Celebrating Bob Marley’s Exodus

first_img2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Bob Marley’s iconic hit Exodus. The milestone is being commemorated with the Exodus Live concert in Los Angeles.Exodus, Bob Marley’s epic 1977 album, turned 40 this year. His family continues celebrations of that milestone with the Exodus 40 Live concert on November 1 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Marley’s sons, Ziggy and Stephen, will be joined blues guitarist Jim James, former Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers and roots rocker Gary Clark Jr.No Jamaican acts No Jamaican acts are on the event which will be produced by Don Was, a musician who has also produced albums by Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt. Was directed Ziggy Marley on his 1999 album, Spirit of Music.“After listening to Ziggy’s restatement of Exodus 40 The Movement Continues the album struck me as something powerful, rarely seen live in its entirety. I am thrilled tobe a part of this show with Ziggy and Stephen, and perform these songs for the fans,” Was said.Marley at peak of artistic powersReleased in June, 1977 by Island Records, Exodus hears Marley at the peak of his artistic powers. It was recorded mainly in Londo where he went after an assassination attempt on his life at his home in Kingston, the Jamaica capital, in December, 1976.Exodus contains songs like the title track, The Heathen, Guiltness, Natural Mystic, Jamming, Three Little Birds, Waiting In Vain and One Love/People Get Ready.Album of the 20th centuryIn 1999 Time Magazine named it Album of the 20th Century.This year, the Marley family along with Island Records and UMe (owners of the Island Records catalog) released four reissue albums to commemorate Exodus’40th anniversary. One of those albums is Ziggy Marley’s ‘Restatement’.For more about Bob Marley, visit the website: http://www.bobmarley.com/last_img read more

PAHO director calls for more collaboration ahead of World Health Day

first_imgThe Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne is calling for collective actions to ensure all people, everywhere have access to the health services they need.Dr. Etienne together with the former president of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, made the call as the global community prepares to observe World Health Day on Saturday.Obstacles to accessing healthcareIn the Americas region, one third of the population faces obstacles to accessing health the Dominican-born Dr. Etienne said. “Health is a right, and as such we must overcome barriers to have access to care.”She noted that out-of-pocket payments that many people must make to obtain health services “constitutes the main barrier and pushes families towards poverty.”Other barriers are geographic or institutional in nature, including stigma and discrimination in health services. “It is not enough to have hospitals and health centers, these institutions must have the right combination of human resources, infrastructure and equipment, medicines and other health technologies, to avoid long waiting times and offer quality care,” said Dr. Etienne.“Universal Health: Everyone, Everywhere”World Health Day is being observed under the theme “Universal Health: Everyone, Everywhere.” PAHO said the theme implies all people and communities have access, without discrimination, to quality health services without having to expose themselves to financial difficulties. The campaign calls on representatives of governments, academia and civil society to stimulate dialogue on policies that can help achieve health for all by 2030.Last year, PAHO created the High Level Commission on “Universal Health in the 21st Century: 40 Years of Alma-Ata,” led by Bachelet, who said to achieve universal health, “we have to build national consensus, because the challenges are of such magnitude that they require the commitment and effort of all.”Americas one of the most inequitable worldwidePAHO noted that 40 years after the Declaration of Alma-Ata, which promoted the values of the right to health, equity and solidarity, the region of the Americas continues to be one of the most inequitable in the world.Bachelet noted that there have been important advances since Alma-Ata, but that there are still major gaps between and within the countries. She said PAHO’s regional strategy for universal health along with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the sustainable health agenda for the Americas infuse new life into the path toward “health for all” outlined at Alma-Ata.She urged greater emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention, reducing segmentation and fragmentation in health services, safeguarding the working conditions of health personnel, including new technologies and innovation, and for building health financing systems that promote solidarity.last_img read more

Jamaican government divests Norman Manley International airport

first_imgThe Government has divested the operation of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) to Mexican entity, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico S.A.B. De C.V. (GAP).25-year agreementA 25-year concession agreement was signed Wednesday at the Office of the Prime Minister by Chairman of the Airports Authority of Jamaica, which owns the NMIA, William Shagoury, President and Chief Executive Officer, Audley Deidrick, and GAP’s Chief Executive Officer, Raul Revuelta Musalem, and Head of the entity’s subsidiary, PAC Kingston Airport Limited, Saul Villarreal Garcia.To improve operations Under the agreement, GAP will be responsible for improving the airport’s land and air operational efficiency, and financing and completing a modernization program, at an estimated cost of over US$110 million.Additionally, the Government will receive a guaranteed percentage of the airport’s gross revenues. The entity has the option to extend the arrangements by an additional five years.The GAP emerged the preferred of three bidders, which included two consortia of foreign and local investors.Their selection followed the public opening and evaluation and Cabinet’s subsequent approval in September of the three bid submissions received by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) in July.The transaction value for GAP’s bid totals over US$2 billion.Holness said the transaction represents another successful public-private partnership deal.last_img read more

