left-r:ight Rev. Wayne Lomax, Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro and Mr. Charles George The City of Miami Gardens Vice-Mayor Dr. Erhabor Ighodaro has been awarded the Nathan W. Collier Meritorious Service Award by Florida Memorial University. The award is given for exceptional service to the University, and for outstanding achievements in the honoree’s community. Vice-Mayor Ighodaro accepted his award at the University’s 139th Founder’s Day Convocation on March 15, 2018.The Nathan W. Collier Meritorious Service Award was named for Dr. Nathan White Collier, who served as President of Florida Baptist Academy and the Florida Normal and Industrial Institute from 1896 to 1941.Vice Mayor Ighodaro is an educator with a background in public management, urban justice, urban education, curricula design and implementation of best practice methodologies, educational public policy and the intervention and resolution of school and community based conflict. He serves as Professor of Criminal Justice at Florida Memorial University, and he is the Founder/CEO of Oracle Consulting Group, LLC a dispute systems design and conflict resolution firm and he is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator.As Executive Director of the Dr. Robert B. Ingram Foundation, Dr. Ighodaro oversees the organization’s signature READ to LEAD program and has awarded over 5000 scholarships to students in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. These scholarships entitle students to an all-expenses paid educational excursion of Black history sites in Florida.A former Miami-Dade County Public School Teacher and former Chief of Staff to School Board Member Dr. Robert Ingram, Dr. Ighodaro serves as the Miami-Dade School District’s Administrator for the Ingram Africa School Alliance (IASA) “Rites of Passage” Project and leads a delegation of students, teachers and parents on the district’s annual excursion and student exchange opportunities with schools in Africa.An often herald speaker on youth and non-violent engagement, Dr. Ighodaro is the author of the groundbreaking publication Curriculum Violence: America’s New Civil Rights Issue (2010). Nova Science Publishers. Dr. Ighodaro has worked with diverse political constituencies in the Miami Dade community and was appointed in 2012 by Mayor Oliver Gilbert to serve on the Miami Gardens City Council, at-Large Seat 6. He was subsequently elected in 2014 with the highest vote count in the history of the city. On the council he has established himself as a trailblazer and consensus builder. A promoter of inclusion he has pioneered the City’s efforts for its special needs population, and created Miami Gardens’ own Special Olympics Games. He hosts the City’s annual Stand Against Violence It’s Our Responsibility (S.A.V.I.O.R.) community violence and crime prevention initiative, and holds a monthly community and town hall meeting “Uni’Tea.” Vice Mayor Ighodaro recently sponsored a resolution to host the City’s first radio show Miami Gardens.An advocate for small businesses, Dr. Ighodaro established the business of the month recognition program and was an architect for the city’s Business and Resident Economic Plan.Dr. Ighodaro holds a Ph. D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University (2007). He graduated with a Master of Science Degree in Justice Administration from St. Thomas University (2000) and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida Memorial University (1997).
Super Falcons of Nigeria striker Ini-Abasi Umotong has expressed enthusiasm about starting the new phase of her life where football will no longer compete with education for her attention.The former Portsmouth FC and Oxford United star, last month, graduated with First Class Honours in Economics from the University of Southampton. Soon after, her move to Brighton and Hove Albion was announced, and one cannot help but marvel at how she was able to effectively manage her time in such a thoroughly demanding circumstance to achieve great results on and off the pitch.“From the beginning of my degree I always wanted to play football as well, and my parents did stress their concern of me doing so as they wanted my studies to be the main priority.” Umotong told busybuddiesng.com. “I understood their concern and I agreed that ultimately my studies would take priority, but I knew it was also possible to do well in both and there were other generations who have done so such as Eniola Aluko. And so my thinking was if they can do it then so can I.“My first year at the university I was playing at Portsmouth which is about 30 minutes’ drive from my university and when I had great success at the club and finishing my first year with a First Class also, I said to myself ‘okay I can push myself further’. So during my second year I moved to Oxford who were at the time the closest Super League team to my university and they were about an hour and 15 minutes’ drive away from Southampton. This is where the real challenge began.”The 23-year-old was juggling being a football star as well as a full-time student and while she held on strongly to the belief that she could succeed in both, she had to make a lot of sacrifices too. She travelled to Oxford four times a week – a round trip of about three hours, was doing various work experience for her course and still spared some time for friends and family.“It wasn’t easy,” she admitted. “But with the right will power and determination, hard work and, of course, God it was definitely possible.