Month: August 2020

Jamaican drug kingpin ordered to pay $20 million

first_imgRichard Byrd behind bars A Jamaican drug kingpin has been ordered to pay $20 million after being sentenced to 28 years in a Maryland Court.Richard Byrd a 43-year-old Jamaican residing in Maryland and Arizona, has been convicted and sentenced to 26 years on the federal charge of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, and conspiracy to launder drug proceeds.Byrd, who goes by the name Robert Smith, was sentenced Thursday, February 9 in a district court in Baltimore, Maryland.Byrd…ordered to pay 420 millionThe court ordered that he be supervised for 10 years after his release.Byrd was also ordered to pay a money judgment of $20 million, as well as forfeit his interest in two properties, three businesses, and 10 vehicles, and forfeit US $1,609,411.51 in cash seized during the investigation.“This case represents the very height of drug organisations operating out of Baltimore in recent history,” Don Hibbert, assistant special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said following the sentencing.“The Byrd organisation had it all — sources of supply, couriers, and lots and lots of money. But now all they have to show for it is a great deal of time behind bars to think about how they destroyed lives with the drugs they put on the street,”Hibbert said.According to his plea agreement and court documents, from 2009 through April 2014, Byrd was the leader and organiser a drug distribution network that provided for the acquisition, transportation and distribution of cocaine and marijuana.The sale of marijuana and cocaine generated proceeds in the millions of dollars. These proceeds were counted and packaged in and around Baltimore. Byrd used couriers to transport the proceeds to the Atlanta, Georgia area, then others to transport the money from Atlanta to cities in Nevada, Texas, Arizona, and California, where the cash was used to purchase additional quantities of drugs.Byrd also acquired a financial interest in a business in order to launder drug proceeds, finance commercial ventures, and pay other bills and expenses.At his direction, several million dollars in cash were deposited into the bank accounts maintained by the business. Many of these transactions involve deposits in excess of US$10,000. In addition, Byrd used bank accounts in the name of an alias, Robert Smith, to conduct financial transactions intended to launder drug proceeds, including paying personal bills and expenses.The conspirators used freight companies to ship drugs obtained in Arizona, California and elsewhere to distribution points in Baltimore, and other east coast destinations.Rasan Byrd supervised the Arizona-based activities of organisation. Under the direction of Richard Byrd, Rasan coordinated the acquisition of large quantities of marijuana and cocaine from Mexican sources of supply and supervised several workers who weighed and packaged the drugs in a way to avoid detection by law enforcement.On April 22, 2013, law enforcement officers in Arizona seized 16 kilograms of cocaine and over 600 pounds of marijuana which were about to be shipped to Byrd’s Baltimore-based distributors.The Baltimore distributors included Jerome Castle, Joseph Byrd, and Harold Byrd. Castle supervised the Baltimore operation, taking delivery of the drugs, selling them, and collecting and counting proceeds from the drug sales. On April 22, 2013, law enforcement officers in Maryland seized approximately 350 pounds of marijuana and over 10 kilograms of cocaine from businesses and residences utilized by Castle, Joseph Byrd, and Harold Byrd. In addition, almost US$58,000 in currency and jewellery valued at more than US$400,000 were recovered at the residence of Jerome Castle. The money and jewellery were also proceeds from illegal drug sales.In addition, over US$1 million was seized in Arizona from Richard Byrd in early 2011. In July 2012, an additional US $372,000 was seized from a residence in Arizona occupied by Richard and Rasan Byrd.These money seizures were proceeds from east coast drug sales intended for use in acquiring additional quantities of marijuana and cocaine.During the course of this conspiracy more than 150 kilograms of cocaine and 20,000 kilograms of marijuana were acquired and distributed by Richard Byrd and his associates.Brothers Rasan Byrd, age 41, of Houston, Texas, Harold Alexander Byrd, age 27, of Phoenix, Maryland, and Joseph Ibreham Byrd, age 35, of Owings Mills, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy. Rasan was sentenced to 14 years in prison and Harold and Joseph were each sentenced to 10 years in prison.Jerome Adolfo Castle, a/k/a Dontwon Burris, age 37, a Jamaican citizen residing in Pikesville, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.Castle was also ordered to forfeit US$57,997 in cash, his interest in seven Baltimore properties, jewellery valued at more than US$411,000, 98 pairs of men’s shoes, two laptop computers and an I-Pad, seven firearms and ammunition, as well as six vehicles, including a 2009 Jaguar XF Premium.Maurice Jones, age 62, and Richard Drummond, age 40, both of Baltimore, also pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and were sentenced to seven years in prison and two years in prison, respectively.last_img read more