US Plans To Deny Citizenship To Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits

first_imgWASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — With the announcement of the new immigration policy, the Trump administration has crushed the hopes of many low-income immigrants who have long dreamed of becoming citizens of the United States.On Monday, the administration of US President Donald Trump published a document on the Federal Register titled “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds” which detailed a new policy that enables the administration to deny permanent residency and citizenship to migrants who receive food stamps, Medicaid and other public welfare.Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the U.S., or what’s called a “public charge,” but the new policy, which takes effect on October 15, has dictated a new set of stipulations which will disqualify even more immigrants.The policy threatens to set back the citizenship hopes of millions of Caribbean and Latin American migrants, many of who work for low wages and depend, in part, on public services to get by. It also appeared to close the door for impoverished and low-skilled migrants outside the country hoping to legally obtain a foothold in the United States.Many migrants that move to the US seeking a better life, typically end up in low-income jobs such as maids, cleaning and janitorial jobs among others, because of their immigration status. Other undocumented migrants will attempt to work “under-the-table” in restaurants or retail to provide for themselves and their families.Announcing a new definition of the longstanding “public charge” law, the White House said migrants will be blocked from entering the country if they are likely to need public assistance.In addition, those already here and using public services will not be able to obtain green cards or US citizenship.“To protect benefits for American citizens, immigrants must be financially self-sufficient,” Trump said in a White House statement.“Large numbers of non-citizens and their families have taken advantage of our generous public benefits, limited resources that could otherwise go to vulnerable Americans,” the statement said.The ruling could impact some 22 million non-citizen legal residents of the country, and the estimated 10.5 million unauthorized immigrants, most of them-long-term residents. Earlier this year. Earlier this year, the United States Homeland Security reported that over 10,000 Jamaicans had overstayed their visas between October 2017 and September 2018, and, as a consequence, would face the usual sanctions for undocumented immigrants, if caught.The White House said that half of all non-citizen households include at least one person using Medicaid, the government-run health program. It said that 78 percent of households headed by a non-citizen with no more than a high school education use at least one welfare program.“Through the public charge rule, President Trump’s administration is reinforcing the ideals of self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, ensuring that immigrants are able to support themselves and become successful here in America,” said Ken Cuccinelli, acting Director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services.But while the Trump administration state that the new rules are one way to “reinforce self-sufficiency”, the new policies are seemingly another ploy to keep hopefull immigrants out of the United States, and to discourage those already there to stay.Along with the ICE raids that have forced hundreds of immigrants across many states to walk and work in fear of being deported, Trump’s “new rules” send a message to non-US citizens that they are not permanently welcomed.last_img read more

The Lagos City Criterium 2017

first_imgLagos state Government is planning to leverage off the growth and emergence of the Lagos City Criterium to push for a bigger yearly event to attract tourists to the state using the Tour of Lagos.“I’m surprised to see these individuals go as far as the thick bushes in Epe and it feels good to know they cycle that far. And having seen this love and passion they have for the sports, it can only be leading in one direction – ‘Tour of Lagos’.”Nine teams from all over Nigeria including Port Harcourt, Abuja and host city Lagos will compete for over N1.5m in total prize monies.“Our idea has always been to help young riders achieve their potentials and we believe the Lagos City Crit is one of the best platform to showcase them,” said Faiz Imam, Chairman Board of trustees of the Foundation.Imam continued:“We hope from the young ones who are competing tomorrow, we can discover the future of Nigeria in this sport.” Race Director, Mr. Garrick Bassey confirmed that 170 riders have arrived in Lagos to fight for honours and the race is around a 2.9km crit loop and cuts across different categories including Juniors, Amateur and professionals.Ex Giro Italia and Tour d’ France rider Andrea Tonti is expected to make a special appearance at the event.The Lagos City Criterium 2017 is the Grand Final of the Crit this year and takes place on Saturday, 11th November 2017 by 7am at Dolphin Estate Road (Second Avenue Estate).RelatedThe Lagos City Criterium 2017November 12, 2017In “Features”FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup: FIFA Inspection Team Says Decision Yet To Be Taken About Nigeria’s Suitability To Host Event (AUDIO)August 7, 2019In “FIFA”Sports Minister Sunday Dare To Lobby FIFA For Nigeria’s World Cup Bid, Visits National Stadium Weekend (AUDIO)September 4, 2019In “FIFA”last_img read more

