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Late Barbados PM’s widow bows out of politics

first_imgThe member of parliament for the constituency of St. John in Barbados, Mara Thompson has formally announced that she will not be contesting the upcoming general election.Thompson, the widow of David Thompson, the sixth Prime Minister of Barbados, said that after eight years, she has decided to retire from public life.“I have taken a long hard look at myself and the needs of my family and I have decided to retire from public life,” said Thompson, who made the disclosure at a meeting of the ruling Democratic Labor Party (DLP), General Council late Wednesday.Thompson also thanked her constituents for supporting her over the years.“Just as I walked throughout the constituency and sought the support of the people of St. John when I wanted to become their MP, I am walking around in St. John, knocking on doors thanking the good people of St. John for their support for me over the years.  I intend to do so face to face.  They will see me.  I will continue to visit each home because I want to thank you.”She added that following her husband’s death, her family was “cradled and buoyed by the people of St. John”.“They swept me into Parliament, giving me the very distinct honor of becoming their Parliamentary representative   – I consider myself blessed to have been afforded the opportunity to serve my party and my St. John family.”Thompson, who was the first female Deputy Speaker of the House, has also endorsed the party’s General Secretary, George Pilgrim, as her successor.The constituency of St. John has been hailed as the DLP’s most secure seat since 1958.St. John was once held by the late Prime Minister Errol Barrow who died in office in 1987.Former Prime Minister David Thompson, was later elected for the seat, which he held until his death – also in office in October 2010.His widow won the seat in a by-election in January 2011 and also ran successfully during the 2013 general election.A date for a general election – that is constitutionally due by June this year, has not been set although Parliament was  automatically dissolved on March 6.last_img read more

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US based crypto-currency exchange to launch new trading platform for Caribbean…

first_imgThe US based cryptocurrency exchange agency Bittrex, has announced a partnership with Cryptofacil, a new cryptocurrency trading platform designed to accommodate citizens in the Caribbean and Latin America.According to Bittrex, headquartered in the US state of Washington, the new exchange will allow Latin American and Caribbean residents the ability to trade over 200 cryptocurrencies. “At the moment the companies are offering a pre-registration period for interested traders,” said Cryptofacil’s co-founder, Andres Szafran who added that the team plans to leverage the Bittrex trading platform’s experience and token review process.“We developed Cryptofacil to focus on basic customer requirements: a simple and easy to use cryptocurrency platform with superior customer support and value-added services in a safe and secure environment,” explains Szafran. “Our goal is to become the crypto exchange of record and the most reputable platform in Latin America and the Caribbean.”Bittrex CEO Bill Shihara says the Cryptofacil team based in Uruguay, has a deep knowledge of the Latin American and Caribbean markets. “The partnership provides Bittrex with the opportunity to offer these residents access to a broad selection of cryptocurrency assets and the company believes it’s reputation will help bolster the goal. The partnership with Cryptofacil “will further drive worldwide adoption,” Shihara said in making the recent announcement.last_img read more

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Pompano Beach Cultural Center Presents Montage: A Film Series

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – Montage: A Film Series is a program designed to link communities and people through the art of filmmaking and culture. Montage returns for its 2020 season in celebration of Black History Month for a screening of Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People. Montage takes place Thursday, February 27 at 7pm at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center. Tickets are FREE and are available at  www.ccpompano.org or at the door.“This documentary is a fitting selection for Black History Month,” said Phyllis Korab, Cultural Affairs Director. “As it provides a comprehensive look at American culture through historical archival images that are rarely seen in such totality.”As the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People probes the recesses of American history through images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.Bringing to light rarely seen photos shot by both professional and amateur African American photographers, the film opens a window into the lives of black families, whose experiences and perspectives are often missing from the traditional historical canon.These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and its founding ideals. Inspired by the book Reflections in Black by photo historian Deborah Willis, the film features the works of esteemed photographic artists Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and many others.The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 West Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33445.last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger On The Verge Of Breaking Sir Alex Ferguson’s Premier League Record

first_imgFerguson81052865.2% Moyes49919639.3% ManagerMatchesWinsWin % Wenger79045757.8% Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, is on the brink of breaking Sir Alex Ferguson’s Premier League appearance record, as the Frenchman closes in as the longest serving Premier League manager.Heading into his 20th Premier League season with 790 appearances as a manager, Wenger will break Sir Alex’s record of 810 appearances if he remains Arsenal’s manager when the Gunners face West Bromwich Albion on December 30, 2017. Allardyce48816533.8% Considered one of the greatest Premier League managers, Sir Alex Ferguson made his Manchester United Premier League debut in 1992, in a game United lost 2-1 to Sheffield United, before dropping the curtain on a trophy laden managerial career with a sensational 5-5 draw against West Bromwich Albion on 19 May 2013.67-year-old Wenger made his Premier League bow for Arsenal in the 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in 1996, and have gone on to win the Premier League three times, the last being the 2003/2004 season.At A Glance – Premier League Longest Serving Managers Redknapp64123636.8% RelatedHow Does Arsene Wenger Compare To Sir Alex Ferguson After Matching PL Games RecordDecember 29, 2017In “England”Aguero, Klopp Set Premier League Awards RecordFebruary 7, 2020In “England”Mourinho Eager To Be Friends With Old Enemy ‘Wenger’April 26, 2018In “England”last_img read more

