spring of 2017 Kayleigh Ferguson Walker and her husband Ramon were living like other millennia couples in South Florida. The Coral Springs couple was eagerly expecting their second child, a son, and very happy as a family. But, then fate intervened and changed their lives drastically.In March of 2017, Kayleigh was in the second trimester of her second pregnancy when she was suddenly hit with strange symptoms, including a persistent high fever. Her husband decided to rush her to a hospital emergency room. There Kayleigh said things began to deteriorate rapidly. In coma for two weeksShe told a press conference held at Joy’s Roti Delight Cafe in the Lauderhill Mall last week that although “The nurses responded very quickly, and they took me in a room my breathing was depleting.”  Eventually she slipped into a coma in which she remained for two weeks, during which she lost her baby.Kayleigh was diagnosed with the dreaded infectious disease called Sepsis, a general term used to characterize an immune system response to an infection. A  viral, fungal, or bacterial infection of the lungs (pneumonia), kidneys, bloodstream (bacteriemia), or abdomen can lead to sepsis. This potentially life-threatening condition is considered a medical emergency, and affects over 200,000 Americans annually, some resulting in death.Legs and arms amputatedWhen Kayleigh emerged from the coma, she was made aware of the gravity of her condition. She was told the infection had created blood circulation problems in her arms and legs, and the only way her life could be speared was by amputating both arms and both legs.This is a problem that has faced other patients diagnosed with sepsis and has proven a very hard decision for both the patient, and the patient’s family. How can one continue living without arms and legs? How can one cope? But what is the alternative?” Certain death. Kayleigh, along with her husband, chose life. “”In the end, it was between my limbs and my life,” she said.So, along with much prayers among Kayleigh, her husband, other family members and friends Kayleigh agreed to, and underwent, the amputation surgeries.She said throughout her ordeal, she remained positive and determined to live with hope, and live positively.After surgery, as the doctors had indicated, the infection abated, but she was faced to endure long, ongoing physical therapy. To make it more challenging, she was   permanently unable to ever hold hands with her husband or caress her young daughter’s face again.Challenged to do normal things in a new way“My biggest challenge has been finding a way to do things, finding a new way, trying to take care of my daughter, Aaliyah, clean her face, help her with her clothes,” Ferguson-Walker said. Kayleigh gives her husband strength But she has persevered and continues to heal with the help and full dedication of her husband, Ramon. He told the press conference after seeing what his wife has gone through and her determination to survive and cope, he is “super inspired by her…..When I look at my wife and see her situation, it gives me strength, helps me continue as a husband and father.”Now Kayleigh is ready to share her amazing story with the world, while seeking her community’s support. Although she has not lost spirit, she has come to the practical realization that she needs help to live as normally as possible. To do this she needs special living accommodations.Recently, a special campaign was established on her behalf – known as the “Kayleigh Ferguson-Walker Homebuilding Fund” – to raise funds through charitable donations to pay for an ADA-compliant, one level, Ranch-style house to accommodate Kayleigh and her small family. The home will be equipped with “Smart Home Technology” to allow her to control most things inside of the home with the simple use of her voice commands and is estimated to cost $400,000.The fund-raising effort to acquire the house was launched at the press conference at Joy’s Roti Delight Café on December 4 and raised over $4,000.The Lord is her strengthKayleigh is cognizant that “there are ways to go” to raise the total amount to move into the ADA-compliant home which she said “will help me to do more as a wife and mother,” but acknowledged her “faith is undaunted. Leaning on the Lord is my strength.” Seeing how confident Kayleigh appears in spite of her adversity and how she is determined to live the life she has been is an inspiration for the wider community to help her, especially over this generous season of Christmas.Donations can be made by accessing: https://fundly.com/the-kayleigh-ferguson-walker-home-building-fundlast_img read more

