Accused Jamaican drug trafficker extradited to US

first_imgA Jamaican, who is wanted in the United States on drug trafficking charges but had been hiding in Jamaica since 2010, is to be extradited to that country.Desmond Campbell waived his rights to an extradition hearing when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Monday, following his arrest on February 28.The 61-year-old fugitive, who is otherwise called ‘Leon’, of York Drive, Spanish Town in St Catherine and Thornton district, St Elizabeth, was held by Jamaican and US agents in Spanish Town.Campbell is accused of being part of a Jamaican-based drug-trafficking network, which shipped marijuana to the US and other countries between August 2004 and October 2009.He was arrested in the United States in 2010 and pleaded guilty to two counts of international conspiracy to distribute marijuana in the United States, and three counts of conspiracy to import marijuana into the United States.However, he absconded his bail while awaiting sentencing and fled to Jamaica. Consequently, he was declared a fugitive and a warrant of arrest under the Extradition Act of 1991 was issued for him in 2013.last_img read more

Woman is mastermind behind Jamaican extortion racket

first_imgPolice in Jamaica have arrested a woman who is reportedly the mastermind behind a massive extortion racket that spread across seven parishes in that Caribbean nation.The woman was arrested on Sunday, just days after two men had been nabbed in connection with an extortion letter that had been sent to several businesses in seven Jamaican parishes demanding exorbitant payment for protection. The men were collared in the central Jamaican town of Mandeville and 15 of the letters seized, police reported.A third man, Biko March, has been named as a persons of interest in the probe and has been urged by Police to turn himself in.The criminals threatened to kill business owners, their families and staff members if they did not comply with the extortion demands. Demands were made of large businesses to cough up J$100,000 monthly, while smaller businesses were ordered to fork out J$80,000 monthly in order to continue doing business without hassle.“If this is a Company Branch/Franchise and the branch that receives this letter is non-compliant then the managers and workers will be harmed randomly one by one. If this is a shop where multiple people conduct business in then each person will compile what is supposed to be paid and hand it over or individuals who operate business here will be killed and your business demolished. One person will be contacted to hand over the money,” the letter stated.“Please note carefully; whenever you are contacted by phone, nothing but excellent communication is required, do not cut off the phone or stay on the line and say nothing or you will be killed and your business demolished. Zero tolerance will be taken towards late payment and avoiding payments resulting in whatever action/actions that is deemed fit to teach you the importance of compliance and punctuality,” the letter also stated.The extortionists also threatened to kill operators and their staff if they contacted the police and promised gruesome deaths to the relatives of non-compliant business owners.  In addition the hoodlums promised maximum security to the business operators who complied with their demands.The extortionists also advised business operators that the only way to avoid payment was to close their businesses.“Do not complain about business being slow and you are not making enough money to pay your dues, if business is slow simply close it down and get out because if you continue to exist without paying your dues you will be at harmful risk,” the letter stated.The police have urged business operators to stand their ground and refuse to give in to the demands of the criminals as they widen their investigation into the matter.last_img read more

Taiwan temporarily suspends project to building electricity grid in Haiti

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan says plans to  construct an electricity grid have been suspended for now due to the socio-political unrest that the country has been experiencing since February 7.Alexander Yu, the Director General of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, told a press conference on Tuesday that –  “As anti-government protests continue in Haiti,  the construction of the electricity grid planned for Port-au-Prince would only begin after the political situation has been resolved.”“We have signed a contract for the loan and construction of the project and must wait for Parliament’s approval for construction to begin.”He said the project, which aims to help alleviate the energy supply problems of the capital, includes the construction and renovation of substations and transmission towers including training for local staff maintenance and is financed to the tune of US $145.89 million by a Taiwanese bank in the form of a commercial loan to the Haitian government The project will be  undertaken by Taiwan’s Overseas Engineering and Construction Co. and could take about two year.On the weekend, Taiwan issued a second  travel warning – of “orange” for Haiti due to the unrest.The Ministry  of Foreign Affairs urged Taiwanese citizens to avoid unnecessary displacement in Haiti adding that those who must absolutely move, must to exercise extreme caution.The Ministry uses red, orange, yellow and gray codes to indicate alert levels for people traveling abroad, with red being the highest alert level and gray the lowest.last_img read more

