Broward County Schools Sues Florida

first_imgThe Broward County School Board has voted to sue the state of Florida over a new law that requires public school districts to share property tax revenue with charter schools and relinquishes their authority to approve charter applications.The school board was the first to take action, but other districts are holding similar meetings within the next two weeks, said District legal counsel Barbara Myrick. Miami-Dade, Orange, and Pinellas counties are among the others that may collaborate in the case.The school board agreed to spend $25,000 towards a lawsuit that will argue several components of the law are unconstitutional. The law, signed by Governor Rick Scott on June 15, enacts measures ranging from recess requirements to additional funding for scholarships for children with disabilities. It also steers millions of dollars to charter school operators, by making districts share property tax revenue and setting up a fund for a program called “Schools of Hope.”Under the law, charter operators will be able to access $140 million to open schools in areas where elementary and middle schools have been rated D or F for at least three years in a row.The charters wouldn’t have to adhere to the same rules that district schools do, including class size and teacher certification rules.Read More: Palm Beach District Schools Improve GradesBoard member Donna Korn said the law should allow district schools the same flexibility as charters, and another member, Rosalind Osgood referred to the law as “strong-arm robbery.”The district would lose at least $100 million in capital funds over the next five years and possibly owe tens of millions more in debt service because bond ratings are likely to get downgraded, district staff said.Broward District Superintendent Robert Runcie has long pointed out that funding per student in Florida lags thousands of dollars behind the national average.Proponents have hailed the law’s focus on school choice as a gift for parents to make the best decisions for their children.Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran said the program would help students who have been left to “languish in chronically under-performing schools.”He and other Republican legislators said those campaigning against the bill are interested in preserving the status quo, not providing reforms to help students, parents’ concerns and offer good teachers higher salaries.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

Bolt Surprised at His 100-meter Success

first_imgRan on a bet “For me that was something I didn’t expect. I won a bet. I was just doing it because it was a short race. I always wanted to run the 200m.“Six months, seven months into the 100m I was the world record holder. I had no idea I could do that.  After I ran the 9.76 in Jamaica people said it was a fluke. It was kind of shocking to me. I was just doing it because it was a shorter distance,” he said.Admits he’s a legend Now, Bolt is seen as one of the greatest athletes of all time. After his golden sweep at the Rio 2016 Olympics, he is finally happy to call himself a legend.He added: “After Beijing people were calling me a legend, but I was like, no it’s my first Olympics.”“People said it again after the second Olympics [in London] and I was like, ‘yeah, ok’.“But when I achieved what I wanted to do, then I was comfortable calling myself a legend because I have proven myself.” Usain Bolts exploits on the track are well documented. Now as his final run at a major championship looms, the triple world record holder recently made a startling revelation.Bolt stunned On Monday, Bolt admitted during a media conference in London that even he was stunned to have had such success in the 100 meters.In his early years, Bolt was known as a promising 400 meters and 200 meters runner who broke all age group records in his wake. But he rewrote the script when he started competing in the blue riband 100m event in 2007. One year later he would break a record held by compatriot Asafa Powell and the rest is history.Bolt ran 9.72 seconds in New York in just his fifth senior race over the distance, and has gone on to dominate the event at every major championship. Setting an almost unbreakable 9.58 seconds world record in the process.He has won the sprint at three successive Olympic Games and also has three IAAF World Championship gold medals to his name.last_img read more

