Month: August 2020

DSNAP food assistance resumes

first_imgDCF food assistance resumes as DSNAPAfter ensuring the process will move effectively, and with the utmost security the Department of Children and Family (DCF) will resume distribution under the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) from Monday November 7 to Wednesday, November 9 in Broward and Miami-Dade.Last month, the DCF, in reaction to the disruption created to South Florida household as a result of power outages caused by Hurricane Irma on September 10, distributed food assistance, through food stamps to over 500,000 individuals in the region.During the three-day distribution period, residents endured long lines for hours to receive assistance, which available to people who do not usually qualify for foods stamps.Broward County locationThe Broward County DSNAP distribution will be held at the BB&T Center in SunriseDCF has coordinated closely with the Sunrise Police Department, Broward Sheriff’s Office, Broward County Administration, United Way, the Red Cross, and the venue’s management to ensure safe and efficient operations.According to the Sunrise Police Department, bags or personal items larger than 12 by 12 inches, backpacks, coolers, and chairs are not permitted.Miami-Dade locationThe Miami-Dade County DSNAP event will be held at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. DCF said it has worked closely with the Miami-Dade Police Department and the venue’s management to ensure safe and efficient operations.The stadium’s clear bag policy will be in effect for each day of this event.Pre-registration urgedDCF also advise residents intending to seek food assistance to take advantage of online/pre-registration prior to visiting a site. Only head of household should come to the site for an interview.To alleviate the waiting in long lines as occurred at the distribution sites last month, distribution will be based on the first initial of resident’s last name. Accordingly, residents are requested to visit the distribution site on the date DCF is serving the relevant first initial of their last name.Residents can find the days they are listed according to their last name initial by visiting   http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/fff/siteLocations.shtml. They need to bring a valid Florida Driver’s License or Identification Card to the distribution site.937,000 applications processed“After just over 30 days of operations of the federal DSNAP program in Florida, DCF has processed more than 937,000 applications, in addition to more than one million households provided with supplemental SNAP benefits and nearly 1.5 million households had their SNAP benefits replaced. This means $1.2 billion has been put into families’ hands to buy food across the state,” said DCF Secretary Mike Carroll. “I’m proud of the effort our staff has made, with half of the agency contributing to this operation. These efforts will continue when we return to Miami-Dade and Broward counties next week to again serve families in these communities.”For recent article on DCF food assistance, visit the link: DCF food assistance: South Florida economic vulnerability exposedlast_img read more