Albert Tucker, Vice President of the Ft. Lauderdale Visitors and Conventions…

first_imgAlbert Tucker, Vice President of the Ft. Lauderdale Visitors and Conventions Bureau, died on Sunday, April 19.With Tucker’s passing, Glen Joseph, Chairman of the Board Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce Inc. Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition Inc. issued the following tribute:The Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce Inc. and the Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition Inc. along with the Caribbean Community at large have lost a friend, an ally and one of the most constructive, progressive and productive public servants in the person of Albert Tucker Vice President of the Ft. Lauderdale Visitors and Conventions Bureau. As the individual responsible for Multicultural Affairs for the Bureau Mr. Tucker once he arrived on the scene set about building a network of multiculturalism that built a bridge across the ethnically diverse and culturally rich tri-counties of Broward, Miami Dade and Palm Beach Counties.He was the primary governmental representative who solidly worked with and supported then Commissioner now Mayor of the City of Lauderdale Lakes and the Florida Netball Association, Hazelle Rogers, in pursuing and securing the World Junior Netball Tournament held in Broward County. which attracted participants from 20 countries from across the globe giving them a taste of South Florida hospitality. He was a solid supporter of the Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce Inc., the founding organization, and the Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition Inc’s collaborative production of Broward County’s oldest Caribbean Multicultural Festival, Unifest now in its 27th year.He included Board members of these entities on the Board of the Dr. Bobby Jones Gospel Music Project, supported, included and exposed our organizations to marketing opportunities in major events like the Super Bowls held here in South Florida along with access to grant opportunities within the Broward County’s Cultural Affairs Department. He was a giant at a time when we needed one and always made himself available in support of our initiatives and was a teacher, mentor and friend who will be terribly missed.On behalf of the officers and members of the Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce Inc. and the Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition Inc., and myself personally, I would like to extend to his family, best friend and partner Ms. Caroline Rucker, our sincere condolences on their loss. He has certainly left his FOOTSTEPS IN THE SANDS OF TIME.The viewing for Mr. Tucker will be held at the McWhites Funeral Home, 3501 Broward Boulevard from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, April 23.Due to COVID-19 restrictions, persons attending the viewing are required to wear masks, and only 10 persons can enter the funeral home at a time.The funeral services for Al Tucker will be streamed live on Youtube beginning at 9.45 am on Friday, April 24.last_img read more

Duquette sings same old, tired, unaccountable tune for King Peter

first_imgSo today is one of those days where I’m going to speak my mind regarding the Baltimore Orioles and if you’re not interested in the truth, please read no further. And all of you fellow delirious Baltimore Ravens fans might want to stand at attention and learn a little something about the way sports DOES work and the way it DOESN’T in regard to the spirit of the city and enthusiasm and public interest and affection for a sports franchise.The Baltimore Ravens are enjoying the neon purple afterglow of the greatest regular-season victory in the history of what has become a storied franchise just 16 years into its existence.Meanwhile, across the street where no real journalism is being done and shameless profiteering and professional ineptitude is standard operating procedure, the Baltimore Orioles held another slapstick “press conference” on Tuesday afternoon for invited guests and partners to announce their next “savior” – a guy who hasn’t had a job in Major League Baseball in a decade and who is now touted as the “best available” candidate after virtually every major junior executive and senior executive who already had MLB jobs turned down this “incredible opportunity afforded by Mr. Angelos.”Accountability and integrity were not invited to The Warehouse on Tuesday afternoon for the proceedings, which at times rivaled any good Will Ferrell Saturday Night Live skit for its clichés, tired excuses and backslapping for a bunch of other corporate “yes” men and attorneys for the Baltimore Orioles.The troops of Peter G. Angelos propped up their latest puppet in the announcement of Dan Duquette as their new Vice President of something or another.  As you can imagine, I have nice little list of questions for the new poobah and “face” of the Orioles over the next foreseeable future but somehow, for the fifth consecutive year after having an Orioles media credential for 21 years, I didn’t make the cut to ask questions.Neither did our Orioles beat man Luke Jones, who is as big of an Orioles fan and historian as I’ve ever met, who spent 30 minutes at The Warehouse with his arm in the air at a press conference to never be called on to ask a question.(And don’t get me started on how a women who sued me, my employees and my company for $800,000 and then quietly dropped her bogus case has a media pass and is somehow asking questions of accountability to Dan Duquette and anyone in the Baltimore sports media universe could think I’m perceived as the one who is lacking integrity or is lying?)I’ve been invited to every media event in Baltimore for 27 years – except for the Orioles, of course. I have media privileges that gotten me inside the White House, the Super Bowl, Final Fours and virtually any other sporting event on the planet.And when I’ve seen the way this intimidation, manipulation and “ownership” of the media works — with REAL stories over the past decade like steroids all over their clubhouse, mysterious deaths like Steve Bechler, and suicide of a storied franchise member and a murder case in the Dominican involving a player — and I’m standing at the civic casket of Mike Flanagan and watching the greatness of Brooks Robinson get dogged and ignored by everyone in the Orioles organization except for Bill Stetka (who I actually remember as one of the first “journalists” I ever met as a kid at SportsF1rstlast_img read more

