SBA announces relaunch of Small Business Technology Coalition

first_imgSmall business technology coalition The Small Business Technology Coalition, the go-to resource for entrepreneurs seeking to leverage technology, has relaunched with new partners and a greater emphasis on training users to make their businesses more effective and efficient, administrator Linda McMahon U.S. Small Business Administration announced on recently.The Technology Coalition (www.sba.gov/techcoalition) is a public-private partnership that educates users on topics including e-commerce, customer relationships, sales/leads, marketing, social media, cyber security and more.“Public-private partnerships like the Small Business Technology Coalition are the future of the Small Business Administration. The SBA’s Technology Coalition will ensure educational content remains relevant to the technology questions small business owners across America ask every day,” McMahon said.The Tech Coalition’s newest partners are Animoto, Business Blocks, Dun & Bradstreet, Expensify, GoDaddy, Industry, National Cyber Security Alliance, NerdWallet, Stripe, Townsquared and Wix.Including the original partners – Bench, Box, Canvas, Dash Data, Facebook, Google, Gusto, Intuit, LegalZoom, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Paychex, Salesforce, Square, Thumbtack, Yelp and Zenefits – the Tech Coalition leads outreach events nationwide and provides webinars and other training resources to help small business owners utilize technology effectively as they start and grow their businesses.“These partners play a vital role as we work to ensure the Tech Coalition is the best source for small business owners looking to use technology to serve their customers, be more efficient and get paid for their services,” McMahon said. “By leveraging technology companies’ expertise, we are able to help small businesses across the country and drive innovation without expanding government.”last_img read more

The Bahamas Prepares for Category 4 Hurricane Dorian

first_imgNASSAU, Bahamas, CMC – Bahamians are heeding the advice of Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis as well as disaster and weather officials, as they continue to prepare for the passage of Hurricane Dorian that has now strengthened to a dangerous category 4 hurricane.Local weather forecasters predict Hurricane Dorian will make landfall early Sunday morning packing winds in excess of 130 miles per hour (mph), storm surge and heavy rain.Minister of State for Grand Bahama, J.. Kwasi Thompson urged residents in Grand Bahama and the Northern Bahamas to make every effort at securing themselves and their property, describing Dorian as “a very dangerous storm”.The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in its 8:00 am (local time) bulletin said that Dorian was becoming stronger and was moving westward at 12 mph.The storm is now 280 miles, east of the northwestern Bahamas with maximum sustained winds of 145mph.“A slower westward motion should continue into early next week. On this track, the core of Dorian should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas today, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday, and be near the Florida east coast late Monday,’ NHC said.It said that data from the NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased to near 145 mph (225 km/h) with higher gusts.“Dorian is a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. While some fluctuations in intensity are possible, but Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days.”The NHC warned that Hurricane Dorian is expected to produce rainfall accumulations as much as 15 inches and that the rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labour has warned vendors, shopkeepers and businesses against engaging in selling goods at higher prices to the public as a result of the storm, noting that “the laws regarding price gouging and price hoarding will be scrupulously enforced during the passage of Hurricane Dorian through The Bahamas.“Vendors are warned that Price Inspectors are currently moving about New Providence and Grand Bahama and other islands in the Northwest Bahamas to monitor the sale of key items, such as water, batteries, flashlights, lanterns, gas, food items, etc. for the violation of price-related laws. Violators will be dealt with in accordance with the law,” it added.The Ministry said it had already received “complaints from members of the public that some businesses are taking advantage of the public as the hurricane approaches by hiking prices,” adding “these complaints are being thoroughly investigated”.Prime Minister Minnis Minnis has reiterated the need for residents of the northern cays of Abaco to mainland Abaco to evacuate and urged residents of West End, East End and Sweeting’s Cay and Water’s Cay in Grand Bahama to move to the interior of the island.“Let me be extremely clear, those who refuse to evacuate, place themselves in great danger from this very powerful and potentially life-threatening hurricane, which will bring dangerously strong and high storm surges – one of the greatest threats from a hurricane,” he added.last_img read more

Marcelo Suspension Reduced

first_imgThe Spanish Football Association appeal committee have reduced Marcelo’s two match suspension to one match for kicking out at Levante’s midfielder Jefferson Lerma.Marcelo, who captained Real in the game, saw red in the dying minutes of Real Madrid’s frustrating 1-1 draw at home against Levante.The 29-year-old Brazilian will only miss Real Madrid’s trip to Real Sociedad on Sunday.Cristiano Ronaldo will also not feature in the Anoeta visit as he serves the final game of his five match ban.19-year-old Theo Hernandez, who joined Real from city rivals Atletico, is set to replace the Brazilian at left back. RelatedSergio Ramos Admits Fault In Real Madrid’s WoesMarch 11, 2019In “Spain”Sergio Ramos’ Mentor? The Man With The Most Red Cards Before Real Madrid’s Skipper Broke His RecordFebruary 17, 2019In “Europe”Another Real Madrid Star Accused Of Tax Fraud!October 17, 2017In “Lifestyle”last_img read more