Legal: Five Tips for a Stronger Non-Disclosure Agreement

first_imgAttorney Major-Morris earned her Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Communications at Florida International University and is a proud alumnus of the 2007 Florida A&M College of Law Class. In 2016, Attorney Major-Morris was honored as a FAMU College of Law Distinguished Alumni Award Nominee. Her firm, Major-Morris Law, LLC is located in Central Florida representing international trademark brand owners and talent, and advocating for the registration, enforcement, and monetization of their copyrights and trademarks.  She is an award-winning author on the subject of intellectual property law and a national speaker on the copyright and trademark issues. Attorney Major-Morris is the Past Chair of The Florida Bar’s Intellectual Property Committee and is active in The Florida Bar Business Law Section.  She is a member of the Florida Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section (EASL), the American Bar Association Entertainment & Sports Law Forum, and the Black Entertainment & Sports Law Association. In 2014, Attorney Major-Morris was among 62 selected Fellows in Class II of The Florida Bar’s William Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy.  Since participating in the Leadership Academy, she has served on the Ninth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee and the Code & Rules of Evidence Committee.center_img Kimra Major-Morris is a top-rated intellectual property attorney licensed to practice in Florida and the United States Middle District of Florida.   There’s so much in the news about non-disclosures. “For the most part toothless and unenforceable” are not the words you want to hear describing the weight of your non-disclosure agreement – yet, those are the words used in the recent New York Times piece regarding non-disclosure agreements presented to individuals who worked with President Trump’s 2016 campaign.  Here are five tips for a stronger non-disclosure agreement:  Define what’s confidential Clearly define what’s confidential.  Naturally, business owners want to cover all bases.  Refrain from going outside the scope of the agreement, as overly broad language can invalidate the agreement. Make sure the intended parties to have access to the confidential information are identified. For example, if the confidential information is shared with someone other than the boss, but the boss has final approval, the NDA should name both people and both people should sign. Arbitration clauseHave an arbitration clause to prevent formal litigation and public disclosures in the event there’s a dispute.  Public legal disputes can be embarrassing and tend to strain relationships to the point of no return.  With arbitration, the parties have a greater chance of resolving the disagreement and continuing to do business together.  Attorney fee clauseInclude an attorney’s fee clause in the event of a breach.  In situations where the agreement is breached, the non-breaching party has already suffered harm.  If the breach can be proven, at the very least, the non-breaching party can look forward to the reimbursement of reasonable attorney’s fees.  Make sure the right party signs the agreement.  If the representative negotiating the agreement doesn’t have the actual authority to bind the party to a contract, the non-disclosure can be challenged.  This is not an exhaustive list of considerations for the strongest non-disclosure agreement.  There are state laws to be considered and downloading generic non-disclosures can put a business’s most valuable assets at risk.  While there are some documents business owners can draft on their own, a non-disclosure agreement should not be on the do-it-yourself list.  An experienced intellectual property attorney is recommended.Visit: www.majormorrislaw.com – to reach Kimra.KIMRA MAJOR-MORRIS, ATTORNEYlast_img read more

BVI General election to be held by April 2019

first_imgGovernor Augustus Jaspert British Virgin Islands, CMC – Governor Augustus Jaspert recently announced a general election will be held in this British Overseas dependent territory by April 16, 2019.In a media release, Jaspert said an early general election is being held based on advice of Premier Dr Orlando Smith, who decided to forego a by-election for the Fifth Electoral District.According to Jaspert , the Premier believes the territory should forego a by-election to avoid having two elections that would have happened one shortly after the other.“In deciding to accept this advice, I considered carefully what would be in the best interests of the Virgin Islands and the electorate and agreed with the Premier that it would not be in the best interests of the people of the Virgin Islands to hold both a by-election followed shortly after by a full general election next year.The governor further explained that since there will not be a by-election, the general election will be held within a reasonable timeframe from the date the Fifth District seat became vacant.“I have received legal advice that the holding of a general election within a period of six months from the date of the death of the member of the Fifth District may be a [good] compromise date between foregoing a by-election and holding a general election,” the governor said.“I consider the holding of a general election by 16th April 2019 as a reasonable time frame. I will be advised accordingly in due course on the dates the Premier wishes to dissolve the House and hold an election prior to that date in April,” he added.In anticipation of the early election, Governor Jaspert has urged legislators to unify and “ensure that key legislation on governance, security and recovery are passed before the House dissolves”.The Fifth District became vacant last month following the death of Representative Delores Christopher who was first elected as a legislator in 2003.last_img read more

Jamaica developing export regulations for medicinal cannabis industry

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC –  The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) manager for Logistics and Infrastructure, Don Gittens says export regulations for the medicinal cannabis industry are expected to be finalized by the end of April.“Once export regulations are in place, we expect our licensees to trade medical cannabis to other jurisdictions that have cannabis. It is an excellent opportunity for everyone, especially for those involved in the cultivation of the plant,” Griffiths said.JAMPRO has responsibility for investment and promotion of the medical cannabis industry and Gittens told Jamaica Information Service (JIS) that based on weekly inquiries into the industry, the export regulations will be received well internationally.“Having certain regulatory environments in place, sends a signal to the international investors that Jamaica’s medicinal industry is ready and open for business. It shows our industry has structures and standards in place, which is where the Cannabis Licensing Authority comes in, because it regulates the industry.”Gittens said that the regulations will allow the local market to fill the demand for medicinal cannabis globally.“Internationally, there isn’t enough cannabis for the market to consume, which is why it is a big opportunity for companies to capitalize on. We have seen large companies from Canada, Netherlands, United States and Israel looking to Jamaica for its product, because we have a distinct product,” he added.last_img read more

