Mosquito fogging for Broward

first_imgThe Aedes Aegypti larvae The Broward County Mosquito Control Section will be taking preventative measures to minimize the risk of mosquito-borne diseases after the recent deluge of heavy rains by embarking on a larviciding initiative.The mosquito being targeted is the Aedes Aegypti, the mosquito known to carry and transmit the Zika virus.Residents and business owners are being urged to survey their property to remove any standing water to prevent mosquito breeding, bites and diseases.The Mosquito Control Section will perform preventive truck larviciding between the hours of 10 PM and 6 AM, weather permitting, the following dates:Thursday, June 8, 2017 in some areas of Hollywood (map)Friday, June 9, 2017 in some sections of Fort Lauderdale (map), Sunrise, and Lauderhill (map)The County said the spraying of larvicide using trucks is a proactive measure. There are still no active transmissions of the Zika virus in Broward County. The areas chosen for spraying are based on a number of factors including requests from the Florida Department of Health, population density, and the number of women of childbearing age in the community.The mosquito larvicide to be used is VectoBac WDG. The active ingredient is Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti, strain AM6552), a naturally occurring, biodegradable bacterial mosquito larvicide which is not harmful to humans, pets, bees, aquatic habitats or environmentally sensitive areas. It is certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and is registered for use by the US Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, VectoBac WDG has been reviewed by the World Health Organization and is listed as a recommended formulation for control of mosquito larvae.People living in the area who have registered with the State to be alerted prior to spraying will be notified.In addition to this truck larvicide spraying, the Broward County Mosquito Control Section continues to work closely with the Florida Department of Health and Code Enforcement partners in Broward’s 31 municipalities to eliminate mosquitoes and their habitats.Broward County Mosquito Control Section also treats areas of the County based on requests received from residents. To request service online, complete the Mosquito Spray Request Form. Requests can also be made by calling 954-765-4062.For more information on what you can do to protect your property and yourselves, visit ww.Broward.org/ZapZika.Beware of Zika infection as rainy season approacheslast_img read more

Grenada celebrates 44th anniversary of independence

first_imgOn Wednesday, February 7, Grenada celebrated its 44th anniversary of political independence from Britain with the traditional military parade, a public holiday and Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell keeping an eye firmly on next month’s general election.Set a new path for the future“This current generation of Grenadians who have inherited the victories and achievements from slavery to independence, has carried the torch of social progress valiantly over the course of these past years, even more determined to consolidate the foundation for a future of which the next generation will be proud.On every occasion like this, we must pause, as a nation – to take stock – and to set out a new path for the future. The experiences of the first 44 years have made us even more ready to write the next chapter,” said Mitchell.He paid tribute to the “many heroes” of the country, while saying the dreams that gave rise to past struggles still endure.Forward with commitmentMitchell, who will lead his ruling New National Party (NNP) into the March 13 general election, said as the island celebrates 44 years of political independence, “those of us here…must take this country forward with the commitment and determination of those gone before.”eanwhile, CARICOM Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque has commended Grenada for its unwavering commitment to the regional integration movement.In a congratulatory message to Mitchell, the Secretary-General lauded the commitment and leadership he demonstrated as Chairman of the 15-member grouping during the past unprecedented hurricane season. He said Mitchell’s chairmanship of the World Bank’s Small States Forum 2017, served to heighten the visibility of the challenges facing the Small State.last_img read more

Reggae Boyz kicks off 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup on June…