JLP’s Vaz wins Jamaican by-election

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, –  By an extremely slim margin of 306 votes AnnMarie Vaz  representing the ruling Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) captured the seat in the constituency of Portland Eastern in a by-election on Thursday, ending the party’s 30 year political drought in the constituency.Vaz, the wife of government minister Daryl Vaz, the incumbent member of parliament for the adjoining Portland seat defeated the People’s National Party’s candidate Damion Crawford. Vaz secured 9,917 votes to Crawford’s 9,611.With this victory, Vaz will be the first female member of parliament for Portland Eastern..The PNP had held the Portland Eastern seat since February 9, 1989.In the last general election in 2016, that party had won the seat by more than 2,000 votes, receiving 8,606 votes to the JLP’s 6,330.PNP brass and supporters find it painful and ironic that Crawford secured more votes than in the 2016 elections, nut nonetheless lossed in his bid to keep the seat for the PNPThe Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), says in this by-election there were 36,215 eligible voters in the five electoral divisions of Portland Eastern and the polls closed with a 53.5 per cent voter turnout.Portland Eastern was left vacant following the murder of the PNP’s Dr Lynvale Bloomfield on February 2.PNP supporters are concerned about the future of the party with this loss being the third major loss since 2016, including the party’s razor-edge loss to the JLP in the 2016 general election and in a by-election in St. Mary last year.last_img read more

Graham Sharpe departs as William Hill media lead following 45-years of service

first_img Share Related Articles Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Graham Sharpe, William Hill’s Media Relations Director has confirmed to the Racing Post that he is leaving the bookmaker following 45 years of service.Sharpe who joined the bookmaker in 1972, has served as William Hill political betting lead and is the co-founder of the prestigious ‘William Hill Sportsbook of the Year’ prize, the firm’s longest serving sponsorship initiative.A renowned sports author and journalist, Sharpe has led a number of William Hill’s most innovative entertainment and political markets based on the remit of making betting popular with the general public.Ciaran O’Brien, Communications Director of William Hill detailed to the Racing Post Sharpe’s significant contribution in raising the company’s PR Profile and playing a pivotal role in changing the industry’s  dynamics and overall strategy with regards media coverage.“Graham’s name was synonymous with gambling, You couldn’t pick up a tabloid newspaper without reading his name in association with a betting story.”It appears that moving forward William Hill is set to operate a Smaller communications team, following last month’s departure racing PR lead Jonathan Ivan-Duke.Having agreed redundancy terms, Sharpe detailed that he would leave the FTSE bookmaker at the end of April, but would remain as an advisor of its Sportsbook of the Year prize.last_img read more

21Bet pays out on Wolves winning the league title

first_img EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share No mass gatherings casts doubts over Irish sporting events returning before September April 22, 2020 Share QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Submit Official betting partner of Wolverhampton Wanderers 21Bet are rewarding fans and ante-post punters by paying out all bets on Wolves winning the EFL Championship.At start of the Season Nuno Santos’ team were 12/1 to win the League and that price only shortened as Wolves got off to a flyer and built up a commanding lead at the top of the League.  Punters latched onto this and plenty of bets came in for them.Wolves have been scintillating this season, with the likes of Rúben Neves, Diogo Jota and Leo Bonatini causing Championship defences loads of problems, Santos’ side now stand 12 points clear and heading for the Premier League, after a hard fought victory over Ipswich at the weekend. The chasing pack have tried, but none has been able to get close to the runaway leaders, making it difficult to envisage anyone halting Wolves on their quest to clinch the title.Richard Hogg, CEO of 21Bet, explained the idea: “As partners of Wolves, it’s only right we be the first bookie to payout on them winning the EFL Championship and reward fans who backed their team at the start of the season. It will cost us into the Thousands, but we don’t mind.”21Bet signed a three-year deal with Wolves in August 2016, after the club was taken over by Chinese conglomerate group Fosun International. Wolves joined 21Bet’s sponsorship alongside Gloucester Rugby Club and  League of Ireland Premier Division side, Waterford FC.last_img read more