Jamaican Singer Sophia Brown Using Music to Heal

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – In the summer of 2017, Jamaican singer Sophia Brown was involved in an auto accident that left her and two friends seriously injured.After rigorous physiotherapy, Brown gradually recovered and resumed her career one year after the life-threatening incident.In December, she released the heartfelt ballad, Baby When You Left, her latest single.“When you are in pain nothing can take away what you are feeling, especially after having post-surgery swelling and not being able to move your body around, and you almost always need assistance to move from one point to the next,” said Brown. “Not only that, the medication that you are given is so strong that you start to wonder if it was designed to help you get well or to get you addicted.”Making music again has been less stressful and even more therapeutic for the sultry Brown. With Baby When You Left, the Jamaican artist maintains her ties to Lovers Rock.“Everyone in some point of their life has gone through a breakup or has had their heart broken before, and looking at the flip side, it is actually the woman asking the man for forgiveness. People regardless of gender, can relate to the story the song tells,” she said.Baby When You Left is produced by Sidney Mills, a keyboardist who recorded and toured for many years with Grammy-winning British band Steel Pulse.The song entered the influential Foundation Radio Network Chart (which covers South Florida and the tri-state area) shortly after its release.That’s the appropriate medicine for Sophia Brown who began recording 13 years ago.“When you start feeling better you start to think about being your old self and want to get back to your old routine, so I started to miss music being on stage. So I would say yes, definitely after the tough times have passed you are a bit more comfortable,” she said.Listen to the single below:last_img read more