first_imgEven as Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz continue to bring joy to their supporters, the Reggae Boyz, beaten finalists in the last two editions of the Concacaf Gold Cup, will kick off their 2019 campaign at home in a historic double-header inside Kingston’s National Stadium on Monday, June 17. It will be the first time that a Gold Cup match will be held outside of North America and Central America, as Costa Rica will host a Gold Cup game for the first time in Central America the previous day. Theodore Whitmore’s Boyz will open against the group’s seeded team Honduras in the feature event of the doubleheader at 8:00 pm, two hours after Curacao meet El Salvador in the curtain raiser. Jamaica will be a targeted team following their exploits at the last two editions when they edged the hosts USA 2-1 in the semi-finals in 2015 before losing 1-3 to Mexico in the final. In 2017 they edged an understrength Mexico 1-0 on a wicked Kemar Lawrence free kick late in their semi-final before losing 1-2 to the US in the final. They warmed-up for the tournament with a 1-0 win over the US in Washington, DC, last Wednesday, to record their third win over the US at the senior level, and the second time on US soil. The wily Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey has finally accepted the Jamaica Football Federation’s invite to represent the team and he should make a significant difference to the team, which make them dangerous. The top two teams from each of the four groups will advance to the quarter-finals, and it was refreshing to hear Whitmore say that the team has shown improvement since initiating a training camp in Montego Bay last Thursday. We hope that the level of improvement is displayed on the pitch on match day and we wish both teams best of luck.last_img read more

FITCE Conference Agenda and Speakers Announced

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY, FL – The County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) is pleased to announce the final agenda and lineup of world-class speakers for its 2019 Florida International Trade and Culture Expo (FITCE) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.With the theme “Connect Your Business to the World,” FITCE will feature more than 60 world-renowned leaders, over 10 sessions, and hundreds of professionals from around the globe and locally.Considered a premier conference on international trade, the fifth annual FITCE will take place at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center, October 9-10, 2019, and it is FREE to attend!This year, FITCE will feature the following main speakers:His Excellency Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera, Former President of Costa Rica;His Excellency Jamil Mahuad, Former President of Ecuador;His Excellency Luis Alberto Lacalle, Former President of Uruguay;His Excellency Basdeo Panday, Former Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago;The Honorable Luis Pérez Gutiérrez, Governor of Antioquia, Colombia;The Honorable Mario Baccini, Former President of the Senate & Former Minister of Public Affairs, ItalyChristian Pretelt, Head of Reseller LATAM, FacebookJavi Correoso, Public Affairs Manager, Uber“We look forward to bringing together diverse voices from across the globe to discuss international trade, export and import opportunities, and how to do business with their respective countries. The sessions will no doubt be rich with insights given the world-class lineup of speakers,” said Sandy-Michael McDonald, Director, Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development.The conference kicks off on the morning of Wednesday, October 9th, with an opening ceremony at 8:30AM. Thursday brings a full day of sessions focusing on doing business with Europe, Africa and Asia & The Middle East and how to sell to large organizations. The day wraps up with Speed Matchmaking with County representatives and a Cultural Exchange.The full agenda and more information about the conference, including registration are available on the FITCE website. Registration closes on Monday, October 7th.last_img read more

McGregor Camp Confident Of Victory In The “The Money Fight”

first_imgAs the bout between undefeated eleven-time five-division professional boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and the current UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor approaches, his striking Coach Owen Roddy is optimistic McGregor can replicate the intensity carried out in training on the day of the fight.“Conor is killing it in sparring. He’s not getting touched. He can do as many rounds as we want because he’s doing so well. One thing I’ve noticed in camp is that week after week, he becomes twice the fighter he was. He continued…”I honestly believe no one has a better brain in combat sports than Conor.” Roddy said, speaking with ESPN.McGregor recently posted on his instagram handle @thenotoriousmma after a sparring session “Another handy 12 rounds today – we are prepared to destroy Floyd. Pick whatever size gloves you want as well little man. I fight with 4oz. I don’t care about the size of the glove. I am coming sprinting at you with bricks. Know that, brittle hands.”A reaction coming after Mayweather announced that he plans to use eight-ounce gloves for the upcoming bout.Despite the intense anticipation, there are a few who are still clothed in skepticism with McGregor’s transition from MMA to professional Boxing. They consider the fight a circus.“The Money Fight” will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada on August 26, 2017.Relatedlast_img read more

