Florida International University has launched a new program that promises to pay 100% of tuition and fees for students who cannot afford college. The scholarship is called the Golden Promise. Students can take 30 credit hours a year and earn a bachelor’s degree in four years. Students must register full-time, take at least 12 hours per semester and must maintain a 2.0 GPA at the minimum. Eligible students must be, U.S. citizens or permanent residents, Florida residents and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0 on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).In SportsJamaica once again underlined their dominance of the CARIFTA Games in Curacao by amassing 86 medals -39 gold, 28 silver and 19 bronze – in the three-day competition held between 15-17 April.Here’s What’s TrendingThe man dubbed the Facebook killer, Steve Stephens, committed suicide yesterday in Pennsylvania as cops closed in on him. Stephens, 37, sparked a multi-state manhunt after he shot and killed 74 year-old Robert Godwin seemingly at random on Sunday, recording the encounter on his phone and uploading the horrific video to Facebook.For today’s weather forecastIt will be partly cloudy with isolated showers in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties with a High of 82 degrees and a low of 64. For more information on these and other stories, visit us online at Caribbeannationalweekly.com. Make Sure to pick up your copy of the National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet. Panama’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifying campaign was dealt a savage blow after midfielder, Amilcar Henriquez, was gunned down in the country’s Colon province. Henriquez’ killing was confirmed by the Panamanian National Police. The police report that the 33-year-old midfielder was leaving his home when a gunman shot him several times. Another two people were wounded. Henriquez was taken to a nearby public hospital, where he died. Jamaican attorney at law, Jo-Anne Jackson-Stephens, is the recipient of the STEP Excellence Award for the highest score worldwide in the STEP Advanced Certificate in Company Law and Practice. Jackson-Stephens is a former Jamaican Independence Scholar and also holds a MBA from the University of Oxford where she graduated with Distinction, is an associate at Higgs and Johnson in the Cayman Islands since October 2015.
The Trinidad and Tobago government says it has entered into a multi-million dollar joint private-public sector initiative as it moves to revive an aluminum smelter project that had been shelved by the previous People’s Partnership administration.TT$35 million invested The government said it is injecting TT$35 million into the project in partnership with Alutech Limited. Energy Minister Franklin Khan indicated that it would be a 60/40 arrangement.Lucrative IndustryKhan said that previous People’s National Movement (PNM) administrations had intended to get involved in the industry, adding that this was the rationale behind the aluminum smelter plant which was cancelled by the previous government.“However, we still feel we can salvage a downstream aluminum industry based on imported elements,” he said, noting that the aluminum industry was lucrative.Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley told the Parliament’s Standing Finance Committee on Friday that the state has been dealing with various claims made against following the decision by the last government to end the smelter plant project.“There is some settlement with respect to the closure of the project where the minority partner would have had claims against the state.“Those matters are still in negotiations, however, both parties have agreed to go forward and some of that settlement considerations would be taken into account”.For more on the aluminum industry in the Caribbean, visit the link: Alpart to resume production
Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis has outlined his plans for reopening of the state which will begin on Monday, May 4. DeSantis said that the reopening of the state will be in three phases, but for phase one, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, which have been hardest hit by the coronavirus, are not include. Bars, gyms, hair salons and movie theaters will remain closed until the next phase of reopening. Visits to nursing homes are also still prohibited. Beginning May 4, Florida restaurants and retail stores can reopen at 25% of their capacity. Restaurants can use outdoor seating if the tables are six-feet apart. “Dade, Broward and Palm Beach are very important to Florida’s future,” DeSantis said. “We want to get them going. I think we have a good path to do it. But it’s going to be on a little bit different timetable than the rest of the state.” People are still being advised to follow the CDC social distancing guidelines when out in public. Wearing a mask is also still standard but residents won’t be fined for not wearing them. As some counties in Florida have already reopened recreational venues with strict guidelines, DeSantis, on Wednesday, announced the first phase of reopening for the entire state. The three counties, which comprise South Florida, have been responsible for 60% of the state’s COVID-19 cases. DeSantis said that the three states are still trending upwards, in terms of positive cases and deaths, and thus they cannot be included in the phase one reopening. The recommendations were made by the specially appointed task force, who also received input from Florida’s residents. As of Wednesday night, the state had surpassed 33,000 cases of coronavirus.
