Nominations now open for Southern USA Jamaica Diaspora posts

first_imgSouthern USA Jamaica Diaspora Nominations are now being accepted for the positions of Jamaica Diaspora Advisory Board Member and Advisory Board Member Alternate for the Southern USA. The office is voluntary and duration of term of office for each is for two years.  Deadline date for nominations closes on Sunday, May 14, 2017.Persons applying for the position are expected to meet criteria as well as bear certain roles and responsibilities during the two year duration.Criteria for the elected Diaspora Advisory Board Member will include:Be Jamaican or of Jamaican heritage or be eligible to hold Jamaican citizenshipBe of legal agePersons will not receive financial compensationBe a resident of any of the following States – Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina,South Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia, and West Virginia East South Central Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi,  Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.Be honorable, trustworthy, and of good moral standing within the community.Have sound leadership qualities and organizational skills.Have good oral and written communication skills.Have no criminal recordKnowledge and understanding of social, political and economic issues in the USA and JamaicaRecord of active participation within the Diaspora communityBe able to finance travelling to Jamaica and the Diaspora StatesThe elected Diaspora Advisory Board Member is expected to carry out responsibilities to include:Representing the interest of the Jamaican nationals residing in the Southeast USA to the Minister responsible for Diaspora Affairs in the Government of Jamaica.Maintain a close working relationship with the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami with responsibility for the Southeast USABe a focal point for the receipt and dissemination of information that would be relevant to the Jamaican Diaspora on a timely basis.Organize the Jamaican Diaspora to participate in all meetings relevant to the Diaspora including the biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference hosted in Jamaica.Attend scheduled advisory board member meetings and be prepared to initiate creative efforts for the well-being and development of the Diaspora throughout the USA.Develop and execute financial self-sufficiency.last_img read more

Trump endorses immigration bill to slash legal U.S. Immigration

first_imgConsistent with his continuing war on legal Immigration, Trump announced last week he has endorsed an Immigration Bill called the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act. The measure would effectively eliminate most family-based sponsorship. Would rewrite America’s immigration system U.S. Immigration going forward would largely be based upon a “merit-based” system. Greater emphasis would be placed on the job skills of Immigrants over ties to their family in the U.S. The RAISE Act will create a “points system”, 0-100, where Immigrants will be awarded points based upon various characteristics, including fluency in English, education level and professional job skills. Under the proposed new U.S. Immigration system, only spouses and minor children under age 21 would be eligible to immigrate to the U.S. The RAISE ACT Bill, originally introduced in February by, Republican Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue will dramatically rewrite America’s entire legal immigration system. If it becomes law, it would cut all legal immigration by 50 percent. It would exclude parents of citizens from the current designation as “immediate relatives.” Instead it would force parents to wait in long visa lines, eliminate the yearly diversity (Visa Lottery) program, and cut refugee visas by half. Most tragically, the measure would eliminate all immigrant visas for adult children of U.S. Citizens and Residents, and all siblings (brothers & sisters) of U.S. Citizens. Only spouses and unmarried minor children of citizens and permanent residents would be allowed to obtain Green Cards. An exception in the proposal would allow qualifying elderly parents to obtain temporary visas to stay with sponsoring U.S. Citizen children. However, this would require proof of health insurance and not allow the parents to work or receive public benefits. As a result, U.S. Citizens should not delay in filing petitions for Parents, adult Children (single and married) and Siblings now! Similarly, U.S. Residents (Green Card holders) should file petitions to sponsor their adult single children as well. Immigrant petitions for all these family members filed now before the law changes, will remain valid in the future, even if family categories are later restricted or eliminated. Eliminate visa categories South Florida immigration attorney Caroly Pedersen, as she does every week offers advice on immigration matters. Don’t Delay Merit-based systemlast_img read more