Year in Review at M-DCPS: Turning Challenges into Opportunities

first_imgInspirational Educators: Vanessa M. Valle, an English Language Arts teacher at Hialeah Gardens Senior High School, was named the 2021 Francisco R. Walker Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year. Kalyn Lee, a teacher at Miami Carol City Senior High School, is the 2020 Rookie Teacher of the Year.Rafael A. Villalobos, the charismatic and innovative leader of John A. Ferguson Senior High has been named the 2020 Principal of the Year. Lamar Johnson, an assistant principal at Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. Elementary, was named Assistant Principal of the Year. The District also established a Distance Learning Helpline, which provided ongoing academic support in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole to students, families, and teachers, and answered more than 16,000 calls. Securing Opportunities for Academic Recovery (SOAR) During school closures, coordinators conducted virtual check-ins and wellness visits with students and their families. Additionally, the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department conducted wellness checks, facilitating the referral of students for services, as needed. Distance Learning Hybrid/Blended Learning Models: a blended physical return-to-school model that accounts for the likely preference of some parents to continue distance learning once schools reopen; staggered start and transition class times; efforts to reduce density in hallways/common areas through scheduling and one-way corridors; and additional outdoor classroom options. Excellence in Financial Accountability: Moody’s gave M-DCPS a very strong rating in meeting financial commitments. For the 34th consecutive year, M-DCPS was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. & Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report. Additionally, the Budget Department received the Award for Best Practices in School Budgeting from the GFOA. The District will present its reopening recommendations to the School Board in June 2020. M-DCPS Choice and Magnet Programs Once Again Garner National Attention: For the ninth straight year, M-DCPS received more national Magnet Merit Awards than any other district. In total, M-DCPS received 67 awardsfor the 2019-2020 award cycle, exceeding last year’s total by nine additional awards. Choice programs also had the highest number of Distinguished academies in the nation, as recognized by the National Academy Foundation. Transportation: addition and modification of bus routes to allow for social distancing. The M-DCPS Parent Academy offers and continues to develop resources for families to support their children in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole. These resources include a Virtual Campus that features pre-recorded webinars on how to use various online programs; Family Matters, which provides guidance on topics like mental health, vaping, and online learning resources; Virtual Family Fund, which includes links to enriching family activities; and School Meals to assist families in locating the closest M-DCPS meal distribution site. Visit www.parentacademymiami.com for these resources and more. Public health guidelines led to the necessary cancellation of in-person graduation ceremonies this school year; however District staff developed a plan to uphold the dignity of honoring M-DCPS graduates. Graduations will take place in a blended format, with virtual graduations beginning June 8, streamed online and on WLRN Channel 17, followed by in-person senior recognition activities at schools in late summer or winter. The schedule of ceremonies and streaming can be accessed at classof2020.dadeschools.net. Many schools hosted drive-through cap and gown distribution celebration events, and on June 18, 2020, all high schools will participate in M-DCPS’ Diploma Distribution Day. Meal Distributions The District is also planning to expand the number of schools that participate in the extended school day program, and to begin Saturday school earlier in the year to maximize instructional time. If schools must remain closed during this phase, these plans will be converted to a virtual model. The SOAR plan can be found at soar.dadeschools.net. The Securing Opportunities for Academic Recovery (SOAR)plan is the District’s newly developed strategic initiative to mitigate learning loss for some of its most fragile students. SOAR will provide students with opportunities for summer reading, remediation, credit/course recovery, and extended school year services; offer virtual test preparation and tutoring to additional students who missed specific assessments; and to open schools early, contingent on guidelines issued by federal and state public health authorities, specifically for students demonstrating low levels of academic performance, students with disabilities, and English language learners. These initiatives will allow for intense instruction on the skills needed in core academic areas for their new grade level, so all students are poised to be academically successful. The District also launched a social media and media outreach campaign to honor seniors, culminating in a community-wide M-DCPS Senior Recognition Day on May 20. Various social media activities took place, including the unveiling of a video with congratulatory messages from celebrities and athletes with local ties. Television, radio, and online media outlets also recognized students, featuring more than 100 seniors on different platforms, and are distributing special issues dedicated to M-DCPS’ Class of 2020. The District also partnered with individual donors, local organizations, and restaurants to provide thousands of additional meals to children and families. With the dollars donated, food is purchased from restaurants, supporting the hospitality industry and the local economy while delivering hot meals and bags of fresh produce to families. Since March 25, more than 41,000 hot meals have been delivered in the county’s most fragile communities through the Family Meals On-the-Go program. More than $1.1 million has been raised for this initiative. A workgroup of medical, logistics and education experts will also review recommendations for a return to school, with the understanding that