The Lake Worth community has come together to support a nonprofit, helping the founder, Patrick Livingston, make incredible progress with his vision for Arms of Hope.Livingston will be the first to tell anyone that cooking in the soup kitchen last summer was brutal. There was no air conditioning. The dining area was uncomfortable for guests, too, but now things are much different.“It’s a huge difference, a huge difference. Night and day from when we sat here last year,” Livingston said.There’s a brand new air conditioning system, courtesy of John Westbrook and the Cool team, renovated bathrooms installed by C2 Construction, a new roof thanks to American Roofing and hurricane impact windows, donated by PGT WinGuard and installed for free by T.J. Davis Windows. The upgrades and renovations were all made possible by these generous local business owners.“It was just a freak thing that I talked to Patrick and I said, ‘let me see if we can get’em to donate,’” T.J. Davis, owner of T.J. Davis windows, said.Frankie Quarles, a third-generation roofer and president of American Roofing, donated not one, but two new roofs, one for the soup kitchen and the other for the building next door, which will be used as a future community center.“Patrick is as excited about doing work as I am. Excited to give God be all the glory and that’s the main thing that goes on in this whole operation that’s here,” Quarles said.Arms of Hope is known for feeding hungry stomachs and human spirits, but Livingston has bigger plans.“Feeding the folks is good, but educating them is our goal,” Livingston said.“We have a plan and we have a momentum going forward to convert this into a well-functioning community center,” Cheddi Johnson, owner of C2 Development said.Johnson is the volunteer project manager, overseeing renovations of the adjacent building and organizing other volunteers to help Livingston’s dream become a reality.“It’s a year later and I’m still thanking them,” Livingston said.There is still a lot of work left to do. For people interested in volunteering or donating supplies.The Quantum Foundation also provides financial grants to help fund nonprofits like Arms of Hope. To donate money visit.
The 3rd Annual Lauderhill Taste Tour will take place on Saturday, February 17th. This Culinary Celebration on a limo bus is a true foodie experience that should not be missed.Leaving from City Hall at 12 noon for the Lunch Tour, guests will visit Chicano Grill, Donna’s Caribbean Restaurant, Joy’s Roti Delight, and Amarena Bakery and Bistro.The Dinner Tour will leave at 4 pm, and it will stop at Indian Chillies, Jo Baby’s Crawfish and Cajun House, Lallo’s Roti, and Izziban Sushi and BBQ.Each location stop will present their best sellers and/or the chef’s picks in a tapas or family style exhibition. On the limo bus, along with music and fun, adult drinks will be offered to set the mood and give all a positive weekend attitude! The Lunch and Dinner Tour Taste Tickets can be purchased at City Hall located at 5581 W. Oakland Park Boulevard, Lauderhill, FL 33313, or online on Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lauderhill-taste-tour-2018-tickets-39701891426Space is limited and both tours always sell out. Gift cards are given to each participant to return to their favorite restaurant at a later date.“I have been on the Lunch Tour before and I have discovered some of the great tastes that we have here in the City of Lauderhill. This is a great opportunity for you to experience the cuisine we have here. We don’t have to travel outside of our City to get fantastic food,” says resident and radio personality DJ Big Man Kelly of Hot 105. For more information, please call 954-730-3041 or email [email protected]
The Trayvon Martin Foundation presents the sixth annual Peace Walk & Peace Talk on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Miami Carol City Park, located at 3201 NW 185th Street, Miami Gardens. Hosted by Faizon Love, registration for the walk begins at 8:00 a.m. and will be led by Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin. The Peace Talk takes place immediately following the Peace Walk at the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheatre, located at 3000 NW 199th Street, Miami Gardens, 33056. Both events are annual community affairs that showcase youth, community activists, faith leaders, and celebrities. The Walk also includes families who have lost a child to senseless gun violence. All participants will be walking together in solidarity as a testament to the right that all people should be able to walk freely without being profiled or shot and killed. The Peace Talk is a community engagement activity where youth, community leaders and celebrities can engage in honest and informative