Chinese travel buyers to attend tourism conference in Jamaica

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – A large contingent of travel buyers from China are scheduled to attend the largest tourism marketing event in the region, scheduled for Montego Bay later this month.The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) that will host the 37th annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace event says 20 Chinese companies will join more than 1,000 delegates who have registered for the January 29 to 31 conference. “The interest in Jamaica and the Caribbean is reflected in the number of buyers who are attending Marketplace from around the world,” said CHTA’s chief marketing officer, Matt Cooper.He told a recent news conference there will be close to 60 new buyer companies from  Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States – are confirmed for the leading travel event.  These will join about 80 returning buyer companies.He believes this expanded interest is not accidental: “We believe in large part the enthusiasm is driven by the outstanding and tireless work of  (Tourism) Minister Edmund Bartlett, his tourism team, the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, and the CHTA team along with ongoing global outreach.Cooper commended Bartlett for introducing a companion event to Marketplace, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)- and Government of Jamaica-hosted small- and medium-size tourism enterprises (SMTE) conference.Nurturing small/medium sized tourism enterprises“We have a tremendous opportunity to continue to nurture and develop traditional and unique SMTE businesses, fueled by the imagination, creativity, and energy of those who see the opportunity to capture a piece of the tourism pie,” added Cooper.Speaking on behalf of CHTA President Patricia Affonso-Dass, CHTA’s leadership and staff, sponsors and delegates, Cooper described how thrilled CHTA was to return to Jamaica. “Much has changed since Jamaica last hosted Marketplace in 2014 – locally, regionally and globally – all boding well for the future of Jamaican and Caribbean tourism.”Technology has aided Caribbean tourism development “In response to consumer demand, our tourism product continues to grow, becoming more diverse and offering more authentic experiences and unique accommodations. Technology has connected more people to the Caribbean, and our people and businesses in the region are using the experiences to link them to potential customers,” Cooper said.Caribbean Travel Marketplace 2019 is produced by CHTA in collaboration with   the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Jamaica Ministry of Tourism.last_img read more

Brathwaite, Lewis find form in Windies defeat by Australia in World…

first_imgSOUTHAMPTON, England,  – All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite and opener Evin Lewis tuned up for the imminent World Cup with up tempo half-centuries but Australia overpowered West Indies to win by seven wickets, in a practice match at the Rose Bowl here Wednesday.Sent in, West Indies were dismissed for 229 in the 47th over with Brathwaite lashing a top score of 60 from 64 balls and the left-handed Lewis stroking exactly 50 from 54 deliveries.Sunil Ambris, not a member of the World Cup squad, chipped in with 37 while Shai Hope got 21, but the Windies never found top gear after finding themselves 119 for six at the halfway point of the innings.Opener Evin Lewis goes on the attack during his 50 against Australia at the Rose Bowl. (Photo courtesy CWI Media)They were kept in check throughout by off-spinner George Maxwell (2-14) and pacers Nathan Coulter-Nile (2-25) and Mitchell Starc (2-34) all of whom finished with two wickets each.In reply, former captain Steve Smith carved out a polished 76 from 84 balls and Shaun Marsh finished unbeaten on 55 off 59 deliveries, as the Aussies cruised to an uncomplicated target in the 39th over.Opener Aaron Finch struck 42 off 47 balls to give Australia a handy start to their run chase.Playing ahead of their opening World Cup match against Pakistan in nine days, the Windies were handed a solid start by Lewis and Hope who put on 39 off 41 balls for the first wicket.Hope played imperiously in his brief 23-ball innings, punching two fours and two sixes before gloving a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Alex Carey, after failing to handle a short ball from speedster Pat Cummins in the seventh over.When Darren Bravo (5) dragged on a loose drive at Coulter-Nile in the 12th over, West Indies lost wickets steadily, with five going down for 46 runs to leave the innings tottering on 104 for six in the 22nd over.Shimron Hetmyer top-edged a pull at Coulter-Nile and was taken at fine leg for 11 while Lewis played back and was trapped lbw on his crease by Maxwell after belting six fours and a six.Nicholas Pooran (5) and Andre Russell (5) both perished cheaply in successive overs leaving Brathwaite and Ambris to mount a 74-run, seventh wicket partnership and spare the Windies further blushes.Brathwaite played extravagantly, hitting five fours and three sixes – including one that landed in an adjacent golf course – while Ambris faced 46 deliveries and counted three fours.Ambris eventually fell in the 36th over, hooking Starc to fine leg and Brathwaite followed in the 42nd over after adding 35 for the eighth wicket with Fabian Allen (12), holing out to wide long on off left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff.The Aussies then batted well in partnerships to complete the result as Smith posted 53 for the second wicket with Finch before adding 109 for the third wicket with Marsh.Smith counted seven fours and two sixes while Marsh notched seven boundaries.West Indies, currently involved in a preparation camp here, will take on South Africa in the first of their two official warm-ups in Bristol on Sunday.last_img read more

