A Day in South Florida with Miss Jamaica Universe

first_imgPHOTO CAPTION; Davina Bennett (c), Miss Jamaica Universe 2017, with (l-r) Lindell Douglas, Lawnda Jackson, Miss Jamaica Florida 2018, Danaisia Dyer, 1st Runner-up Miss Jamaica Diaspora 2017, and Cheryl Levy Miss Jamaica Universe Davina Bennett passes through South Florida on her way to the Miss Universe pageant on November 26.by Tanya RagbeerLast week 21-year-old Davina Bennett, Miss Jamaica Universe 2017, stopped off in South Florida on her way to compete in the 2018 Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas. The finals of the pageants will be held on Sunday, November 26.The guest of Cheryl Levy, producer of the Miss Jamaica Diaspora Pageant, Davina was offered a brief tour of South Florida, including a visit to the City of Lauderhill, and a meeting with Jamaica’s Consul General to the Southern USA, Franz Hall.“We work very closely with the Miss Universe Pageant in Jamaica,” explained Levy, “our winner will be going to Jamaica for the Miss Jamaica Universe Pageant.”Crowned on August 26Davina who stands at 5’ 9” was crowned Miss Jamaica Universe on August 26th at the grand coronation ceremony held at Kingston’s Pegasus Hotel.She’s a former Pulse model who walked the runway of London Fashion Week, and a 2nd year marketing student at the University of the West Indies. She told CNW she entered the Jamaican contest as she felt ‘unaccomplished,’ and wanted to “reach a wider platform.”Afro hair-styleDavina sports a 70’s style afro. She said, she didn’t plan the hair style but after her grandmother passed she had cut her hair and decided to let it go Afro. “It has become my greatest asset. I’m just gonna keep growing it.”  She said she is trying to “empower other females to embrace their natural hair.”Davina admitted being very excited to represent Jamaica in the Miss Universe pageant. “It’s a new adventure, definitely one of the biggest impacts in my life. I’m a bit nervous. but nerves are good,”  she said with confidence.Hard preparationShe prepared hard for the Miss Jamaica, and continues doing so for the Miss Universe pageant. This includes plenty gym time, speech training, sleepless nights… talking and motivating herself with her personal mantra, “just finish; execute and finish.”Advocate for the deafShe has adopted the mission to provide a platform for the deaf. She has been touring Jamaica promote the Davina Bennett Foundation for the Deaf to “bring awareness to the deaf by getting the exposure from the Miss Universe Pageant.”She currently coaches Jamaica’s first deaf model, who was her inspiration behind starting a foundation to help the deaf  “who need the opportunity, or someone, to stand up for them.”Davina was born in Mitchell Town, Clarendon, and attended Clarendon College where she said she learned a lot of “core values and morals.”Offering a message for the Jamaican Diaspora, Davina said, “Tell everybody to embrace themselves.  Just be confident, know you’re worthy, you’re beautiful and you’re good enough.”Jamaica has never won Miss Universe In the Miss Universe pageant, Jamaica has secured 6 top ten finalists: Sandra Foster in 1989, Kimberley Mais in 1991, Nicole Haughton in 1999 and Christine Straw in 2004. Two of the six placed in the top five: Yendi Phillips was 1st Runner-up in 2010, and in 2014 Kaci Fennell placed 4th Runner-up.last_img read more

JAMPRO establishing fund to cover cost of filming in Jamaica

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is working to establish a national film fund that will cover the cost of filming in Jamaica.JAMPO president, Diane Edwards, says the agency “is half-way down the road” with the establishment of the fund, noting that it will take approximately six to nine months to iron out certain details.“We have agreement with some of the partners. We know how we are going to manage it and we know how we will find some of the funds, but we’re going to have to put together a whole financing structure,” she told the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).The national film fund is an alternative to the rebate incentive program for filming that exists in countries such as Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago.Edwards said that producers of blockbusters or destination films such as Pirates of the Caribbean go to those countries to film and, in turn, the governments underwrite 34 per cent of the filming costs.While Jamaica has no legislation in place that enables this kind of provision, Edwards said that JAMPRO has been offering “in-kind contributions” to attract film-makers. Tourism Minister Edmond Bartlett says he will be meeting with the producers of the 25th James Bond movie in England this week, with a view to having some parts filmed in the island.Bartlett said he and Entertainment Minister, Olivia Grange, will be travelling to Pinewood Studios to meet with the producers – Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.The studios have been the base for several productions over the years and are well-known as the home of the James Bond franchise.Meanwhile, Managing Director of Aspire Funds Management Company Limited, Kerwyn Valley, said that Trinidad’s film incentive “is one of the most attractive”.He said his company has been investing in the development of Caribbean film-makers and is looking to Jamaica with a view to having films released online, as there are greater prospects for promotion and marketing through that space.last_img read more