discussion pertaining to empowering our youth and overcoming violence in our neighborhoods.Faizon Love is a Cuban-born American actor and comedian best known for his roles in the hit movies, Friday, Elf, The Replacements, Made, and Couples Retreat, and played the role of Maurice Starr on BET’s The New Edition Story. For media.The annual Remembrance Dinner The Trayvon Martin Foundation will also host the sixth annual Trayvon Martin Remembrance Dinner on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at the DOUBLETREE BY HILTON located at 711 NW 72ND Avenue, Miami, Fl. 33126. The affair opens with a cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m., immediately followed by the dinner at 7:00 p.m. The following honorees, celebrated for their notable, civic contributions, include: Gbenga Akinnagbe, American actor, producer and activist; Queen Brown, Miami native, activist; Captain Barrington Irving, youngest person to pilot the world solo; Tom Joyner, radio host; former Mayor Marc Morial, president, National Urban League; and Florida State Representative Cynthia Stafford (D109). The Trayvon Martin Remembrance Dinner is an annual event commemorating the life of the late Trayvon Benjamin Martin (Feb. 5, 1995 – Feb. 26, 2012) and supports raising public awareness of profiling, the impact of violent crimes in our communities, and senseless gun violence. The Remembrance Dinner is also designed to celebrate life and progress of Foundation supporters who want change.
As a little girl growing up in Jamaica it was the norm for the male members of the family to “lime” at the Rum Bar on a Friday Night where they had a chance to socialize and drink with their buddies. Back in the day with no TV and not much to do, that was the acceptable form of recreation, integrated into the culture. Little did we know that someday, that “social drinking” would progress to alcoholism or “addiction” for some people. In today’s world, however, it goes beyond alcohol and we see the social use of marijuana and other mind-altering substances, that if not used in moderation, could progress to addiction. Anyone who has experienced living with an addicted family member, knows very well what chaos, anger, stress, anxiety, and depression look like. Many were told “don’t talk about it because no one should know what goes on in the home”. In other words, “don’t talk about your business with anyone”. The irony of this though is the family as a unit suffers in silence by internalizing their negative thoughts and emotions, their shame, their guilt and their fears giving rise to psychological and physiological issues which could otherwise have been easily addressed by seeking professional help.The correlation between mental health problems and physical problems is quite profound and impactful as we can’t separate the brain from the health of body, mind and spirit. The more ashamed people are of their struggles, the less likely they are to seek help. While the physical effects of their condition contribute to their own obstacles, the mental limitations caused by public stigma may contribute to the individual’s hesitance as well, and as a result they refrain from seeking the treatment they need. Feeling stuck and hopeless means that not only will their healing be hindered or unsuccessful, but it creates a dark cloud that can linger for a lifetime, if not addressed. Whatever the circumstances are, the negative impact of stigma includes increased levels of stress, anger, depression, and anxiety. The negative impact of stigma also creates additional harmful effects such as the inability for family and friends to fully grasp the magnitude of the situation, inability to find employment or housing, social isolation, feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. Stigma is almost always based on personal views associated with the lack of understanding rather than the facts. Gaining deeper perspectives and learning to accept rather than to condemn could help the individual and the family recognize what needs to be done to treat the condition. The moment we accept that stress, anger, anxiety and depression are very common among all walks of life, all generation, all color, all races; the easier it gets to seek professional help. One of the best ways to overcome the stigma of seeking professional help is by acknowledging there is a negative perception of the condition to being with. Perhaps it is the fear of being judged, the fear of rejection, the fear of abandonment, the fear of being labeled. Often, the stigma is subtle and even unintentional, such as avoidance of a person with a mental condition out of the exaggerated fear that person is unstable, violent or dangerous. Stigma can even be directed inwardly if the person with