“The Nest”It said the seven-year project, dubbed ‘The Nest’, is the group’s first Hybrid Growth Centre (HGC) in Jamaica, housing multiple operations that are environmentally inter-dependent.It said it plans for the HGC to operate like an ecosystem of sorts, where outputs from one operation will be used as inputs in another, to generate less waste, use less energy, emit less greenhouse gas emissions and to overall be a better global citizen.The Nest, described as an incubator of innovation, is already home to the Group’s livestock research center, Hill Run Farms, where they have been testing new equipment, feed rations and growing techniques over the past four years.The group said that the long term goal is to structure how crops are grown, similarly to how it raises chickens and pigs, by partnering with independent farmers.“CB’s new processing plant will also be the first in the region to utilize Air Chill technology, a superior process that is mandatory in Europe and used by the most advanced processing plants in North America. “This will result in the company saving some 200 million liters of water annually,” the company said, adding “it intends to take biological by-products from the processing operation and convert it into valuable proteins, that will be exported and earn much needed foreign exchange for the country. The Jamaica-based Caribbean Broilers Group (CB) says it is investing US$120 million in a series of agricultural projects it hopes will bolster food security within the region.The group, which operates three separate divisions including a vertically integrated farming, processing and distribution business that focuses on locally produced meats, said that the investment will increase its capacity by over 25-per cent and will allow it to double production, to meet the regional export market.“Several Caribbean countries still import poultry meats from outside the region. And the CB Group hopes to significantly reduce these imports from the UK, Europe, North and South America, and help to fill the gap for other local processors, and ultimately improve upon food security within the region,” CB said in a statement.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica has the potential to produce up to 50 per cent of the energy the country needs from renewable sources. But, he warned the island “has to think carefully and strategically as to how it uses the alternatives that God has given us.”The prime minister made the remarks after touring the BMR Jamaica Wind in St. Elizabeth. He said, “The renewable (energy source) here at BMR is wind. I certainly believe that there is great potential on this side of the island, between Manchester and St. Elizabeth, for there to be an expansion in wind-generating plants,” he told reporters following the tour.Integrated resource planHolness said his administration is currently developing an integrated resource plan that will project the country’s future energy requirements and how those needs can be supplied by using renewables, in particular, wind and solar.He said that the nation’s solar energy capacity is being expanded and “very soon another solar plant will be open, and we are also looking at waste energy. All of these are environmentally friendly solutions.”Impressed with BMRThe Prime Minister said he is very impressed with what BMR has been doing, noting that “the posture taken in the development of this plant is one that integrates the community. I was very pleased to see that farmers are allowed to continue farming, with, of course, an appropriate level of respect for the investment that has been made in the plant. It shows you can have this kind of investment and still integrate the community… to have the community act as protectors of the plant as well.”Price of wind energy going downHolness also said he was very happy to hear from BMR that the price of wind energy is going down and that its unit price is “amazingly good. “The technology is improving, and the cost of the equipment to generate (wind energy) is going down, making it more accessible,” he said.BMR chief executive officer, Bruce Levy, said the plant, which has been in operation since July 2016, comprises 11 state-of-the-art wind turbines, each producing 3.3 megawatts of power, for a total of 36 megawatts.“Our first year of operation was fantastic… right on plan. Getting the equipment here was a pioneering effort, and we want to thank everyone who participated in that,” he said, noting the company also built an 18-kilometre transmission line from the BMR site in Malvern to the neighboring Spur Tree district. “We want to thank all the folks that allowed us to run the transmission line past their property.“We are operating now with 100 per cent Jamaican employees. We are also proud of the fact that we supply the lowest cost of renewable energy in Jamaica,” he added.For more on Jamaica’s energy, click the link: Jamaican government looks to diversification
