Jamaica’s Finance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke says a Procurement Commission is to be established by the end of 2018.Clarke who made the announcement while addressing an investor forum briefing here last week said the Commission will oversee the government procurement process. The existing regime is being revamped, consequent on amendments to the Procurement Act, which was passed in Parliament recently.The Finance Minister said the accompanying regulations will shortly be tabled and debated in the Houses of Parliament, thereby paving the way for the Commission’s establishment.This, he added, will facilitate work on other measures that “we need to take to put the Procurement Commission in place.”These will include recruiting suitable staff and undertaking the requisite training. Clarke emphasized the overall process “will usher in a new regime that will benefit many companies.”Among the benefits, are measures that will facilitate greater participation by small and medium-sized Jamaican manufacturers in the public procurement process.“So, when a procurement happens for a particular government product or service, there will be the opportunity to have differential treatment for small and medium-sized businesses that will make them more competitive in that procurement environment,” he said.
The Hogges and Cowins Book Festival and Writers Conference will be held from : March 2 – 3, at the Carrie P. Meek Manor Apartments (Barbara Carey-Schuler Residents’ Center) at 330 N.W. 19th Street, Miami, Florida 33136, with the theme “The Enduring Power, Creative Joy and Beauty of Words.”The event is hosted by the Urban League of Greater Miami, and all the activities and events are free and open to the publicKeynote SpeakersBea L. Hines Bea L. Hines was born in Williston, Florida. At a young age, her parents separated, and she moved with her mother to Miami, Florida. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High School. Hines was always a creative and talented writer, having started writing as a child, creating short stories for her younger brother and writing poetry. In 1966, she was hired as a file clerk in The Miami Herald’s library. A year later, she enrolled at Miami-Dade Community College and studied journalism for three years. In June of 1970, she was promoted to general assignment reporter at The Miami Herald, becoming the first African American woman to work as a reporter for the paper. Hine’s work was featured in the education and the “Living Today” sections of the Herald. From 1980 to 1985, she wrote an issues column for the newspaper that garnered much praise. She also wrote other columns for The Miami Herald, including ones entitled “Parenting Again” and “Neighbors in Religion.”Hines is in great demand as a speaker. She has taught and led journalism workshops at several universities, including Savannah State University, the University of California-Berkley, Florida A & M University, and the Memphis State University. She has been awarded many honors for her writing and community efforts. In 1981, her columns were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and, in 1985, she was recognized as one of the top five women columnist in the country by Savvy Magazine. She was a nominee for the Knight-Ridder Outstanding Service Award and was named a Herald Legend in 1994. She was also honored by the Region Four chapter of the National Association of Journalist by being named to its Hall of Fame. Lillie Q. Odom Lillie Q. Odom is a Miami-Dade County resident for over six decades and as of September 6, 2016 is devotedly serving her second (four-year) term as the Councilmember for Residential Seat One (1) in the City of Miami Gardens. Its population is over 113,000 and is the third largest city in Miami-Dade County, Florida and the thirty-third (33rd) incorporated municipality. Her Residential Seat One (1) has approximately twenty-five thousand residents. Councilwoman Odom graduated from North Dade Junior/Senior High School and was recently inducted into their Hall of Fame. She earned her degrees from Miami Dade College and Nova University. She is a retiree from Florida Memorial University and Miami Dade College (2003) as an Associate Financial Aid Director. She is also a retiree from the City of Miami Gardens (2011); she was the Executive Assistant to the Mayor/Council and Community Outreach Specialist. Her many years of employment included careers in retail, medical, banking, higher education, and government, as well as, entrepreneurial undertakings.Prior to the incorporation of the City of Miami Gardens, Councilwoman Odom worked tirelessly in her community. As one of the founders of the city, she voted as the Secretary for the City’s Incorporation Committee, to pursue the vision and mission. A pioneer in her own right, she was the first contractual city employee. She was tasked with setting up the first office of the city and was officially the first Executive Assistant to the first Mayor and Council of the City of Miami Gardens. Subsequently, she was the first Community Outreach Specialist, first Staff Liaison selected by the original city council to the Elderly Affairs, and the Commission for Women Committees.In addition to her elected duties, Councilwoman Odom is the:Preservationist/Historian of the City of Miami Garden’s archivesFounder and motivator of the City’s Veterans Affairs CommitteeCoordinator and supporter of community groups that specialize in educating and encouraging citizens to live HIV/AID-free and healthyAdvocate for the social improvements for the elderly citizens and youth populationSupporter of the Homeowners Associations and Crime Watch GroupsCouncilwoman Odom’s leadership skills are esteemed. She is a keen listener and an inspirational teacher. She is a board member for several organizations. Her many recognitions and awards as a professional, volunteer and community outreach specialist is a distinct declaration of her passion for public service. Some of her leisure activities are reading, traveling and commitment to her grandchildren.