Sport Industry NextGen launches search for 2019 talent

first_img Applications to Sport Industry NextGen 2019 are now open. The free-to-enter programme, now in its fourth year, searches for the best up-and-coming industry professionals across the sport industry hoping to develop their network and potential. Sport Industry NextGen discovers the rising industry stars and nurtures their talent through a dedicated Leadership Package to better equip them for future leadership roles. This includes a business support package, regular professional networking opportunities and personal development. The focus is on entrants aged 30 years or younger currently working within the sport industry, who aspire to grow their network, experience and knowledge for responsible leadership.Nick Keller, chairman of Sport Industry Group, said: “This year the combined group of Sport Industry NextGen Leaders will reach triple figures, which in itself is a hugely powerful, influential and progressive support network.“Peer to peer networks are becoming so important and for that reason alone I am sure the next group of Leaders and their organisations will find the programme a useful and uplifting experience. Sport Industry NextGen hopes to help more responsible and purposeful leaders in the future and, as business and society’s objectives become more entwined, this is more essential than ever.”Next year’s Leadership Package will include a variety of experiences with partners and Sport Industry Group, including an Executive Leadership Workshop hosted at the Institute for Sport Business at Loughborough University London; a 24-hour leadership experience with the Inspirational Development Group (IDG) at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; a workshop from legal experts, Howard Kennedy, a membership to the Sport Industry Breakfast Club 2019; and additional networking and learning opportunities, as well as personal development and an introduction to an expanded and powerful network of like minded peers. On entering the process, Emily Clarke – recently promoted to head of marketing at Surrey CCC – said: “It’s such a valuable process for self-evaluation. You learn so much about you, what direction you want to take your career, and also you get the opportunity to meet such a valuable network. You meet so many interesting people and you can make the most of meeting people you would never otherwise meet. It’s all set up to enhance and progress you and your career. There are not many other opportunities out there at all, let alone targeted to the sport industry.”“Take your time over the application form,” added Joanna Gomer, senior consultant – partnerships, Lidl UK. “Be honest, and don’t be afraid to show what you’ve got because you’re probably better than you think you are.”Entry to Sport Industry NextGen is a free online process. Entries are open here via the Enter tab, and will close at 5pm on Friday 14th September 2018.Applicants will be assessed by a select group of experts comprising of Sport Industry NextGen Coaches, leadership specialists and key industry partners who will select the group of Sport Industry NextGen Leaders for 2018.Sport Industry NextGen Coaches include the likes of: Sir Keith Mills; Sport England CEO, Jennie Price; Commonwealth Games Federation CEO, David Grevemberg; Co-Founder, One Young World, Kate Robertson; broadcaster Leon Mann; writer, communicator and strategist, Alastair Campbell, and more. Sport Industry NextGen is supported by official partners Howard Kennedy and Loughborough University London, and Inspirational Development Group (IDG) as an official leadership package partner. Share Share StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

WATCH: Scientific Games delivers sports betting aggregation first with OpenMarket

first_imgShare SG ramps up digital expansion with Nederlandse Loterij deal August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Scientific Games is now ready to deliver “rapid innovation” to its customers through OpenMarket, a first aggregation platform for sports betting “anywhere on the planet”.Launched at this month’s ICE London (see video above), OpenMarket has become the sixth component of the OpenSports sportsbook solution for the online arm of Scientific Games.Keith O’Loughlin, SVP for Sportsbook, Digital for Scientific Games, said: “OpenMarket is a groundbreaking new approach to getting products to market for operators in sports betting.“What it does is allow innovative new companies to bring products to market; be it data related, media related, streaming related or any other idea they have; integrate the product with the OpenMarket platform, and we will distribute it to operators around the world.“It’s the first aggregation platform that there is in sports betting, anywhere on the planet. We’ve got 15 core partners that we have already integrated, from data to streaming, scoreboards, free to play games and CRM. All of them are revenue-generating for our operators. So we’re hugely excited for what it can do.”Scientific Games’ OpenSports solution has four core products headlined by OpenBet (betting engine), but also including OpenPlatform (player account management), OpenTrade (trading services powered by Don Best) and OpenEngage – a front-end customisation tool.However, these four are now joined by two supporting products in OpenMarket and OpenAccelerate, launched last year with a similar remit to help operators ‘get to market’ quickly. O’Loughlin explained that the likes of American football, baseball, basketball and ice hockey can now spark more innovation for European operators, as these sports previously only contributed “a small percentage of the overall book”. He added that OpenMarket can become a “perfect complement” to an operator’s US strategy because it can drive innovative ideas around the country’s top sports.For more on OpenMarket from Keith O’Loughlin, click HERE. Related Articles SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020last_img read more