2017 AITEO Cup Finalists Confirmed

first_imgThe two finalists for the 2017 AITEO Cup has been confirmed after former winners Akwa United defeated Sunshine Stars 3-2 on aggregate to join giant killers Niger Tornadoes.2015 winners Akwa United had lost the away leg 1-0 to the Akure Gunners and needed at least a two-goal win to secure a spot in the final. That was exactly what happened as the Promise Keepers ran out 3-1 winners to book their place in the final with a 3-2 aggregate win.Former Sharks and Enyimba player Christian Pyagbara netted his 7th goal in the competition during the game to become the leading goalscorer. Ifeanyi Ifeanyi was also on the scoresheet for Akwa United.With their semifinal victory, Akwa United will face Niger Tornadoes in the final  slated for the Agege Stadium in Lagos on October 15.Relatedlast_img

Kindred Group wins CJEU appeal against ‘discriminatory’ Hungarian licensing regime

first_imgShare StumbleUpon EGBA: German Policy unfit to tackle black market threats July 16, 2020 Related Articles Share The European Court of Justice (CJEU) the European Union’s principal law court has ruled against the Hungarian government’s online gambling licensing framework, stating that the regime had placed unfair business conditions for European operators seeking to enter the market.A formal appeal had been brought to the CJEU by European sports betting operator Kindred Group, who detailed that Hungary’s Gambling Supervisory Unit had purposely created online gambling provisions and standards which could not be met by non-national stakeholders.Updating its gambling framework in 2014, Hungary proposed that only enterprises with a ‘bricks-and-mortar’ presence could apply for online casino and poker licenses. Furthermore, all sports betting wagering would be controlled by state-run operator Szerencsejáték Zrt.Unibet’s Counsel would argue that Hungarian provisions, had purposely discriminatory against foreign operators.  The bookmaker highlighted a number of laws that could not be fulfilled by international firms seeking to gain gambling licenses.In its appeal, the bookmaker would further point out that Hungary’s actions breached the EU’s Article 56 ‘Treaty and Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)’, which stops all member states from disrupting the provision of cross-border trade and services.The CJEU has ruled in favour of Kindred’s motion, stating that Hungary’s national regime had implemented an ‘incompatible regulatory framework and imposed subsequent enforcement measures which clearly contradict the fundamental principles of EU law,’Maarten Haijer – EGBAMaarten Haijer, the Secretary General of the European Gaming & Betting Association (EGBA), commented on the CJEU determination: “The Court reiterated that member states must guarantee that national regulation on online gambling services meets objective, transparent, non-discriminatory and proportionate criteria. Only a properly regulated and transparent online gambling market can ensure that the consumer is channelled to the regulated offer.”“The Court’s ruling is a clear message to other gaming authorities, including the Dutch Gaming Authority, that they must not enforce regulation that does not comply with basic EU law. We expect these member states to reconsider and lift these enforcement measures as they are acting in violation of EU law. Their actions do not serve the interest of consumers, they fail to channel the consumers to reliable providers, instead they merely prop up failed regulation.” Submit Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020last_img read more

Ladbrokes Coral researches Arcade strategy

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share Bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral may adapt its retail strategy, focusing on converting a number of its betting shops into Adult Gaming Centres (AGC), commonly referred to as arcades.At present, the FTSE betting group has the highest betting shop exposure, in relation to the government’s pending triennial review crackdown on FOBTs wagering levels and sector advertising standards.Should the government impose a ‘nightmare judgement’ of reducing FOBTs wagers to below the £10 stake limit, Ladbrokes Coral’s +3000 UK retail portfolio would become a corporate burden, with City analysts forecasting a + £450 million loss in annual FOBTs revenues.As the triennial review judgement draws to its long-awaited conclusion, the governance of Ladbrokes Coral has been assessing its retail options.Under UK gambling laws, Ladbrokes Coral may seek to convert a number of its betting shops into arcades which primarily service category C&D gaming machines (fruit machines).Current AGC laws, allow for licensed premises to operate up to 20% of their games inventory with category B3 & B4 gaming machines slot machines featuring limited stakes and fixed prizes.Speaking to SBC, a Ladbrokes retail spokesperson detailed; “Betting shops are the bread and butter of our high street offering. As with any business, we are continually looking for ways to better utilise our estate, including a limited trial of re-opening empty shops to improve our customer offer”.Should Ladbrokes Coral move to convert a number of its betting shops to arcades, the FTSE betting firm would become the first UK industry operator to have LBO/AGC presence. Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

