Haitian beauty places second in Miss Universe 2017

first_imgHaitian beauty Raquel Pelissier, 25, placed contestant in the Miss Universe 2017 Pageant Haitian beauty places second in Miss Universe 2017Haitians in South Florida are dizzy with pride that their country woman Raquel Pelissier, 25, was the second placed contestant in the Miss Universe Pageant held last Sunday in Manilla, Philippines. However, the majority, agrees with other local viewers of the annual pageant that the tall elegant Haitian beauty should have won the coveted crown. She lost to Miss France Iris Mittenaere.Pelissier was an early online favorite with Haitian-Americans, who voted heavily for her to be in the top thirteen. Miami Haitian-American, Leslee Minot says she and her sisters together cast 330 votes for the beauty. However, that wasn’t necessary as Pelissier was already included among the top 12 contestants announced minutes after the pageant began. The thirteenth contestant picked by online viewers was Miss Thailand.From the top 13, Miss Haiti showed excellent poise, elegance and beauty parading in swim-suit, and evening gown. She progressed to the top five and eventually was named the first runner up or second placed winner.Minot said, “Haitians are so disappointed. She was clearly the more shapely, intelligent, and beautiful contestant. It’s so hard for Caribbean girls to win Miss Universe. Usually our girls make the top ten or finish in the top three but very rarely receive the crown. Nonetheless we are still very proud of Raquel.”Pelissier, is a professional model who holds a degree in Optometry and a degree in Scientific Research from the “Universitad Complutense de Madrid” in Spain. She’s fluent in French, Haitian Creole, English and Spanish.A survivor of the devastating 2011 earthquake, she said participating in the pageant gave her “the opportunity to expose the country’s culture abroad. I want to change the way the rest of the world sees us and make a good impact.” She also said with the eye disease glaucoma prevalent in her family, and which could affect her as she ages, she studied optometry to effectively treat glaucoma.Offering congratulations, the Consulate of Haiti in Miami, stated, “Congratulations to our heroine Raquel Pelissier ….. We are very proud of you!”last_img read more

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Three foreigners drown in St. Lucia

first_imgThe police in St. Lucia are reporting that three foreign nationals, including two students of an off-shore university, drowned while swimming off a beach in the southern town of Vieux Fort on Saturday.They said all three were nationals from India attending the Spartan Health Sciences University. One of the victims was reported to be a lecturer at the university.Media reports said that two of the victims were washed out to sea by a ‘rogue wave’ and the third, the lecturer, encountered difficulty while attempting to save them.The bodies of two of the victims have since been recovered while the search continues for the third. The police have not released their names or any other details.last_img read more

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Citizenship Drive in Lauderhill May 18, 19

first_imgVolunteer lawyers, non-legal volunteers, and students are needed for the next Lauderhill Mall Citizenship Drive taking place Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 at the Lauderhill Mall. Applicants receive FREE assistance from experienced lawyers and immigration professionals with filling out their citizenship application and answering questions on the requirements to become a US citizen. Volunteers are provided a light lunch.Looking to help beautify a community this weekend? The community of Roosevelt Gardens will have their Community Clean Up on Saturday, May 18. Volunteers are provided with clean up supplies and receive free refreshments. Students are eligible to receive community service hours for school. Please Note: Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate.The City of Lauderhill’s Annual Family Safety Day, a FREE family event, returns on Saturday, June 1. They’ll have lots of activities and giveaways including music, food, games, and swim lessons.Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) will host a FREEHomeownership Fair on Saturday, June 8 at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. Lenders, realtors, home insurers and more will be on hand to answer questions on the home buying process. To register, please visit www.nhssf.orglast_img read more