Caribbean Airlines Announces Christmas Travel Special For Flights Between Fort Lauderdale…

first_imgPiarco, Trinidad & Tobago, — Caribbean Airlines customers now have more options for travel between South Florida and Jamaica from December 15, 2019, to January 07, 2020, with the introduction of seasonal non-stop service between Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay and Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale.Starting immediately, customers can make bookings for travel to/from Montego Bay and Fort Lauderdale, specifically for the Christmas peak season.All customers who complete their bookings by November 04 will receive Triple Miles and Two Free Checked Bags. Customers booking via the Caribbean Airlines Mobile app will receive a bonus of 250 miles.CEO, Garvin Medera stated: “We keep abreast of our customers’ travel trends, and are pleased to offer our customers options, especially during peak holiday seasons. With incentives such as triple miles and extra free bags, we are competitively positioned to be the air carrier of choice for travellers between South Florida and Jamaica for the Christmas season.”Flights for travel between Montego Bay and Fort Lauderdale on Caribbean Airlines are available for sale at Caribbean Airlines ticket offices, at www.caribbean-airlines.com and via the Caribbean Airlines Mobile App, which is available for free download via the Apple Store and Google Play.last_img read more

Ian Wright Hit Back At Ozil, Says “Sign A New Contract” If You Feel…

first_imgFormer Arsenal striker, Ian Wright has hit back at midfielder Mesut Ozil over his daring social media comments about former Arsenal players criticising his performance.On Saturday, Ozil expressed his displeasure at how former Arsenal players criticise his performances, saying they should “stop talking and start supporting”.Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live show, Wright said: “We are talking about a team that is under performing, not just team, people in the board room, the manager with decisions, everybody,”“I’ve been on this show so many many times, I’ve protected him, I’ve protected Arsene Wenger and people have slaughtered me for it,”Arsenal has started their 2017/18 Premier League campaign on a not so pleasant note, losing two out of the three games played so far with Mesut Ozil involved in Arsenal’s humiliating 4-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend.“I will rather say to Mesut Ozil…sign a contract if you feel that strongly about people criticising the team because you are somebody who is integral to Arsenal’s success,”“A player that is not actually performing on the pitch is coming out, calling people out and he is not signing a new contract, it’s laughable,” he concluded. RelatedOzil Blast Arsenal Legends, Says “Stop Talking And Start Supporting”September 2, 2017In “England”Arsenal FC vs Burnley FCJune 30, 2017Similar postREVEALED: Reason For Ozil’s Comfort At ArsenalFebruary 19, 2019In “England”last_img read more

Howzat: SportNation.bet partners with England’s Barmy Army

first_imgShare Related Articles SBC Roundtable: A new ‘Pace’ for live cricket trading July 8, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020 Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead  July 28, 2020 Share SportNation.bet, the sportsbook owned and operated by Argyll Entertainment, has partnered with the Barmy Army, England’s internationally renowned cricket supporters club.Brokered by Reg & Co., the deal was officially launched at the Barmy Army Awards ceremony on the second day of the first ever day/night test match in the UK between England and West Indies at Edgbaston, hosted by England fan-favourite Monty Panesar.With hundreds of betting markets across multiple sports, including odds on England Cricket, SportNation will provide Barmy Army members with an entertainment destination to bet on sports, get the inside line and earn “money can’t buy” rewards.Paul Burnham, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Barmy Army, said: “We are very excited to be teaming up with SportNation on this new venture, we are looking forward to seeing the new betting platform they are bringing to the punter amongst us.”Stuart Tilly, CEO of SportNation, added: “We are always striving to liven up our customers’ gaming experience with exclusive rewards, content and experiences they won’t find anywhere else online. In partnering with the Barmy Army, we’re looking forward to creating a truly compelling gaming destination for cricket fans as well as helping to promote the sport to a wider sports-loving audience.The Barmy Army unites the most passionate England cricket fans by providing them with match tickets, official tours, travel advice and access to international matches across the country, along with exclusive newsletters and behind the scenes content.The world of cricket is an interesting betting market, with concerns over integrity on an international level, but exactly how to embrace the sport from a betting perspective is just one of the topics that will be discussed in a newly added cricket session on the second day at Betting on Sports.last_img read more