Adi Dagan: Beehive – An intrinsic link! Redefining industry retention & intelligence values

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Mikael Hansson – Enteractive – Staying responsible when acquiring & retaining players December 6, 2017 Bojan Sovilj: Why CloudWalker is not just a ‘Big Data’ company September 12, 2019 Related Articles Round table – Betinvest: The future of sportsbook personalisation July 31, 2019 Adi DaganAhead of ICE 2017, Adi Dagan CEO & Co-Founder of Beehive software, speaks to SBC on the changing industry landscape with regards to customer retention and business intelligence.   Leading Beehive operations which in 2016 won numerous industry clients, Dagan tells SBC readers that placing data first industry stakeholders can no longer afford to be ‘stabbing in the dark’ when planning and strategizing their retention goals.  _______________________SBC: Hi Adi thanks for the interview. Amid a growing focus on data and intelligence, how is betting and igaming retention changing?Adi Dagan: The two – data and retention – are now intrinsically linked. For a retention strategy to be effective and efficient, it must be powered and supported by data – if not marketers are very much stabbing in the dark. By using the right data in the right way, operators and marketers can target players with the right communication at the right time, offering them the incentives and rewards they need to keep returning to their brand time and again. In the past, it has not been possible to deliver such an individual and tailored approach, but data has changed that and will continue to force a shift in the landscape as we develop the technology that allows us to collate and analyse it.SBC: Dealing with multiple verticals and products serviced by the majority of operators, what is Beehive’s core approach to industry retention practices?AD: Regardless of whether you are a casino, poker, sportsbook, bingo or lottery operator – or all of the former – the same approach to retention applies. First and foremost, it is about adopting a data-led strategy and using the information you gather to shape core marketing practices. But it’s not just about gathering as much data as possible; the information needs to be properly segmented – our platform allows our partners to cluster players under hundreds of different factors – and presented in a way that makes for easy and efficient analysis. This should be accessible 24/7, 365 days a year so that marketers can instantly react to any emerging trends.SBC: From a retention perspective, what new core values are Beehive witnessing in industry clients?AD: It’s up to seven times more expensive to acquire a new player than retain a current customer, so operators are dialling in on how to reduce promiscuity and churn. They also understand that a loyal player offers far more long-term value than a player who takes advantage of a bonus offer, plays for a day or two, then goes elsewhere. In fact, loyal players are worth up to ten times their initial deposit. With this in mind, retention is overtaking acquisition as the core purpose of marketing efforts; that’s not to say operators are not looking to acquire new players because they are, but keeping hold of their customer base is very much front of mind.    SBC: Can the industry learn effective retention processes from outside sectors or companies…who should industry stakeholders follow?AD: They can, but the online gambling industry offers some unique quirks and foibles that don’t apply to other industries. That is why we established Beehive in the first place – to offer gaming operators a marketing platform designed specifically for the sector. If anything, we believe the online gambling industry is pushing the boundaries when it comes to effective retention process and the way data is being used to strengthen strategies and foster new approaches. Keeping hold of customers is more of a challenge in our industry than most, and that is why we have had to develop a platform that is innovative and ground-breaking. SBC: Can industry operators gain differentiation from new retention processes? Does retention reflect individuality for bookmakers?AD: Operators approach retention differently, from the way they segment data, read into what it is saying, and act upon it. That is why they need to work with a marketing platform that is flexible and can be moulded to their individual needs. By taking an individual approach to retention, operators can have a point of difference in the way they communicate with their customers, and the messaging and bonusing they offer them. A one-size-fits-all mentality does not work with retention, meaning bookmakers can take the approach that suits them best and reflects their wider branding and voice.SBC: Coming into 2017 how will Beehive continue to grow its services and operations within the betting/gaming sectors?AD: We have ambitious plans to grow our geographical footprint, particularly in emerging markets. The gaming industry is growing at a rapid rate, with new regions licensing and regulating the activity. It presents a huge opportunity for companies such as ours to enter these markets and help operators make the most of the big data from the outset. We are excited by the prospect of building a truly global business, and racking up some serious air miles in the process.________________________Adi Dagan – CEO & Co-Founder – Beehive B.I.last_img read more