“I had to learn to really effectively multi-task including like studying on the way home from away games. It was a lot of late nights and early mornings especially during my exam periods where I get to the library for around 10 am in the morning. I wouldn’t leave until about 4,5am in the (next) morning, then I go home, sleep for a little bit, wake up and do the exact same thing for the next day,” she narrated.Umotong then hailed her family and friends whose “great network of support” alongside the great facilities and support from her university, saw her through her “very demanding” course.Particularly she mentioned that: “I had a close knit group of friends on my course who joined me during the late nights at the library, and having that study group made a massive difference as I never felt alone but all in all I’m just over the moon to have come out with a First Class and now I can concentrate solely on football and see where this takes me.”Umotong garnered over 50 goals whilst playing for Portsmouth FC, and last season she received two awards as a player of Oxford United; the Golden Boot in FA Women’s Premier League 2 as top scorer and the league’s Players’ Player of the season.Now that all her attention is fixed on her football career, will be defending the colours of Brighton and Hove Albion in the new FA WSL2 season, while she is also looking forward to earning more caps for the Nigeria Women’s National Team. Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Ini-August-4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Ini-2-August-4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Ini-3-August-4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Related Photo credit: southampton.ac.uk;seagulls.fawsl.com
StumbleUpon Stamford Bridge to host the inaugural five-a-side SBC Global Championship May 15, 2018 Submit Share A night of high drama, saw New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady carry his team from a 25-point deficit to Super Bowl LI glory this Sunday.In what many have called the greatest Super Bowl final of all time, ‘Touchdown Tommy’ stepped up his game to win his fifth Vince Lombardi trophy with US media crowning Brady the GOAT (greatest of all time).However, the stream of Brady tributes has not been shared by bookmakers who were stung by the Patriots victory.Speaking to the Las Vegas Journal, Nick Bogdanovich William Hill Vegas Sportsbook Director stated that ‘in-play had been the killer’, as Super Bowl LI went into overtime and punters backed the Patriots.By the start of the 4th quarter, some Vegas bookmakers would offer odds ranging between 15/18 –1 on a Patriots comeback giving punters a real underdog incentive.“Any time a real good team gets down in any sport, it’s always bad. And you magnify it on the Patriots in the Super Bowl. They had infinite opportunities to take them on the money line, to take a little to make a lot.” Bogdanovich detailedWatching the Super Bowl action in the UK, Steve Baumohl, VP Trading at Redzonesports could not believe what he was witnessing.“Forget blowing the 28-3 lead, it was the last 4 minutes where this game was won and lost. After a truly outstanding 29 yard catch by Julio Jones on the 22 yard line, Atlanta would have had the game won if they just continued to run the ball, drain the clock and at worse kick a field goal. But Matt Ryan allowing himself to be sacked at the 38 yard line 2 plays later coupled with the flag on the next play, swung the momentum beyond all logic. ”“At halftime most of the UK market had New England at 9/4 to win the game, whilst redzonesports.com had them at 11/4, a price we’d still stand behind now. But despite being on the wrong side of one of the greatest ever sporting comebacks, it was a sensational moment to witness and can only help elevate the appeal of the game even further in the UK.”“History will remember the Patriots comeback and the ‘Brady Miracle’, the scale of which will no doubt evoke memories of the miracle of Istanbul. But there’s no denying that the Falcons played a large hand in this result. “ Related Articles Argyll Entertainment – Bold Eagles save bookmakers from another Brady Super Bowl payout February 6, 2018 Philadelphia aims to halt Patriots for first Super Bowl triumph February 2, 2018 Share
BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile August 20, 2020 Share Related Articles Kenya Finance Bill carries tax rescind waiting on Kenyatta approval June 25, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Betsson sees strong prospects in disrupted Kenya June 19, 2020 Share La Liga the governing body of Spain’s highest tier of professional football has confirmed Kenya-based bookmaker SportPesa as its first ever ‘African Sports Betting Partner’. Securing a three-year deal as an official La Liga partner, SportPesa will seek increase its coverage throughout key African markets as an official La Liga partner.The partnership agreement was confirmed by La Liga President Javier Tebas and Commercial Director Adolfo Barra who detailed that moving forward SportPesa’s brand and services will be pushed with all La Liga African marketing initiatives. La Liga governance was further pleased to increase its regional presence with African enterprises, increasing the profile of its league and competing football clubs.SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri stated that his firm had gained a further high-coverage international partnership detailing the operator’s commitment to ‘transparency and integrity, values with which La Liga is synonymous with’.“We believe that this partnership will bring into Africa La Liga, which is a globally recognised leader in football talent development. It ties well with our company’s objective of developing sport in Africa by bringing in the invaluable professional experience of one of the top leagues in Europe,”
Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 As the enduring South American World Cup qualifying process draws to a close, football fans are left contemplating the possibility of a World Cup without Lionel Messi and Argentina. A disparaging draw with Peru last week has left La Albiceleste desperately needing a victory over Ecuador tonight if they want to save their dwindling World Cup hopes. Although Argentina have lost two out of their last three games in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, Betway’s Alan Alger told SBC: “It’s still very likely they qualify, obviously. A win guarantees at the very least a play-off against New Zealand for which they’d be very strong favourites over two legs.“If they win and Brazil don’t lose at home to Chile they qualify automatically. There are a few other scenarios that a draw will also see them qualify automatically.There doesn’t appear too much motivation for Ecuador who have lost their last five qualifiers. The new Head of Sports at LeoVegas, Riku Jokela added: “The last World Cup Argentina have missed was in 1970. Ecuador away won’t be an easy match for Argentina considering the massive pressure and the fact that the match is played at 2,850 metres in the thin air of Quito.“However, we strongly think that Argentina’s star players will step-up and they will get the crucial win, then it’ll be up to other results in the group to ultimately decide whether they will qualify directly or whether they need to face New Zealand in the Play-offs or not. In case of Playoffs, we strongly believe that Argentina have got what it takes to beat New Zealand in two-legged tie.”Jokela continued: “If Argentina didn’t make it to the tournament- there would be an impact on outright odds as Argentina are currently #5 favourite to win World Cup 2018 – other favourites’ odds like Germany’s, France’s, Brazil’s, Spain’s, Belgium’s and England’s would naturally drop a bit. In general, a World Cup without Argentina, Messi, and other Argentinian star players would likely lose a bit of its charm.Furthermore, Jorge Sampaoli’s side are currently 10/1 outsiders to go one step further in Russia next Summer, then they did at Brazil in 2014, where they suffered an excruciating extra time final defeat at the hands of Mario Götze and Germany.If Argentina make it to Russia, at the age of 30 it maybe Messi’s last chance to capture international honours, something that Alger anticipates will lead to their misfiring qualifying campaign becoming a distant memory for punters. Alger commented that: “We feel most punters will have forgotten the qualifying process by the time the tournament is near approaching and still be backing Argentina because of the Messi factor regardless of their current struggles.”Jokela agreed that for Argentina the “World Cup 2018 is a whole new ball game from the Qualifying campaign and if/when Argentina qualify for the tournament, they might be much stronger and united team after a more than challenging World Cup Qualifying campaign. At the end of day, when they have got a good day they can beat any team in the world with players like Messi, Dybala, Agüero, Icardi, Di Maria, Otamendi and Mascherano.” Related Articles Submit Share Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020
StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit EveryMatrix supports Enlabs with Optibet esports launch June 22, 2020 Share BetVictor boosts casino portfolio with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 25, 2020 Share Stian Hornsletten, EveryMatrix: Closing the gap from sports to casino May 14, 2020 Stian Hornsletten – EveryMatrixLeading Georgia and Armenia gambling operator Adjarabet has confirmed that it has revamped its online casino services, utilising EveryMatrix’s ‘CasinoEngine’ platform.Updating the market, EveryMatrix has completed the successful installation of CasinoEngine platform within Adjarabet’s existing digital framework, significantly boosting the operator’s RNG games and live casino content inventory.Beyond gaming content, Adjarabet customers will benefit from faster game loading times combined with improved UX functionalities delivered by the new platform. Tom Hutchinson, Director of Casino at Adjarabet detailed the CasinoEngine upgrade as a critical project for 2018: “We’re very excited to have integrated the EveryMatrix CasinoEngine into our existing platform. The CasinoEngine will allow us to launch the broad selection of Casino vendors offered by EveryMatrix onto the Adjarabet sites at a much faster rate than was possible before, solidifying our market-leading position in Georgia and positioning us well to increase our market share in Armenia”Stian Hornsletten, Executive Director and CasinoEngine CEO commented: “We are proud to see Tier 1 operators such as Adjarabet being enabled by EveryMatrixtechnology and benefiting from our Integration Platform scalability, flexibility and agile service management whilst retaining operational control of the elements they see as core to their business and brand proposition. Adjarabet signing, and the present robust client portfolio are a vindication of the investments we have made in recent years towards our long-term strategy of being product-leaders in niche gaming verticals.”
Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 The Group’s poker offer will be led by partypoker.se, a localised adaptation of its premier poker brand. Swedish players will be able to take advantage of partypoker’s tournament schedule including The Power Series, Daily Majors and Super Sunday, as well as its Sit & Go Jackpots, where three hands can net a prize of over $1m. Commenting on the launch, Shay Segev, GVC’s Chief Operating Officer emphasised: “We are delighted to get the year off to a positive start with the launch of bwin.se and partypoker.se. We are confident that Swedish customers will enjoy what we believe is the best and most comprehensive online gaming experience in the market. “Launching two new labels in such a short space of time after receiving our licence, demonstrates the flexibility of our unique proprietary technology platform.” GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Belgian Pro League selects bwin as its new betting partner August 4, 2020 Share Submit GVC Holdings has confirmed that following receipt of a Swedish gaming licence, it has launched bwin and partypoker in the country.Both brands now offer dedicated websites under the .se extension, with an Android mobile app is also available, with an iOS version expected to follow over the coming days.bwin.se will utilise the feature-set and content from the group’s flagship European sports betting brand, offering both pre-match and in-play betting on a wide portfolio of sporting events. Swedish customers will also be able to access GVC’s casino offer, which boasts content from 33 third-party games developers as well as unique titles created by the group’s in-house studio. In total over 650 slots, jackpots and live table games are on offer from day one, including many exclusives titles unavailable anywhere else.
StumbleUpon Submit Industry start-up Bettingmetrics has announced a major ‘enterprise goal’ having secured £150,000 in seed investment, supported by London venture capital fund RLC Ventures.Founded in 2016 by the engineering team of Martin Grozev (CEO) and Slavomir Semov, Bettingmetics (Bettingmetrics.com) seeks to revolutionise betting tutorials, creating a marketplace where punters can exchange wagering tips, knowledge and advice.In their enterprise mandate, Grozev and Semov have stated that they wish to bring a new level of sophistication to betting player communities, in which punters are supported with the best data-driven tools to make informed choices and market analyses.Seeking to develop the most informed player community, the Bettingmetics platform has a built-in odds comparison engine, supported with player betting tracker and portfolio management tool.Furthermore, player development is supported through Bettingmetrics ‘marketplace’ and ‘university’ where players can sell betting tips, follow community members and gain free-market tutorials.Detail community insights to AffiliateInsider last January, Martin Grozev, Co-founder of Bettingmetrics, explained: “We have always believed that the only way to establish long term business relationship is when both parties are happy. We know how much work tipsters put down in order to make their analysis and build quantitative models, hence we will try to always offer a fair deal that will make tipsters happy, so they can focus on what they do best.”Updating stakeholders, Grozev detailed that the secured investment would be used for scaling and enhancing product development.Reece Chowdry – RLC VenturesBettingmetrics becomes the tenth investment of RLC Ventures, a specialist fund in ‘early enterprise financing.The seed funding round was led by Reece Chowdry CEO & Founder of RLC Ventures, who backed Bettingmetrics prospects:-“The team have demonstrated brilliant traction by growing their user base by 60 per cent per month and achieving solid growth in recurring revenue. We are excited to back their team in this next stage of growth and product development. Share Share
StumbleUpon Submit Share Share Related Articles GVC – YGAM’s Parent Hub is a vital tool for honest and open conversations August 4, 2020 GVC hails SportsAid programme developing next generation of British athletes August 7, 2020 EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 Virginia McDowell – GVC HoldingsFTSE100 gambling group GVC Holdings has this morning published its 2019 ‘Fair Play – Corporate Social Responsibility Report’ outlining the multiple changes governing the company’s long-term corporate sustainability objectives.In the report’s forward statement, GVC Independent Non-Executive Director Virginia McDowell acknowledges the new responsibilities demands placed on the company which now operates global gaming’s largest online gambling portfolio, employing 25,000 staff worldwide.“GVC’s growth has brought with it a commensurate expansion in the expectations around how we manage our responsibilities towards society, particularly as they relate to safer gambling,” said McDowell.“And let me be clear from the outset: Our ambition is to be the safest and most trusted operator in the world.”As a corporate advisor, McDowell has been charged with leading GVC’s ‘dedicated CSR Committee’ – a governance-level unit which has reviewed all corporate policies ‘covering regulatory compliance, AML, responsible gaming, health and safety, environmental impact, data protection and diversity in the workplace’.Furthermore, as a governance function, the CSR Committee will offer guidance to GVC leaders and stakeholders on social responsibility strategies, oversight, planning and coordination.