Chris Davies – VSoftCo – Developing products to support varied markets and changing technology

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Pragmatic Play builds up omni-channel capacity acquiring VSoftCo January 28, 2019 In January of this year, virtual sports provider VSoftCo announced the appointment of Chris Davies as its new CEO following a six-month consultancy period.Having warmed to his task of overseeing software implementation, developing the range of VSoftCo services and meeting commercial targets, Davies spoke to SBC News about real-time rendering and meeting the technical challenges of producing virtual content which provides a varied, immersive and realistic experience to the customer.SBC: What are the key technical challenges you’ve faced when producing virtual content?CD: To produce a virtual game is challenging in every respect. As a content provider you are working to ensure player engagement and entertainment in a short time span, whilst providing variety and an immersive experience in terms of gaming opportunities and markets.Different audience demographics mean that content providers need to provide a portfolio of offerings and variants for differing levels of market taste and sophistication. Delivering the same product on a changing technology base and being able to support our customers are our key drivers.All these factors require us to build virtual product that has a firm technical foundation in terms of maths and gaming opportunities, whilst delivering a realistic experience to the players using the latest graphics techniques and technologies to provide realism. As with any modern software project it is important to separate the algorithm from the implementation. Technologies change over time, the teams change over time, but the same game must be delivered.VSoftCo currently delivers two core Fantastic League products: one, a single game, and a multi-event where teams from a 20-team league all play each other simultaneously in 10 matches. The technical challenge for us is Fantastic League only requests the random numbers once bets have closed, and therefore needs to calculate the results, solve the matches in terms of determining the gameplay, render the matches and the highlights, and deliver this to the players device, all in time for kick-off. Fantastic League is available on-line, in retail, and via satellite.Careful thought is given to the number of main ‘betable’ events within each match, and the derived bet markets that can be created. For VSoftCo, it is important that these events join to form a whole match, albeit a lot shorter.The RTP can be tuned to suit each customers’ requirement and regulatory requirements. Our maths models are very sophisticated and allow us to tune the odds of each team winning or losing; or determining which player scores a goal, or a yellow card during the gameplay. We can also tune the odds to affect the likelihood of different score lines, and the number of goal likely to be scored.It is not enough just to provide Fantastic League, we must also ensure it can run in customer environments, so we provide a scheduler, bet management system, and RNG to support the customer integration. The VSoftCo technology must be flexible to make it easy to customise the appearance of Fantastic League in terms of branding, on-pitch advertising, logos, panel colours, team names, home and away team kits, player names, stadiums and stadium names, bet markets, and result markets.We choose industry standard data formats for all information exchanges. For example, all our output files to the bet management systems are XML formatted allowing for easing parsing by different customers. The tools we provide are all compatible with our API infrastructure, so customers can choose whether to integrate the functionality on offer, or not.We have partitioned our product to provide APIs at each level of the technology stack. Our APIs are all being migrated to RESTful interfaces, with a JSON or XML pay load, as part of our continuous technical improvement. We can therefore integrate as tightly or loosely as required. The advantage to the customer is we can find the optimum integration for them, providing maximum performance with the minimum of technical effort required to integrate and support.We continue to monitor and evaluate new delivery platforms including satellite, retail and online; all of which we support. New products, and new platforms always need to be assessed and product variants produced as required. Configuration management is an essential tool for this. We have diverse development teams working in different geographic locations, so shared tools and information repositories are essential to maintaining productivity and providing on-going support.One of the main additions we have added recently is the ability to support many languages and currencies within the same product. Therefore, each instance of Fantastic League can work with the operator, and the player’s IP address to determine the language and currency to use for each player’s session. These don’t just apply to bet markets, results, instructions, etc. but also to commentaries and audio clips.Hosting, networking, infrastructure, resilience, capacity and security are all major technical considerations. We must ensure Fantastic League is hosted in a manner and locations that meet all these requirements and are regulatorily compliant.We have moved a lot of our infrastructure into the Cloud to provide the dynamic capacity, performance, security and resilience we need. This also allows us to replicate this functionality globally quickly and reliably as new customers and markets come on board.SBC: What inroads has VSoftCo made with regards to real-time rendering?CD: The real-time rendering aspect of Fantastic League is the major development hurdle. An understanding of 3D graphics and the rendering pipeline is essential in allowing us to create each match, with almost no chance of any two matches ever being the same.Our priority has been to ensure we create real 3D models for each playing and non-playing character and placing them in a true 3D world in a stadium. This gives us the freedom to move the camera around each scene independently of the action taking place. The camera can therefore offer fixed views, follow players, or provide on-pitch views, etc.Players must believe they are watching a real match, so football players cannot run through each other, and the ball cannot go through pitch-side furniture. At that point belief is suspended and the player realises they are playing an RNG-based casino game with a sports front-end. The magic is lost. This brings an attention to detail in this process some regard as unnecessary, but we consider essential.We committed many years ago to ensuring our playing and non-playing players move as realistically as possible. This is only feasible with motion capture and we have a library of over 3,000 motion capture clips all derived from real football players, not actors.The players each contribute greatly to this exercise by enacting fouls they have suffered and tackles they have participated in. We then use the 3D meshes for the players to create the movement sequences necessary for the seamless play. This is a continuous and on-going piece of work.To solve the matches, we start with the result and then determine which sequences, and in which order, will deliver the game on the screen. We then apply sky boxes, stadium, player ethnicity, kits, textures, lighting, shadows and particles using the capabilities of a low-end, industry-standard graphics card. Finally, we place the camera within the 3D world and render the output stream.We deliver the graphics stream to a world-leading CDN provider who then transcode it into different formats, resolutions and adaptive bit-rates for all the platform types we support. Related Articles VSoftCo expands virtual network with Virtus Sports content partnership September 20, 2018 Share Share Inbet’s White Label platform gets Spinomenal content boost October 3, 2018last_img read more