these may change over the summer months depending on how the pandemic evolves. The options being considered include: School closures have enabled M-DCPS to accelerate construction projects and maintenance activities before students and teachers return to the classroom. Construction has been accelerated at 39 school sites, with approximately 300-530 workers on the job daily, facilitating steady employment for various contractors. There are also several projects out to bid, generating additional job opportunities, with high goals for local, minority and small business utilization. Safety has been, and will continue to be, the District’s top concern. Stringent protocols have been put in place to follow public health guidelines, prioritizing the health and wellbeing of all personnel on our sites. New Music and Arts Facilities: Several schools unveiled new facilities, including Miami Arts Studio at Zelda Glazer, which opened a new performing arts theater that served as the location for a district-wide benefit concert for the Bahamas. The school also opened music labs, a dance studio, and a TV production room. Norland Middle School unveiled a new black box theater and courtyard, and Caribbean Elementary and Myrtle Grove K-8 Center were each equipped with new 5,000-square-foot art and music suites. M-DCPS has also been diligently focused on maintenance activities and sanitization at school sites across the District, with employees working in full force while also following social distancing guidelines and utilizing personal protection equipment. These efforts will continue over the summer months. Since the first day schools closed, March 16, M-DCPS has distributed nearly four million “grab-and-go” student meals throughout the district to families in need. M-DCPS employees answered the call to assist during this time of strain in our community, passing out meals at select school sites throughout the county. The same level of distribution will continue at the current 50 school sites throughout the summer months, on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The shift from classrooms to virtual and online instruction happened almost overnight, and still, M-DCPS teachers, students and parents successfully adapted to enable valuable learning. Density reduction and operational design efficiencies of schools: strategic leveraging of existing square footage to maximize social distancing and safety recommendations related to the use of gymnasiums, cafeterias and other large common areas. Historic State Championship Wins: Three M-DCPS senior high schools, Booker T. Washington, Miami Central, and Miami Northwestern won state football championships. M-DCPS hosted a championship parade to celebrate the historic number of state football championships won in various classifications by a total of five high schools across Miami-Dade County. While M-DCPS has worked diligently to ensure a smooth transition from classroom to home-based learning, a considerable academic regression is likely to occur due to the dramatic shift in learning environments, specifically for students who were previously struggling academically. It is difficult to speculate on what missing months in the schoolhouse may mean for student achievement, yet research on summer learning loss has provided important insight on how to address some potential impacts of this extended pause in traditional classroom instruction once students return to school. Schools were also encouraged to recognize students who are transitioning from Kindergarten, 5th or 8th grade on social media, and many hosted a variety of virtual and drive-through celebrations for these students. M-DCPS Students Continue to Shine on National Assessment: NAEP-TUDA is widely considered the Nation’s Report Card and gold standard of assessments. Once again, Miami-Dade’s students obtained remarkable achievements. This year, Miami-Dade’s fourth graders were ranked number one in both Reading and Mathematics.center_img Mental Health Services Protocols for Wellness, Health Screenings, Health Reporting: provision and usage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as appropriate; daily temperature checks before entering school buses and school buildings; reporting of illness by students and their families, and employees; vaccination requirements; personal hygiene protocol including mandatory handwashing schedules; and enhanced social-emotional and mental health supports for students. New Academic Programs and Initiatives: The school year began with the roll out of 130 innovative, academic programs and initiatives designed to benefit students, employees, parents and the community. These included an emphasis on sustainable operations, such as solar panels, water bottle-filling stations, and elimination of plastic straws; innovative partnerships with notable entities, such as Zoo Miami, the Biscayne Nature Center, and Verizon; and increased Coding, STEAM and Career and Technical Education programs. The District also launched an additional 86 choice options that allowed students to engage in a relevant and rigorous way including, Magnet Program Re-envisioning, iBot, Verizon Innovative, iQuest Academy and zSpace. Although the community’s focus has understandably been on COVID-19 since March, M-DCPS also accomplished many noteworthy achievements this school year. These include being designated an “A” district for the second year in a row by the Florida Department of Education; ranking number one in the nation in fourth grade reading and math on the Nation’s Report Card; and leading the state in the number of quality high schools ranked by U.S. News and World Report. These highlights are further detailed below. Parent Resources Two-time A-Rated School District:For the second time in the history of Florida School Performance Grades, M-DCPS once again achieved a district-wide grade of “A,” and for the third year in a row, there are no “F”-rated schools. Forty-seven percent of the District’s schools received “A” ratings in 2019, compared to 36 percent statewide. Virtual Graduations and Class of 2020 Student Recognition Campaign M-DCPS Schools Rank High in U.S. News & World Report: The multi-platform news publisher released its 2020 Best High Schools rankings of nearly 18,000 public high schools, out of a review of more than 24,000 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. M-DCPS led Florida once again with 133 schools on the list, including four high schools among the top 100 in the nation, and nine in the top 20 for the state. Contingency Plans for Reopening Schools M-DCPS’ Instructional Continuity Plan (ICP) was implemented with the expectation that students would continue to progress in their learning, with the consultation and guidance of their teachers. The District provided teachers with extensive online professional development to support this shift to distance learning. 