a mental illness or substance abuse issue feels that he/she is less worthy as a result of his/her condition.So, the question is, how do we overcome the stigma? Here are some helpful tips that I think will help those struggling with the Stigma. Surround Yourself with Positive and Compassionate PeopleThe support of people who love you and understand your struggles will be a great source of comfort. Those who witnessed or experienced similar struggles are much more compassionate and less likely to allow society’s stigma to affect how they respond to you. Ignoring judgments could be one of the most valuable things a compassionate group of people can do to help during the time of healing. Avoid Negative StereotypesThe anger, the guilt, the shame, the embarrassment, the rejection, feeling alone and isolated, feeling stuck and hopeless. These are all emotions that you may experience and that’s normal under the circumstances. This is your time to disregard these stereotypes and accept the need to openly express the feeling and the struggles you encounter. Seek Professional HelpSeeking help in a professional, supportive, non-judgmental and non-critical environment is an important part of keeping the stigma away from the healing process. Choosing the right Professional and Program for you can be gratifying. Working on regaining your self-esteem and overcoming self-doubt and shame will help restore a sense of self that will propel you to higher heights. Research Information on your Condition and/or StrugglesEducating yourself with information about your own circumstance will allow you to better navigate past the stigma that surrounds it. Knowing exactly what to expect during treatment will greatly aid in the healing process and success. In addition, seeking professional help provides a safe, secure, non-judgmental, non-critical environment to talk openly about the underlying issues that lead to maladaptive behaviors and provides the opportunity to explore effective ways to achieve goals and objectives. Practice Positive Self AffirmationAvoid negative self-talk such as “I’m a loser, I won’t amount to anything, I won’t fit in, no one will understand”. Instead replace those with positive affirmations by reminding yourself of your worth, your strengths, your attributes and your goals for the future. Join a Support GroupSupport groups are great ways of meeting other people who share your condition and help you realize that you are not alone. Support groups provide healing from emotional pain, promotes social interaction, strengthens coping skills, and provides support from others with similar struggles.You don’t have to suffer in silence, help is available. Overcome the stigma!Contributed by Joan Bowla, a Life Coach/Owner with Real-Life Coaching, LLC. Joan holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University and worked as a Clinical Therapist serving the Substance Abuse and Mental Health population for over 5 years in South Florida. For more information, visit her website: www.real-lifecoaching.org . Telephone: 954 530 1837, email:[email protected] Resources: https://americanaddictioncenters.org/blog/overcome-addiction-stigma-successful-recovery/;https:/; https://reliefhelp.org/mental- health-101/overcoming-the-stigma-of-mental-illness/,https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1489832/
MIAMI, Florida – The Consulate General of Jamaica, Miami, remains closed to the public until further notice. This is to ensure that staff takes precautionary measures to protect Jamaican nationals as well as themselves from contracting the Coronavirus COVID-19.Consul General R. Oliver Mair advises that staff at the Consulate General will be working remotely with limited resources from 9:am to 3:pm, Monday through Friday, and can be engaged through the following medium:Persons may call the normal phone line at 305-374-8431. (Please be mindful that emergency matters must be prioritized). As call volumes may be high, persons are advised to make appointment at https://jcgmiami.youcanbook.me/ to select an available date and time for a telephone call response from Consulate representative.TEXT at – 786-588-9639; 754-800-8421; 954-613-9439; 954-919-5392EMAIL – [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected] of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) Senator Kamina Johnson Smith is cautioning Jamaicans in the Diaspora who continue to travel internationally that they could find themselves unable to return to their places of origin as countries continue to close off borders and airspace in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. The Minister further advised Jamaicans in the Diaspora to register with the Jamaican Consulate in the countries where they currently are.
