Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph honored by ICS

first_imgThe Washington-based Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) has inducted another Caribbean American entertainer into its “Wall of Fame.” Along with the award to actress Cicely Tyson, Jamaican American actress Sheryl Lee Ralph was induced in commemoration of National Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations in June.Ralph was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, the daughter of Ivy Ralph, a Jamaican fashion designer, and Stanley Ralph, a college professor. Cheryl Ralph who was raised in Mandeville, Jamaica, and Long Island, New York, attended Uniondale High School in Uniondale, New York where she starred in a high-school production of the musical Oklahoma!, portraying Ado Annie. She graduated in 1972. Youngest graduate of Rutgers UniversityAt 19, Ralph was the youngest woman to ever graduate from Rutgers University in New Jersey, ICS said. During her time at Rutgers, Ralph was one of the earliest winners of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships awarded by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. She was also was named one of the top 10 college women in America by Glamour magazine. Initially, she hoped to study medicine; but, after dealing with cadavers in a pre-med class and winning a scholarship in a competition at the American College Theater Festival, she gave up medicine for the performing arts. Years later,  she served as the commencement speaker at Rutgers for the Class of 2003.Nominated Best ActressRalph began her career on the stage, and was nominated in 1982 for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as Deena Jones in ‘Dreamgirls’. In 1984, Ralph released her only album, “In the Evening,” in which the title track peaked at #6 on the Billboard Dance Music/Club Play Singles chart that same year, in 1988,  she went on to star in the Disney movie Oliver & Company, providing the voice of the character named Rita.Starred in move with DenzilHer first leading role in a film came as Denzel Washington’s wife in The Mighty Quinn, released in 1989. In 1992 she starred with Robert De Niro in the title role in Mistress.On television, ICS said Ralph was in the cast of the CBS daytime soap opera “Search for Tomorrow,” while starring on Broadway in Dreamgirls. Ralph is also an active member of the Jamaican Diaspora ad the US, and actively participates in matters related to the development of her homeland, Jamaica.last_img read more

Afro-Caribbean men deemed most at risk for prostate cancer

first_imgIn an article published on March 3 in the UK’s Express news outlet, experts noted that prostate cancer is most common in men of Afro-Caribbean and African descent. Dr. Michele Reed, a US-based family medicine specialist, was reported earlier this year stating that black men of Caribbean descent have been shown to have a higher rate of incidence of prostate cancer than their African-American counterparts. According to Professor Mark Emberton of the Princess Grace Hospital, one in four black men in the UK will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. “It is not known why this happens,” he says, “but we believe there is a genetic link.”Other reports indicate that in the disease is twice as common among Afro-Caribbean men, specifically, than it is among white men. Signs of Prostate CancerIf you are a man of Afro-Caribbean descent, it’s important you know the signs of prostate cancer to ensure early detection. The color of urine has been highlighted as an easily recognizable symptom of prostate cancer. Pink, red, brownish red or tea-colored are all indicators of blood in the urine, which is a sign of prostate cancer. Other warning signs of prostate cancer include frequent urination, the sudden need to urinate, difficulty in urinating, extended or long urination, weak flow of urination, feeling unable to fully empty one’s bladder, and blood in semen. If the cancer has spread beyond the prostate, men will experience symptoms such as pain in the back, hip or pelvis. Erectile dysfunction also becomes evident when the cancer has spread, as well as blood in the urine or semen, and unexplained weight loss. Risk of Prostate CancerProstate cancer diagnosis is most frequent in men between the ages of 65 and over. In rare instances, younger men also develop the disease. Men whose brothers or fathers have had the disease are more likely to be diagnosed, and those who are overweight or obese are at higher risk of being diagnosed with an advanced, or more aggressive, stage of the cancer. Prostate cancer has been linked to a diet high in calcium.last_img read more

