Tamarac Arts and Crafts Festival to kick off April 1

first_imgTamarac Arts and Craft Festival The Tamarac Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the City of Tamarac,  presents the second annual Arts and Craft Festival at the Tamarac Community Center.The Arts & Crafts festival was hugely successful last year, this year the organizers are hoping to go one better.This year the event features a selection of local and visiting artists including: painting, clay, sculpture, glass, wood, jewelry and more. All artists will be on hand to display their original works of art.In addition to art, there will be artisans selling their crafts, such as, homemade soaps, lotions, soy candles, and jams, all-natural skin care and even art for your lawn.Cultural Entertainment on the City stage with 15 plus performances from all ethnic backgrounds, non-profit organizations and aspiring future superstars will entertain throughout the day.A giant coloring book by artist Alejandra Abad and a spontaneous pop-up artist both sponsored by Tamarac Public Art, will also be on show.On Saturday April 1st, 10 am, there will be a Robotics Exposition indoors that will showcase teams of youngsters passionate about Robotics. Come out and see an amazing demonstration by our future generation. This program inspires students on how to get involved in the robotic community – everyone is welcome to attend.Students from the J P Taravella & Piper High School will be exhibiting their hard work in the arts, while a children’s area will also host interactive art stations by Tamarac Buddhist Temple and EZ-Art.A Festival  and Fashion Show featuring Community and Church Leaders will also be a feature of the festival. Coordinated by Profil Management, there will be a showcase of several local designers including Rebel Nerdz, who have created one-of-a-kind fashions for each model.This festival has been endorsed and sponsored by the City of Tamarac, Pacifica Forest Trace, Waste Management, City Furniture, McArthy’s Affordable Medical Supply, ReMax InterAction Realty, FP&L, Coral Springs Auto Mall, Melba Ballard – State Farm, Smart Replace Corp, Bath Crest, Tamarac Public Art and the Chamber volunteers.last_img read more

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Trinidad grandma on gun charge

first_imgA 72-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with illegal possession of a firearm in the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago.The woman’s identity has not been released but she is said to be from the community of La Horquetta. The grandmother is expected to appear in the Arima Magistrates’ Court on Monday, charged with the possession of a Ruger .9 millimeter pistol.The woman was arrested by officers of the La Horquetta Police Station. The officers allegedly found the gun during the execution of a search warrant at the woman’s home last Friday night.A warrant has since been issued for the arrest of the woman’s 42year-old son, who resides at the same address.last_img

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Community Collaborative Makes Great Strides Toward Ending Homelessness

first_img​Looking for a great way to get involved and make a difference in our community? The Census is coming in April 2020 and you’re invited to the Census 2020 Complete Count Committee kick-off meeting on Wednesday, January 9th from 10AM-12PM at Oakridge Hall in Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100th Avenue, Davie. Learn about the various ways that you can participate and join the subcommittee that interests you most. A correct count is critical for Broward County as Census numbers are used to determine federal representation and funding of human services, housing and other programs. Make a difference and make Broward Count! For more information visitBroward.org/Census2020 and/or RSVP to [email protected] The Homelessness Collaborative in Broward is focused on housing individuals and families from the former encampment in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The collaborative reached a major milestone last month when 80 individuals remaining in the encampment voluntarily moved out along with their pets and belongings, the first step on a path to safe, stable permanent housing with supportive services as needed. The successes were the result of adopting the nationally recognized best practice “housing first” approach to assisting individuals experiencing homelessness. Months of work and planning by more than 40 public and private partners went into the work of the Collaborative, which was founded by Broward County, the City of Fort Lauderdale, United Way of Broward County, the Broward Business Council on Homelessness and the Broward Homeless Continuum of Care. Join the 2020 Census Committeelast_img read more