“Sitting below the Board CSR Committee, the CSR Steering Group consists of functional leaders from across the business, including Investor Relations, HR, Legal, Health, Safety and Security, Operations and Communications,” explained the GVC report.“Convened by our Head of CSR, the Group oversees implementation of the CSR strategy, coordinating delivery across all operating units and central function.”Moving forward, an enlarged GVC Holdings will operate under the mandate of its ‘Fair Play – CSR strategy’ which sets out ‘priorities and activities across the areas where GVC has an impact on society’.GVC states that its new CSR strategy has been developed with ‘a deep understanding of where the industry is heading’, which will see GVC operate an ‘emerging framework’, promoting social responsibility practices across GVC’s current operational and stakeholder value chains.Treating CSR as a corporate discipline, GVC has appointed Grainne Hurst as the FTSE firm’s first Director of Responsible Gambling, supported by former group communications lead Jay Dossetter as Head of CSR.2018 saw GVC launch its ‘Changing for the Bettor’ campaign, setting out the FTSE firm’s ‘seven pillars’ for promoting safe play, fair gambling and better standards.Grainne Hurst – GVC HoldingsThe ‘Changing for the Bettor’ campaign has further seen GVC form strategic collaborations with gambling harm minimisation consultancy EPIC Risk Management (EPIC), in addition to supporting the Harvard Medical School’s ‘Division on Addiction‘ with a $5 million research funding on addiction behaviours, triggers and analyses.“We were very clear when we launched our strategy that it should not remain a static document, but instead would be constantly evolving and adapting as new opportunities and challenges occur,” said Grainne Hurst, Director of Responsible Gambling at GVC Holdings.“We are currently working on a number of projects, including additional treatment provision for gambling-related harm, digital app therapy provisions, the use of AI to help minimise harm and our research partnership with Harvard.“We are determined that responsible gambling is a non-negotiable part of the way we do business, and ‘Changing for the Bettor’ is our considered attempt to lead the way in minimising the risk from gambling-related harm.”A year since the launch of ‘Changing for the Bettor’, GVC governance states that the company is ready to pursue a series of ‘Quantitative commitments’ for future yearsGVC’s ‘Quantitative commitments’ related to safer gambling include:Doubling the amount GVC donates to problem gambling research, education and treatment bodies to 0.2% of UK gross gaming revenue, rising gradually to 1% by 2022 (the equivalent of £20 million).Starting a safer gambling awareness and education programmes for school children through GVC’s partnership with EPIC Risk Management.Developing the firm’s partnership with Harvard Medical School to better understand and reduce the potential for problem gambling behaviour through rigorous research.
Share StumbleUpon Arena Racing Company (ARC) has strengthened its commitment to greyhound racing, after confirming the acquisition of both Perry Barr and Belle Vue greyhound stadia from the Greyhound Racing Association (GRA).The two stadia have been long-standing members of the Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service (BAGS) to betting shops. Manchester-based Belle Vue and Perry Barr in Birmingham host 103 and 208 BAGS fixtures annually. The new agreement is therefore expected to host approximately 50% of the 1619 annual BAGS fixtures at ARC-owned stadia – which also includes Newcastle and Sunderland. ARC Group Corporate Development Director Kevin Robertson said: “We are delighted to have reached agreement with GRA to bring Perry Barr and Belle Vue into the ARC group. We have a strong commitment to invest in British Greyhounds, and we look forward to working with the teams at both Belle Vue and Perry Barr.”Both Belle Vue and Perry Barr have both been in partnership with The Racing Partnership (TRP) since 1 January 2018.Chairman of GRA, Clive Feltham, added: “It’s been a pleasure running GRA having been involved for forty years.“I am delighted to be handing over Belle Vue and Perry Barr to a professional and progressive company in ARC. I have had some great people working for me and attached to the stadia and I am sure they will continue to do a fantastic job under new owners.”The future of Belle Vue has long been under review, following controversial plans proposed by the Manchester City Council to build houses on the historic site. Having first been built in 1926, the infrastructure is synonymous with the Belle Vue area and is one of the country’s oldest and most well regarded greyhound stadiums. Related Articles ARC temporarily suspends ‘uneconomical’ Belle Vue meetings June 10, 2020 Submit ARC confirms Belle Vue closure August 3, 2020 ARC continues financial support for greyhound trainers during COVID-19 shutdown April 15, 2020 Share