Condolence Book opens at Jamaican Consulate, Miami, for former Prime Minister…

first_imgThe Consulate General of Jamaica, Miami, formally announces the passing of the Most Honorable Edward Philip George Seaga, ON, PC, former Prime Minister of Jamaica.  Mr. Seaga served the country as Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister during the period 4th November 1980 to 13th February 1989.In honor of Mr. Seaga’s memory, a Condolence Book will be opened at the office of the Consulate General, located at Courthouse Tower, 44 West Flagler Street – Suite 400, Miami, FL 33130. Persons are invited to sign the Book as of today, May 30, through Friday, June 21, during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Mr. Seaga died on Tuesday (May 28) on his 89th birthday, in Miami surrounded by his family.last_img

Jamaica Says All Visitors From Coronavirus-Affected Countries Will Be Quarantined

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – At a press conference today, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness announced that all travelers from countries where there is local transmission of Covid-19 will now be required to self-quarantine for up to 14 days.This measure, done to protect residents, will negatively affect visitors that already planned to visit the island for short trips, less than 14 days. Such travelers are being asked, if they can, to cancel or postpone their flight until the restriction is lifted.The government confirmed that there were now 12 cases of Covid-19 on the island. As the ministries work to contain the virus, several measures have been put in place to restrict mass gatherings.The government has restricted the opening of bars, nightclubs and other entertainment establishments. There should be no gathering of over 20 persons in any public space and there is a limitation on the number of attendees at funerals and weddings.As of the 18th of March, all non-essential work in the public and private sectors should be done from home. Holness said that it is not the intention of the government to shut down the economy, but to institute measures to ensure enforcement of social distancing.last_img read more

Sigurdsson Left Out Of Swansea City Squad Amid Everton Interest

first_imgEverton have been interested in the 27-year-old midfielder all summer, with Swansea City rejecting the Merseysider’s £40m bid.RelatedOfficial – Everton Completes The Signing Of Sigurdsson From Swansea CityAugust 16, 2017In “England”Everton Agree £45m Transfer Fee For Swansea’s SigurdssonAugust 15, 2017In “England”European League Preview: Bundesliga Returns, Ligue 1 & Premier League Excitement ContinuesAugust 18, 2017In “England” Swansea City midfielder and Everton target, Gylfi Sigurdsson, have been left out of Swansea’s pre-season friendly squad amidst spuculations about his future.The Icelandian will not take part in Swansea City’s pre-season friendly against Birmingham today, following an agreement between the club and Sigurdsson to sit out of the game due to his current transfer situation.Swansea City official website announced: “Gylfi Sigurdsson, however, will not feature as it was agreed between the club and player that he would sit this game out due to the current transfer speculation surrounding him.”last_img read more

Catchpoint – Bookmakers ‘slow off the mark’ for 2017 Grand National

first_img Related Articles Share Analysis by Catchpoint has suggested that major UK online bookmakers ‘failed to deliver on web performance and digital experience’ at this year’s Grand National.The digital performance intelligence firm monitored the performance of top UK betting sites including bet365, Sky Bet, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power in the run-up to and on the day of the big race.Gamebookers trailed the field, with pages taking eight seconds to load, which is longer than the standard for online retail home pages at 3 to 4 seconds. Paddy Power came in at six seconds.Before the race, which was won by One For Arthur, the average time most bookies took to load a full page so that people can start placing bets exceeded four seconds. This can be explained by the presence of large volumes of data and applications that take too long to load.Robert Castley,Robert Castley, Senior ePrformance Engineer at Catchpoint, said: “Online betting websites usually have complex technical platforms that include in-house and third-party software to serve the highly dynamic websites especially at time-sensitive events like horse races.“The Grand National is perhaps one of the most popular events for betting and is an example of where gaming sites must cope with extraordinary surges of traffic. So, keeping your site up and running and performing well on the high-stakes race day is at the heart of whether your online betting business flourishes.“Unfortunately, on Saturday UK betting sites did not maintain a good standard and most pages took considerably longer to load than is acceptable in our digital consumer economy. Whether this frustrated someone placing the winning bet may never be known, but we hope the industry learns from this year and runs a faster digital Grand National next year.”Catchpoint’s tips for maintaining site performance include reviewing how third-party apps like social media plug-ins or multimedia can impact digital experience while applying image and HTML compression to make websites smaller and thus run faster.The company also said it’s important that mobile sites test and control APIs, and that CDN/hosting providers can handle expected traffic and protect a business from distributed denial of service attacks. Submit StumbleUpon PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Global Gaming 555 targets Stockholm Nasdaq IPO