City of Miami Helping Little Haiti Students Prepare for New School…

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – The City of Miami’s Little Haiti/Edison/Little River Neighborhood Enhancement Team (N.E.T.) office, the Office of City Commissioner Keon Hardemon, the Little Haiti Optimist Club, The Green Family Foundation and community partners will be celebrating their annual “Back 2 School” event this Thursday, August 1.Approximately 1,000 local children from the Little Haiti area will receive free backpacks with school supplies and lunch on a first-come, first-serve basis. Children will also be treated to live entertainment, face painting, arts and crafts activities, free books and a story-telling area provided by Miami Book Fair and Scholastic, in partnership with the Children’s Trust.Additionally, Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program, a division of Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, will be providing free comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses to children. The Hollywood Institute will provide complimentary haircuts, hair braiding and other beauty services to both children and parents.last_img read more

AUDIO: Only Top Referees Would Handle AITEO Cup Games — NFF 1st Vice President

first_imgNigeria Football Federation (NFF) 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi says only top referees would be given a chance to officiate games in the 2017 AITEO Cup.First round matches of the competition take place on Wednesday, August 16, in various centers across Nigeria, and the drive for success from teams is, even more, this year with a record prize money on offer.The winners of the male category would receive 25 million Naira – a massive leap from the two million naira that was previously on offer, with the women champions receiving 10 million Naira.As the age-long competition grows in attention, and, obviously, in cash, the NFF wants to see an improvement in officiating – an area in the country’s football that, for decades, has been so pathetic, to say the least, and that has taken the shine off the once glamorous event.“We want to try and make it a world standard,” Akinwunmi, who is also the chairman of the AITEO Cup organizing committee, told busybuddiesng.com in a telephone interview. “All the officiating would be done by the top echelon of our officials—referees, match commissioners, match assessors and so on.”The competition, which involves 64 teams, will run until early in October when the most crucial matches will take place—the female final on the 2nd, and the male final on the 8th. Akinwunmi believes the 2017 edition could set the stage for bigger events in the future. But he admits that any gains in future will likely depend on how successful this year’s competition turns out to be and if the sponsors, AITEO Group, are satisfied at the end of it.“Don’t forget that if we do it well then the sponsor is happy and releases more money,” he said. “That’s our first port of call, make them happy—make Nigerians happy.”Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/SHEYI-AKINWUNMI-officiating.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Relatedlast_img read more

German Cup (Round of 32) Review: Bayern Overcome Leipzig Via Penalties To Secure Last…

first_imgWednesday Results:Hertha Berlin 1-3 FC CologneKaiserslautern 1-3 Vfb StuttgartVFL Wolfsburg 1-0 Hannover 96Osnabrueck 2-3 NuernbergFreiburg 3-1 Dynamos DresdenWerder Bremen 1-0 TSG HoffenheimRelatedBundesliga Review (Final Matchday): Hamburg Suffer Relegation As Bayern, Dortmund Are StunnedMay 13, 2018In “Europe”German Bundesliga Wrap: Leipzig Beat Schalke 04 To Go SecondJanuary 14, 2018In “Europe”German Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern Extend Lead With Hannover WinDecember 3, 2017In “Europe” German champions Bayern Munich are through to the last 16 of the German Cup but they didn’t achieve this on their own terms as they needed penalties to beat their stubborn hosts RB Leipzig.After a goalless first half, Leipzig were dealt a big blow after midfielder Naby Keita was sent off for two yellow cards but that didn’t stop the team from taking a shock lead through Emil Forsberg. Bayern immediately levelled matters against the 10-man team through Thiago Alcantara and Leipzig thereafter held on for the remainder of regulation time as well as extra time to force penalties.After four successful spot kicks each for both sides, Dutch winger Arjen Robben stepped up and converted a fifth one for Bayern but Timo Werner failed in his own attempt thereby giving Bayern a 5-4 win on penalties and a spot in the last 16.last_img read more