Carsten Koerl, Sportradar: Adapting at speed to counter loss of ‘real’ sport

first_img David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share In the nearly 20 years since Sportradar was founded, I have never seen our landscape change so drastically in such a short period, writes the company’s CEO Carsten Koerl.In just a few weeks, we have gone from celebrating and looking forward to a diverse range of global sporting events, to the widespread cancellation and postponement of almost all live sport affecting millions of people connected to this dynamic industry.This unprecedented time in history continues to impact every value chain in sport, from teams and leagues to service providers and operators.Crucially, it has made us all think and act differently. However, our business, sector and increasingly the world we live in is showing just how resilient, adaptable, and entrepreneurial it can be – and at a speed no one thought possible.It is this entrepreneurial spirit within all our teams working remotely across the globe that has seen us pull together to not only maintain, but also significantly expand our product and service levels when our customers need it more than ever. We know ‘real’ sports will come back, and when they do, everyone will celebrate, but the absence of live action has seen an increased demand for innovative and non-traditional sports coverage. At Sportradar, we listened carefully to our customers and pivoted our business strategy to continue to provide support for the wider industry. We have gone beyond the days of being just a traditional data specialist and have evolved into a cutting-edge technology player.Innovation is the cornerstone of Sportradar and thanks to that, we have seen our sports content and coverage above 2019 levels. So far in the month of April, there has been an 11% increase (and growing) in its available sports content compared to April 2019. This also means that our Live Odds coverage is up by 30%, while Live Data is up 20% compared to this time last year.We recently released our AI-driven Simulated Reality product which went from initial concept to live in just ten days. We also added to our Gaming Solutions portfolio with the release of Euro Cup 2020, allowing fans to engage in the popular football tournament as realistically as possible using our comprehensive real-life sports data and motion capture technology. We also continue to work incredibly closely with our sports partners to help create new and unique events, offering a mixture of live odds, data, AV and streaming. As part of this, we are providing official coverage, betting and streaming opportunities for several specially designed esports tournaments featuring some of the world’s top-tier players.Crucially this new content has been sourced and delivered to the market with the same industry leading security and integrity processes and measures in place that Sportradar has always adhered to. Maintaining the integrity of the data and products we provide together with that of the sporting events themselves is a key building block of everything we do.It has been a huge challenge to achieve this in such a short space of time, but it has been worth it. The innovative steps we have taken to deliver immersive technologies is not only enabling our industry to continue while live sports gradually return, but it is also allowing fans to experience and engage in new ways with the sports they passionately follow. None of us can predict the future. But, we are doing everything we can to help our customers and partners during this unsettling time. To say I am enormously proud of our response, our technological advancements, and the steps we have taken to ensure our customers continue to generate revenues would be an understatement. Carsten Koerl will deliver the opening keynote address at the inaugural SBC Digital Summit on Monday April 27th at 9.15am BST / 10.15 CEST. Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season

first_imgShare Share FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Submit Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Vbet, the flagship European sportsbook property of BetConstruct, has expanded its French market presence after becoming the ‘official betting partner’ of Ligue 1 football club AS Monaco.This story featured in today’s SBC News 90. To view the latest round-up, watch today’s edition here.Agreeing terms on a two-year partnership, Vbet has secured its first ever French football sponsorship arrangement, which will see its brand displayed on ‘Les Monégasques’ matchday shorts.“We are proud of this long-term partnership agreement with AS Monaco, which undoubtedly marks a major milestone in the history of Vbet,” said Vbet founder and chief executive Vigen Badalyan.Ligue 1’s 2020/2021 football season began over the weekend, with French professional football returning back to action following the immediate termination of all professional sports last April on direct orders of the En Marche government.Season 2020/2021 sees Ligue 1 undertake an image makeover as online food delivery platform UBER Eats becomes the title sponsor of the league – a record deal secured under lockdown by the French Football Federation (FFF) as French football’s biggest ever sponsorship commitment.AS Monaco chief executive Oleg Petrov added: “We are very happy to establish this partnership with Vbet, a very dynamic and essential player in its sector.“AS Monaco and VBET are now linked by a common interest and passion, football, but also, and above all by the same spirit of adventure, innovation and a strong desire to establish themselves in very competitive markets.” StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