From left Leon Mitchell, assistant general manager, The Jamaica National Group; Oliver Mair, Consul General to Miami; Carmen Bartlett, former regional manager, JNMS USA South East Region; Winston Barnes, CD and Miramar Commissioner and Horace Hines, JNMS General Manager. All were present at a luncheon to honour Miramar Commissioner Winston Barnes who was conferred with the Order of Distinction, Commander Class by the Jamaican Government at the National Heroes’ Day Awards Ceremony on October 15 JN Money Services (USA) Inc. recognized Miramar Commissioner, Winston Barnes, who was described as a member of the company’s extended family, at a luncheon held in honor of him recently.Barnes, who was conferred with the Order of Distinction Commander Class by the Jamaican Government at the National Heroes’ Day awards ceremony on October 15, was lauded for his achievements and service to Jamaica. In addition to recognizing his investiture, he was thanked for the support he has given to the JN family over the years.“Since the inception of JNMS Southeast United States, here in Florida, some 21 years ago, Commissioner Winston F. Barnes has been a true friend to the members of the JNMS team,” said Horace Hines, general manager, JNMS, owners and operators of the brand JN Money.“In fact, he is more than a friend, he is family. Winston is always there for us, whenever we need him. He is also a vital part of the wider Jamaica National family, having been a member of Jamaica National for over 40 years,” Hines noted.Hines also lauded Barnes for his contribution to Jamaican music over the years.“Our brother Winston is truly deserving of all the accolades that the Jamaican Government has bestowed on him. He has always been an eminent proponent of Jamaican music; and, he is extremely knowledgeable about the subject,” Hines said.In his response Barnes thanked the JNMS team for their recognition; and promised that he would continue to maintain his close friendship with JN team.At the Luncheon held at the Coopers Hawk Winery and Restaurant, in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Barnes explained alluded to his strong ties to the JN family.“The Jamaica National Group and I have a special relationship that goes back some 40 years. When I came here to Florida one, of our biggest supporters was The Jamaica National team so our relationship has come full circle,” he stated. Tribute from Carmen BartlettCarmen Bartlett, former regional manager, JNMS USA South East, related that she has known Barnes since the 1970s and wrote his first mortgage with JN. He endeared himself to the JNMS family and we welcomed his visits to the Miramar office.“He has facilitated the JN Money team on his radio program; and was always “looking out” for the JN family in Miramar where he is a Commissioner,” she added.From Leon MitchellIn his tribute to Winston, assistant general manager of The Jamaica National Group, Leon Mitchell, lauded him as “our Cultural Ambassador.” Other tributes came from Dahlia Walker-Huntington and John T. Hodgson.In his response, Barnes thanked the JNMS team for their recognition; and promised that he would continue to maintain his close friendship with JN team.“I feel humbled about the award from my country and the recognition from JN. Listening to radio while growing up, and later working on radio in Jamaica, I would often hear the broadcast of National Awards Ceremony. To hear my name on the day I had to ask if it was really me. I felt truly honored,” he said.
CARICOM leaders at the 29th Inter-Sessional Meeting of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community. CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders will meet in Castries, St. Lucia early next week with the intention of finding measures to enhance the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).The CSME, which allows for the free movement of goods, skills, labour and services across the region, was the main topic of a special CARICOM summit held in Trinidad and Tobago in December last year.At the end of the special summit, the regional leaders issued the St. Ann’s Declaration that indicated the CSME is still regarded as being the most viable platform to support the region’s growth and development agenda.Among the recommendations contained in the Declaration is for a more formalized, structured mechanism for engagement with the region’s private sector and labour, the expansion of the categories of skilled nationals entitled to move freely and work within the Community to include agricultural workers, beauty service practitioners, barbers and security guards.It also called on the government to accept each other’s issued CARICOM Skills Certificate as well as reinforcing regional security mechanisms and permitting the region’s citizens and companies to participate in public procurement processes across the 15-member grouping.The Trinidad special meeting had appointed a broad-based 10 member team, chaired by Professor Avinash Persaud, an economist, to advise member states on a growth agenda for CARICOM.A statement issued by the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat said that the summit is expected to receive an update on the team’s work.The July 3-5 summit will be chaired by St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, who is taking over from his St. Kitts-Nevis counterpart, Dr. Timothy Harris.The CARICOM statement said that “several other major matters related to security and regional and foreign relations are also expected to be part of the deliberations.