first_img Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Issuing a corporate update, European online gambling group Global Gaming 555 has confirmed that it plans to make an initial public offering (IPO) on the Scandinavian market the Stockholm Nasdaq First North Premier.As the latest industry incumbent to seek an IPO, Global Gaming 555 will initial place a new share issue of ‘no more than’ 1000,000 shares, targeting to raise approximately SEK 22 million (€2.4 million) in funding.The firm details that its planned Stockholm IPO will give it access to a deeper pool of professional investors, as Global Gaming 555 leadership looks to expand the growth and coverage of its B2C online casino brands NinjaCasino,, Koti Kasino and Viking Slots.In its Stockholm IPO prospectus, Global Gaming 555 governance has stated that it will allow a minimum share purchase of 250 shares at SEK 5500 (22 SEK per share). Its subscription price corresponds to a current company valuation of approximately SEK 850,000,000 (€88 million).  At present, the firm targets a preliminary first trading day on Nasdaq First North is 19th October 2017.At present, the firm targets a preliminary first trading day on Nasdaq First North is 19th October 2017. GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

Successful soft launch for BetterBetting’s World Cup app

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Kindred ups operating costs to accommodate for licensed realities July 24, 2019 Suren Khachatryan, Digitain: Focusing development on the customer’s need for speed April 23, 2019 Share Share BETR launches multi-cryptocurrency betting February 22, 2019 Related Articles BetterBetting is two weeks into a soft launch period for its World Cup app, produced in record time after the introduction of the BETR token to coincide with the tournament’s kick off on 14 June.The unique blockchain-based decentralised peer-to-peer sports betting system provides a mechanism for two parties to bet with one another on the blockchain with secure contracts.Ethereum contracts are key to the system, as they escrow funds from both parties and hold them until settlement. All bets are placed and settled using the BETR token, released in an initial token offering, that is currently trading and available for purchase on major exchanges such as HitBTC, Bancor, IDEX, Etherdelta, Bisq and Waves.BetterBetting CEO Adriaan Brink said: “The World Cup is a great event to test our first release. We have had a very positive response and look forward to increased usage over the coming weeks.”“The team has worked incredibly hard to produce this technology in the time scale we set post our successful ICO,” he added. “Further releases will feature improved user interfaces, functionality and user experience.“They will include main football leagues in time for the 2018/19 season, including the English Premier League, Spanish Primera Liga and the German Bundesliga. We intend to add sports in accordance with user feedback and demand so there may well be additional sports even before the European football season starts.”The company has deployed several products to facilitate this Blockchain betting. The first instance of a BetterBetting Node (BBN), which manages the dissemination of odds and provides APIs to power independent user apps, a BETR Wallet making it easy to store and use BETR tokens, and an Android App that uses the BBN APIs to expose a simple odds selection interface.The first BBN, which allows anyone to create an account and lay bets, was created specifically for the World Cup, but ultimately there will be many of these communicating with one another.Users can lay bets on all the World Cup games with an extensive set of markets to choose from. All markets are available with reference pricing derived in real time from bookmakers, while users can tweak their odds pricing above or below the market in order to offer bets with lower or higher margin.“This is the first release and was produced in record time after the ICO,” Brink concluded. “It is only the start and there are many iterations and improvements to come as the product is expanded and becomes more mainstream in functionality. We have a great team behind us and we are confident the success of this project will continue.”The app’s BETR wallet is a standard ether wallet that holds a bettor’s funds and exposes the API that provides signing and execution of Ethereum contract calls against the user’s account. This provides an in-app experience for any contract execution not limited to interactions with the BETR token. The odds apps have no access to wallet information or funds.last_img read more