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Death Toll in The Bahamas Now at Seven Following Hurricane Dorian

first_imgNASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – The Bahamas government said that the death toll from the onslaught by Hurricane Dorian climbed to seven and warned of more deaths as the storm made its away from the archipelago.Prime Minister of The Bahamas Dr. Hubert Minnis, who toured the Abacos, one of the areas worst affected by the hurricane that pummelled the country with winds in excess of 180 miles per hour (mph) from Sunday, said two persons who had been rescued earlier, had died of their injuries.He said the two had been among the 25 individuals who had been transported from Abacos to New Providence.“I want to assure and inform the Bahamian population that we can expect more deaths to be recorded. This is just preliminary information,” he said, again appealing to persons not to post on social media videos showing the pictures of those killed.“Let us have some compassion for the families of those who lost their lives. Let us pray for them. Please, I ask you to avoid sending or sharing images of those who perished in the storm. Let us act with compassion. Do not make the grief process worse for families by spreading pictures,” said Minnis, who is also a medical practitioner.He told the news conference that part of Abaco had been “decimated’ by the storm.“There is severe flooding, there’s severe damage to homes, businesses, other buildings and infrastructure. To give you a clearer picture of what was seen …the southern aspect of Abaco has suffered less devastation than the north”.Minnis said that the Marsh Harbour facility had been severely damaged and the airport is underwater, adding “the runway is completely flooded, and in fact, the area around the airport now looks like a lake”.He said the priority at this time is “search, rescue and recovery,” thanking all those first responders “who are acting with courage to save lives and to rescue those in need.“We are seeing the courage of Bahamian volunteers who are coming to the rescue of others using whatever resources they have available. We are seeing the bravery and fortitude of Bahamians who endured hours and days of horror, fearing for their lives and the lives of their loved ones.“Our urgent task will be to provide food, water, shelter, safety and security,” he said, adding that the residents of Abaco that the Royal Navy will be delivering food as of Tuesday night and officials from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) will be continuing the exercise on Wednesday.Minnis urged persons who wanted to provide assistance to do so through ”reputable” organizations such as the Bahamas Red Cross, NEMA and the Salvation Army and announced plans for a donor’s meeting to take place on Wednesday.Minnis also disclosed that the Secretary-General of the United Nations with responsibility for Humanitarian Affairs will arrive here on Wednesday and that a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) delegation, including its chairman and St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, his Barbadian counterpart Mia Mottley and CARICOM Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque will arrive on Thursday.He said he will also be speaking with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday regarding Canadian assistance to the country.He said as a result of this “national crisis in our country’s history, the government will bring to bear every resource of state possible to help the people of Abaco and Grand Bahama or any other island nation.“No effort or resources will be held back,” he said, again appealing to Bahamians, who could assist to help those disadvantaged by the storm.“I am heartened by the number of calls received by Bahamians at home and from around the world who want to help,” he said, adding “it is important for us to continue to pray to God for the safety of all and those affected by this monster hurricane”.The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said that the storm which has since weakened to a Category Two storm was now moving closer to Florida with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph.“Dorian is moving toward the northwest near six mph and a slightly faster motion toward the northwest or north-northwest is expected tonight. A turn toward the north is forecast by Wednesday evening, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast Thursday morning.“On this track, the core of Hurricane Dorian will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast and the Georgia coast tonight through Wednesday night. The center of Dorian is forecast to move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning,’ the NHC added.last_img read more

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Grenada Postpones the Reopening of its Borders

first_imgIt said that Grenada’s diplomatic missions abroad will continue to provide information, document requests, and keep a database of nationals and anyone seeking to travel to Grenada, but the Missions will direct everyone to the managing agency for all coordination of chartered flights, such as bookings and requirements for entry. “The Government has put in place additional safety measures to ensure that we protect the health of Grenadians at home, and that we continue to successfully guard against the virus on our shores. CMC “Government has accepted a proposal from Caribbean International Trade Inc., to manage all the logistics of this engagement, including the verification of the health and testing requirements, and quarantine accommodations,” the statement noted. Grenada has confirmed 23 cases of the virus that was first detected in China last December and linked to the deaths of 544,000 people and the infection of 11.8 million others. ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – The Grenada government says it has had to postponed the planned reopening of the international airport to July 15, because of the heightened risks from the coronavirus (COVID-19) seen in some major source markets in recent weeks. The government said that only chartered flights will be accommodated from all other countries not mentioned, until further notice and that Grenadians and visitors wishing to charter a flight from any country, in the interim, must do so through a private entity.center_img It said that the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has been in contact with the management of the airlines and other stakeholders, “as we plan for a smooth and secure process, when borders are eventually reopened.’The government said that the reopening process takes into consideration the health risks possibly posed by passengers coming from different regions of the world and that countries will be categorized as Low, Medium or High-risk, for the purposes of entry requirements to Grenada In a statement, the Keith Mitchell administration said that while it is cognizant of the many Grenadian nationals abroad wishing to return home; as well as others who are eager to visit the island, his administration has had to put additional safety measures in place as the pandemic has worsened in major source markets, such as the United States. “The government of Grenada continues to encourage everyone to exercise extreme vigilance in daily activities, so as to safeguard health and save lives during this pandemic,” the statement said. “From July 15th, the airport will accept commercial flights from countries across the Caribbean region, viewed as Low-risk. From August 1st, the airport will accept international flights, from countries listed as Medium-risk, such as Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries in the European Union.” “In view of this, the initial July 1st date indicated for the commercial reopening of Grenada’s borders had to be postponed because of the heightened risks seen in some major source markets. We also had to secure our domestic capacity to mitigate against any increased spread of the virus, resulting from incoming passengers,” the statement said.last_img read more