Best Player Award: Ronaldo, Messi And Neymar Make FIFA Shortlist.

first_imgReal Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and the world’s most expensive player, Neymar, have made the top three shortlist for the Best Men’s Player Award as part of The Best FIFA Football Awards for 2017.The top three finalists were announced earlier today at a special media event held in London with football legends like Roberto Di Matteo, Jay Jay Okocha, Andriy Shevchenko, Peter Shilton, Alex Scott and Jay Jay Okocha.The Best Player Award recipient would be announced at the London Palladium Theatre (Argyll Street) on October 23, 2017.Aside the Best Men’s Player Award category, the 3-man shortlist for categories like The Best FIFA Women’s Player, The Best FIFA Women’s Player, The Best FIFA Men’s Coach, The Best FIFA Women’s Coach and The Best FIFA Goalkeeper were also revealed.The Best FIFA Football Award nominees are as follows:The Best FIFA Men’s Player:Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Real Madrid)Neymar (Brazil/FC Barcelona/Paris Saint-Germain)Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona)The Best FIFA Women’s Player:Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela/Santa Clarita Blue Heat/Florida State Seminoles)Lieke Martens (Netherlands/FC Rosengard/Barcelona)Carli Lloyd (USA/Houston Dash/Manchester City Women)The Best FIFA Men’s Coach:Massimiliano Allegri (Italy/Juventus)Zinedine Zidane (France/Real Madrid)Antonio Conte (Italy/Chelsea)The Best FIFA Women’s Coach:Nils Nielsen (Denmark/Danish national team)Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands/Dutch national team)Gerard Precheur (France/Olympique Lyonnais)The Best FIFA Goalkeeper:Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/Juventus)Manuel Neuer (Germany/Bayern Munich)Keylor Navas (Costa Rica/Real Madrid)FIFA Puskás Award:Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana/Las Palmas/23.10.2016)Alejandro Camargo (Argentina/Universidad de Conception/04.12.2016)Olivier Giroud (France/Arsenal/01.01.2017)Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela/Venezuela U-17 Women national team/24.10.2016)Moussa Dembele (France/Celtic FC/05.02.2017)Aviles Hurtado (Colombia/Tijuana Xolos/01.04.2017)Mario Mandzukic (Croatia/Juventus/03.06.2017)Oscarine Masuluke (South Africa/Baroka FC/30.11.2016)Nemanja Matic (Serbia/Chelsea/23.04.2017)Jordi Mboula (Spain/ FC Barcelona Youth/22.02.2017)FIFA Fan Award:Borussia DortmundFC CopenhagenCeltic FC RelatedFIFA Announce 2017 World Best Player Award ShortlistAugust 17, 2017In “Africa”2017 Best FIFA Football Awards: Ronaldo Wins Best Male PlayerOctober 24, 2017In “England”I Have Now Won Best Player Five Times – Ronaldo Fuels Messi RivalryOctober 24, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

Yggdrasil targets Q2 2017 full Italy launch

first_imgShare StumbleUpon CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles Fredrik Elmqvist, YggdrasilUpdating investors, Yggdrasil Gaming has begun the compliance processes of certifying its games and platform services to meet technical requirements for the regulated Italian online gambling market.Yggdrasil governance expects to go live in Italy by Q2 2017, bringing its popular titles Dark Joker Rizes, Vikings Go Wild and Holmes and the Stolen Stones to market.Further to its games content, Yggdrasil will seek to push its platform provisions for Italian market clients making its HTML5 iSENSE 2.0 system available which offers seamless vertical integration and unique in-game promotional tools such as ‘BOOST’ and social sharing tool, ‘BRAG’.In its update, Yggdrasil governance outlined that its Italian move, underlined the firm’s commitment to regulated market growth, having already received licences in Gibraltar, the United Kingdom, Romania and Malta.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO of Yggdrasil Gaming, said: “It is about time Yggdrasil crossed the Rubicon as Italy is one of the most exciting and fastest-growing markets in gaming. We already had some Tier 1 operators on our books who were active in Italy, so it was a no-brainer to enter ourselves.“We are delighted that Yggdrasil will have a presence in this exciting jurisdiction, and we are already in negotiations with some major operators. We hope to meet more at ENADA Primavera in Rimini in March, and plan to vitalize the Italian market further with proven titles and promotional concepts.” Submit Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020last_img read more