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Neymar’s Criticism; PSG Midfielder Marquinhos Speaks

first_imgMarcos Aoás Corrêa, commonly known as Marquinhos has spoken out in defense of criticism faced by his team-mate, Neymar.The PSG Midfielder dismissed concerns over Neymar’s temperament insisting it’s impossible for the forward to please everyone.Neymar has been on the headline since his high-profile switch from Barcelona to the French capital.“For everything Neymar has been doing on the pitch, whoever thinks he’s not [performing as expected] must be watching another game. He’s a different player, a star, someone who instantly becomes a target for other players, for the press and fans,” said Marquinhos.“Just like all the other great players, [opinion] will never be unanimous. There will always be those who do not like him, and others who admire him. It’s important is to have character…Neymar has a good head on his shoulders and this is very important for Brazil and we are all trying to help with his adaptation in Paris. “I believe he has already adapted to the city and the club. He came to get titles and he is a big player. You can’t please everyone in life, which is especially true for great stars.”RelatedI Want Neymar At PSG – Dani AlvesJuly 30, 2017In “Europe”Neymar Unveiling – Watch Paris Welcome Neymar To Paris Saint-GermainAugust 4, 2017In “Europe”Neymar To PSG: Pros And ConsAugust 4, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

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BetVictor customer wins £223,000 from 20 fold accumulator

first_img Submit Share Related Articles BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs June 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share BetVictor boosts casino portfolio with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 25, 2020 Christmas came early for a lucky BetVictor customer over the weekend, the lucky punter won over £223,000 from a 20-fold football accumulator.The 26 year-old BetVictor customer from Suffolk won £ 223,145.65 from a £5 bet at odds of 41,548/1.On top of his initial winnings, the punter was paid an additional £15,405.14 as part of BetVictor’s ongoing Price Promise concession, which gives customers the difference in cash if they would have won more with a competitor.The bet began midweek and ended with Spurs coming from behind to beat Burnley at White Hart Lane on Sunday.BetVictor Spokesperson Charlie McCann said: “Christmas has certainly come early for our young customer who has won a life-changing amount of money for a fiver. What a journey it was with no less than four of his Championship selections scoring late, late winners on Saturday. Lady Luck was certainly shining on him and we have never seen fortune quite like it.“When Brighton missed a penalty at Loftus Road yesterday, or when Burnley took the lead at White Heart Lane, he may have thought his luck had finally run out, but some things are meant to be. This was one of those once-in-a-lifetime wins and we wish him the best of luck – not that he appears to need it!”Some very late incidents were needed for the bet to go through, and the 26 year old must have been saving up his luck throughout the year. Reading scored a 92nd minute winner, Leeds scored in the 89th, there was a disputed penalty in Sheffield Wednesday’s fixture in the 94th whilst Brighton scored their winner in the 95th.(Image Credit)last_img read more

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Scudetto Odds on the Rossoneri rapidly receding

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 After a £160 million pound overhaul of their squad, the odds on seven time European champions, AC Milan winning next season’s Scudetto have been slashed. At the culmination of last season, the Rossoneri were a massive 16/1 to end Juventus’ reign of domination in Italy. However, their lavish summer of spending means that their price has been shortened to just 6/1. With the help of their new Chinese ownership, Milan have acquired a wealth of talent from all over Europe; Franck Kessié, Ricardo Rodriguez, André Silva, Hakan Calhanoglu, Andrea Conti and Lucas Biglia are just some of the players that make up their list of new signings. Nonetheless, their biggest coup is undoubtedly capturing highly regarded defender, Leonardo Bonucci from Italian champions Juventus. Selling one of their most sought after defenders to Milan, suggests that Juventus resonate with the bookmakers, who despite shortening the price of Milan, continue to rank them as outsiders for the title.The Rossoneri are currently third favourites for the Serie A glory, with Juventus odds on to win an unprecedented seventh consecutive Scudetto and Napoli 5/1 outsiders for their first title since the Maradona era.Alan Alger, BetwayAlan Alger of Betway spoke to SBC about Milan’s chances this season: “They have shortened up from 16/1 at the start of June to their current price (6/1). I would say most of these signings come under the promising category rather than the proven one in terms of Championship winners or challengers.“They’ve finished on average over 30 points behind Juventus the last 3 seasons so have enormous ground to make up on them and also have to participate in the Europa League.”The Italian football season begins on 20 August, AC Milan travel to Crotone on the opening weekend.last_img read more

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Virtual success in Europe points to bright future for Golden Race