2019-2020 Highlights: Due to the global outbreak of COVID-19, the 2019-2020 school year brought with it the unprecedented long-term closure of schools that lead to the swift transition to distance learning. For Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), alongside the entire community and nation, 2020 has been a year of challenges, yet it has also been a time to show how much can be accomplished when a school system and its educators, students, parents and the community work together for the benefit of our children. ICP 2.0 expanded on the previous plan with the objective of providing additional guidance and support for an extended period of closures, the return to tracking attendance, and an outline for grading, which aimed to be compassionate towards students and their families. Students and parents can expect to receive the year-end report cards on June 15, 2020 via the portal and dadeschools mobile app. Values Matter Miami Teams Up with Miami Dolphins: M-DCPS partnered with the Miami Dolphins to support Values Matter Miami, the District’s values education initiative. The partnership included on-field recognition of exemplary students who embody the District’s core values at Miami Dolphins home games, various PSAs recorded and promoted by Miami Dolphins players and staff, and a district-wide student cleat design competition, which led to Values Matter Miami cleats being worn by a Dolphins player on a nationally-televised game. Even before the end of the 2019-2020 school year, the District has been hard at work planning for the return to the classroom in the fall while ensuring the safety of students and staff. More than 100,000 parents/guardians completed an online survey, providing direct feedback on aspects of reopening schools, including staggered schedules, transportation and student hygiene practices. As mentioned above, in the months prior to the school closures, M-DCPS also attained many noteworthy achievements: Daily attendance rates during distance learning reached an impressive 93 percent, which is comparable to in-person attendance rates at the same time last school year. Support from the Super Bowl: Super Bowl LIV brought a host of athletes and celebrities, philanthropic organizations, and corporations to South Florida. Many of those partnered with the District to provide support for various initiatives, including the renovation of Traz Powell Stadium, athletic fields and facilities at Miami Beach and Miami Edison senior highs,and the opportunity for student journalists to report alongside local, national and international news outlets from “Media Row” at the NFL Experience, to name just a few. Alumni Hall of Fame Inductions: Five distinguished leaders were inducted into the M-DCPS Alumni Hall of Fame. Oscar winners for the movie Moonlight, Barry Jenkins, graduate of Miami Northwestern and Tarell Alvin McCraney, alumnus of New World School of the Arts; “Soul Man” and only Miamian in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Booker T. Washington graduate Sam Moore; Miami Beach Senior alumni, Stephen M. Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium and Mitch Kaplan, owner of Miami’s Books & Books and founder of the Miami International Book Fair. Facility Improvements and Sanitization Safe Learning Environment:  The Miami-Dade Schools Police Department (M-DSPD) increased the number of school resource officers tomore than 450,improved surveillance efforts with security cameras, reduced the number of school entry points, and strengthened protocols related to securing schools and classrooms in the event of an on-campus threat. M-DCPS also served as an example around the nation for its success in rapidly shifting operations and delivery of academics due to school closures caused by the pandemic. The District employed a series of strategies to ensure the needs of all students, especially of those who are most vulnerable or at risk of falling behind, were addressed. This school year saw an expansion of the Department of Mental Health Services, which was established in 2018 to coordinate and facilitate services between schools and community agencies and ensure students, who are referred for mental health care, are accessing services. This department assists anyone who may feel overwhelmed or unable to cope with his/her emotions. Help is available in English, Spanish and Haitian-Creole via the assistance line. The District’s Mental Health Awareness Training also proved beneficial during this time as staff, parents and students have reached out to refer a student based on something they noticed and believed to be concerning through text, writing, virtual or phone communication. The District reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring all students are connected and to date, more than 119,000 devices, including 9,000 phones with Wi-Fi that can be used as hotspots for connectivity, are in students’ hands. M-DCPS staff members conducted direct outreach to students, including home visits to reach out to those who had not engaged in distance learning. By the end of the school year, nearly 100 percent of students had connectivity. Over the summer, with the exception of graduating seniors, all M-DCPS students may keep their District devices to continue learning. As of May 13, M-DCPS has completed 229 main projects and 627 accelerated projects, totaling 856 projects. Expenditures totaled $795 million, with $60.4 million under contract. Despite the historic challenges faced in the 2019-2020 school year due to the global pandemic, M-DCPS remained firm to its core values and commitment to excellence, demonstrating that no matter the circumstances, we are truly giving our students the world.last_img read more