Seven Star Digital moves into betting territory with launch of TopRatedBetting.co.uk

first_img Submit Share Luke EalesIndustry marketing specialist Seven Star Digital, the operating firm of online casino portal TopRatedCasinos.co.uk, has announced that it will move into the sports betting affiliate market launching new bookmaker comparison site TopRatedBetting.co.uk.Detailing the launch of its new website, Luke Eales Seven Star Founder & CEO stated that his firm wanted to diversify its industry affiliate portfolio, responding to current trends within the online gambling sector.“We’re tremendously excited to grow our product offering beyond casino and into sports. Everyone loves a flutter at some point – we’re a nation of sport lovers and betting on big events is always a hot topic for discussion. We’re going to help facilitate this while building an engaged community, catering to the huge demand for online bookmaker and odds comparison.” Eales commented on the launch of TopRatedBetting.co.ukSeven Star is set to debut TopRatedBetting.co.uk at the upcoming Amsterdam Affiliate Conference (11-14 July). Eales stated that he backs his team’s capabilities at generating high-quality referral traffic for its bookmaker partners which will make Seven Star’s new asset a market leader.“Building out our presence across all iGaming products means we can give customers ultimate choice when looking to gamble online. There’s plenty of crossover between casino and sports – and big brand sportsbooks are increasingly offering quality casino products.” Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

Funding & Transparency – Marc Etches writes open letter to industry stakeholders

first_img Share Marc Etches the Chief Executive of independent industry charity GambleAware has written an open letter to industry stakeholders regarding funding and transparency for sector problem gambling initiatives.As previously detailed, Etches states that current voluntary donation system is failing, with GambleAware set to be 60% below its funding target for its year-to-date operations.As Leader of GambleAware, Etches states that funding needs to be drastically increased in order for the charity to aid ongoing treatment and research for problem gambling, which will aid all industry stakeholders.Starting on April 2018, GambleAware will ask all industry operators to ‘self-certify’ what proportion of Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) their donations to GambleAware represents, and will publish details of donations on its website.The contents of Marc Etches letter is as follows;_________________Dear AllI am writing to let you know of our concerns regarding the current level of the industry’s funding of GambleAware, and actions we are taking to ensure greater transparency in the future. Specifically,The current voluntary system is not delivering the level of funding the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) has determined is required to meet the demands placed on GambleAware by the National Responsible Gambling Strategy (the Strategy): Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 The level of funding required in the future is likely to increase significantly: Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles From 1st April 2018, GambleAware will ask all companies to ‘self-certify’ what proportion of Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) their donations to GambleAware represents, and will publish details of donations on its website.Given the charity’s objectives, trustees are mindful of what is in the best interests of those who it is committed to help when it comes to advocating for the continuation of the current ‘voluntary donation’ arrangements. While some companies are relatively generous, the industry more widely has yet to demonstrate that it is sufficiently willing to meet the current target, much less that it is minded to voluntarily meet the increased funding that will be necessary to improve research, education and treatment services to the extent that GambleAware and others think appropriate.On this basis, GambleAware has determined that it would wish to see the introduction of a statutory levy. Trustees have made this position clear to both the Gambling Commission and RGSB. In the meantime, we will continue to work positively and collaboratively to encourage all gambling companies to contribute a full and fair share of the relatively modest cost of funding GambleAware to deliver what it has been tasked by the Strategy.Yours sincerly,________________ The number of problem gamblers is now estimated at 430,000;Less than 2% are receiving treatment, representing a significant gap in services;With 2 million adults ‘at risk’ and nearly half a million 11 to 15-year-old children gambling every week in England and Wales (including 9,000 defined as ‘problem gamblers’), there is a need for a significant investment in education and harm-prevention activity. The industry fell 20% short last year (ending 31st March 2017)Seven months into the current year (ending 31st March 2018) the industry is 60% short;Such were our concerns about cash-flow in August, we notified the Gambling Commission. StumbleUpon Submit GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020last_img read more