Two matches produced 19 goals as the Women’s AITEO Cup entered the Round of 16 on Wednesday with Nigeria Women Premier League sides, Nasarawa Amazons and Rivers Angels, showing their weaker opponents no mercy.The massacre began in Abuja where Nasarawa Amazons literarily enjoyed Beautiful Tours for lunch with a thoroughly emphatic 10-0 scoreline – five goals in each half.Defending Champions Rivers Angels then pounced on Ben Women FC at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Port Harcourt beating them by nine goals to nothing.Amarachi Ojinma helped herself to four goals, Rafiat Sule got a brace, while Amanda Mbandi, Patience Kalu, and Mabel Effiom also registered their names on the score sheet with one goal each.Nasarawa Amazons and Rivers Angels have booked their place in the Quarter finals of this year’s AITEO Cup alongside Confluence Queens and Edo Queens who also emerged victorious in their respective fixtures.The standout fixture of the Round of 16 between Sunshine Queens and Bayelsa Queens in Akure ended goalless. Hence there will be a replay in Nembe on the 16th of September.There are three other draws which require replays as well.The Osogbo Township Stadium saw Osun Babes force their visitors, Ibom Angels to a 1-1 draw. After a goalless first half, Bidemi Ibe put Ibom Angels in the lead in the 47th minute but the goal was cancelled in the 69th minute by Abiodun Adebayo from the penalty spot.In Calabar, Pelican Stars held FC Robo Queens to a 1-1 draw while in Ogbomoso, Jokodolu Babes shared the spoils with Abia Angels in a barren affair.AITEO Cup Round of 16 ResultsPelican Stars 1-1 FC Robo QueensConfluence Queens 3-0 Sure BabesBayelsa Queens Feeders 1-3 Edo QueensRivers Angels 9-0 Ben Women FCSunshine Queens 0-0 Bayelsa QueensBeautiful Tours 0-10 Nasarawa AmazonsJokodolu Babes 0-0 Abia AngelsOsun Babes 1-1 Ibom AngelsMATCHES TO BE REPLAYED (SATURDAY, 16TH SEPTEMBER)FC Robo Queens Vs Pelican Stars – Legacy Pitch, Surulere, LagosBayelsa Queens Vs Sunshine Queens – Nembe StadiumAbia Angels Vs Jokodolu Babes – Umuahia Township StadiumIbom Angels Vs Osun Babes – Uyo Township StadiumRelated
Poland have qualified for next summer’s FIFA World Cup in Russia after they defeated Montenegro 4-2 to secure top spot in Group E.The country’s leading goalscorer Robert Lewandowski scored one of the goals as he helped his side join other European nations like Belgium, Germany, England, hosts Russia and Spain at the tournament.Still in Group E, Denmark have sealed a playoff spot after finishing second behind Poland in the group. Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen netted his eighth goal of the qualifiers in a 1-1 home draw against 10-man Romania.Scotland missed out on a playoff spot in Group F on goal difference after they played a 2-2 draw at Slovenia. Gordon Strachan’s men started Matchday 10 in the playoff but the draw meant Slovakia leapfrogged them into the playoff spot with a 3-0 win over Malta at home.ResultsGroup CCzech Republic 5-0 San MarinoGermany 5-1 AzerbaijanNorway 1-0 Northern IrelandStandings:Germany 30 points (100% record Qualified)Northern Ireland 19 points (Playoff Spot)Czech Republic 15 pointsNorway 13 pointsAzerbaijan 10 pointsSan Marino 0 point Group EDenmark 1-1 RomaniaPoland 4-2 MontenegroKazakhstan 1-1 ArmeniaStandings:Poland 25 points (Qualified)Denmark 20 points (Playoff Spot)Montenegro 16 pointsRomania 13 pointsArmenia 7 pointsKazakhstan 3 points Related2018 World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): England, Germany Secure Final SpotsOctober 6, 2017In “Europe”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): Former Winners On The BrinkOctober 8, 2017In “Europe”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (UEFA): France, Portugal Qualify; Netherlands Eliminated Despite WinOctober 11, 2017In “FIFA” Standings:England 26 points (Qualified)Slovakia 18 points (Playoff Spot)Scotland 18 pointsSlovenia 15 pointsLithuania 6 pointsMalta 1 point Group FLithuania 0-1 EnglandSlovenia 2-2 ScotlandSlovakia 3-0 Malta
The 2018 FIFA World Cup playoff clash between Denmark and Republic of Ireland is in the balance after both sides played out an uninspiring goalless draw in the first leg.Republic of Ireland would be slight favourites ahead of the second leg in Dublin on Tuesday due to home advantage though Martin O’Neil and his players would need to improve their output in front of their fans.For Denmark, they didn’t secure any lead going into the second leg but any form of score draw should be enough to send them through to next year’s World Cup in Russia.Scandinavian nation Denmark qualified for the playoffs after they finished in second place behind Group E winners Poland while the Republic of Ireland also booked their spot with a second place finish behind Serbia in Group D of the qualifiers.RelatedDenmark Thrash Ireland To Qualify For Russia 2018November 15, 2017In “FIFA”Russia 2018 Playoffs (UEFA): Italy Handed Tough Sweden Test; Home Nations Get Tricky OpponentsOctober 17, 2017In “FIFA”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Review (UEFA): Poland Become Sixth European Nation In RussiaOctober 9, 2017In “FIFA”
Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Related Articles bettingexpert, Timeform and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average totals for bettingexpert and Timeform.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.For example, if bettingexpert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points. Share RankTipsterRace WinsPoints StumbleUpon Submit Stephen Harris from bettingexpert recorded an impressive 10.38 points in the Tipster Challenge at Ludlow, after correctly predicting race wins for Kilcrea Vale, Colins Brother and Fox Appeal.Harris drastically improved his weekly average to 2.47, but still dropped a place behind this week’s guest from Betfred. TV Broadcaster Matthew Hulmes managed a pair of victories and 3.25 points.Hulmes entered in ninth place on the Tipster Challenge table, two places behind another of our regular tipsters. Timeform returned 4.38 points from the winning pair of Tara View and Top Ville Ben.Race Winners at Ludlow:River Wylde – 3/1Kilcrea Vale – 15/8Colins Brother – 9/2Tara View – 3/1Fox Appeal – 4/1Goal – 7/1Top Ville Ben – 11/8Tipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 1Alan Alger – Betway311.41 2Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 3Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 4John Hill – Coral24.25 5Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 6Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 7Timeform2.083.86 8Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 9Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 10bettingexpert1.162.47 11Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 12John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 13Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 14Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 Share
Share Related Articles StumbleUpon UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020 Share Betway to pay record £11.6m after Gambling Commission finds VIP customer failings March 12, 2020 Mobile Carrier Billing: Gambling operators could be losing up to 70% of revenues July 8, 2020 Submit DIMOCO Carrier Billing and EnergyBet have agreed a partnership deal to bring ‘easy payment opportunity’ to the iGaming sector.The partnership enables EnergyBet customers to tap into carrier billing to experience the easiest and most efficient mobile payment option. Players can use smart phones, tablets, laptops, PCs and connected TVs, all securely identified via their carrier networks.The convenience of carrier billing also serves to increase retention and conversion rates for providers such as EnergyBet. The UK Gambling Commission estimates that, by leveraging DIMOCO’s direct billing connectivity to major telecoms networks such as Vodafone, 02, EE and Three, EnergyBet will gain billing reach to more than 70 million UK mobile numbers, in a market worth more than £4.6bn.Marcin Sapinski, CEO of EnergyBet, said: “DIMOCO’s extensive European presence and FinTech philosophy position the company at the forefront of mobile technology. DIMOCO is the natural partner to further enhance EnergyBet’s market position as the innovative and award-winning sportsbook.”Rafal Nowak, Program Director, iGaming at DIMOCO, commented: “After two years of European-wide development, DIMOCO is officially activating carrier billing within the iGaming industry, with only the locally regulated iGaming operators having the opportunity to take advantage of this payment method.“We selected 10 markets for initial tests with the most innovative iGaming operators and decided to kick-off our initiative in the homeland of online gambling – the UK. With EnergyBet as our inaugural partner, this is the first time carrier billing will be integrated and activated with a serious international iGaming operator and licensed in multiple territories across Europe.”The emergence of carrier billing is reflective of an increasingly mobile world in which the online gaming customer is placing bets on the move. Consumers are likely to be already familiar with the concept, which is one of the top three payment methods at Facebook.