Romelu Lukaku to Critics; I’m Not Finished Yet

first_imgManchester United forward Romelu Lukaku has responded to criticism of his recent dip in form and has told his critics to evaluate his performance when he is a finished article.Lukuka whose move from Everton in the summer cost Manchester United £75m hasn’t scored in his last six matches across all competitions with his last goal coming against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.Though Lukaku who had opened his United account with a rush of goals- scoring 11 goals in his first 11 games has become the target for the boo boys at Old Trafford and has seen steered the wheel for manager Jose Mourinho’s war of words with the home support.In an interview with Thierry Henry the forward said;“I think a lot of people are judging me as the finished article. I’m 24- you can’t judge me as the finished article. I’d rather have a year where I improve, improve, improve rather than going straight to the top and then declining.“I know I have a lot of talent. I can do a lot of stuff, score goals with my left, right and head. But I want to be a creator- I want to have more assists. I want to make sure when my team is having difficulties they can count on me.“I’m on the perfect stage and the perfect age. I want to be a winner and take my career to the next level.”Relatedlast_img read more

Betfred’s Hulmes provides tips for a ‘cracking card’ at Ludlow

first_imgShare Submit Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 1Alan Alger – Betway311.41 2Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 3Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 4John Hill – Coral24.25 5Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 6Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 7Timeform2.093.81 8Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 9bettingexpert11.75 10Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 11John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 12Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 13Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 Share Matthew Hulmes, BetfredMatthew Hulmes, a Betfred TV Broadcaster, has become the latest industry expert to take the Tipster Challenge at Ludlow.Hulmes said: “There is a cracking card at Ludlow this afternoon; the independent track have once again been rewarded for their efforts as huge entries have been received for a meeting with decent prize money.“It is the destination for this afternoon’s tote jackpot too on the first six races and finding winners doesn’t look easy, but we’ll have a good go.”Hulmes will be going up against Stephen Harris from bettingexpert, who sits in ninth place, and the experts from Timeform, who have held firm in seventh after collecting the most points from the last three weeks of action. Alan Alger, PR Manager from Betway, leads the way on 11.41 points.____________________________________12:35bettingexpert: Brahms De ClermontHas been found a soft opening to make a winning hurdling debut.Timeform: Brahms De ClermontHas some smart form to his name in bumpers, and he is a very interesting hurdling debutant representing a top yard, so is taken to make a winning start in this sphere.Betfred: Monbeg OscarSixteen are set to face the starter for the opener and Paul Nicholls’ Brahms De Clermont sets the standard after landing one Cheltenham bumper and finishing sixth in a listed contest at the same venue. River Wylde is also feared as he was well backed against Brahms De Clermont at Prestbury Park but never got competitive.I’m taking a chance on Monbeg Oscar who was fourth at Uttoxeter on rules debut after winning by a distance in a point-to-point. Evan Williams has had northwards of 18% strike rates at the track in last three seasons, and will look to add another winner at the Shropshire venue to his CV.____________________________________1:05bettingexpert: Kilcrea ValeHas plenty of size to make a chaser and can outclass these if jumping well first time up.Timeform: Westren WarriorA fascinating novice chase with Westren Warrior’s proven stamina and race fitness tipping the balance in his favour over Zamdy Man.Betfred: Kilcrea ValeAn excellent novice chase takes place at 1.05 with Westren Warrior the standard bearer on his chase debut second to Aux Ptit Soins at Kelso recently. However, a drop in trip on a tight track and better ground may all count against him. Zamdy Man won his second chasing start at Uttoxeter back in April and is feared but a chance is taken on Kilcrea Vale.His handler Nicky Henderson has a 25% strike rate at Ludlow in the last five years and this high-class novice hurdler has only had five starts, including an impressive 26 length victory that saw him well backed for the 2015 Cheltenham Festival. Clearly, he has his problems but could be head and shoulders above these if the ability remains.____________________________________1:35bettingexpert: Colins BrotherLanded a gamble on his seasonal debut at Bangor and will relish the better ground expected this afternoon.Timeform: Sizing PlatinumHas had excuses the last twice and remains one to be positive about after his promising second at Cheltenham on debut for this yard.Betfred: Sizing PlatinumA fascinating two mile handicap chase is race three on the card where the all-conquering Tizzard team can once again grace the winners’ enclosure via Sizing Platinum. He has run at every Cheltenham meeting this season, finishing second to his now stable mate Fox Norton and finishing fourth to Eastlake earlier this month.He likes decent ground and has form on tight tracks like Galway from his time in Ireland. It’s a good contest though and I wouldn’t be shocked to see Going Concern go well after falling when looking likely to go close at the track last time out. Colin’s brother has been hit by the handicapper for winning a soft race at Bangor, while Noche De Reyes is a consistent type but does find winning hard.