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Government of Jamaica has launched the start of one year of local activities in recognition of the United Nations (UN) Declaration of the International Decade for People of African Descent, 2015-2024.This got underway earlier this week and the country celebrated 57 years of political independence.At the Independence Grand Gala, held at the National Stadium, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, announced their commitment to work together to activate initiatives which form part of the declaration.Holness said the activities will take place between August 6, 2019, and August 6, 2020.According to Minister of Culture, Olivia Grange, the year-long celebrations will highlight and commemorate the important contributions that people of African descent have made to the Jamaican society.“We will have a travelling exhibition, which is curated by the National Council on Reparations, and it will speak to the atrocities. We will display a number of instruments that were used on our enslaved ancestors and it will speak to a public education programme that will educate the country on what reparations mean and what we are striving for.”“In addition to that, we will have some celebratory activities, as well as some legacy projects,” she noted.Proclaiming this International Decade with the UN, the international community is recognising that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.Approximately 200 million people identify as being of African descent live in the Americas.The UN General Assembly proclaimed 2015-2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent (Resolution 68/237), citing the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society.As proclaimed by the General Assembly, the theme for the International Decade is: ‘People of African descent: recognition, justice and development’.The objectives of the International Decade are to: promote respect, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by people of African Descent, as recognised in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; promote a greater knowledge of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contribution of people of African descent to the development of societies; and to adopt and strengthen national, regional and international legal frameworks according to the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and to ensure their full and effective implementation.
Terence Crawford is the light-welterweight undisputed world champion – the first in 12 years.The 29-year old American knocked out Namibia’s Julius Indongo with a left hook to the body in round three of a short-lived bout at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. Crawford came in with the WBC and WBO belts; Indongo, from Namibia, was the WBA and IBF champion.“It means everything,” Crawford said. “When you start boxing when you’re seven years old, that’s your dream to become world champion, and after that you want to become something bigger than world champion. You go to the highest level possible.”The fight was the first four-belt unification bout since 2004 when Bernard Hopkins stopped Oscar De La Hoya to claim all the belts in the 160lb division.Stylistically, the Crawford is known for his fast hand speed, formidable punching power, and defensive skills, as well as his ability to comfortably switch hit from orthodox to southpaw.RelatedFury Wants To Follow In Klitschko’s FootstepsMay 19, 2020In “Boxing”Swansea City vs Manchester UnitedJune 30, 2017Similar postAnthony Joshua: Blockbuster Tyson Fury Fight “Needs To Happen”April 16, 2020In “Boxing”