Better Collective underlines strong future prospects as ‘Stockholm New Boy’

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Better Collective Spotlight: How is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Share Share Jesper Søgaard – Better CollectiveIndustry affiliate marketing firm Better Collective has published its first corporate accounts as a Nasdaq Stockholm-listed enterprise.Presenting its initial Q2 2018 trading update, the Copenhagen-based outfit, details robust growth across its core metrics and KPIs, combined with strong future growth prospects for its services and operations.Achieving a record +66,000 new depositing customers across its network assets during the trading period, Better Collective records underlying revenues of €9.6 million (Q2 2017: €5 million).The firm’s strengthened revenue performance would see Better Collective report a period EBITDA of €3.8 million (Q2 2017: €2 million).Closing its Q2 2018 trading period, Better Collective governance would account for ‘special items’ related to its IPO and acquisition costs, which would see the company declare a period operating loss of €340,000.“On June 8, 2018 the company completed an IPO on Nasdaq Stockholm main market. The IPO was completed by mostly selling newly issued shares, bringing net cash proceeds to the company of approximately €65 million net of cash settlement of employee warrants of €2.4 million” details Better Collective in its trading update.Moving forward, Better Collective has consolidated its leading position within its home market of Denmark, acquiring legacy sports betting portal SpilXperten.Furthermore, Better Collective continues its expansion across German language markets, adding to its Pan-European sports betting affiliate network.   Better Collective’s ongoing ‘Organic-M&A’ strategy is further strengthened by the firm securing access to a €40 million arrangement syndicated through Nordea Bank and Danske Andelskassers Bank.The firm details that it is actively exploring US market ‘entry point’ opportunities, as its move to launch a new North American asset investors, on Q2 2018 trading Jesper Søgaard, Better Collective CEO & Co-Founder stated: “Sports betting was positively affected by the FIFA World Cup in football. This event, combined with successful acquisitions and a generally solid performance, resulted in the highest revenue and NDCs in the company’s history.“Better Collective aims to be the best sports betting affiliate in the World. To strengthen our position, we completed an IPO on Nasdaq Stockholm in June 2018, that allows us to continue our M&A-strategy. Since April 1, 2018, we have completed three acquisitions, including our largest transaction so far, making us the leading sports betting affiliate in the large German-speaking markets.”last_img read more

BtoBet broadens business scope through White Label Certification Program launch

first_img Related Articles BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Industry platform provider BtoBet has announced the launch of its ‘White Label Certification Program’, which allows its clients to provide BtoBet igaming/betting solutions to third parties.BtoBet launches its ‘Certification Program’ seeking to broaden its scope for new business opportunities, whilst allowing its partners to adopt a new business channel promoting BtoBet’s B2B functions.Key stakeholder Sabrina Soldà, Chief Marketing Officer of BtoBet, detailed that the program was an important development, which sees the company’s advanced technology platform accessible to a wider range of businesses seeking to develop igaming/betting opportunities.“To become a BtoBet Certified Partner all our partners have to undergo a rigorous screening process that ensures that they are capable of effectively delivering the same high level of service that has become synonymous of our brand and technologies,” stated Soldà.BtoBet management underlines that the ‘Certification Program’ will allow a number of its developing market clients to further expand their active market positions through third-party partnerships.A corporate update read: “White Label Operators will gain access to a lite version of the most advanced gaming platforms, which are perfectly suited to the requirements of small operations, with the ease of mind that they will have a local BtoBet Certified Partner setting up their organisation, and handling all their particular brand requirements.”BtoBet has established itself as one of the leading industry platform providers for developing markets by securing a number of igaming/betting partnerships in LatAm, South America and Africa.Supporting the launch of its white label certification program, BtoBet has also published its industry report ‘Tackling Africa’s Limitations‘, focusing on the ‘opportunities and challenges that the African market maintains, and how local operators can start their business through a BtoBet Certified Partner.last_img read more