Luis Waters – Movable Ink – New Tricks…Why email matters more than ever

first_img Luis Waters – Movable InkEmail may well be the oldest digital marketing discipline, however, US technology and engagement firm Movable Ink believes that it remains the most misunderstood channel and can further offer marketeers’ the best campaign ROI.Luis Waters UK account lead for Movable Ink, a specialist in all-things email (data collection, engagement, personalisation, journey) speaks to SBC on why industry stakeholders can learn new tricks from an old dawg….____________________________________SBC: Hi Luis, thanks for the interview. Email is perhaps the oldest digital marketing discipline. As a communication and engagement tool why is email still relevant for all marketing stakeholders?Luis Waters: As a marketing channel, email is one of the best in terms of ROI. As you rightly say, email has been around for a long time now, and as such has become a staple in our lives, both with marketing teams and with customers – who are often more comfortable providing an email address over any other contact details.One emerging trend is email becoming the central hub for all digital marketing channels. We’re seeing marketers use the content generated from other digital channels to populate their emails, from the latest website content, to social media feeds and APIs. By transforming email into a live channel that adapts and updates at the point-of-open, betting operators working with Movable Ink have been able to re-establish the relevancy and value of email communications and maximise engagement levels.­SBC: As a marketing discipline, how has email evolved with new digital technologies and changing consumer trends and demands?­­­LW:  In the early days email used to generate a Pavlovian response, so when a brand sent something, the recipient was there waiting to see what delights the email contained. The modern consumer is much more used to marketing, much more savvy to the tactics used, is connected to so much content across so many sources and in a far more mobile environment.Email has only just caught up with consumer expectations. It is no longer enough for brands to broadcast a flat message and keep their fingers crossed. Recipients now expect personalised communications that adapt to their location, the weather, their device, the time of day or day of the week and that contain information that is current, pricing that is accurate, odds that are live or stock that is available.Why would a brand be sending out emails that were not relevant? Consumers have so much choice in where they shop, what they buy, where they travel, what they watch, who they bet with, the games they play. We are seeing brands focus on delivering customer experiences through email, not just the best deals.SBC: For betting operators’ engagement in a ‘live context/environment’ is a critical factor. How does Movable Ink create accurate communications for this much sought after dynamic?  LW: For me, this is perhaps the most important factor for email success in the sports betting sector and the key value Movable Ink brings to operators.The challenge surrounding “real-time,” particularly in sports betting, is one which had remained unanswered with regards to email. When operators send static email content, defined at the point of send, the chances of it still being accurate and relevant when the email is eventually opened are slim.Using Movable Ink, operators have been able to revolutionise their email communications, enabling content to update at the point of open and adapt based on real-time data feeds, player behaviour and predetermined logic.Not only does this improve the relevancy of the content for each player, but opens the door for the inclusion of live odds and scores, real-time jackpots and upcoming competitions.This has already had a huge impact on how email is viewed by players, becoming a valuable live stream of betting insights. This focus on engagement is reflected in the fact many of the operators we are working with are measuring re-open rates in addition to the traditional email KPIs like clicks and conversions.SBC: With fast technology advancements, is email still simply a marketing function for stakeholders or can it help other business objectives such as retention, scalability, data gathering, etc..?LW: Certainly, and I think with customer centricity being a huge buzzword over the past couple of years, it comes down to the fact that email is one of the best methods for communicating with new, engaged and lapsed players.The ability to personalise communications to each unique player in real-time creates an extremely powerful instrument to not only engage players and maximise revenue, but also deliver a differentiated customer experience and stand out from the competition.The challenge with 1:1 personalisation is of course scalability and resources. We often find teams operating at maximum capacity just getting out the day-to-day, BAU communications, let alone focusing on the 1:1 experiences that consumers are demanding nowadays.This is something Movable Ink has been focused on since pioneering the intelligent content space. By enabling marketers to use data feeds and business logic in a simple way, they can automate a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to creating email content.By alleviating the strain on resources with BAU tasks, teams are able to focus their time on more interesting and valuable projects that will move the needle and set them apart from the competition.In addition, we’ve seen operators use live polling in email to fill in the gaps and gather additional information about their players. Email behaviour can be a great source of information when it comes to how, when, where, what and why users are interacting with your brand.This has been particularly interesting for Brick and Click operators trying to bridge the gap between their betting shops and online sportsbooks. If they can understand how punters behave online and offline, they can explore ways to influence cross-over.SBC: Movable Ink has worked with a number of major brands in retail, finance and entertainment. What email values and dynamics can betting stakeholders learn from an outside industry perspective?LW: We have found that across retail, finance, travel, media, and others, the trends are actually very similar. It really is all about using real-time data to personalise and optimise communications on the fly.For a retailer, this could be switching sandals with boots if it is raining when someone opens the email. Or swapping products if they go out of stock. For a travel company, it might mean showing the upcoming appointments that are available at the nearest travel agent.These examples do not immediately lend themselves to sports betting. However, when you look at the underlying technology, you can see that weather conditions at a horserace have a big impact on how someone bets, so why not share the live forecast at the racecourse?During a big match, operators can update the live score to encourage more in-game betting, whilst sharing the latest odds. The implementations can be different across industries, but essentially the real-time, contextually relevant content strategy is the same.SBC: You are targeting growth with the online betting & gaming sectors. How do you see your services developing for the industry in the coming months?LW: Personalising email based on player’s behaviour across all channels is a going to be a huge opportunity for the betting and gaming sectors. It’s something the likes of Amazon and Netflix have done incredibly well, all while raising customer expectations.Similar to sports betting, both possess extremely varied product offerings which could easily lose consumers in the purchase or viewing funnel. By using data to better understand their visitors, such as what categories they have viewed on the website, what events they have betted on or what teams they support, operators are able to tailor all customer touch points and minimise the betting journey.With Netflix, every return visit to their site begins with recommended products or shows. With email, every communication should contain tailored content that operators know the player will be interested in, especially with so many sports, events and markets – the variety presented in sportsbooks can easily be overwhelming.______________________Luis Waters -Strategic Accounts UK – Movable Ink StumbleUpon Submit Share Sharelast_img read more