Inter Milan have gone to the top of the table in the Italian Serie A after they held off stubborn Sampdoria in a 3-2 win at the San Siro in what was a Matchday 10 league clash.The home side raced to a 3-0 lead through goals from Slovakian defender Milan Skirinar and a brace from star striker Mauro Icardi to take his tally to 10 goals in the league. Sampdoria however showed why they had lost just one game before their encounter with two goals from Dawid Kownacki and Fabio Quagliarelia but Inter survived the scare to edge the game 3-2.The victory ensured that Inter Milan finished the day at the top as the leapfrogged Napoli with 26 points and also maintain their unbeaten start to the season though Maurizio Sarri’s men can go back to the summit with a win at Genoa later on Wednesday. On the other hand, Sampdoria stay in 6th position with 17 points ahead of the remaining set of fixtures for Matchday 10.Related
Following Chelsea’s horrible defense show last night that saw them trashed 3-0, which could have been more by Roma, team manager, Antonio Conte has been accused of disrespecting Roma with his team selection.Former Liverpool midfielder, Steven Gerrard, believes the Chelsea boss underestimated the danger at Stadio Olimpico, and paid the price for an adventurous line-up.Conte had set out an adventurous line-up in Rome, and Gerrard was not amused by Chelsea’s defensive horror show.Speaking with BT Sport, Gerrard said, “I think Conte disrespected Roma today (yesterday).”“He showed Atletico Madrid fantastic respect by going with Hazard behind Morata and a lot of bodies behind the ball to pack the midfield.”“Today (yesterday), he went with a very, very bold team selection and it’s backfired on him.”Chelsea has now shipped in a total of six goals in their two games against Roma, proving once again that they sorely miss the presence of N’Golo Kante anchoring the midfield.The injured Kante missed out on a place in Chelsea’s matchday squad at the last minute, however, Gerrard believes Cesc Fabregas is no replacement for the Frenchman.“Fabregas doesn’t cover ground like Kante. He’s exceptional on the ball and can pick out the killer pass.”Chelsea resume their Champions League campaign on November 22 away to Qarabag, where in spite of Tuesday’s result a win will see them secure qualification for the last 16. Chelsea has not kept a clean sheet in the absence of Kante due to his hamstring injury.RelatedAntonio Conte Finally Speaks; Why We Lost To RomaNovember 1, 2017In “Europe”Frank Lampard Reveals Player That Would Have Saved Chelsea In 3-0 Loss To RomaNovember 1, 2017In “Europe”VIDEO: Watch Antonio Conte Wildly Laugh Off Diego Costa’s ClaimsAugust 18, 2017In “England”
Share Spanish operator Sportium has confirmed that it has renewed its official betting partnership with La Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP), the governing body of La Liga, Spain’s highest level of professional football for a further two years.Sportium the Spanish joint-venture firm backed by Ladbrokes UK and Spanish legacy gambling operator Grupo Cirsa has acted as LFP betting partner since 2014, gaining high exposure through La Liga, marketing initiatives, TV broadcasts and social media channel.Updating Spanish media, Sportium marketing stated that it was pleased to renew terms of its most successful sponsoring to date. The bookmaker detailed that it would continue to help with La Liga social and grassroots initiatives.Alberto Eljarrat, CEO of Sportium, added: “It has been a success since the start. It has given our brand great exposure and emphasises the fact that we share intrinsic values, such as fair play and integrity in sport.”Javier Tebas, President of La Liga, said: “After three years, Sportium has become a company with close ties to La Liga and our aims, which is why we want to extend our collaboration for a further two years. At La Liga we work with top-level brands. Sportium is the betting firm that shows the greatest level of commitment to integrity and is entrenched in sporting values, which it certainly shares with LaLiga.” Related Articles Codere avoids total collapse with 12-month credit line June 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Blackstone reviews CIRSA options as pandemic wipes out IPO potential June 2, 2020 Submit CIRSA confirms Antonio Grau as inbound CFO July 17, 2020 Share
Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Share Share Submit Highlights and match reports for Sportradar’s Euro 2020 Simulated Reality June 8, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon From sponsorship to the ever-expanding world of football media coverage, when it comes to the business of football, SBC has you covered. This edition breaks down the progress of takeover talks at Newcastle United, and looks at the repercussions of the World Cup failure of the USA. ____________________Gulati opts not to seek re-election after World Cup failureThe US Soccer president, Sunil Gulati, has announced that after serving for 12 years as the most powerful man in American soccer, he will not seek re-election for a fourth term. The decision comes after the USMNT failed to qualify for a World Cup for the first time since 1986. Gulati has been a key figure in the growth of the sport in America for the past 30 years, spearheading the campaign that brought the 1994 World Cup to the country, as well as working as the Deputy Commissioner of Major League Soccer since it was formed its formation in 1999. Discussing the decision with ESPN on Monday, Gulati said: “I spent a lot of time thinking about it and talking about it with people in many different positions – many of whom told me I should run, but in the end, I think the best thing for me personally, and for the federation, is to see someone new in the job.”Looking ahead, there’s a wide pool of candidates looking to replace the 58 year old, with former national team players Paul Caligiuri, Eric Wynalda and Kyle Martino all being touted for the role. Away from football, Lawyers Steve Gans, Michael Winograd and Paul LaPointe are all also in the frame.Brussels loses right to host EURO 2020 matches Following delays in the development of its new Eurostadium, Brussels has lost the right to host any matches at the Euro 2020 Championship. The decision means that Wembley will step in and host an additional four matches at the tournament, with the UK’s biggest stadium now hosting a total of seven championship matches. As a one-off to celebrate the tournament’s 60th anniversary, games are scheduled to be played over 12 cities across Europe, with both Semi – finals and the final being played at Wembley, whilst Roma’s Stadio Olimpico will set the stage for the tournament opener. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin commented: “We discussed with Brussels for quite a long time and they were not able to provide us with all the documentation. Today we don’t know if they can build a stadium or not. They still don’t have the documents. They didn’t expect a decision until January and they did not know whether that would be yes or no. Experts from our administration felt it was a high risk for UEFA to wait. If the answer had been no, it would have been a problem for us to find a new stadium.”In a statement after the decision, Koen De Brabander, Chief Executive of the Belgian Football Association responded: “Missing out on Euro 2020 does not necessarily mean a death blow for our stadium plans. We absolutely need a new 45,000-seat stadium and we hope that the competent ministers will grant the permit in January so that a stadium for the 21st century can finally be built in our country.”Takeover talks spicing up at NewcastleIt would appear that a deal between Mike Ashley and British businesswoman Amanda Staveley over the sale of Newcastle United is edging closer as the pair met for a curry in London this week. Staveley, who is known for her links to Middle Eastern investors and even helped broker the takeover of Manchester City has opened the bidding with £250 million offer. However, Ashley has remained stubborn in demanding £300 million, with no relegation payback clause to bring his decade long tenure at St James Park to a close. What will be worrying for Toon fans is that the deal may take longer first anticipated, meaning negotiations will continue through the January transfer window, something that will serve to frustrate the club’s Champions League winning manager Rafa Benitez, who has remained adamant that he needs spending power in the upcoming window.FIFA lifts 2-year ban on Kuwaiti national teamFIFA has announced the lifting of the suspension given to the Kuwait Football Association (KFA). The ban was imposed back in October 2015 as a result of excessive government interference in the country’s sporting bodies, but the Gulf state’s parliament adopted a new law in order to prevent further interference. Kuwait remains suspended by the International Olympic Committee. Its athletes competed at the 2016 Olympics in Rio as an independent team.Football Business Academy takes steps to encourage more female representationThe Football Business Academy, a British educational institution dedicated to the football industry, has announced measures that will encourage higher numbers of female students. The academy has done so by offering two scholarship opportunities per intake for women interested in studying a Master in Football Business. The stated aim is to find and empower more talented women with aspirations of working in the football industry, and change the status quo for the better._________________The Betting industry’s relationship with Football and its wider stakeholders will be discussed at the ‘Betting on Football 2018’ (#bofcon2018) conference. Click on the below banner for more information…
David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has announced an extension of its partnership with Sportradar, as it seeks to strengthen its integrity protection measures.As part of the fresh deal the sports betting solutions provider will use a fraud detection system, designed to monitor betting patterns across more than 50,000 ITF Pro Circuit tennis matches.Carsten Koerl, Sportradar Founder and CEO, commented: “The ITF is taking the significant step of putting the highest level of integrity protection in place. “I am proud that our long-term partner has done this by building on the measures already implemented around tour structure, tournaments, and umpires. “This step, when aggregated with all the ITF’s other initiatives, should offer reassurance to players, fans and other stakeholders in tennis.”The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU), who are primarily responsible for investigating breaches of the Tennis Anti-Corruption Program, are also now able to utilise Sportradar’s intelligence and investigations capabilities, under the terms of the fresh agreement.It is hoped that the service provided by Sportradar will make a significant addition to the ITF anti-corruption measures currently in place at Pro Circuit events.The ITF states that current measures in place at Pro Circuit level includes “accredited areas, monitoring, training and mentoring of tournament and match officials, and increased video streaming of matches”.David Haggerty ITF President, said: “We are pleased to be further developing our relationship with Sportradar in order to enhance our integrity protection measures. “Combating match-fixing and other forms of corruption in tennis is crucial in ensuring the long-term health of the game. “These new developments build on our long-term partnership with Sportradar to develop and provide ITF Pro Circuit data and content for fans worldwide. “Sportradar brings added expertise and capabilities to existing anti-corruption measures, and shares our commitment and passion for protecting the integrity of the game.”