UD Las Palmas have terminated the contract of Kevin-Prince Boateng due to “irreversible personal reasons”.Boateng and Las Palmas reached an agreement to end the contract after the player requested to depart the club just three days before Las Palmas kick off their 2017/2018 La Liga campaign.An official statement from the club reads: “UD Las Palmas and Prince Boateng have reached an agreement to terminate the contract that linked the player to the club for the next three seasons. Irreversible personal reasons have led to this unexpected exit.”“The player’s personal situation has precipitated his departure. Boateng will continue his sporting career in a place that will allow him to be closer to his family.”La UD Las Palmas y Prince Boateng alcanzan un acuerdo para rescindir el contrato.https://t.co/XNtUj1hIGY pic.twitter.com/eJbmhjH8Jr— UD Las Palmas (@UDLP_Oficial) August 16, 2017“The player alongside club president Miguel Angel Ramirez will give a news conference this afternoon to bid farewell to the fans.”30-year-old Boateng, who was Las Palmas highest goal scorer last season, joined the La Liga club last year after he was also released by AC Milan, scoring 10 goals and providing 4 assists in 28 league appearances for the La UD.“The club wishes to thank the player for his professionalism during his season with us and especially for the gesture he made when he signed a new contract when he had better financial offers from important European clubs. Las Palmas wishes him success and will always be grateful for the season he had with us.” the statement concludes. RelatedSassuolo Sign Boateng From Eintracht FrankfurtJuly 6, 2018In “Europe”Barcelona Finalize Boateng MoveJanuary 21, 2019In “Europe”Barcelona Find Unanswered Questions in Kevin-Prince BoatengJanuary 23, 2019In “Articles”
GVC responds to ‘press speculation’ on former Turkish business July 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Beehive has agreed a multi-brand deal with GVC to supply its data-driven marketing platform to the operator’s Playtech brands.The GVC deal represents the latest Tier 1 operator agreement for Beehive, following the agreement to provide its customer marketing tools across Ladbrokes’ retail estate in September of last year.With a focus on automating and optimising its multi-channel promotional campaigns, GVC now has access to Beehive’s data-driven marketing platform, which enables the operator to target players with personalised marketing offers. Beehive will be at ICE 2017 (stand N6-234) to promote the platform’s impact on conversion and retention rates across online, mobile and retail channels.Liron Snir, CPO at GVC Holdings, said: “With CPAs on the rise, it has never been so important to implement a CRM solution that can optimise a player base, and we have found Beehive’s customer marketing engine to be a fantastic way to boost our marketing and analytical capabilities.”Adi Dagan, Founder and CEO of Beehive, added: “GVC has emerged as one of the most innovative and successful operators in the world in recent years, and we are delighted it has turned to Beehive to build upon its already impressive growth.“GVC is a strategic client for us and we are thrilled to be partnering with them. We’re looking forward to strengthening our relationship with the GVC team, and are confident in our ability to support their growth.“2016 has been fantastic for Beehive. Our recent announcements prove that our unique technology is a real game-changer for our clients. We have a lot planned for 2017, which we’re excited to open at ICE with some major product innovations and new partnership announcements which will come shortly.” FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020
Related Articles Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Submit Share PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Aiming to launch in 2018, Luckbox (Luckbox.com) is the latest industry incumbent seeking to effectively bridge sports betting and esports dynamics.Luckbox CEO & Founder Lars Lien speaks to SBC on his company’s unique take on esports customer engagements, which it believes will help it deliver the industry’s best esports betting platform. Furthermore, Lien details his firm’s intriguing journey from its conception to its pending launch, and why Luckbox is betting big on building-out crypto utilities and functionalities. ___________________SBC: Hi Lars, thanks for the interview. Can you detail to SBC readers your personal journey from working in the igaming sector to starting up your own esports betting platform?Lars Lien: Great question! Competitive gaming is deeply ingrained into who I am, being an obsessive gamer since childhood, organizing LANs, competing in StarCraft events across Europe, before landing a job at Sony Online Entertainment as Lead Game Master for EverQuest & Star Wars Galaxies.Having always been entrepreneurial and ambitious, all stars aligned when esports had entered an explosive growth phase and PokerStars offered me a very fair redundancy package as part of post-acquisition restructuring efforts. I knew I had to do this – combine passion with experience!From there I took an interim COO role at GosuGamers, one of the world’s largest esports media sites to learn the esports industry, before convincing former PokerStars colleague Mike Stevens