AUDIO: Rohr To Ring Changes Against Algeria In World Cup Qualifier

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  1. Rohr November 9

Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Rohr-2-November-9.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Related “Rohr November 9” Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr has promised to make at least six changes to his team when Nigeria confront Algeria in a dead-rubber 2018 World Cup Qualifier in Constantine on Friday.Injuries to regulars Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses, Moses Simon, Elderson Echiejile and Ogenyi Onazi ahead of the inconsequential fixture, means the Franco-German tactician could be handing starting shirts to the likes of Anthony Nwakaeme, Henry Onyekuru, Uche Agbo, Ola Aina, John Ogu and Chidozie Awaziem, who have been on the fringes lately.“It is an opportunity to see a lot of players who didn’t play so much during the World Cup Qualifiers because we had our (full) team but now we have six injured players,” said the former Burkina Faso and Gabon coach.“There would be at least six changes (against Algeria) and it is an opportunity to see players who didn’t play so much.”Despite failing to win a match in 5 attempts during the qualifiers, Rohr is wary of the Algerians, stating that they will be ‘very aggressive’ when both sides clash on Friday.“It will be very interesting to play in Algeria in these conditions,” Rohr said.“They are changing the coach, they absolutely want to win a game at home, and they haven’t done that yet.“So they will be very aggressive. I know this team. They have one of the best players in Africa-Riyad Mayrez. They have (Islam) Slimani, (Yacine) Brahimi and some others.“It will be very, very interesting to see our players who would be playing for the first time, perhaps, new players are arriving and to see what they are doing.“We only had three days to prepare,” stated Rohr.Nigeria, who are already through to the 2018 World Cup in Russia will also face two-time Champions, Argentina in an international friendly match on Tuesday in Krasnodar, Russia.last_img read more

Not Normal…Betting app Kwiff launches ‘oddball’ UK marketing campaign

first_imgShare Karl EngströmNext generation betting app Kwiff has launched its first UK media campaign ‘It’s Perfectly Normal’ seeking to boost coverage of its ‘super charged’ odds services.The surreal campaign has been developed by London creative agency Droga5, who detailed to marketing news sources that it wanted to create a ‘new tone’ for betting adverts which face a number of messaging/promotional restrictions.Launched this week, Kwiff’s ‘It’s Perfectly Normal’ has been branded as the betting sector’s ‘strangest, yet most artistic advert of all time’.As creative lead Droga5 has been praised by marketing news sources Adweek and Campaignlive featuring Kwiff’s advert amongst this August’s best creative work.Karl Engström, CEO and Founder of Kwiff backed the campaign detailing that it was the perfect creative, for his company to announce itself to market.“For us, as a young company with big ambitions to disrupt a very competitive industry, we knew from the start that we needed to create not only an amazing product experience but also tell our story in a way that cuts through and makes people think,”“‘It’s perfectly normal. Until its kwiffed!’ truly tells our story about how we offer a product that delivers. But we add a magical twist, when you least expect it we might reward you with an almost abnormal experience of thrill.”Kwiff – It’s perfectly normal. Until it’s kwiffed. (FATHER & SON )Kwiff – It’s perfectly normal. Until it’s kwiffed. (BEDLAM – full) StumbleUpon Share Submitlast_img read more