IMG Arena launches ‘Greenhouse programme’ targeting next-gen disruptions

first_img StumbleUpon Share Alexey Khobot, Fonbet: The importance of live streaming for Russia’s betting market July 1, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Brad van Wely – IMG ArenaMore than a year in development, new industry data, insights and content provider IMG Arena announces the launch of its ‘Greenhouse’ innovation programme.Seeking to disrupt all standard components of the global betting sector, IMG Arena launches its Greenhouse directive, ‘funding and mentoring innovative entrepreneurs and companies reimagining the betting and media industries’.For its launch, IMG Arena announces ‘Sportsflare’, an AI-powered, trading analytics tool that uses machine learning to optimise wagering decisions, alongside ‘LinkmetrIQ’, a content smart platform designed to understand and improve customer engagements – as first graduates of the Greenhouse innovation programme.Both enterprises will be supported by IMG Arena’s portfolio of industry products and services, as well as access to IMG’s global sports network.Fulfilling a guiding mandate of IMG Arena, the new betting innovation hub launched this January 2019, Brad van Wely – Vice President of Product at IMG ARENA, stated:-“The Greenhouse programme is at the heart of IMG ARENA. We want to boldly shape the future of sport by disrupting the status quo with next-generation products that positively impact fans’ engagement with, and enjoyment of, their favourite sports.“This is a unique formula. It is flexible, and there are no boundaries when it comes to submitting ideas for consideration by our dynamic innovation team. We want to connect with all manner of passionate entrepreneurs and start-ups and offer a range of versatile streams that have been carefully structured to ensure they are mutually beneficial.”Moving forward, Brad Van Wely details that Greenhouse will seek to supercharge ‘growth ideas’ for the betting sector, with IMG Arena unafraid to back early stage enterprises that could deliver much needed cutting-edge technologies taking betting and media to the next level. IMG Arena nets major media extension with Brazil’s Liga Nacional de Basquete August 19, 2020 IMG ARENA boosts table tennis offering with WTT deal July 9, 2020last_img read more