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Paris Saint-Germain Replies Barcelona For Suing Neymar €8.5m

first_imgParis Saint-Germain has replied Barcelona’s €8.5m lawsuit against Neymar for alleged “breach of contract”.Earlier today, the Catalan club claimed 25-year-old Neymar owe Barcelona €8.5m from last year’s contract renewal bonus.In an official statement on PSG’s website, the French club said: “Paris Saint-Germain was surprised to learn of FC Barcelona’s statement today announcing the start of legal proceedings in Spain against its former player Neymar Jr. and indicating that should Neymar Jr. fail to pay the monies claimed by his former club, Paris Saint-Germain will be held responsible to pay the outstanding sum.” “Paris Saint-Germain reiterates that, like Neymar Jr., it has always respected all applicable laws and rules in its dealings and, once again, regrets the attitude of FC Barcelona.”Neymar completed his world record €222m move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona earlier this month, reportedly earning £40.3m in wages per year after tax, with around £515,000-a-week.RelatedNeymar-Barcelona Saga Rumbles On…October 10, 2017In “Europe”Barcelona Sue Neymar €8.5million For Breach Of ContractAugust 22, 2017In “Europe”Official – PSG Announce Neymar SigningAugust 3, 2017In “France”last_img read more

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Instant Win Gaming (IWG) appoints Leon Thomas as Commercial lead

first_imgShare StumbleUpon SBC Charity Boxing Championship packs a punch for Oliver’s Wish Foundation January 20, 2020 Submit Related Articles Efficiency in spend leads Nektan commercial momentum January 10, 2018 IWG lands three-year instant win deal for Loterie Nationale October 22, 2019 Share Leon ThomasIndustry specialist instant win games provider Instant Win Gaming (IWG) has confirmed the appointment of Leon Thomas as its new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO).Thomas joins IWG from Rank Group subsidiary Mecca Digital where he served as Chief Operating Officer (2016-2017).Updating the market, IWG management stated that it had strengthened its executive team by adding Thomas, an industry commercial veteran who has both B2B and B2C experience which will help IWG grow its portfolio.Working out of IWG’s London base, Thomas will be responsible for growing the company’s industry position, as well as building upon and creating partnerships with lotteries and commercial brands.Rhydian Fisher, CEO at IWG, commented on the appointment: “We are very pleased to welcome Leon to the team here at IWG. He has succeeded in our industry for many years now and the experience he brings will be invaluable to the future success of our company as we continue to grow into the wider commercial sector.”Leon Thomas commented on joining IWG management “I am really excited to be taking the commercial reins at IWG, and look forward to helping to grow what is already a highly successful supplier in a fast-growing vertical within the industry. My previous experience makes this a perfect fit and I look forward to helping IWG cement its position as the world leader in instant win gaming.”last_img read more

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KAX Media rebrands to Gambling.com Group

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit SBC Webinars series presents U.S. Publishing – Navigating the Fog January 23, 2020 Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 Gambling.com launches SlotSource.com July 30, 2020 Share Following an internal review, Industry affiliate marketing and player acquisition group KAX Media has rebranded to Gambling.com Group.The affiliate marketing specialist has rebranded to better represent its legacy domain Gambling.com and to better communicate its business services.The new name only applies to the Group’s holding company. The Group will continue to use the KAX Media brand as the name of the Group’s internal digital agencies located in Dublin, Ireland and in Tampa, United States.Gambling.com became the Group’s largest website in 2012 and remains the company’s leading publishing asset, having grown substantially year on year for each of the last three years. The Group acquired the domain name for $2.5 million in April of 2011.The high traffic legacy portal seeks to be the most informative news and review portal for online gambling sector. At present Gambling.com Group services 30 casino websites across 14 national markets in 8 languages.In conjunction with the re-brand, the group has launched a new corporate website located at www.gambling.com/corporate.last_img read more