Playtech BGT Sports’ MatchAcca to capitalise on World Cup fever

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Playtech BGT Sports strengthens Jenningsbet partnership December 2, 2019 Submit Russell Colvin joins FSB as retail lead June 9, 2020 A new MatchAcca tool has been unveiled by Playtech BGT Sports (PBS), in time for the end of the football season and capitalising on the upcoming Russian World Cup.Available for punters to use on its self service betting terminals (SSBTs), PBS states its tool puts the customer in control to create their own bet by combining several selections.Detailing “a first for betting shops”, it allows selections within the same match, such as team to score first, to win first half and over 3.5 goals, to be combined, without the need to wait for traders to approve it.John Pettit, Managing Director for UK, Ireland, Asia, and Australia at Playtech BGT Sports, said: “MatchAcca is revolutionary for the retail space. We’ve delivered a product which once again brings the best of online betting into the shop, and we’re sure it will appeal to new and existing retail bettors alike.“Our SSBTs are the perfect platform for a bet request tool, with large screens and extensive football content allowing customers to easily choose selections and activate MatchAcca.“Operators will experience the higher margins associated with multiples betting, while also driving customer engagement as the industry rides a wave on the back of this style of product.”Following the success of its bet request functionality, which has seen a variety of versions rolled across a number of online operators, PBS states that it is seeking the high-margin potential and customer interaction that the product entails.With an interface that allows consumers to pick a number of selections across a standard match screen, the MatchAcca can be activated to combine the various prices into a single selection.The detailed algorithms that allow incidents to be combined almost immediately have been provided via an exclusive agreement with AlgoSport, also ensuring in-depth access to development procedures and to feedback faster on model improvements.  Through MatchAcca PBS highlights a continued digitisation of the retails space, through an automated product unavailable over the counter. Share SportsTraders teams up with PBS to launch TeamBets product February 5, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Swedish Open serves up tennis turnover growth on LeoVegas

first_img Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles LeoVegas will resume sponsorship of the Swedish Open in Båstad, after the success of last year’s strategic effort to profile its fast-growing live tennis offering.Live betting on tennis, especially through mobile devices, is one of the fastest growing turnover markets for LeoVegas, who has combined the opportunity for all punters to bet on every point with live-streaming for ATP tournaments across Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark.The Swedish operator has therefore targeted its national tennis open, an ATP 250 Series event expected to attract 40,000 spectators to Båstad from 15-22 July.The tournament, which has been running since 1948, holds a multitude of sponsorship opportunities alongside the obvious arena branding, press backdrop and website accreditation.LeoVegas, who will target on-site activation through a fully staffed stand, has also gained full rights to utilise Swedish Open logos and trademarks for commercial purposes, while choosing to host VIP activities, player meet and greets, and an invite-only seminar led by CEO Gustaf Hagman.“Last year’s successful sponsor partnership with the Swedish Open in Båstad was a strategic effort to profile LeoVegas Sport and our offering in tennis,” said Hagman.“This venture whetted our appetite, and we have therefore ramped up our sponsorship from Official Partner to become one of the Swedish Open’s Principal Partners.”This ‘ramped’ up marketing bid will be emphasised by the week-long presence of a branded LeoVegas helicopter, the subject of a campaign in which fans can win a trip into the Swedish skies.The company’s promotional efforts throughout the week will also be boosted by its brand ambassadors including skier, blogger and car-enthusiast Jon Olsson, whose new LeoVegas branded car will be available for viewing in Båstad.Louise Nylén, LeoVegas’ Chief Marketing Officer, commented: “Our sponsoring partnership with the Swedish Open in Båstad strengthens our position as a relevant actor in sports and especially in tennis.“Our ambition is to be at the forefront with our data-driven marketing and to combine this with collaborations and sponsorships that have a clear coupling to our offering.“We are therefore looking forward to the Swedish Open, which will be an extension of an exciting summer in sport that will get off to a serious start in June with the FIFA World Cup.”last_img read more