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Canadian-Jamaican Reggae Artist Zackious Cooper Releases ‘Love Someone’

first_img“I will say yes it was tough getting airplay on the mainstream radio in Canada, but the emergence of the only black-owned radio station in Canada (G987 FM) has seen more locally-made reggae music getting some mainstream airplay. The local college radio stations have been our mainstay for many years and they are the most reliable outlet that we have,” he explained. “Love Someone” is the Toronto-based singer’s latest song. It is self-produced for his Cancer Music Label. Cooper, who also wrote “Love Someone”, believes it is important to put a distinctive stamp on his songs. The Kingston, Jamaica-born artist has lived in Canada for nearly 30 years. In addition to writing and producing his songs, Cooper markets his product. For much of his career, Zackious Cooper has been likened to Gregory Isaacs. His tenor sound is similar to the Cool Ruler, and he also has a passion for ballads. “As a songwriter I always try to create great melodies with a good story that people can relate to. I make myself present in every single step of the way because I know what I want, and I know what the people want,” he said. He admits that that is not always easy in a city like Toronto where reggae lags behind hip hop, country and rock. Cooper made his recording debut in 1987 as Anthony Cooper. The name of his first song was “Cocaine”. His sound is strongly inspired by Isaacs, one of reggae’s great balladeers, who died in 2010. One of Cooper’s more popular songs is a cover of the singer’s “All I Have is Love”.last_img read more

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ARC receives approval for Hilton Hotel at Doncaster Racecourse

first_img ARC continues financial support for greyhound trainers during COVID-19 shutdown April 15, 2020 Arena Racing Company (ARC) has received approval for an ‘exciting project’ which ‘marks a new era’ for Doncaster Racecourse. Construction of a new Hilton Garden Inn on the west side of the course will commence at the start of 2017, with the hotel scheduled to open in the summer of 2018.Hilton Garden Inn Doncaster Racecourse will provide quality accommodation in 154 guest rooms over six floors. The hotel will also have an event space on the first floor and extensive views of the racecourse, which will make it an ideal setting for both corporate and leisure race-day hospitality.Tim Banfield, Executive Director of Doncaster Racecourse, said: “Doncaster Racecourse is steeped in heritage and plays an important role in the local community. We are delighted to be working with Doncaster Council and Hilton on this exciting project which marks a new era for the racecourse.“The development of a new Hilton Garden Inn will provide the town with a much-needed quality hotel for guests, as well as extra capacity for racegoers on race days.”Patrick Fitzgibbon, Senior Vice President of Hilton, commented: “Hilton has a strong legacy of sporting venue developments, with more than 10,000 rooms either trading or under construction across four continents. With more than 280,000 people visiting Doncaster Racecourse in 2015, this hotel will provide prime mid-scale accommodation to domestic and international travellers alike.”John Greenleaf, Global Head of Hilton Garden Inn, said: “Hilton Garden Inn is now trading or under development in more than 120 locations across Europe, Middle East and Africa. The brand’s continued growth has included new markets this year such as Tanger City Centre in Morocco, and Dublin, Ireland, as well as further expansion in established markets including Austria and Belgium.“The Hilton Garden Inn in Doncaster will add another great stadium property to our portfolio in the UK following the opening of The Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland in the Stadium of Light in April, 2016.”Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, added: “This prestigious development which brings Hilton’s world famous hospitality to our internationally acclaimed racecourse is a real feather in Doncaster’s cap. The scheme will complement the new homes going up at Belle Vue and plans for the former Doncaster Bloodstock Sales, and is more evidence of Doncaster delivering on the jobs and growth front.” Share Share Submit Related Articles New look ARC revamps executive leadership team February 18, 2020 ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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ComeOn – Sponsor Profile – #bofcon2017

first_img ComeOn is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Can Yilanlioglu, Head of Betting at ComeOn, about why football is such an attractive sport for betting, how the market is changing from a consumer perspective and how betting and football stakeholders can work more effectively together.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?Can: It should be the global popularity of the sport and the number of key events that decide the result. The fact that one goal or one card can change your bet result makes it more exciting than wagering on the likes of tennis, golf or basketball. SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?Can: It used to be prematch accumulators placed on desktop back in the day. It’s now moving towards single live bets on mobile more and more. Any bookmaker now has to consider mobile if they wish to succeed. We also see an increasing demand for player specific bets; personalisation is and will remain a key theme in this industry going forward.  SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?Can: There needs to be increased cooperation for data sharing to maintain the integrity of the sport and to avoid match fixing across sports and events. SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?Can: Wearable technology that can track movements of football players might open many real-time betting possibilities. This is incredibly exciting and stands to become a major niche industry in its own right, with companies who deliver it well poised to reap the rewards. SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?Can: It will be interesting to hear the panel chats about markets we are looking at entering such as Spain, Italy, Eastern Europe and Asia. The inclusion of a number of panels focusing on certain regions was an excellent idea by the BoF organisers, and should generate a good deal of discussion. Related Articles Share Share Affiliate leaders confirmed for CasinoBeats Malta 2020 February 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Bethard exits UK online gambling scene  June 17, 2020 Swedish CEOs challenge ‘unrealistic demands’ against threat of igaming becoming obsolete June 8, 2020last_img read more