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Snack Media targets digital engagement with new joint venture

first_imgShare Share Snack Media drives digital growth with Wisden partnership July 9, 2020 SBC’s On The Ball – Going Dutch October 12, 2018 Related Articles Snack Media has targeted digital fan engagement with Snack Gaming, a joint venture between its Co-Founder Rupert Pratt and Jon Trigg, founder of Fantasy sports specialist Silent Manager.The new business will use the Snack Media network of over 20 million unique users to advise on the behaviour of online sports fans.Targeting sponsors, betting companies, rights holders and media owners, Snack Gaming will use the network, combined with its data platforms and social media expertise, to acquire, engage and monetize digital fan engagement for its clients.This will include the development and licensing of existing digital platforms such as fantasy sports leagues, predictor games and quizzes, as well as other new products for the market.Jon Trigg commented: “Across our team we have developed 1,000’s of platforms and enterprise builds in multiple languages, capable of managing over 150 million transactions. We have advised sponsors, media owners and rights holders globally and generated tens of millions of euros in commercial income. We assist clients to acquire, engage and monetize fans and the rights we create.”Niall Coen, Snack Media CEO and Co-Founder, added: “Snack Media have 10 years’ experience in creating, distributing and monetizing fan content, so setting up a business specifically aimed at monetizing these tools for publishers and rightsholders is a very natural progression for the Snack Media business. Our strategy across this business will be helping to create new tools, new rights and new revenues for our partners.”Rupert Pratt concluded: “With digital advertising spend and fan engagement overtaking traditional, the question to ask yourself is what proportion of my sports marketing inventory is digital?“Also, do I have the right tools in place to engage and acquire fans, secure sponsors and advertisers? Snack Gaming has been formed to address that balance for sponsors, betting companies, rights holders, publishers and broadcasters alike.” StumbleUpon Snack Media boosts global audience with GIVEMESPORT acquisition May 5, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Playtech acquires Responsible Gambling solutions provider BetBuddy

first_img Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Submit Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Share Playtech has acquired Responsible Gambling solutions provider BetBuddy for an undisclosed fee, continuing its strategy of obtaining technology which will extend its software and services offering to gambling operators.BetBuddy’s behavioural identification and modification software is to be integrated into Playtech’s IMS player management system, allowing its licensees to offer players a safer environment to use its omni channel products.It is hoped the move will also allow Playtech to ‘be well placed to navigate the continually evolving global regulatory challenges around Responsible Gambling in online and retail markets.’Ian Ince, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Compliance at Playtech, explained: “BetBuddy is the leading company in this field and has a team that has focused exclusively on developing an industry-leading Responsible Gambling solution. “The strength of the product and the knowledge and experience that the team brings is unparalleled, and we are delighted to have completed this acquisition and to welcome them to the Playtech family. “Responsible Gambling is a cornerstone in all Playtech’s offerings. This acquisition demonstrates our commitment to producing solutions and games that will enable Playtech and its customers to be the most responsive and responsible businesses in the industry.”Earlier this year Playtech introduced a trial of BetBuddy’s analytics software, with algorithms used to detect risk behaviours, through this acquisition it is believed Playtech can take the next step in evolving its gambling content, ensuring it is both developed and deployed in a sustainable manner. Simo Dragicevic, BetBuddy CEO, commented: “We are thrilled to have agreed terms with Playtech, the leading B2B supplier in the gambling industry. “We look forward to working with the Playtech Compliance, Business Intelligence, and Game Development teams, in partnership with Playtech’s customers and wider industry stakeholders, to continue to help to raise standards in Responsible Gambling.”BetBuddy has worked with clinical, responsible gambling and machine learning scientific communities for the last five years, developing ways of implementing Responsible Gambling solutions, through its behavioural identification and modification solution, to regulated markets. Related Articleslast_img read more

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