ASA places more focus on consumer protection

first_imgShare Related Articles ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Children see one gambling ad for every five by adults in 2018 December 20, 2019 Share ASA: Children’s exposure to gambling ads lowest since 2008 May 22, 2020 Submit The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) has hit a new high with the number of withdrawn or amended ads, as revealed in a newly published annual report.Online advertisements have outnumbered television adverts by almost three to one. While new projects to be undertaken by both organisations, as part of a new five year strategy, are also outlined, stressing a focus of increasing its online impacts.Guy Parker, ASA chief executive, commented: “It’s been a busy year, largely driven by complaints and cases about online ads. That’s why our new five-year strategy is focused on strengthening further the regulation of online advertising, and using new tech to protect the public.“Our recent use of new avatar technology is a taste of what’s to come under the new strategy, and we look forward to working with our partners to increase further the impact we’re having online.”Analysing its annual data figures,  the ASA revealed it has resolved 33,727 issues about 25,259 ads, of those 16,059 complaints (a 4 per cent jump on 2017) were about 14,257 online ads (a 38 per cent increase), with 10,773 complaints (a 14 per cent rise) about 5,748 TV ads (increasing 23 per cent).CAP, which oversees the writing of advertisements and maintaining UK advertising codes, delivered 535,478 pieces of advice and training to businesses to help them get their ads right, up 38 per cent year-on-year.Reviews were carried out into the number of actions taken to tackle consumer harms and to protect the financially vulnerable, including new guidance on gambling ads to responsibly protect under-18s and rules regarding superimposed text and parcel delivery changes.Amongst steps already undertaken to strengthen the regulation of online advertising, the ASA recently introduced child avatars, designed to simulate children’s browsing activity – to identify ads that children see online.An extension of the technology is planned, as is research into further new technologies to help better protect the public, as the ASA states that its avatar efforts have seen ads from five gambling operators banned thus far.Furthermore, ‘more impact online’ is a new initiative to be brought forward as a direct result of the increasing online habits of individuals, with businesses increasingly targeting internet advertising, as technological developments also continue apace.last_img read more

FavBet signs Ivan Rakitic as official brand ambassador

first_imgShare FavBet’s Alex Hleb deal: “When contract is just a piece of paper” June 19, 2020 FavBet signs Filip Hrgović as new brand ambassador December 3, 2019 FC Barcelona and Croatian international midfielder Ivan Rakitic has been unveiled as the official brand ambassador of the Ukrainian-based FavBet.The World Cup runner-up has signed a two-year deal with the sportsbook which is expected to cover both online and offline marketing campaigns. FavBet’s Chief Marketing Officer Nik Rudenko said: “Ivan Rakitic is one of the most sought-after footballers in the world. Not only has he won a host of trophies at the highest level, but he is also a shining example of true professionalism and character, being a true leader both on and off the pitch. Therefore, he is exactly who we need to expand our brand presence in Europe.”Rudenko also added that FavBet is set to launch an online business in Romania and Croatia, where Rakitic is expected to play a key role as the face of the marketing campaign.Rakitic, who joins other notable ambassadors such as undisputed cruiserweight boxing champion Oleksander Usyk and Belarussian footballer Alexander Hleb, commented on the deal: “Both on and off the pitch, I like to be at the heart of ambitious, cosmopolite teams, capable of finding innovative and unconventional solutions,” said Rakitic. “For this reason, I’m delighted to become a part of FavBet’s close-knit team.”The Barcelona midfielder is also expected to be representing the FavBet brand in Ukraine, with Rudenko concluding: “FavBet will achieve 360º communication by involving both our customers and Rakitic’s football fans. For instance, the company is planning to create a unique video content to follow Rakitic’s life and training routine.” Submit Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Sharelast_img read more