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Golden Race has predicted that revenues for virtual sports will eventually surpass those generated by real events, after referencing the concept’s growing popularity in Italy.Speaking to Gambling Insider, the firm’s CEO Martin Wachter said that the “numbers in countries like Italy show that virtual sports has become one of the most popular games next to sports betting”.He added: “Our metrics also show that, in many other countries, the volume and traffic on virtual sports is almost the same size as in real, and way ahead of any other gaming revenue streams.”Seeking to explain this shift in behaviour, Wachter said: “I don’t think players see virtual sports as a replacement of the real thing, but rather a complementary gaming experience that revolves around their favourite sport – one they can play at any time of the day, every two or three minutes.“When we look at a soccer game for instance, the player has the opportunity to back his or her favourite team multiple times a day, and not only once a week.”Wachter was also asked about big trends in virtual sports, prompting him to speak of the prominent role played by the ‘On Demand’ service in Golden Race’s Mobile 2.0 and Desktop 3.0 versions.“A popular trend at the moment is making virtual games available on demand,” he commented. “Players can start the games right after choosing their bets, rather than waiting for the games to start following a fixed schedule.“This play method has great value, especially when players play by themselves on their computers or mobile phones. Golden Race released ‘On Demand’ versions of our top played games a while ago and both our clients and players love it!”In addition to 3D Horse Racing and 3×3 Basket, Golden Race has populated its 2018 roadmap with new game releases dedicated to speedway, motorbikes, American football, dirt track, tennis and basketball, as well as a complete fight league.When asked how Golden Race decides which sports are developed into virtual games, Wachter said: “To know what kind of sports you should develop next and for it to be successful is a bit like playing lottery: you never know if the players will like it.“We use market data to understand what real sports are most popular in each region. When deciding whether to bring a sport to virtual or not, it is important to consider whether we can create a virtual format that is not only appealing to players, but also remains comparable to the real sport.”Meanwhile, Golden Race has also launched the ‘Golden Race World Cup 2018’, a virtual football tournament featuring the 32 qualified teams for Russia. There will be a group phase, round of 16, quarter finals, semi final and final, with penalties to decide the winner for any knockout match ending in a draw. TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Changing global dynamics see Paddy Power Betfair & Stars Group discuss giant merger plans

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon The Sunday Times has this weekend reported that the governances of Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) and The Stars Group Inc held mutual talks in late 2018, discussing a ground-breaking merger.The two enterprises, which are competing to dominate global gambling’s new landscape disrupted by the repeal of US PASPA federal laws, multiple changes in European regulatory frameworks and the UK’s enforced FOBTs £2 wagering limit, are reported to have reviewed a potential £9 billion tie-up.Both organisations have completed transformative 2018s, in which FTSE100 PPB merged its Betfair US division with its newly acquired FanDuel asset, moving to launch a new US-facing subsidiary.Meanwhile, expanding its profile within an M&A crazed online gambling scene, Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc would act as the sector’s biggest spender, acquiring Sky Betting & Gaming (Sky Bet) for $4.7 billion, and the new Australian assets of Crownbet and William Hill AUS for a combined $650 million.In its report, The Sunday Times states that discussions are no-longer taking place between parties and that any potential multi £ billion tie-up would have come under strict regulatory scrutiny assessing competition impacts.Whilst both companies have neither confirmed or denied The Sunday Times report, the speculated merger discussions can be viewed as further evidence that 2019 will see a continuation of global gambling’s relentless M&A trend. Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020last_img read more

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Ascot and Chester due to host races from The Silk Series

first_img ARC continues financial support for greyhound trainers during COVID-19 shutdown April 15, 2020 ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Ascot and Chester racecourses have agreed to host races from the third series of The Silk Series in 2019, with the first race taking place at Ascot Racecourse this Saturday.The £150,000 series of races for female jockeys aims to promote the achievements of both amateur and professional female jockeys across Britain. Jockeys take part in a series of fifteen races across summer to compete for points. The races will take place at nine ARC racecourses, including Goodwood, Hamilton Park, Musselburgh and York Racecourses alongside Chester and Ascot.ARC’s Group Director of Partnerships, David Leyden Dunbar said, “It was fantastic to collaborate with our partner racecourses outside of our group in 2018 and this year’s further expansion of The Silk Series represents a real opportunity for the racing community to work in partnership to celebrate the achievements of female jockeys”.The races are set to be supported by official betting partner, bet365, with Sky Sports Racing presenter Hayley Moore set to offer race insights and tips ahead of each stage of the competition. Moore will also be offered a £100 charity bet for each race from bet365, with all of the proceeds to be donated to Cancer Research UK.The Silk Series will be continuing its support of Cancer Research UK in the third edition of the competition, having previously raised in excess of £52,000 last year. The Final will take place at Doncaster Racecourse on Thursday 12 September where the overall Champion will receive the Tufnell Trophy.  The trophy is named in honour of Meriel Tufnell, the first woman to ride a winner under rules in Britain when winning the Goya Stakes at Kempton Park in 1972. Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Share Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020last_img read more