Rivers Angels claim record AITEO Cup title in Jos

first_imgRivers Angels have beaten Ibom Angels 3-0 on penalties after regulation time ended 1-1 at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos to clinch the maiden edition of the AITEO Cup on Wednesday.The Jewel of Rivers are now 10 million naira richer while first-time finalists, Ibom Angels pocketed five million naira for finishing as runners-up.After a goalless first half, Cynthia Aku opened the scoring in the 49th minute but Glory Ogbonna equalized for Ibom Angels in the 53rd minute.However it was Tochukwu Oluehi who became hero of the day as she saved three penalties to ensure Rivers Angels emerged champions.The last time both sides met in the Federation Cup (now AITEO Cup) was in 2013 when Rivers Angels needed a sudden death shootout to beat Ibom Angels in a Round of 16 encounter decided at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri.The Jewel of Rivers went on to defend their title that year and have remained the most successful team in the cup competition since they claimed their first title in 2010. Meanwhile Ibom Angels were reaching the final for the very first time in their history.Only three days earlier, Akwa United clinched the men’s AITEO Cup title and it was expected that Ibom Angels would draw inspiration from their male counterparts to bring double celebration for Akwa Ibom State.Blessing Okpe thought she had put Ibom Angels ahead in the 34th minute but she was adjudged offside.Then on the other side of the divide, Cecilia Nku’s acrobatic effort went wide to ensure that the score line remained goalless going into the break.Four minutes into the second period however, Rivers Angels took the lead through a Cynthia Aku header off a Chioma Wogu assist.But Ibom Angels responded in the 53rd minute through Glory Ogbonda.The match ended 1-1 and penalties were needed to decide the winner.Rivers Angels goalkeeper, Tochukwu Oluehi became the hero for her side as she denied Ibom Angels’ Charity Reuben, Glory Ogbonna and Blessing Okpe to ensure victory for Rivers Angels.Rivers Angels have now won the AITEO Cup a record seven times.MATCH STATSRivers AngelsOluehi, Njoku, Effiom, Ohadugha (Evelyn Nwabuoku 77’), Akpa, Joseph, Ogebe, Aku (Rafiat Sule 56’), Nku, Ojinma (Patience Kalu 54’), WoguUnused Subs: Charity John, Ifeoma Ikenokwalu, Catherine Kenneth, Chinaza UchenduIbom AngelsAndy (Fubiana Briggs 80’), Ibe, Ogbonna, Ottah, Uzor, Titus, Essien, Okpe, Charity, Emmanuel (Uduakobong Peter 50’), Enamino (Unyime Johnson 65’)Unused Subs: Mercy UdoAkpan, Udeme Uko, Rachael Kolawole, Joan EtenkpaRelatedWomen’s AITEO Cup final preview: Badly wounded Rivers Angels seek healing in JosOctober 16, 2017In “Nigeria”Rivers Angels Team Manager elated with AITEO Cup triumphOctober 20, 2017In “Nigeria”AITEO Cup: Rivers Angels Team Manager Plays Down Favourites’ Tag [AUDIO]August 29, 2017In “NWL”last_img read more

Prodigal Son Is Back! Auba Returns To UCL Squad

first_imgRelatedBundesliga Watch: Dortmund Capitulate In Ruhr Derby As Bayern Suffer First Defeat Under Heynckes At GladbachNovember 26, 2017In “Europe”Premier League Review: Tottenham Edge Chelsea In Capital Clash To Boost UCL HopesApril 2, 2018In “England”Luke Shaw Makes England Squad For September GamesAugust 30, 2018In “England” Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has returned to the Borussia Dortmund squad ahead of their UEFA Champions League (UCL) game with Tottenham Hotspur at the Signa Iduna Park on Tuesday night.The Gabonese international missed Friday’s 2-1 defeat to VfB Stuttgart in the German Bundesliga as punishment for being late for training and also shooting an unauthorised video at the club’s training ground.Borussia Dortmund face elimination to the second tier, UEFA Europa League (UEL), and will need APOEL Nicosia to avoid defeat against champions Real Madrid while they beat Tottenham to keep their last 16 qualification hopes alive.In the same vein, Tottenham left-back Danny Rose is in contention to start against Dortmund after missing the weekend’s 2-0 loss to Arsenal in the North London Derby.Rose was left out of the squad for the Arsenal game however Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is adamant that there are no problems with the England international amidst transfer links to Manchester United.He has started two games for his team this season since he recovered from a long-term knee injury.Speaking ahead of the Dortmund game, Pochettino told reporters to stop making assumptions about the situation. In his words, he said: “I think you are trying to find some issue that is not an issue.”“We analysed the player and we said to the player that we believed it was better to play another player, and [Rose] needed to wait [against Arsenal].“But he’s doing well. He’s going to train with the group and on Tuesday we will decide if he will play.” he concluded.last_img read more