Submit Share Digitain and LSports double up for simulated tennis roll out June 30, 2020 Share StumbleUpon GVC Foundation backs Eastern European Championship tennis appeal June 17, 2020 Related Articles Tennis has always been a key component of any sportsbook, with its fast paced, back and forth nature lending itself perfectly to betting, particularly around in-play markets.However, while sports such as football have enjoyed significant increases in both betting innovation and market coverage, tennis has been left a little behind.The importance of the delivery shouldn’t be underestimated, with tennis fans seeking data of such breadth and detail to enrich their consumption of the sport.We caught up with Dotan Lazar, Co-Founder and VP Sales at LSports Data, who explained how his company’s LVision product is serving up better information for punters and enhancing tennis betting for operators. SBC: How important is the LVision when it comes to taking data to the next level for both bettors and operators? DL: LVision is the first in the market to offer this kind of solution, which provides something new and exciting. When players visit sites with LVision, they are inundated with crucial information; they see exactly where the ball is, its speed, shot statistics, heat maps of players positions and ball landings. This detail eradicates the need for the players to leave the operator site and visit a stream of the game. This product is something that all betting and media companies should turn in to a market standard. SBC: Can you tell our readership a little more about the LVision product and what it can add for operators? DL: Basically, LVision is all about converting streaming into feeds and data. As a result of this, retention rates will increase significantly, while giving the media industry new data insights and new live markets for the betting industry, starting with tennis.Introducing new technology to this continually evolving industry allows our partners to benefit from a fresh cutting edge and increase their online capabilities.SBC: Can you tell us more about how the LVision can benefit with regards to customer retention?DL: When customers visiting online websites, they are always looking out for detailed statistics, as they seek to gain an advantage over the operator, so delivering this wealth of information is an incredibly exciting prospect. It means that during tennis events, fans, followers and punters can consume everything they desire in one place. With LVision combining both the animated visualisations and the informative data to provide the complete immersive tennis experience. SBC: Can you detail some of the markets that LVision can add to an operator’s portfolio?DL: The technology will allow a whole variety of markets, the list below is just the markets we will offer upon LVision’s initial launch:· Next Point Rally Under / Over· Next Point Odd / Even Shots· Last Player to Hit the ball Home / Away · 1st Set Winner shots Under / Over· Highest Point Streak Under / Over· Baseline Point Conversion Under / Over · Net Point Conversion Under / OverSBC: Finally, how many events will the LVision cover and is there room for it to expand to new sports?DL: Initially, we will be covering an average of 1,000 events per month, with some of the leading sportsbooks already taking steps to integrate the feeds into their platforms.The feed also has room to evolve to a variety of new sports, including those in the US market. We believe these are incredibly exciting times for LVision as a company. ATP Tennis makes virtual sports debut with IMG ARENA March 30, 2020
StumbleUpon PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Related Articles Share CheckdMedia’s new Head of Commercial Harry Bowden will “play a vital role in the strategy and growth” of the firm, according to CEO Jamie Knowlson. Formerly of Oddschecker, he will report to co-founder and Marketing Director Lee Struggles.Bowden boasts an extensive list of industry experience, with a stint at Sky Bet preceding his seven years at Oddschecker.On accepting the role, he said: “I’ve known Jamie and Lee for years and can’t wait to be part of an already thriving business. They’ve established themselves as one of the industry’s leading sports betting communities and have incredibly exciting growth plans. I’m looking forward to working with them and our operator partners to truly realise our potential.”CheckdMedia’s brands include the likes of FootyAccumulators.com, The Winners Enclosure and the 2017-acquired brand Oddschanger. As well as being the main contact between the firm and its partners, Bowden will play a key role in bringing in new business and opportunities for the B2B areas recently launched on CheckdMedia’s newly revamped website.Knowlson added: “We are very excited for Harry to join the team. With his wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry, he’s going to play a vital role in the strategy and growth of CheckdMedia and will be a particularly important player in our plans to expand worldwide.”The appointment consolidates what has been a fruitful start to 2019 for Checkdmedia, after the Manchester-based firm launched a new B2B site just last week. The revamped site gives potential businesses the opportunity to navigate through CheckdMedia’s services easily, and includes the brand-new strapline: ‘Positioning your brand amongst the audience that matters’.“The newly designed website gives our existing partners the best experience possible, whilst showcasing CheckdMedia’s offerings to potential new clients,” said Knowlson. Submit Share Restructured GVC sidelines Oddschecker affiliate services July 8, 2020 Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020