to pivot his Luckbox project into esports.During this time, skin betting was exploding but exclusively done via unregulated and shady basement operations. We had already established a relationship with Lee Hills, an amazing licensing and regulatory affairs expert and quickly discovered it would be possible to create a viable structure for offering skin & cryptocurrency betting in a fully legal manner.Early last year, we took on board former GosuGamers executives Boris Mihov and Alexander Ivanov as VP of Product and CTO respectively. We had struggled getting traditional investors on board, but at this point Mike was getting heavily into cryptocurrency trading being an early bitcoin adopter, and it became clear our vision was a great fit for this market.We then ran a private presale of our token towards end of September, raising 483 BTC, setting the stage for the LuckCash Crowdsale taking place in February and allowing us to attract further top-tier talent such as Archie Watt (Head of Egaming @ KPMG) and Vadim Soloveychik (PokerStars Marketing Director) and many more… soSBC: From an esports consumer perspective, in terms of dedicated betting platforms, what do you feel players want, and what has been delivered by industry incumbents to date?LL: Most of the team at Luckbox love esports and we’ve also been sure to ask for constant input from esports fans in shaping our product. Esports fans, of course, want a safe and trustworthy platform but they also don’t like the idea of the traditional operators coming in and using them as a cash-cow want a genuine dedicated esports platform but with the same levels of quality that traditional operators offer football fans, for example.SBC: Esports betting is still treated as a niche market by the majority of betting operators. What factors need to be overcome or achieved for esports to make its transition within betting?LL: The big operators really need to invest in understanding esports, its depth and nuances. As you say, it’s treated in the most part as a niche market but the numbers speak for themselves. The total audience for 2016 was 370 million, with that expected to rise to 385 million. By 2020, it’s expected to reach 589 million, with revenue generated by esports expected to reach £1.1 billion.Generally, esports is becoming more professional and aware of its own value as time goes on. Betting will follow and operators will align their efforts with that value. That’s why we are confident Luckbox will be a success.SBC: As an esports enthusiast, what do you feel the betting industry does not understand with regards to esports, and how does this benefit your platform?Answer: It’s the deep understanding about the section as a whole and then the subtleties within each vertical. Typically, it looks like traditional operators have added esports as an afterthought to their offering in a way that they would never do with, say football, golf or cricket. They also fail to embrace the highly social aspect of esports. We think Luckbox will thrive because we will show our knowledge and passion for esports as well as inviting players to engage with each other on our platform. Building a community is key.SBC: Luckbox is unique in its funding structure, having raised its capital through Bitcoin. As founder of Luckbox, why did you choose this avenue for venture funding, above traditional formats?LL: Mike and I entered the crypto community a couple of years ago and became increasingly immersed as time went on and the more we learnt about crowdsales, the more it became clear that it was a good option for us. Luckbox is embrace crypto in that we’ll have our own token (LuckCash) and we’ll accept deposits in crypto and we knew this would appeal to potential contributors. Crowdsales have had a fairly bad press but there have been many success stories and we felt, with the credibility of our team and the product, we could stand out from the rest as a legitimate offering for people who wanted to support us.SBC: Furthermore, as founder of Luckbox, you have placed a firm emphasis on building Crypto utilities in the development of your platform. Why do you feel this is necessary and attractive for esports consumer engagement?LL: The benefits of crypto generally are also those that make it a great option for gambling operators – not just for esports. Being able to deposit in, for example, Bitcoin and Ethereum removes payment friction for a lot of players. It’s quicker and cheaper for the operator and these savings can be passed on to the consumer. Blockchain tech is secure and transparent, too. A big factor for us is being able to attract players from previously inaccessible markets, where gambling is legal but payment processing is difficult or impossible, for example, some parts of Asia and Latin America.SBC: Finally, can you detail Luckbox’s short term and long term goals for the rest of 2018?LL: Our crowdsale takes place over the coming weeks and then we’ll spend the second quarter of the year continuing to develop the platform and building the team and infrastructure. We’re aiming for product launch in Q3 and, in later in 2018 will look to branch out in terms of licensing.___________Lars Lien – CEO & Founder – Luckbox.com
Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion July 2, 2020 Related Articles Share Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Better Collective has detailed the acquisition of Danish affiliate activities from Xperten Ltd and Xpert Ltd, including the SpilXperten brand, continuing the company’s long-term strategy.Stating a preference to build strong relationships within regulated and established European markets, the firm states that the acquisitions strengthens its place as “leading iGaming affiliate” and “market leader” within its home nation.Søren Kristensen, Co-Founder at Xperten Ltd & Xpert Ltd, commented: “It’s been really great developing and celebrating the achievements of our website portfolio over the past 11 years. “We’ve always had a good relationship with the team at Better Collective, and we are happy that we are able to hand over our successful products to a group with such a great track record and approach to the industry.”Over the course of the next twelve months both Xperten and Xpert are to remain involved with the acquired portfolio of sites, as they become integrated into the pre-established working systems for Danish products and sites at Better Collective’s Copenhagen office.Michal Kopec, Head of M&A at Better Collective, said: “After making a number of international acquisitions it’s a real pleasure to finalise a deal in Better Collective’s home country. “We have known the sellers for a long time, and we know they represent quality and values in perfect alignment with Better Collective. We are confident that we along with the founders can grow the great products in the coming 12 months, and beyond”Jesper Søgaard, CEO & Co-Founder at Better Collective, added: “We have always been strong in the Danish market, but acquiring the Danish activities from Xperten Ltd & Xpert Ltd makes us the unquestionable market leader here in Denmark. “Our long term M&A strategy has always been to further strengthen our position at the top of the European iGaming affiliate market. This tenth acquisition is another strong step for us in reaching this goal.”
Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE June 25, 2020 Related Articles The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has outlined a series of policies to be applied ahead the 2019 fixture list formation, with a focus placed upon supporting jockeys and racing staff, whilst also maximising commercial revenues to the sport.Maintaining an eight-day summer break, and five-day end-of-season breaks for Jump fixtures, an agreement has been reached to implement a number of measures:All floodlit fixtures (which run from January to mid-April, and from September to December) are to finish earlier, with the final race starting no later than 20:30.A six-day break will be introduced for Flat racing participants at the end of the Turf season in November. In addition there will be an intended five-day break in March towards the end of the All-Weather season (although additional late notice fixtures may be programmed during this period in exceptional circumstances if all Jump fixtures on a day look likely to be abandoned).No fixtures will be programmed on Sunday 22 December 2019, providing an extra racing-free day before Christmas.Whilst it was also detailed that following discussions with betting companies and various stakeholders, further policies to be applied to the 2019 fixture lift are:To schedule floodlit cards with the aim of providing greater continuity of product from the start of afternoon racing through until the final race of the day on a consistent basis, with the final race always staged between 20:00 and 20:30. The addition of 15 floodlit fixtures in autumn, to be run alongside existing floodlit cards on Wednesdays and Thursdays, as part of a one year trial to test their popularity with the betting industry’s customers. These fixtures will be programmed in September and October when there is currently a relatively high level of race eliminations and so any impact on field sizes is expected to be negligible.In addition it has also been agreed to extending the appearance money scheme, subject to necessary approvals. Currently paying an extra £100 to horses finishing in the first eight on Friday and Saturday floodlit and summer evening fixtures, the extension would cover all floodlit from January to mid-April, and September to December.Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer for the BHA, explained: “We are aware of the demands that the fixture list places on our participants. Repeatedly returning home late from race meetings being followed by early starts the following day is not good for the health and well being of our trainers, staff and jockeys, and ultimately impacts retention rates.“At the same time, as the world changes and betting behaviours alter – in particular the ongoing and ever increasing switch to digital betting platforms – it is essential that the sport adapts to meet this demand and schedules its fixtures and races accordingly. “We must maximise revenues to the sport and its people by engaging with betting audiences at times when we know they want to bet and have few other sporting options to do so. “It is about striking the right balance and ensuring that the sport generates revenue while not asking too much of our workforce. It is for this reason that the agreed policies will be put in place next year.” Share Submit Share