____________________________________2:10bettingexpert: Brillare MomentoHas been competing in some warm bumpers and will relish 2m 5f now going hurdling.Timeform: Tara ViewOpened her account over hurdles in good style first time up here last month and can follow up with the longer trip sure to suit.Betfred: Wizard’s SliabhA good mare’s novice hurdle is the conundrum facing punters for race four. Two dual winners have penalties to defy in Tara View and Wizard’s Sliabh. The latter is the selection for the in-form team of Fergal O’Brien and Paddy Brennan. She won on hurdling debut at Market Rasen after winning a Perth bumper and may appreciate this slight step up in trip.She can get the better of Tara View who won at Ludlow on her hurdling debut when odds on favourite. It was only a neck verdict and she takes a giant leap up in trip from two miles. Tinted Rose is a danger under Sam Twiston-Davies but has some ground to make up on the selection from their meeting at Market Rasen.____________________________________2:40bettingexpert: Fox AppealHas been running well in stronger handicaps and has ideal conditions here to go close under Richard Johnson.Timeform: Sugar BaronSugar Baron has made a promising start to his chasing career despite falling at Sandown last time, and is marginally preferred to Calett Mad.Betfred: Calett MadRace five is the highlight of the fixture with fifteen runners facing the starter for a £25,000 contest. I would have to give the enigmatic Go West Young Man a chance as he has plenty of ability, but has his own ideas about the game expect to see him travel strongly but either throw it away or refuse to go through with a finishing effort. He can go well each way but there may be a handicap snip in here courtesy of Calett Mad.He is a half-brother to Grade one winner Ar Mad and made a pleasing debut in this country when winning at Newcastle last month. After a couple of early niggly mistakes he jumped impeccably and was noticeably going best until perhaps getting tired in closing stages on his first run for a year since leaving France. He can build on that under just a 3lb rise and with plenty of improvement fitness wise expected, he rates a decent selection for the day’s feature.____________________________________3:10bettingexpert: DanceintothelightWill soon be ten lengths clear at a brisk pace and will take plenty of catching at this sharp track.Timeform: VocaliserVocaliser’s flat form offers hope he can progress in this sphere, and given the form of his third-place effort at Sandown recently has been well advertised, he has a lot going for him from an unchanged mark.Betfred: Catchin TimeA tricky Lady Amateur Riders race is the penultimate race on a cracking card at Ludlow this afternoon. There should be plenty of pace on here as five of them have used front running tactics recently with Danceintothelight dropping in trip here after a comfortable success at Catterick last time out. Donald McCain’s daughter Abbie once again takes the reins. Apache Outlaw was a winner at Taunton in March but hasn’t fared well since joining Shark Hanlon in Ireland.However, the handler has a good record with his ventures over the Irish Sea and is respected with the talented Jodie Hughes aboard. A chance is taken though on Catchin Time to put a below par effort behind him and bounce back. That was seasonal debut so will strip fitter here and is well treated on some old form. Crucially he likes to be held up in a race that can be run at a ferocious gallop.____________________________________3:40bettingexpert: Black MischiefHas shown enough in two starts to take a race of this nature with further progress certain.Timeform: Top Ville BenNicky Henderson can land this bumper for a fourth time in six years with Top Ville Ben, who won a point in the spring and rates a good prospect.Betfred: Top Ville BenTraditionally bumpers are run as the final race on Ludlow’s card and traditionally Nicky Henderson’s charges win them or go very close. He has taken 35% of them in the last five seasons and saddles an interesting recruit from the Irish point-to-point sphere here in Top Ville Ben.It may not be as a competitive a race as the numbers suggest, with fifteen set to line up. Mountain Chimes and Solomon Grey are feared debutants, however there has been some positive murmurings about Top Ville Ben recently and I expect him to make a winning rules debut.Hulmes concluded: “So there we go. Hopefully some of the seven will help pay for the day at Ludlow this afternoon. Best of luck whatever you’re backing.”____________________________________Tipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard RankTipsterRace WinsPoints ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020last_img read more

Sportech – £83 million sale of The Football Pools to be completed this June

first_img Share Share UK Tote gains international ‘commingling pool ecosystem’ with Sportech April 17, 2020 Related Articles Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Updating investors, London-listed betting systems provider Sportech Plc has informed that it is on course to complete its sale of The Football Pools to London private equity firm OpCapita for £83 million.Sportech governance states that its will conclude the sale by the Football Pools by 8 June, with OpCapita special vehicle ‘FP Acquisitions Limited’ having been approved a betting operator licence by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).This morning, OpCapita released a statement confirming that all deal conditions had been satisfied“We are pleased to have secured licencing so that we are able to move forward with our plans for the Football Pools. We look forward to taking ownership of the business later next month,” OpCapita Founder & Chief Executive Henry JacksonIn its March corporate update informing investors of the sale, Sportech governance informed that funds raised from its Football Pools sales would be used to expand its growing US Racing & Digital division.Purchasing the Football Pools new owner OpCapita, will seek to revamp its industry legacy asset by broadening its audience and developing ‘new distribution channels and games’. Submit StumbleUpon Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020last_img read more