Worldpay & Paysafe form ‘breakthrough collaboration’ for fast changing US gambling scene

first_img Submit Join the PASPA Repeal 2nd anniversary online networking event May 13, 2020 DraftKings expands Sportradar partnership to launch mobile live streaming May 29, 2020 Share Related Articles Shane Happach – Worldpay IncSeeking to deliver the best payment systems and digital transaction services for the radically alerted US gambling market post-PASPA, Worldpay Inc and Paysafe Group have this morning confirmed the development of a ‘strategic collaboration’.The two leading players in digital financial services, state that they will collaborate to enhance US gambling’s operational value chain for all current and future stakeholders.“The partnership will enable seamless transactions, reduce operating costs and allow universal payment acceptance, leveraging Worldpay’s deep sector expertise and optimized credit card processing, fast-fund payouts, and a range of treasury and payment solutions – alongside Paysafe’s proven online gambling and gaming digital payment options, including its popular NETELLER digital wallet and Paysafecard, its award-winning online cash solution” reads the partnership declaration.Combining operational expertise and sector knowledge, Worldpay and Paysafe will collaborate to develop US gambling’s ‘breakthrough payment solution’, delivering stakeholders with effective fastest transactions, seamless connectivity, single point of integrations, wider-ranging consumer choice.“As a leading payments provider for iGaming companies, state lotteries and land-based casinos, Worldpay is excited about the enhancements this partnership will bring when it comes to maximizing payment acceptance, enabling new digital wallets, as well as minimizing fraud risk and lowering cost,” said Shane Happach, EVP, Head of Global Enterprise eCommerce  for Worldpay.“Our combined strengths and capabilities will simplify payments for gaming operators, while also continuing to show our attentiveness to responsible gaming and our mission to protect the integrity of every transaction.” StumbleUpon SBC Webinars presents Xtremepush – Taming Strange Animals… Profiling & Engaging U.S. Sports Consumers April 2, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Island Luck Bahamas appoints Degree 53 to lead digital revamp

first_img Degree53 hires Andy Furnival as new technology lead August 28, 2019 Share StumbleUpon Andrew Daniels – Degree 53Industry design, development and innovation studio Degree 53 continues its strong 2019 commercial momentum, confirming that Bahamas-based gambling group Island Luck has sanctioned the company to revamp its entire digital profile.Operating as the Bahamas leading licensed gambling operator, Island Luck has commissioned Degree 53 to modernise its digital verticals, focusing on improving all-around engagement dynamics related to UX, customer journey, product inventory and information of services.Updating stakeholders, Leon Walters, Chief Product Officer at Island Luck commented on developments: “This is a very exciting project for Island Luck and involves refreshing our entire online offering. We really liked the ideas that the team at Degree 53 put forward.”“We believe they will really help us bring more engagement and excitement to our customers. Their expertise has been really valuable to us in terms of identifying areas for improvement in the customer journey within our product range. I’m glad we’ve teamed up with such a strong supplier who understands our requirements and I look forward to seeing how our projects progress.”Confirming the Island Luck project, Degree 53 closes a busy first half of 2019, in which the Manchester-based studio has secured new projects with Betfred and racing bookmaker Black Type.Andrew Daniels, Managing director at Degree 53 details: “We’re very happy to be working with Island Luck and hope our work can make their products really stand out. We always advise operators to continuously review their customer journey and optimise products to offer a modern and enjoyable experience.“It’s key to staying on top of trends and customers’ needs, as well as increasing retention. Working with Island Luck marks a new geographical area for us and this is a testament to how we can apply our expertise to operators globally. I can’t wait to see this project go live and continuing our partnership in the future.” Apple delays igaming ‘Native iOS’ enforcement  March 31, 2020 Share Submit Degree 53 revamps Betfred Lotto dynamics May 14, 2019 Related Articleslast_img read more