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Holder Eyeing Top Spot in Bowling Charts After Achieving 20-year High

first_imgThe 28-year-old Holder, who finished with a seven-wicket match haul in Southampton as West Indies trounced England by four wickets, shot to a career-best 862 ratings points – the highest since legendary pacer Courtney Walsh tallied 866 points in August, 2000. However, Holder is being chased down by England’s Ben Stokes who lies second in the all-rounder’s rankings and moved to 431 points to narrow the gap to 54 points. For Holder, it was his sixth fifth wicket haul in his last 10 Tests and confirmed his status as one of the elite bowlers in the game. Fast bowler Jason Holder celebrates another wicket on Thursday’s day two. It was Gabriel’s heroics which broke the backbone of England’s batting in the second innings when he picked up five wickets. The fast-bowling all-rounder was superb with the ball in the first innings at the Ageas Bowl last weekend, grabbing a career-best six for 42 to send England tumbling for 204 in their first innings and giving West Indies the early initiative in the contest. LONDON – Captain Jason Holder has amassed the highest rating points by a West Indies bowler in two decades as he closed in on the number one spot in the International Cricket Council’s bowling rankings, after leaping one place to second following his outstanding showing in the first Test against England. Stokes lashed scores of 43 and 46 in the Southampton Test to break into the top 10 at ninth in the batting rankings while taking six wickets to jump three places to 23rd in the bowling rankings.center_img Holder was joined by speedster Shannon Gabriel whose nine-wicket haul saw him rise one place to 18th, further consolidating his spot in the top 20. There was no change at the top of the batting and bowling rankings with Australians Steve Smith and Pat Cummins respectively occupying the leading spots. Several West Indies batsman also enjoyed upward movement. Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich, who struck 61 in the first innings, jumped seven places to 37th while experienced opener Kraigg Brathwaite halted his recent downward slide by leaping four spots to 48th, following his first innings top score of 65. Roston Chase has moved three places up to 45th while Jermaine Blackwood, whose superb 95 led West Indies’ successful run chase on Sunday’s final day, has been rewarded with a 14-point rise to 58th. Holder also retained his spot as Test cricket’s top-ranked all-rounder, as he also remained unmoved at 35th in the batting rankings to also be the highest placed Caribbean side batsman. CMClast_img read more

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AITEO Cup: Clash Of 2015 Finalists Headline 2017 Round Of 16

first_imgTwo years ago, Sunshine Queens and Bayelsa Queens made it to the final of the Federation Cup, now AITEO Cup, but this season one would have to get rid of the other in the standout fixture of the Round of 16 to be decided on Wednesday.2015 final was the last time both teams met in the women’s cup competition and it was Sunshine Queens that claimed the title. The Owena Mermaids from Ondo State defeated Bayelsa Queens 4-2 on penalties (after the game ended 1-1 in regulation time) at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.Then, the winners got 1 million Naira while the runners-up made do with half a million Naira, however, times have changed and 10 million naira is the new ultimate prize. So when Sunshine Queens and Bayelsa Queens go head to head tomorrow at the Ondo Sports Complex in Akure, they would definitely have that in mind.Both teams have already met twice this season in Group A of the Nigeria Women Premier League. Their first meeting on Matchday 4 saw visitors, Bayelsa Queens picking a point in Akure with a 2-2 draw, while the second – a Matchday 12 fixture which was marred by violence in Nembe – ended in a 1-0 victory for Bayelsa Queens.Although Sunshine Queens have the home advantage in this AITEO Cup Round of 16 clash, back to back losing finalists, Bayelsa Queens, who have been one of the best teams this season, have what it takes to force a draw. And if that happens, there would be a replay in Nembe on the 16th of September to decide the tie.Replay is one of the new innovations that have been brought into this year’s AITEO Cup and it takes effect from the Round of 16.There are two other all-NWPL fixtures to look forward to on Wednesday as Pelican Stars welcome FC Robo Queens while Osun Babes host Ibom Angels. Youthful FC Robo Queens dispatched a more experienced side in Delta Queens in the Round of 32. This happened in front of their fans in Lagos, now they would be looking to take their chances away from home as they travel to Calabar.WOMEN’S AITEO Cup Round of 16 FixturesPelican Stars Vs FC Robo Queens – UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar (2pm)Confluence Queens Vs Sure Babes – Confluence Stadium, Lokoja (4pm)Bayelsa Queens Feeders Vs Edo Queens – Nembe Stadium (4pm)Rivers Angels Vs Ben Women FC – Yakubu Gowon Stadium, PH (4pm)Sunshine Queens Vs Bayelsa Queens – Akure Township Stadium (4pm)Beautiful Tours Vs Nasarawa Amazons – Area 3 Stadium (2pm)Jokodolu Babes Vs Abia Angels – Lekan Salami Stadium (4pm)Osun Babes Vs Ibom Angels – Oshogbo Township Stadium (2pm)Relatedlast_img read more

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Who is Angus Gunn?