Punters backing the Blues for historic campaign

first_img StumbleUpon ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Manchester City’s scintillating start to the season has left punters with renewed optimism that the Blues could be in for a memorable campaign. Pep Guardiola’s side have already booked their place in the second round of the Champions League and have cruised to an eight point lead at the top of the Premier League, whilst retaining an undefeated record. Katie Baylis – BetfairBetfair’s Katie Baylis emphasised to SBC that there is a genuine feeling of belief in the air that City could go the whole campaign without suffering a defeat, Baylis said: “At the moment Man City are 9/2 to go the rest of the league season unbeaten and it doesn’t look beyond them to achieve this feat. Of course it’s been more than 10 years since a team managed to do this with the Arsenal Invincibles of 2003/2004, but the dominance City have shown so far means it’s definitely within reach.”Nonetheless, for City and Guardiola winning silverware will be the priority as an unprecedented quadruple is still a possibility for the Eastland’s side, although Betway’s Alan Alger believes that because of ‘injuries, cup draws and form’ to achieve what nobody else has done before and win the quadruple will be ’very difficult’ for City. Alger also revealed that the starting price for City to win The Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble, was 150/1 and if they could pull it off it would cost Betway nearly 250k. On the other hand, the quadruple was 750/1 at the start of the season and it would hit Betway for over 900k. Alger continued: “At the moment City are flying in the Premier League, scoring goals for fun and breaking all kinds of records and it looks unlikely that anyone would stop them if they keep this level up and continue to take points off the ‘big six’. Alan Alger, BetwayRealistically though it will be extremely difficult for City to keep up this level and there is still time for the likes of Man Utd, Chelsea or Spurs to catch them. There is a long way to go and City still have to play Man Utd and Spurs twice as well as Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal. The upcoming winter months are also going to be a massive mental and physical test and stats show how City have struggled during this period and dropped several points.“For now the City squad is being rotated effectively with everyone playing their part in this great start to the season, but an injury to a key player, especially if it’s at the back, would see City struggle. There are always question marks over the defence and City still look vulnerable at the back. A defender should be signed in January to help the cause, preferably a left back due to the long term injury to Mendy and the question marks over Delph who is currently deputising well in that position.”Alger added: “City do look like running away with the Premier League this season but it is too early, given all the above, to think that there is no way back for the others. Look at what happened the last two years when they went heavily odds-on early.”The unplayable form of Kevin De Bruyne has been one of the key factors in the renewed faith of Pep Guardiola’s side this season, after only ten Premier League games the Belgian is already the runaway favourite to be crowned Premier League player of the season, Baylis stated that: “KDB is 4/6 to be PFA player of the year and on the form shown so far looks very hard to beat, with Harry Kane next in the betting at 4/1.”Many pundits have even claimed the KDB could be next in line to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or, however Baylis claimed that: “It’s not very likely he will win the Ballon d’Or and is just a 66/1 shot to win it this time around.”last_img read more

Betsafe unveils Manchester City versus Saracens challenges

first_img Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 Share Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 It’s being billed as the “battle of the English sporting giants,” as leading players from Football and Rugby Union go head to head.Manchester City and Saracens are set to compete in the ‘Overcome the Odds’ series, which has been created by Betsafe, who sponsor both of the sides.Taking part for the runaway Premier League leaders are Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho, Danilo and Nicolas Otamendi, while Jamie George, Richard Barrington, Schalk Burger and Ben Spencer participate for the current European Rugby champions.Two former stars return to captain the two sides, with ex Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given and ex Saracens forward Jim Hamilton taking charge respectively.Nicola Fitton, Managing Director for Betsafe UK, Ireland and ROW, said: “Football vs Rugby is a debate that is had throughout the UK. “As Manchester City and Saracens are both at the top of their respective sports, we wanted to push them both as far as we could to find out if they have what it takes to Overcome The Odds in a series of fun and engaging situations, which will be unveiled across the next few weeks. Betsafe are immensely proud of our association with both clubs.”Part one of the series is titled ‘The Drop,’ and sees Man City players tasked with controlling balls of different shapes and sizes, which are being dropped from 20ft, and trapping them into a tiny marked out space to complete the challenge.Future challenges will see players taking shots at goal in the face of a wind machine and catching balls through a wall of smoke.You can watch Manchester City compete in The Drop below.last_img read more

Per Eriksson departs NetEnt AB leadership with immediate effect

first_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Share Submit GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Stockholm-listed industry games developer NetEnt AB, has disclosed that Chief Executive Per Eriksson has departed the company with immediate effect.This morning the NetEnt board released the following statement: “NetEnt has decided that Per Eriksson is to step down as president and CEO with immediate effect. The recruitment process will be initiated immediately, and a new CEO will be presented as soon as possible.”NetEnt governance has moved to appoint Chief Financial Officer Therese Hillman as acting interim leader, as the company undertakes its executive search for Eriksson’s replacement.Updating investors, NetEnt governance details that a new leadership direction is needed to tackle the firm’s current growth blocks.Vigo Carlund, Chairman of NetEnt AB commented on the corporate update: ”NetEnt has developed well over many years and several parts of the business are still developing well, for example in regulated markets, but the overall performance of the group has not been as it should”.“The board believes that NetEnt needs a new driving force to reverse the trend and increase the focus on growth. The value creation potential in NetEnt remains significant.Acting as NetEnt CEO since 2012, Eriksson has developed NetEnt into one of the industry’s leading games developers, significantly increasing the firm’s content output and commercial pipeline.“The online gaming market has structural growth driven by the migration from offline to online gaming. The company has a solid balance sheet and a strong brand name in its segment of the market. The board would also like to extend its gratitude to Per Eriksson for his time as CEO for NetEnt” Carlund added.last_img read more