UKGC gets tough on Advertising standards fining BGO £300,000 for misleading affiliate promotions

first_img Share StumbleUpon 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 Submit Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Updating the market, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has warned industry stakeholders that its body will not tolerate advertising falling ‘foul of social responsibility rules or deceiving consumers’.Stating its intent to improve industry advertising and promotional standards, the UKGC has imposed a £300,000 penalty on igaming operator BGO Entertainment Ltd (BGO) for misleading advertising on its own portal and three affiliate partner website.The Commission informs that since May 2015, the Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) has required all licensed gambling operators to include in their advertisements any significant limitations relating to promotions, to avoid misleading consumers.With regards to BGO’s penalty, the UKGC had reviewed the operators advertising campaigns since July 2015, with its investigation established that:BGO and its affiliates published misleading advertisements for promotionsBGO did not take timely and effective action to address the misleading advertisementsBGO provided inaccurate assurances that the issues had been fully addressedUKGC Programme Director Paul Hope commented on the update: “We want to make sure that gambling is conducted fairly and openly.“So, we have made it clear to the industry that misleading advertising is a serious issue. We have powers to tackle it, including the power to impose financial penalties such as this.”Closing its industry update, the Commission has worked closely with the Advertising Standards Authority to raise standards in this area, warning all industry stakeholders to read the decision notice which sets out the findings and emphasises the importance of advertising rules, guidelines, codes and standards.last_img read more

Kindred Group funds development of Nordic Gambling Therapy app

first_img Related Articles Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share Share Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Submit Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Maris BonelloUpdating the market, Stockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc has detailed that it will fund the development of a public ‘Gambling Therapy app‘, informing Scandinavian consumers of problem gambling symptoms and support measures.The online gambling group details that the free app forms part of its ongoing commitment towards creating ‘safe and secure’ environment for all betting customers.The Gambling Therapy app will initially be released in all four Nordic languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish and Danish).Maris Bonello, Kindred Group Integrity Analytics Manager and key stakeholder for group social responsibility initiatives commented on the app’s development:“We are very happy to be able to support the development of the Gambling Therapy app. Providing a safe and secure environment for our customers is at the very heart of Kindred, which is why we continue to support initiatives that can minimise the harm caused by gambling.”Gambling Therapy, forms part of the Gordon Moody Association, has released a free gambling therapy app targeted at problem gamblers. The app provides information about problem gambling, therapeutic exercises and support for people who are struggling with their gambling patterns. Kindred Group will be supporting Gambling Therapy financially to allow full development of the app.Backing the project, Pedro Romero, Head of Gambling Therapy stated “We are delighted with Kindred’s support to further develop the Gambling Therapy App, which will further help thousands of people struggling with their gambling. It is widely recognised within the industry that Kindred Group is a leader in Player Protection. This is thanks to the company’s commitment, its engagement and their Responsible Gambling team.”last_img read more