League champions and leaders were stunned across major European leagues on Friday and Saturday, a massive setback for the coaches, who were saddled with the responsibilities of leading these teams and now find themselves under fire following a weekend of disappointing losses.English Champions Chelsea looked quite uncertain heading into the encounter against Crystal Palace following the injury enforced absence of the duo of Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante. The Blues were surprisingly defeated 2-1 by Crystal Palace. Remarkably, the Eagles had failed to score a goal in the league after 630 minutes of action but were ‘two-good’ on the day thanks to strikes from Cesar Azpilicueta (Own Goal) and Wilfred Zaha, leaving Antonio Conte with a bitter pill to swallow, following up the home defeat to Manchester City in the penultimate league game.The title defence has been a sharp contrast to last season for the Blues who at this point had started their 13-game winning streak. Chelsea’s performance brings back ugly memories of 2015/16, when they fumbled and the result was the dismissal of Jose Mourinho. Could the same fate await livewire Conte, who appears humbled by the recent series of events?Arsenal were equally stunned by Watford at Vicarage Road, in a game the Gunners attained a comfortable lead, only to lose to Watford in the final 19 minutes of the game. Worryingly for Arsene Wenger, the Gunners are yet to win away from home, their lone road point secured against 10-man Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and it could get even worse for the Frenchman in the days and weeks ahead.Massimiliano Allegri surely must be sitting in a corner all alone, asking what hit him. Juventus were stunned 2-1 at home against Lazio on Saturday evening, the worst possible start to a busy week for the Italian champions which include a UEFA Champions League game. Juventus threw away lead a first-half lead, losing to two Ciro Immobile goals as they only hang onto second-place thanks to superior goals difference which could count for nothing if Inter Milan emerge victorious in the Milan derby on Sunday.League leaders Borussia Dortmund were handed a first defeat of the season, losing 3-2 at home to RB Leipzig at Signal Iduna Park. It was a shocker for Coach Peter Bosz who was on a roller coaster following his summer arrival from Ajax Amsterdam and he must ensure he rallies his team together, with Bayern Munich appearing to get back to their very best in the aftermath of Jupp Heynckes temporary stint in-charge of the Bavarians.French champions Monaco were stunned 3-2 away at Lyon on Friday, a result which ushered in the wave of shocking results. The Principality team twice fought back from the brink of defeat but ultimately had no answer to Nabil Fekir’s 90th minute winner. It was a massive setback to Coach Leonardo Jardim’s aspirations of retaining the title, as they trail leaders PSG by a massive six-points after nine rounds of matches.RelatedEuropean League Wrap: Record setting Manchester City hammer Palace for five; Ancelotti, Montella under-fire.September 25, 2017In “England”European League wrap: Top guns dominate European leagues, Borussia Dortmund stumble yet againOctober 28, 2017In “England”Sporting Gijon vs Real SociedadJune 30, 2017Similar post
Share Submit FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Related Articles Share Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) has become the first French-licensed operator to integrate and service a ‘Cash-Out’ functionality in partnership with NYX Gaming sports betting subsidiary OpenBet.The bookmaker has launched the service through its deeper integration of OpenBet provisions, which has seen the betting platform provider upgrade its software services for the French state-owned operator.PMU marketing has supported the launch of its Cash Out service with an extensive marketing campaign, making its customers aware of the feature. The bookmaker details that its Cash Out functionality will help diversify its product offering within the competitive French betting marketplace.Matt Davey, Group CEO of NYX Gaming was pleased to add further betting services for PMU an Openbet customer that had renewed its partnership until 2020“Introducing Cash Out to the French market is a landmark development. Our companies have had a highly successful partnership since launching PMU online nearly seven years ago and we are we are proud to have achieved another first. Players enjoy the flexibility that Cash Out offers and we are certain the uptake will prove as high in France as it has in other markets.”Davey’s comments were supported by Jean-Marc Léglis, Chief Technology Officer PMU, who stated that the firm’s sportsbook would be at the front of the market for product development and consumer offering;“As the first-to-market with Cash Out in France, we are cementing our position as one of the country’s leading sportsbooks, and taking our offering to the next level. Our players can now benefit from the opportunity to mitigate risk and lock-in profits with a Cash Out product that is easy to understand, satisfying to use, and comes with a proven track record.”“In 2016, OpenBet bolstered the PMU offering with its SiteBuilder solution, which enables operators to have greater flexibility over their front-end.”PMU – Cash Out Campaign 2017PMU – CASH OUT from BIRTH on Vimeo.
Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 Related Articles John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Submit West London Championship Football Club Fulham FC has confirmed Rank Group gambling subsidiary Grosvenor Casinos as its official ‘Main Team Partner’ for season 2017/18.Agreeing terms on a two-year deal Grosvenor Casinos online brand GrosvenorCasinos.com will be displayed on the front of Fulham FC’s match day shirts.Further branding coverage will see, the grosvenorcasinos.com brand appear around Craven Cottage stadium (capacity: 25,000) on the club’s LED system, as well as exclusive branding at the Putney End stand.Casper Stylsvig, Chief Revenue Officer of Fulham FC said: “I am delighted to welcome grosvenorcasinos.com as Main Team Partner. We are thrilled to have a partner on board which matches our ambition of delivering a first class service and experience and we look forward to working together.”Fulham FC marketing detailed that it would additionally further enhance Grosvenor Casinos partnership through its social media and digital channels. Rank and Grosvenor Casinos will also participate in Fulham’s community and grassroots initiativesHenry Birch, Chief Executive of The Rank Group plc, welcomed the Fulham FC sponsorship as a major marketing initiative for 2017: “Grosvenorcasinos.com is delighted to be part of Fulham FC’s charge back to the Premier League as Main Team Partner. Both the Club and Grosvenor Casinos have strong brands and proud histories and we look forward to working together and supporting the Club and fans.” Government denies casinos a July reopening July 10, 2020
StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Standing at the doorstep of 2018, a huge year for sports betting with the FIFA World Cup and the Winter Olympics, we’re taking some time out to look back at the industry in 2017. That’s why we sat down with Finbarr Joy, Group CTO at Superbet, and Stuart Whitfield, CEO at Erlang Solutions.SBC: In terms of developments in digital betting, what has been the highlight from 2017 for you?Finbarr Joy, Group CTO at SuperbetFinbarr Joy (FJ): Across the industry we’re seeing continued growth and expansion, but we haven’t seen anything really significant emerge in terms of sector technical capability, yet. We believe that a part of our opportunity at Superbet going forward is to work more with digital investment and digital opportunities. 2017 has essentially been a year to make what we do better. For Superbet, it’s been a year of international expansion and seeing our Group brands mature, generating some real traction in terms of relative scale. This gives us confidence in our multi-brand strategy going forward.Stuart Whitfield, CEO at Erlang SolutionsStuart Whitfield (SW): There are new entrants joining the marketplace everyday who we’re seeing mimic the market leaders’ technology choices. Competition is really heating up in the industry, especially as online has clearly become the main focus of most, if not all, betting operators. Beyond that, a lot of the established industry players are technologically conservative relatively. Because of this, we’ve not seen huge disruptions in the industry this year beyond steady growth and rising competition. SBC: How has Superbet innovated its digital platform in 2017?FJ: The main innovation has been around the establishment of the digital platform team and setting the roadmap for digital operations around the organisation. We’re taking on platform ownership for ourselves when many in the industry tend to defer to the off-the-shelf package vendors. We believe this gives us the foundation for innovation.2017 was the year that we put together the core dot com team, which is the context behind working with Erlang. Since we already had a strong team driving our Retail and Romania online growth, we’re now getting ‘compound’ benefit from the both together. Our main platform technology considerations are related to the need to handle scale and handle frequent change. We know that there are many opportunities for us in digital. We know that customers are increasingly led by the consumer internet. They’re getting more and more sophisticated. We’re working towards having a core platform capability, which means that we can change pretty much on demand. Whether it be Samsung, Facebook, Google, Apple, the reality is that we’re dependent on an ecosystem that we don’t control for our product to be successful. That ecosystem is going to move forward, and none of us really know how that’s going to pan out over the next three to five years. We need the flexibility to change on demand across pretty much any point of the customer experience. Our ability to ‘lock step’ with the best of the consumer internet is therefore what will keep our products ahead of the rest. It’s also worth calling out that in terms of digital, we believe it requires a different operating model to a traditional, or so-called corporate, business. We are looking at that right across the organisation, not just in technology teams. For instance, our customer services team is up and running with agile working now. They’re targeting short-term initiatives that deliver value a lot sooner and taking on a level of autonomy for tackling their own targets. That’s been really significant as we turn the orientation of the company towards a digital operating model. It’s interesting that one of the first examples we’ve seen is actually in one of the business operations teams rather in technology!SBC: How has Erlang and Elixir