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has sent a first senior team invitation to young goalkeeper Angus Gunn after Jack Butland withdrew from the squad due to injury ahead of the friendly against Brazil on Tuesday.What do we know about Angus Gunn?Angus is a 21-year old English goalkeeper and son of Norwich City fan’s legendary goalkeeper Bryan Gunn who made 390 appearances for the Carrow Road club. Angus was born in Norwich and joined his hometown club as a kid before moving to Manchester City in 2011.In the summer of 2016, the youngster looked like he was on his way to a championship side on loan until Pep Guardiola decided to include him in his pre-season preparations. Gunn went on to play an half in each of City’s matches against Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and saved three penalties against the latter. Pep eventually decided he was good enough and kept him as third choice for the 2016/2017 season.Angus Gunn was highly regarded as he worked up through the youth ranks at City. Pep particularly having interest in the youngster due to his ability to keep the ball at his feet and his short passing style.“Sometimes it can get a bit nervy when the opposition team comes close to our box,” Gunn told ManCity.com. “But that’s the sort of pressure the coaches and manager want us to be under and want us to get through because then that gives us a better chance of attacking at the other end.”Gunn made it to the bench for City five times last season and decided to move on loan to Norwich to gain first team opportunities. He has made all 19 of his professional career at Norwich this season, including starting in all of Norwich’s 16 championship games this season.Bryan Gunn, born in Scotland, was capped six times by Scotland but Angus who was born in Norwich has been capped at England U-21 level 7 times – his first coming under the management of Gareth Southgate.Gunn had a fantastic game in the September 2016 win against Norway, making three great saves to earn a deserved clean sheet. Gareth Southgate praised the youngster for his performance and his passing ability.“Those saves he made at that moment in the game were crucial. I’m really pleased for him. He’s a calm lad, uses the ball well with his feet and that would have been a great experience for him and I hope it has given him a lot of confidence.”Angus Gunn was deputy to Jordan Pickford in this summer’s U-21 European Championship but was promoted to first choice after Pickford moved up to the senior team. Gunn will now be linking up with Pickford and Joe Hart – who he trained with at City.Norwich’s head coach Daniel Farke this summer:“Angus is very highly-rated and a really talented goalkeeper. He’s brilliant with his feet as well as his hands and is tall too. We’re happy to have him here for the next season and are thankful to Manchester City for helping us with this deal. I’m looking forward to working with such a great talent.” Relatedlast_img read more

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Betfred completes a £195 million refinancing package

first_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 The governance of UK independent bookmaker Betfred has confirmed that it has completed a £195 million refinancing package. The financing comes as Betfred moves to complete its £55.5 million acquisition of 322 retail betting shops from newly merged FTSE enterprise Ladbrokes Coral.The bookmaker’s senior debt package has been supported by a four UK banks – RBS, Barclays, Lloyds and Yorkshire Bank with auditor KPMG acting as lead debt advisory for the operator.The new banking facility refinances an existing package and provides the financial ammo to complete the deal.Nicola Barr, Financial Director at Betfred, commented on the debt package: “It was great to have strong support from the local banking community to support the company in this significant transaction.”In October Betfred increased its UK retail betting portfolio to +1500 betting estates by winning the bid for Ladbrokes and Coral shops which had to be put for sale in order for the merger to meet industry competition standards.Issuing a deal note,  Head of Debt at KPMG Nick Dodd commented on the refinancing arrangement: “Investment to develop a multi-channel offering and the in-shop experience for customers, particularly through the digitisation of outlets, is a real focus for established bookmakers as they respond to the challenge presented by online competitors.“We expect to see more firms seek external funding to fuel their expansion and build on strong growth in the industry.” Share Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Andrew Daniels – Degree 53 – The importance of a consistent brand experience