ManBetX pockets key snooker sponsorship deal

first_img Share Related Articles Betfred extends World Snooker Championship sponsorship May 2, 2019 Share StumbleUpon Sportradar supports snooker’s Championship League with data deal June 2, 2020 ManBetX aims for ‘huge impact’ with Wolves partnership June 5, 2019 Submit Matchroom Multi Sport has announced that ManBetX will title sponsor snooker’s Champion of Champions tournament for the next two years.Taking place at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry from Monday to Sunday 5-11 November, the 2018 the ManBetX Champion of Champions will be broadcast live in the UK on ITV4 throughout and on networks around the world including CCTV in China.Barry Hearn, Chairman of Matchroom Sport, outlined: “We are delighted to once again be working with ManBetX on what is one of the biggest events on the snooker calendar. We have an ongoing relationship with ManBetX, who are a great supporter of world-class snooker and we are pleased that they will title sponsor the Champion of Champions.“The tournament attracts great crowds and a huge international TV audience, with top-class snooker assured as 16 champions of sport compete to determine the ultimate Champion of Champions.”The ManBetX Champion of Champions features World Snooker tournament winners from the previous 12 months, including World Champion Mark Williams, UK Championship winner Ronnie O’Sullivan and Shaun Murphy, who will defend the title he won last November.The tournament begins with four groups, each featuring a semi-final and final on the same day with the group winners progressing to the tournament semi-finals on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November. Sunday’s final will be played over 19 frames with the winner taking home £100,000.Luis Álvarez-Cervela, spokesperson of ManBetX also commented on the deal: “ManBetX continue to overtake competitors and become a trusted brand through our title sponsorship of the Champion of Champions showpiece event. We look forward to seeing the ManBetX brand feature alongside many of the best snooker players on the planet.”Scott Taylor, Partner at Project11, added: “We are delighted to announce this strategic and exciting addition, boasting the prestigious Champion of Champions title and reinforcing ManBetX’s position in world snooker.”last_img read more

EPIC Risk Management: Uniting the industry for harm minimisation

first_img EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 Share Submit Share Related Articles EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Mark PotterEPIC Risk Management is the UK’s leading independent gambling harm minimisation consultancy, placing its key focus on the highest prevalent sectors. EPIC identifies and reduces the brand, reputational, financial and human risks caused by gambling in the workplace.The firm’s Business Development Manager Mark Potter spoke to SBC about EPIC’s calculated strategy when it comes to increasing education around problem gambling, as well as detailing more about its new partnership with Sky Bet and the EFL.SBC: Firstly could you tell our readership more about what it is EPIC does and why it’s so important?Mark Potter: As we know, the term risk means the exposure to danger. At EPIC Risk Management, we work directly with organisations in the sectors that have statistically the highest prevalence of problematic gambling to help reduce the risks associated with this ever growing societal issue.This comes in the form of education and training, policy development and review, Risk Management and internal audit and executive support. SBC: Are you able to go into more detail about the education programmes you offer and how they differ for each group of people that you aim to help?MP: Traditionally the sectors that we work in are Professional Sport, Financial Services, Military, Criminal Justice, Gambling Operators and Education.Some pretty damning statistics currently show the reasons why we work in the sectors we do;* 500,000 children aged 11-15 are gambling every week in the UK.* There are over 1,000 gambling related frauds have led to custodial sentences in the last 5 years.* 20% of all referrals to the National Problem Gambling Helpline are from people within the financial services industry.* Professional sportsmen are 5x more likely to gamble more than they can realistically afford.* Military veterans are 8x more likely to become problem gamblers than the general population.The work we do in each sector varies.In financial services we do a lot of Risk Management work to ensure fit for purpose policies and procedures are in place. We do a lot of training around anti money laundering and generally help organisations mitigate the risks of financial frauds in the workplace.I will cover pro sport in the next questionMilitary and Criminal Justice we have recently completed two year tenders for Gamble Aware to deliver harm minimisation projects to serving military personnel, serving prisoners, probation staff and families of affected people.Education we have completed a number of awareness sessions within schools to highlight the dangers of problematic gambling to young people. In the current climate where smart phones, ipads, laptops, debit cards are all common within young people, the vulnerability to gambling is higher than it has ever been, which highlights the need to educate around the potential pitfalls of this.Please visit our website which goes into more detail about the different sectors and what we do. This would be beneficial to you.SBC: You recently partnered with Sky Bet and the EFL to provide educational programmes, are you able to tell us more about this and what you hope to achieve with this initiative?  MP: Our partnership with Sky Betting and Gaming and the EFL is aimed at running a responsible gambling programme to educate the players and staff from all 72 EFL league clubs about gambling related harm, how to identify potential signs within team mates and to highlight the pathway of support should the need arise. It has gone really well up to now and several players have come out on social media to endorse the value of the sessions and its content. SBC: You also work with ex military personnel how important is it that you work with those most vulnerable to problem gambling? MP: It is EPIC’S mission to take the problem out of gambling, so by working the most vulnerable populations, we feel we can have the most impact. This has certainly been the case with the organisations that we currently work with and our website shows a number of testimonials to show the positive impact that we have had in terms of minimising harm, identification and signposting.SBC: With regards to your educational programmes in schools and universities, could you explain how crucial it is to educate people about problem gambling at a young age? MP: It goes without saying that educating young people is critical in terms of reducing gambling harm in the future and also enabling them to make better informed decisions. As part of the sessions, we centre it around a hard hitting personal story, which always gives authenticity and engages the audience. We then educate around the potential dangers, gambling facts, videos and Q and A. We also collect interactive anonymous date from our sessions to provide reports and feedback to organisations.SBC: Lastly, could you tell us more about the response you’ve had from the industry about what you’re trying to do?MP: Over the last 18 months, we have collaborated with a couple of proactive operators in Sky Betting and Gaming and Kindred Group (formerly Unibet), with the idea of helping to make gambling safer and fairer for its customers. I can speak for both, when I know they find our knowledge, advice and training invaluable when it comes to ensuring all aspects of safer gambling.It is EPIC’s intention to work with one, maybe two more operators in the coming months, but only the ones such as our current clients that share our values around safer gambling.last_img read more