contributed to the betting industry in 2017?SW: Erlang in particular provides a core part of the tech stack for a number of key players in the industry. It was built to solve the very challenges that online gambling & betting operators face everyday; reliability, scalability, and concurrency. You need look no further than bet365, online betting’s biggest player, which employs Erlang and Elixir at scale to help it service its 20 million users and made £525m profit from a record £47bn of bets last year. Ambitious newer entrants to the market, such as Superbet and Derivco are also seeking to exploit the strengths of the Erlang ecosystem.FJ: There are more than just a handful of operators now considering the BEAM’s Erlang and Elixir as technology choices. Across the industry, there’s serious consideration based off the big examples of the likes of bet365. Erlang and Elixir are a solution to the challenge of dealing with concurrency and scale. Erlang has classically had that capability for quite a significant period, though it’s been only fairly recently that the sector has recognised that. I’m thinking of many organisations who’ve spent a lot of time wrestling with middleware stacks of various flavours to try and get them to scale when actually it’s a part of the core capability of the BEAM platform. The BEAM is interesting when it comes to the problem of dealing with surges in demand, dealing with the need to scale out, especially horizontally. You don’t have to engineer all of that for yourselves, whereas in other middleware environments, you typically do. That’s been, by far and away, the biggest benefit of adopting Erlang and Elixir for us. There’s a lot of work we would have done we didn’t have to do because we’re using the BEAM. There’s also a lot of reassurance from having confidence in the ability to scale based on its proven model.SBC: How do you see the BEAM VM (Erlang, Elixir, etc) playing into Superbet’s digital offering in 2018?FJ: For our .com platform, the BEAM VM is the glue for our architecture going forward. It underpins all of our different services across sports and gaming. It’s the common mechanism across both, holding the whole thing together. As such, it is the common model which we find is useful for integrating our teams but also solving some of our challenges with scalability and concurrency. We are running with the benefits of BEAM, with Erlang across the whole back-end. We’re also seeing progress with teams in working with Elixir. The fact that you can use the common model between those different groups, back-end and front-end, offers us cohesion. They might be completely different groups of engineers but we can align on that core model.SW: Superbet is in a rare position of building an online betting stack from the ground up. They’re not having to grapple with legacy software, and I suspect that’s how they’ve managed to attract some of the industry’s top talent. It’s really a green field opportunity where Superbet is able to build their ideal tech stack with fewer compromises and legacy-imposed constraints. This is exactly what we’re seeing them doing, it’s very exciting. SBC: What are your hopes and expectations for the online betting industry in 2018?FJ: My hope would be that the industry could take a lead in demonstrating that even in highly regulated industries, very innovative things can emerge. There tends to be too much of a contrast in proposition and customer experience between those who classify as the “consumer internet” – the big four or five of Silicon Valley – and the regulated industries. Banking always gets called out, but certainly the gaming industry to a certain extent as well, does not benchmark as well. It’s very often that people will highlight that the reason for that is because the regulatory barriers are so much higher. My hopes would be we can demonstrate that it’s by leading with highly regulated customer care that we can be highly innovative. I’d like to think that the industry starts to develop propositions that do genuinely compete with the best of the consumer internet.My expectation is that we’ll continue to see growth. It’s very interesting how much dialogue there is now especially about potential licensing in the US. It would be a very big market! I have every reason to believe that we’ll see continued growth throughout the industry.Then there’s eGaming. It’s very early days for that yet. The fact that there’s high participant levels and high spectator levels in eGaming is a huge draw. I think there’s still the question mark around genuine levels of betting interest. But inevitably eGaming is one of the things that we’re obviously going to be considering. It’s in the mix.SW: I expect to see further growth in esports and peer to peer (or social) gaming. I also don’t think it’s long before there’s a game-changing (excuse the pun) integration between an operator and a significant social media player, once the regulatory buoys can be navigated. We’ve already seen some of the big consumer internet players file patents for betting-related innovations.bet365’s open-sourcing of their main database platform, Riak, may well lead to its adoption by a number of operators in the sector – it’s early days yet but the technology is rock-solid and well-supported.In terms of hopes for 2018, I would also like to see technology used in more innovative ways to encourage responsible gambling, particularly as regulatory pressures are likely to increase in this respect. 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