British racecourses delighted with Colossus bets as new pool betting partner

first_imgShare StumbleUpon British racecourses and Colossus bets has announced a partnership that aims to enhance the future pool betting offering on British Racing.This arrangement between the Project Steering Board and Colossus Bets will ensure that customers have access to an innovative portfolio of bets, including cash out opportunities, access to the ‘Syndicates’ platform provided by Colossus Bets and six and seven figure minimum guaranteed prize pools. The team currently representing 54 racecourses will now work with Colossus Bets to finalise the range of bets to be offered. The bets will be owned by British racecourses, but will be delivered using Colossus Bets’ technology. Nigel Roddis, Managing Director of the British Racecourses pool betting project, said: “This arrangement gives us access to the most advanced and flexible pool betting platform available, so I am delighted that we have been able to partner with Colossus Bets. “Innovation is a key aim as we want to offer customers an improved service and ensure pool betting is at the heart of the bets available on racing. We think that the opportunities provided by this initiative will go a long way towards us achieving that goal.”Roddis added: “I am particularly excited by the possibilities provided by the Syndicates feature which will enable the crowd funding of tickets into racing pools. Syndicates will allow punters to very publicly advertise their opinions and to encourage others to join in their bets. “Syndicate tickets could be created by a recognised pundit, racing personality or just a regular punter. It will be exciting and fun and should provide our Racing TV channels with compelling content.“I’m also convinced that pool betting and cash out opportunities are made for each other. Many of us can point to times when we have been four or five legs in only to have the final leg let us down. “We will provide customers with an opportunity to decide whether to take that final leg risk or bank some profits early. It will add to the drama and provide outlets for discussion on social media and more traditional media channels.”David O’Reilly, COO of Colossus Bets said: “Pool betting on horseracing is a sleeping giant and we look forward to working with British Racing to bring cutting edge features and technology to racing punters, with life-changing prize pools.”More details on the product offering will be provided in due course. The bets will be available on-course, via a remote betting platform to be offered by the racecourse consortium and via third party betting operators including Colossus Bets and its existing network of partner operators.  Want to find out more about pool betting? Nigel Roddis will be speaking on the future of pool betting session at Betting on Sports 2017, held from 12-15 September at the Olympia Conference Centre. For conference tickets, click here. Khalid Ali, IBIA: Tackling sports betting corruption December 18, 2019 The Tote, Jockey Club Racecourses and Britbet launch ‘Tote Guarantee’ March 4, 2020 Ben Keith, Star Sports: racing must be diverse, fun, and welcoming January 22, 2020 Submit Share Related Articleslast_img read more

EveryMatrix expands CasinoEngine virtuals inventory with Golden Race partnership

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 Share Related Articles Industry platform and software supplier EveryMatrix has moved to expand the virtual sports content for its CasinoEngine product agreeing a new partnership with Golden Race.The partnership will see Golden Race’s high definition virtual sports portfolio added to the CasinoEngine platform, allowing for EveryMatrix’s customers to have a deeper selection of VS game titles.Golden Race CEO, Martin Wachter was pleased to see his firm join the CasinoEngine platform, which currently services 60 gaming vendors delivering 5,000 games to multi-market customers.“Our partnership with EveryMatrix is an exciting opportunity to deliver our content to an ever-growing number of operators. We are determined to make a buzz in the industry and take the casino revolution to a whole new level!” commented Wachter.EveryMatrix product team stated that a review of Golden Race VS games had left them impressed by the quality of graphics and real-time motion, which would deliver a superior VS inventory for its client partners.Ebbe Groes, EveryMatrix CEO, backed Golden Race as new VS partner: “We believe Golden Race will enhance and enlarge our business prospects by attracting more and more operators who are looking for top-class virtual sports content. There is a growing demand for this type of entertainment in the online gaming industry and we are constantly looking for excellent providers of virtual sports betting products.” EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs June 29, 2020 EveryMatrix joins European Lotteries Association as associate member July 10, 2020 Sharelast_img read more