BetConstruct delivers A-Z industry guide through Spring BME App

first_imgShare Submit New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 StumbleUpon BetConstruct has produced an A-Z guide to gaming and betting business through Spring BME App, designed to shed light upon the entire industry.Available for both iOS and Android devices, the app brings the latest updates from the most trusted sources on gaming, sports betting, casinos, regulators, hardware manufacturers and more.It has a community feel whereby people can freely ask, request and discuss industry-facing problems and get a solution from professionals and experts.Release of the new app was confirmed at this week’s ICE London, as part of an ‘East to West’ marketing campaign to highlight the strength of the BetConstruct business across the globe.Spring BME App, said BetConstruct Founder and CEO Vigen Badalyan, is the “epitome” of this global philosophy, which sums up the top industry offerings for those who value their time and money.He explained: “Life is a matter of choices. Spending time wisely is one of the biggest decisions one can make. Spring BME App is an igaming expert you can turn to and, if you may, a compass to the industry created for those who value their time and money and want to stay on top of the game.”Meanwhile, the company’s CPO Edgar Mkrtchyan described the Spring BME App as an iGaming encyclopaedia that will deliver insights and analysis directly to the smartphones of industry professionals.He added: “We expect this solution to become a compass for the industry which can lead newcomers to ultimate success as operators and drive all other industry players forward in their goals.” Share VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

WATCH: C.K Akonnor dances to ‘Omo Ada’ with Kotoko fans

first_imgKumasi Asante Kotoko booked their place in the final of the Normalization Committee Tier 1 Special Competition with a 5-4 penalty shootout win over arch rivals Accra Hearts of Oak at the Accra Sports Stadium.The game ended 1-1 after regulation time with Adbul Safiu Fatawu and Christopher Bonney getting the goals for either side.Hearts defender Mohammed Alhassan missed his side’s fifth spot kick, allowing Kotoko captain Amos Frimpong to score and seal the win for his side.After the final whistle, Kotoko Head Coach C.K Akonnor celebrated with the away fans, by doing the customary dance accompanying rapper Medikal’s Omo Ada hit song.C.K Akonnor’s Omo Ada dance after the game 🔥😂 #CitiSports #NCSpecial— Dani Koranteng (@Dani77k) June 17, 2019 CK Akonnor is living his dreams with @AsanteKotoko_SC, what a fantastic coach! #Kotoko4Africa— Yaw Antwi Owusu (@OYAntwi) June 16, 2019last_img read more

Five Generations of Women in Alpena Pass Down Traditions

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich.- It’s something most families don’t get a chance to experience, five generations sharing laughter, stories, and traditions.“I’m just thankful that I’m a great grandmother, and a great, great, grandmother, and that I got to live this long,” Great, Great, Grandmother, Elaine Hatch said.Passing down words of wisdom, one piece of advice remains the same. “Just love your babies. Just look at it as a blessing,” Great Grandmother, Connie McElhanon said.Baby Brooklyn is too young to brag about her birthday, but her arrival was extra special. “She was born on my youngest daughter’s birthday,” Grandmother, Stephanie O’Neal revealed.Having her own daughter was truly a test; but when it comes to being a young mother, and adding more additions to the family, Allesse O’Neal said she wouldn’t trade her journey for anything.“Life is unexpected. Things happen that you don’t plan for, just take it as a blessing,” the new mother suggested.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ‘Project Shiphunt’ comes to sanctuary cinema seriesNext Rolling into the holiday season with a giving heartlast_img read more

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