XLMedia raises £32 million through share sale

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Amit Ben Yehuda steps down from XLMedia August 13, 2020 London AIM-listed industry affiliate marketing firm XLMedia has confirmed that it has raised approximately £31.7 million through its latest ordinary shares placement.Issuing a market statement on Tuesday 16 January, XLMedia governance detailed that it would place up to 16 million ordinary shares, representing circa 7.8% of the firm’s equity for sale to institutional investors.This morning, XLMedia confirmed that it had completed the successful transaction of its placement at a target price of 198 pence per ordinary share.XLMedia a leading industry affiliate marketing network and player acquisition specialist will use the capital to continue its M&A growth strategy.“The Board has identified a strong pipeline of acquisition opportunities and is in various stages of due diligence with respect to several of these opportunities, although there can be no certainty that these will lead to successful acquisitions in the near term.  The Board, therefore, believes the Placing will better position the Group to take advantage of the opportunities as they become available.” detailed XLMedia’s market note.A busy start to 2018, has seen XLMedia acquire a significant share of Finnish affiliate Good Game Limited’s active portfolio; including sites Nettikasinot.com and Netticasinot.com for a total consideration of €15 million.Updating investors, Ory Weihs Chief Executive of XLMedia commented on the transaction: “We are delighted to have received such strong support from both existing and new shareholders as we continue to see a significant opportunity to grow XLMedia both organically and through acquisition.“This fundraising will enable us to fully capitalise on acquisition opportunities we have identified in key verticals.” Related Articles Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Share XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Sky Bet funds £1m gambling awareness programme for EFL clubs

first_img EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Share EPIC Risk Management will deliver a £1 million programme funded by Sky Bet to educate the 72 football league clubs about gambling related harm.The programme, designed for both players and club staff, will be delivered by the independent harm minimisation consultancy as part of the renewed English Football League (EFL) sponsorship for Sky Bet, who serve as the title sponsor of the EFL’s Championship, League 1 and League 2 competitions.It will begin at Birmingham City, Norwich City, Charlton Athletic, Brentford, Accrington Stanley, Carlisle United, Lincoln City, Newport County, Oldham Athletic and Portsmouth during the off-season.Sky Betting & Gaming CEO Richard Flint said: “When we announced the extension of our EFL sponsorship we were keen to put safer gambling at the heart of our renewed partnership.“By funding such a vital service for every club we want to play our part in reducing gambling related harm amongst their players and wider staff. I firmly believe that responsible operators can add value to sport through partnerships like this.”EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey added: “Betting in football should only serve to enhance the match day experience and I hope that by providing our campaign with visibility at every single game that supporters will be encouraged to stay in control and gamble safely.”“The work that will take place with EFL clubs, players and staff alike is a hugely significant step forward and will hopefully have a positive impact on all participants in the professional game for years to come.”The announcement comes just a month after The Senet Group moved to waive copyright restrictions on its popular responsible gambling campaign, ‘When the Fun Stops, Stop’, to increase the scale of its consumer engagement ahead of this summer’s World Cup.last_img read more