Perform Content secures La Liga video betting rights until 2023

first_img Share Share StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Submit Related Articles Perform Content has reinforced its deep relationship with La Liga, the governing body for the top two divisions of Spanish Football, after agreeing to a new video betting rights extension.The agreement, which commenced at the start of the 2018/19 season, sees Perform Content remain the exclusive La Liga betting video streaming provider until the 2022/23 season.The deal covers 848 matches per year across La Liga Santander (first division), La Liga 1l2l3 (second division) and Play-offs, which Perform Content will continue to provide to bookmakers and betting customers, outside of Spain, Andorra and MENA. It also represents another key component of Perform Content’s US-cleared video portfolio for betting.Andrew Ashenden, CCO Perform Content, said: “We are delighted by La Liga’s continued endorsement of our innovative, user-first approach to content for betting.“La Liga have been a great partner in recognising our track record of video innovation, and we both aspire to continue enhancing the video experience with new features to deepen viewer connection to the game, its teams and players.“Recent initiatives like custom audio commentaries, provision of deep player statistics and data analytics are prime examples of how we create a more immersive video experience for bettors, and we are excited about what will come next for them from our extended partnership.”Melcior Soler, Audiovisual Area Director of La Liga, added: “We’re very excited to extend our partnership with Perform Content as we continue to work towards providing our fans with the most complete experience possible.“At La Liga we are committed to using the latest video and analytical innovation wherever possible and Perform Content’s initiatives in this field will put us in a position to maximise our streaming capabilities in key markets well into the next decade.”The La Liga Data Centre is jointly led by the league’s governing body and Perform Content, part of a recent branding restructure to better communicate the business assets of the whole organisation.Consumer focused DAZN, one of two divisions as part of DAZN Group (formerly Perform Group), will be led by original Perform founder Simon Denyer and will comprise the on-demand sports streaming business as well as consumer-facing websites, SportingNews and, the remaining B2B activity, including sports betting data providers Opta and RunningBall – key drivers of the data centre, as well as the Watch&Bet streaming arm, will continue under Perform Content with Ross MacEacharn continuing as chief executive of that business.last_img read more

All eyes on wounded Grupo Codere

first_img Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 Related Articles Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020 European business analysts are monitoring the movements of Bolsa Madrid gambling firm Grupo Codere SA closely, as the embattled company faces multiple obstacles in its corporate recovery.Following the publication of its Q3 2018 trading update (13 Nov) in which the company posted year-to-date net losses of €55 million, Codere has witnessed its share price collapse from €6.20 to €2.85 (Madrid index – 23 Nov).The heavily indebted Spanish gambling group (debt – €870 million) has been crushed by 2018’s Argentine Peso collapse hampering performance within its biggest operational market.A dire 2018 has seen Codere branded as Bolsa Madrid’s ‘biggest bleeder’, with the Spanish legacy gambling outfit losing circa €700 million in market capitalisation.Further nausea for Codere sees Bloomberg report that US fund Invesco has sanctioned a full-offload of its investment in the gambling group, as numerous debt holders appear anxious with regards to their holdings in the wounded enterprise.In its November update, Codere governance has stated that it was dealing directly with its Argentine market realities, undertaking corporate adjustments which will see ARG Peso inflation impacts separated from its core business reporting.At board level, Codere continues its legal battle with the enterprise founding Sampedro Family, who this November filed a US lawsuit against the firm’s US investors, claiming unfair dismissal and non-representation from the firm’s corporate governance structures. Share Submit StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

SPER launches inaugural Swedish leadership awards

first_img Paf CRO Daniela Johansson wins SPER’s Swedish leader of the year  June 11, 2020 Related Articles Inbound Swedish reforms to toughen advertising and online casino requirements January 6, 2020 Share Submit Share SPER reveals finalists of inaugural Swedish leadership award March 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Jenny Nilzon – SPERAs Sweden’s re-regulated online gambling marketplace completes its first full-year in operations, independent online gambling trade association Spelbranschens Riksorganisation (SPER) has launched its inaugural ‘Swedish Gambling Leadership Awards’.SPER details that it seeks to promote and reward industry leaders who have promoted social responsibility, corporate sustainability and fair play interactions during a crucial period for all Swedish gambling incumbents.Swedish stakeholders will be able to submit individual nominations from 26 November to 9 February, with SPER scheduled to announce its winners on 26 March.All award nominations will be judged by an independent panel formed byChairman Thomas Nilsson, psychologist and founder of Sustainable InteractionAnn-Sofie Olsson, Management Consultant, Inter ParesHanna Riber Dahl, President, Swedish AdvertisersMagnus Berglund, CEO KingletMaria Kausits, analyst and partner SB InsightMats Georgson, CEO, Georgson & Co.Pia Grahn, Managing Director Research & StrategySPER President Jenny Nilzon acknowledged that it has been a tough year for Swedish operators adjusting to the new regulatory demands. Nevertheless, representing the industry SPER underlines the importance of highlighting the industry’s ‘role models’ and social achievements,“Our industry still has a lot to prove,” she said. “The overall confidence may be low, and there is a perception that the industry does not take its responsibility seriously, which is not quite right. There is a lot of work to be done in creating a more positive image that we want to display at the Swedish Gambling Leadership Awards.”last_img read more