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Degree 53, a digital agency specialising in mobile app and website development, has published a new report evaluating the mobile user experience (UX) of ten online casino operators in the UK.We caught up with the company’s MD Andrew Daniels to discuss this report, along with the importance of delivering a consistent brand experience and the challenges that operators face in combining straightforward UX with innovation.SBC: Given the amount of time people spend on their phones and tablets, and the number of apps that are now competing for our attention, is UX on mobile more important than on desktop?AD: Great UX is equally as important on mobile and desktop so users of all platforms would be able to access these products without any hassle. Some users prefer desktop or tablet over mobile for specific gaming activities, but still use mobile for others depending on the convenience. Operators shouldn’t be neglecting their website UX to focus more on mobile – it needs to be consistent across all channels.While working on our report, we found that lots of operators use web applications that mirror their desktop casinos on mobile. They effectively use a similar UI that adapts to a smaller screen size. Very few use native apps built specifically for a mobile platform with a considered UX.This means that some of these features will work better on desktop, such as buttons or banners with T&Cs, however they can get quite small on mobile, which effectively makes them harder to use or see. It’s these little details that make the UX challenging and need attention.SBC: Can you briefly explain to our readers the process of creating the scoring system used to assess the ten leading UK online casino operators?AD: We used a standard usability review system and our knowledge of the gaming industry. The evaluation system is split into sections, such as Search or Help, so it’s easy to focus on specific areas of the website or app and take a closer look at how they work from a user’s perspective. We’ve tailored this system to be specific to casino lobbies and mobile devices, as well as determining our scores in terms of what makes an excellent or poor casino UX.Our team reviewed both mobile websites and apps for each brand, scoring each section according to the agreed scale. We approached everything from a user’s point of view, looking at how easy it is to find the registration/login button, search for games, access help and how the product deals with errors.SBC: Consistency between web and app casino versions was highlighted as a positive trend in your evaluation of the mobile lobbies; is it not often the case that you are looking to appease a completely different set of users across the two versions?AD: It’s true that users between web and mobile may vary, however, the brand experience should be consistent. We’ve now moved away from single channel interactions and there are multiple touch points when users may engage with a brand.So, it’s important that this experience stays consistent whether it’s on TV, advertising or digital products. It can be very jarring if one product is easy to use and the UX works well, while another product from the same brand is clunky and unintuitive.User retention is one of the biggest challenges for operators as they can easily switch between brands or use different companies for betting and casino. UX can really facilitate retention and influence the user to stay if all products work smoothly.SBC: In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges that these operators face in maintaining innovation whilst retaining a lobby that is optimised for easy gaming experience?AD: One of the main challenges in innovation for the operators are users’ habits. Regular players are familiar with casino games and how everything works. If an operator wanted to introduce any dramatic changes, there’d be a high chance of these users dropping off due to the unfamiliarity.This would especially affect mobile users who want to access content much quicker than desktop. While some innovation and modernisation is needed in the online casinos, it’s crucial to do it gradually or subtly. It’s worth taking note what leading brands outside of gaming do to present their content and different features, for example Spotify and Netflix.SBC: From your experience in the industry, are casino operators best served by promoting an all-round UX or pushing hard with one key USP, for example load speed or customer service?AD: When looking at gaming products, we often notice areas that product developers have been focusing on more than others. It seems they tend to update particular elements, such as the registration form, and not the entire product at the same time.This can lead to some visible inconsistencies in the design and functionality. It shouldn’t be the norm that operators only focus on one area in their UX as users will engage with a number of other features over time. 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Camelot seeks to revamp The National Lottery’s retail and digital propositions