OPTIMA’S Jacob Lopez: The flexibility to support new front-end functionality

first_imgShare Cash out functionality, feed unification and bet builders are just three of the key components of the modern day sportsbook. OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez talks moving with the market in 2018, why differentiation has become a buzzword for the company, and how the technology behind its beefed up sportsbook stood up to the performance challenge presented by this year’s football World Cup.SBC: Can you outline some of the key improvements made to the OPTIMA sportsbook solution?JL: OPTIMAMGS Sportsbook has recently been subjected to a new fully responsive frontend, using latest technologies and providing unparalleled flexibility to bookmakers. A new content delivery API based on web-sockets fully developed in house by OPTIMA.Apart from technology delivery, we have made available new functionalities like bet suggestion facilities, fast markets, fully fleshed pool betting, jackpots and edit bet functionality, as well as full and partial cash out for all sports and markets and automatic pre-match / in-play mapping even between different suppliers to allow for an improved cash-out experience to end users.There is also a feed unification application, allowing operators to form their own content catalogue using the best content suppliers, Bet Builder (aka Suggest a bet or Pick your punt) and new bet types making our platform the most comprehensive in terms of available betting opportunities, while new trading tool functionalities help traders to do their work more efficiently with more control through new bet interception and management functionality.Amongst other notable new aspects to the platform are virtual content integration from Kiron, Golden Race and Sportradar, the possibility to fully outsource part or the entire risk management function by using the TradeGate™ two way service, reporting facilities from real time to deep data mining and in-line analytics, and a promotions engine that allows operators to define their own promotions, selection criteria and initiate automated triggering without developmental assistance.SBC: How important is the ability for a supplier to modify cash out formulas depending on the requirements of the operator?JL: For a supplier like us, a full scalable, turn-key egaming and sports betting platform solution is a must to give to our partner the ability to personalize their product to the maximum level. Each operator in its own market has its own challenges, so having the ability to modify cash out formulas and not only margin or commission, is just one of the hundreds of ready-to-personalise features available.SBC: Are you seeing a tendency from operators to go fully automated through OPTIMA’s Automated Trading Tool, or utilise the flexibility to create supplementary markets?JL: The more competition, the more OPTIMAMGS™ powered operators shine in the market. Currently, the operation is normally setup with four or five different feed suppliers, each of them more or less specialized. Traders will then personalize with our platform; everything from odds to offers to incremental markets, created automatically using our Hermes trading tool, or even manually using our event and content management – both for pre-match or in-play content.SBC: Differentiation has become a buzzword for OPTIMA’s sportsbook approach; how vital is differentiation, not just for setting promotions, but also for setting price modelling, pricing per channel, pricing per region and in-play presentation for each bookmaker?JL: Differentiation and innovation as well. With OPTIMAMGS™ operators can use their own fine-tuned models, new markets, pricing per region by channel and of course not just an in-play presentation for bookmakers, who each have their own individual roadmap.This comes with unparalleled flexibility, permitting releases as often as twice a month; changes are not limited to frontend or in-play, they can range from backend tool changes to frontend designs, streaming integrations, alerting tools, personalized and normalized live trackers and scoreboards that are part of the platform and not from third parties.SBC: Request a bet functionality has quickly become a mainstay of an operator’s sports betting provision; how quickly and effectively was OPTIMA able to embrace this concept?JL: OPTIMA delivered Request a Bet functionality back in Q2 2018. Since it has been live, it has been delivering a good margin to the operators that are using it. In line with the OPTIMA strategy to not only innovate, but also react to innovations provided by other suppliers, we worked fast to ensure that our operators demanding this functionality had the service in time for the World Cup.SBC: The World Cup in Russia took its rightful place as one of the highlights of the sports betting calendar, both in terms of frequency and volume; how did the OPTIMA sportsbook stand up to this performance challenge?JL: The OPTIMA sportsbook sailed through it; our operators did not have a single platform incident during the World Cup. Events such as this, as well as the Grand National and Cheltenham Festival, put the system under stress but the technology continues to shine, year after year. When operators require performance, stability and quality of product, but want to have the most stable and balanced cost for both capex and opex investment, OPTIMAMGS™ is the platform to work with. 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Dan Towse: Marathonbet – Trust fading as brands turn to influencers

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Dan Towse, Head of Brand, MarathonbetMarathonbet’s Head of Brand Marketing Dan Towse has warned that the use of influences as marketing tools is causing gaming brands to lose the trust of their audience, ahead of his appearance on the Advertising and Marketing Conference stream at ICE VOX.The Head of Brand for the gambling company compared influencers to world-class sports stars in regards to driving a betting product, however, he stated that relevance and credibility need to be the reasons for enlisting an influencer. He commented:“Whilst I agree there is a place for them – we have to be mindful that they need to be relevant. Chris Hughes (Coral) whose popularity came from Love Island already had a deep affinity with horse racing and therefore has opinion/stories which are relevant & credible. “However, when other brands choose reality TV stars or influencers with reach, who clearly have no affinity to a sport and or an understanding of an event – it can come across as ‘forced’ and a freebie for the individual. In addition, I’d always question if their followers are the right target audience. Age? Possibly. Prospective gambling customers? Unlikely.”Regarding the trust of an audience, Towse described it as subjective and stated that it very much depends on what the customers value and use. Towse discussed the methods in which those involved in the industry can build trust with their audience, concluding: “From a gaming perspective, it’s incredibly important – especially how saturated the market now is to ensure content is original and where required you build a conversation both in terms of engagement but also responding to customer queries in a timely manner.“Consumers are savvier than I think the industry gives them credit for and to a degree, the need and want of today’s customer is probably further ahead than we are able to keep up with. However, when it comes to social I believe a high percentage of audiences still see ‘followers’ as a key number to help establish a perceived trust because of a brands ‘popularity’.”Moreover, as well as discussing the use of influencers and the trust of audiences, Towse discussed the volume of editorial content within the industry, stating that there is too much as he compared betting brands to Sky Sports News due to the news feed esque systems they seemingly have adopted in regards to content. The Head of Brand concluded: “Whilst I do believe there is a place for editorial content – I still feel there is too much. With the recent announcement of Zlatan Ibrahimović returning to Italy – six bookmakers posted the same announcement within 30 minutes of each other. I understand, not everyone will follow all these brands like me. However, when I swipe through my feed, I have the same story and/or a variation of the same article from multiple operators and news outlets.”last_img read more