Finland rising – The burgeoning game development scene & its talent shortage

first_imgVeli-Pekka Piirainen, Critical ForceOver a billion people around the world have been playing games made in Finland, a country with a population of just over 5.5 million. In fact, the game industry in Finland is doing so well that it’s in desperate need of staff. Finish game studios expect to see 280 new job roles emerge this year alone, and already around 18% of employees in its game industry come from abroad. The availability of foreign labour coupled with the slow admission rate into Finland are proving a barrier to the industry’s further growth.Angry Birds (developed by Rovio Entertainment) aside there are other games developers based in Finland, such as Supercell and Critical Force, which are heavily involved in the world of esports. Clash of Clans and Clash Royale developer Supercell was bought out by Tencent last year in a deal worth a reported $8.6bn (£6.6bn) for 84% of the company. Despite this majority acquisition by the Chinese company, its HQ remains in Helsinki. Critical Force meanwhile is based further North in Kajaani and has seen considerable success in the past year with its mobile FPS title Critical Ops, for which an agreement has just been reached with ESL for a tournament series.In response to reports of a ‘talent shortage crisis’ for the games industry in Finland, Critical Force PR and Communications Manager Leili Mård told Esports Insider: “I would not say it is a talent shortage crisis per se. Rather it’s that the industry is growing so fast the local pool simply cannot keep up. It is however true that senior positions are proving particularly difficult to fill.”As to the success and growth of the developer’s FPS title, Critical Force CEO Veli-Pekka Piirainen stated: “Our competitive mobile first person shooter Critical Ops has seen a soft launch for Android and iOS, and it has already achieved massive success via 17.5 million organic downloads and 670,000 daily active users.“The amount of players is still rising rapidly even though we’ve not rolled out all the features we have planned for the game. For example a clan system and ranked matches will be added in the near future. Critical Ops tournaments already have thousands of teams competing for winning glory and prize money.” As to the future of Critical Force and whether the company will remain in Finland despite the shortage of high level staff, Piirainen said: “The Critical Force HQ and the main game development facility will definitely stay in Kajaani Finland.“This is because Kajaani University has the oldest and best game development curriculum in Finland and it’s one of the best in Europe. Critical Force has an excellent source of talented and passionate game developers around the corner. The amount of employees at Critical Force is already at 45 and we are looking forward to hire 10-15 more employees this year. We have already started our plans to open a further development office in South-Korea. Two of our developers have already moved to Seoul and five more developers will move there at the beginning of this summer. In Seoul, we will also be hiring local talent in the team little by little.”Many from outside of the Nordics will not have heard of Kajaani but its reputation for game development is notable. Taking place in the town in June there’ll be an esports bootcamp for teams and players which is being put on by the Nordic Esports Academy in conjunction with the university. There’ll be a focus on CS:GO in the inaugural month long bootcamp, but the sessions will focus on everything on a wider level from how to run the business side of a team to how to prepare your players psychologically. The four week program will end in a €10,000 CS:GO tournament. This will be the first of many such bootcamps by the Nordic Esports Academy in Finland, and it’s testament to the potential of the country as a hub for both esports and gaming more generally to thrive.To achieving that end Critical Force, which won Finnish Game Developer of the Year in 2016, is launching a ‘Critical Force Academy’ for students. Up to twenty students will be selected for the initial program.Piirainen had this to say about the academy: “We have been lucky in finding great people from abroad, but supporting and hiring talent from the local university is definitely very important to us. Despite its remote location at some 550 km north of Helsinki, Kajaani is one of Finland’s innovation hotbeds for games with many studios and the excellent game development curriculum of Kajaani University of Applied Sciences.”Esports Insider says: It seems that Finland is a half-asleep giant in the world of game development. With the expansion of Critical Force and its investment into an academy with Kajaani University alongside its commitment to retaining the main HQ there is excellent news for Finland. The hope and likelihood is that with the likes of Supercell and its big money backers, the Finnish game industry can continue its recent surge into 2018 and beyond.last_img read more