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6 of the Best – LeoVegas’ Gloria Cereda

first_imgShare Share Gloria Cereda, Account Management Lead at LeoVegas, has become the latest industry high-flyer to complete a 6 of the Best profile for SBC News. Find out which band gave her goose bumps, two books that she strongly recommends for all women, and why she chose to pursue a career in marketing.Best HolidayThe best trip of my life so far has been backpacking in South East Asia – over a month trip across Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. An on the road journey across mountains, oceans, lakes, jungle, busy cities which has helped me understand more things about myself which you don’t normally have the time to think of in your everyday life.Best AlbumParachutes by Coldplay, my all-time favourite song being Yellow (soppy but true!). I watched them in concert twice at Wembley and in Milan – both times I had goose bumps throughout the whole show!Best FilmWhat Women Want. Okay, I know this isn’t exactly what can be described as masterpiece, but this has been very significant for my life. I remember watching this film at a very young age and being so fascinated by her job, her determination and power that I decided on that day that I would pursue a marketing career.Best Sporting ExperienceAs an Inter Milan fan, the best year of my life has been 2010. Inter won five cups including the Champions League. I watched the final against Bayern on a maxi screen in Piazza Duomo, Milan with thousands other fans. The atmosphere was incredible, a great moment for the club and the fans. After the match, I remember releasing an interview to a local newspaper, in tears, declaring that having a baby would probably not give me this same joy!Best BookYou must allow me to name two books here: a classic and a business book that I strongly recommend to all women out there.The classic is 1984, George Orwell. I have been always fascinated by the power of media, influence and advertising. Orwell describes a future in which media have an enormous control over people’s decisions and actions. Think about the plague of fake news or the recent scandal with Facebook and Cambridge Analytica. How far are we from an Orwellian world?The business book is ‘Lean In’ by Sheryl Sandberg. Calling all women in business out there – this is your book! Sherly will take you through an incredible journey on how to tackle the challenges, that we, as women, face in our everyday life at work. A call to act and stand up for yourself, your career, your family. For me it was illuminating.Best AppThe best app for me is definitely SkyView®, an astronomy app. As a kid, I was particularly attracted to Astronomy as well as Epic. I have spent a lot of time with telescope and astrolabe to identify the stars and read their stories. Behind every constellation in fact, there is an amazing Epic story behind. The SkyView® app allows you to just point your phone at the sky and recognise the constellation you are looking at. Much quicker and easy! StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

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EU ‘detailed opinion’ delays Malta’s revised Gaming Act

first_img TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Updating the market, The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has informed that it will delay the introduction of its revised Gaming Act until 1 August 2018.The authority details that a ‘EU member state’ has submitted a detailed opinion to the European Council in relation to its Gaming Act’s legislative mandate, which the MGA will review.‘This Detailed Opinion has extended the standstill period for implementation of the Regulations by one month, to the 16th July 2018.  In this light, the implementation of the new regulatory framework shall also be delayed by one month, and will henceforth be moved to the 1st August 2018, in full respect of the standstill period in terms of the Directive’ the MGA details in its communication.Last May, Malta’s Parliament approved outright a number of provisions to be added to the Gaming Act, strengthening the MGA’s powers to enforce compliance.Malta’s revised Gaming Act primarily focuses on establishing a new anti-money-laundering (AML) code alongside further improving player protection standards.Aiding the MGA’s compliance operations will be the development of a new ‘player support unit’, designed to be a mediator between players and operators relating to potential disputes.Further, provisions will see the MGA move to revamp Malta’s responsible gaming measures and mandates for licensed operators and gaming-related services. Submit Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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