StumbleUpon Delasport elevates online casino offering with Betsoft deal June 3, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Related Articles Submit Soft2Bet: Why diversification of white label products is essential in complex times May 28, 2020 Share Share Microgaming has this month confirmed the launch of four new online slots, “each bringing a different theme and feature set” for its players.Candy Dreams, Forbidden Throne and Fortune Girl went live on 3 May, while Goldwyn’s Fairies, the first ever game by Just For The Win, will be released on 17 May.With 720 ways to win and up to 110,000.00 credits available, the Candy Dreams slot also includes a Candy Planet bonus when three or more bonus scatters land.There is also the potential for a big bonus on Forbidden Throne, in which players are kept engaged via one guaranteed stacked wild on every spin. When all five reels are filled with wilds, the reward is a 500x the line bet.Meanwhile, players on Fortune Girl can unlock a stream of mystery symbols that collectively transform into a random symbol, which allows for big wins across multiple lines.David Reynolds, Games Publisher at Microgaming, commented: “We’re delivering a whole host of games for May, each bringing a different theme and feature set. Candy Dreams lends on the popularity of candy-themed games in mobile and social gaming, so we expect this to do particularly well on the mobile platform.“Guaranteed wilds in the epic Forbidden Throne will ensure players are entertained throughout, while mystery symbols in Fortune Girl and their ability to reveal scatters, we believe will become a player-favourite. Goldwyn’s Fairies is a beautifully designed game comprising three different wild symbols, with gripping base game and free spin features that will enchant players.”
Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Sky Betting & Gaming has renewed its partnership with Playtech by agreeing a multi-product deal which extends across Playtech’s dedicated Live Casino environment.The long-standing partnership has facilitated year-on-year growth within gaming, live and bingo verticals at Sky Bet, who recently picked up an inaugural award recognising marketing excellence and innovation across the Playtech Casino network of global licensees.For example, Sky Casino’s main Roulette table showcases an ‘ultra-modern environment’ by integrating digital display around the original cloth design and by including a first-to-market Roulette wheel displaying the revolutions of the ball during each spin.Sky Casino, the first brand to launch a dedicated offering within Playtech’s purpose-built live casino studio in Riga, received the top prize of one month’s exclusivity on a new Playtech game as well as £50,000 in marketing budget contribution.Mor Weizer, CEO of Playtech, said: “Over the years we have developed a fantastic relationship with Richard and his team. We’re delighted Sky Betting & Gaming has signed a long-term, multi-product extension that brings together one of the UK’s best-performing and fastest growing UK sports betting and gaming operators and the industry’s best-performing software and technology supplier.“This not only shows the huge strength our products have, but also the great trust and faith Sky Betting & Gaming has put in Playtech to deliver even greater results than it has already achieved. Sky Betting & Gaming is going from strength-to-strength and together I’m confident we can achieve many more years of great success.”Richard Flint, CEO at Sky Betting & Gaming, added: “I’m delighted with the work that we’ve done with Playtech over the years and this new deal is a key part of our plans for continued growth across our biggest brands.” Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Share
Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Share Gamesys halts UK advertising during lockdown April 23, 2020 Publishing its Q3 2017 trading update (period ending 30 September), London-listed online gambling group Jackpotjoy Group Plc has detailed robust growth across its brand portfolio, with the operator confident of achieving its full-year corporate expectations.The strong revenue momentum recorded across its principal brands of; Jackpotjoy (up 12%) and Vera&John (up 28%), would see the company declare period group revenues of £75 million (Q3 2016: £66 million).Reporting stronger group performance KPIs, with Jackpotjoy seeing a 13% uplift in active wager customers during the period of +250,000, the company would declare a period adjusted EBITDA of £26.7 million up 4% on corresponding 2016’s £25 million.Closing Q3 2017 trading, Jackpotjoy narrows its group net losses to £7.7 million (Q3 2016: £18.6 million) as the company enters a crucial end of year period in which it will ramp up marketing spend across its portfolio.During Q3 2017, Jackpotjoy governance announced that Andy McIver would step down as leader of the company, with former Gala Coral MD Simon Wykes taking on the newly created role of Jackpotjoy Group Managing Director. Neil Goulden – Jackpotjoy PlcWykes will share leadership of the London-listed gambling group, alongside Neil Goulden acting as Executive Chairman. Goulden commented on Q3 2017 trading“The third quarter has seen a continuation in the strong underlying momentum that we saw during the first six months of 2017, with gaming revenue up 14% and Adjusted EBITDA up 4%. There continues to be solid customer growth across the Group, with our Vera&John business segment performing particularly well, with constant currency revenue growth of 21% in the quarter.I am very proud of the new integrated advertising campaign for our Jackpotjoy brand, which launched in the UK in mid-September. Television personality, Paddy McGuinness, succeeded Barbara Windsor as the new brand ambassador and early signs indicate that the campaign is helping to reinforce our market leadership position in online bingo in the UK.Finally, in October, the Group announced that Andrew McIver will be stepping down from his role as Chief Executive Officer, having successfully overseen the listing on the London Stock Exchange earlier this year. In my new role as Executive Chairman, I will be responsible for leading the development and execution of long-term strategy, while Simon Wykes has joined us as Group Managing Director to provide additional operational expertise.” Enlarged Gamesys returns to UK growth eyeing FTSE250 spot March 17, 2020