first_img Related Articles Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Ministers expected to raise National Lottery age limit August 17, 2020 Share Camelot governance has issued further detail on implementing its four-point strategic recovery plan for the UK National Lottery, as the company seeks to overturn disappointing ticket sales and a downturn in fundraising for national charities.Further to the appointment of Nigel Railton as UK CEO of Camelot, the lottery group has outlined four key strategic objectives which will lead its business recovery.Jo Taylor Chairman of Camelot commented on the firm’s recovery plan “Under Nigel’s leadership, the new executive team at Camelot has recently concluded a thorough strategic review and designed a clear execution plan to put the business on a path to responsible and sustainable growth.”Camelot governance outlines the following key dynamics and disciplines; ‘1. Improving the range of games, 2. Enhance retail offering, 3. Upgrade of digital capabilities and 4. Reinvigorate The National Lottery brand’.Improving the range of gamesHaving listened to player feedback, Camelot will enhance its EuroMillions, Lotto and Thunderball as distinct products, with prizes and prices to suit different consumer needs and pockets.The operator wants to develop better winning experiences for players and is currently testing a number of game/draw changes.Camelot confirms that it will introduce a Tuesday Thunderball draw in the New Year to address the needs of players who value smaller, more frequent wins. Furthermore,  Camelot will launch EuroMillions HotPicks, a game variation of its popular Lotto HotPicks game by early 2018 to offer further choice and value to players.Enhanced Retail OfferingCamelot wants to optimise its UK + 46,000 retail partners that service The National Lottery, with the operator stating that it will adapt its retail sales points to better reflect highstreet consumer shopping habits.Key priorities include making National Lottery games available at self-checkout, as well as in discounters whose market share has grown considerably in recent years.At a retail level, Camelot will double the size of its sales force to help it forge stronger relationships with its retail partners. The company will further invest £20 million in retail initiatives designed to boost levels of engagement and improve in-store display, merchandising and game availability.Upgrade of digital capabilitiesThe National Lottery has over 10.5 million registered digital players, the largest of any European lottery operator.In its strategic review, Camelot wants to improve customer journey/experience and engagement with its game inventory. Following the recent launch of its The National Lottery App for Android, Camelot seeks to make gameplay instantaneous for users.The company plans a significant investment in upgrading its CRM systems, developing improvements in customer marketing and personalisation to make its content more useful, relevant and less intrusive.Reinvigorate The National Lottery brandFrom a marketing perspective, Camelot governance wants to make sure users are aware of The National Lottery’s purpose and Charitable initiatives.Working with the National Lottery Distribution Bodies, Camelot will deliver a clear brand – ‘One National Lottery’ with one voice to more effectively communicate the uniqueness of The National Lottery and the life-changing good that it does.Moving forward, Camelot marketing will focus on a clear ‘One National Lottery’ brand and messaging, creating a distinct voice for its services and stakeholders.Promoting social responsibility, Camelote will  Continue to invest substantially in player protection initiatives to meet the high standards expected of The National Lottery. UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Sharelast_img read more

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bet365 ups broadcast data dynamics with Abelson Info

first_img Related Articles Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Share StumbleUpon BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Submit Share Reuben Thomas – Abelson infoIndustry betting data and tailored odds specialist Abelson Info has confirmed bet365 as the latest customer of its ‘Televised & Streamed Sports (TSS)’ listings service.Abelson Info’s TSS service allows its partners to offer users a comprehensive worldwide broadcast and streaming feed, detailing live sport/match viewing information, up to two weeks in advance.The TSS service seeks to deliver best-in-class broadcast data accuracy, with Abelson Info covering listings of ‘35 countries and approximately 800 channels’.Confirming the partnership, bet365’s Steve Ibberson detailed that the bookmaker saw a ‘positive correlation’ between optimised televised/streamed sports data and its market performance.‘’Abelson Info offer the most extensive listings service available. As bet365 is a global business, these listings can help regionalise the user experience whilst continuing to promote our In-Play markets’’ Ibberson detailed.A pleased Reuben Thomas Sales Director at Abelson Info, welcomed bet365 as new TSS partner, stating that the bookmaker’s feed integration was a testament to Abelson Info growing data dynamics for industry tier1 betting operators.“We continue to widen our coverage as new and existing clients expand into new territories; it’s great news to get a deal in place, ahead of a busy ICE, which further strengthens our relationship with bet365” Thomas commented on the partnership.Data specialist Abelson Info continues its strong recent commercial momentum, having secured online bookmaker BetVictor as a further partner of its ‘Goalscorer Pricing Feed’ last November.last_img read more

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