Month: August 2020

Andre Russell appeals one-year ban

first_imgWest Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has appealed for the dismissal of a one-year ban issued earlier this year for a doping whereabouts violation.The T20 all-rounder has also called for a Jamaica Anti-doping Commission (JADCO) appeal, which seeks to extend his current one-year ban to the maximum two years, to be dismissed.  According to reports the cricketer submitted the appeals in two separate filings on March 20 and called for the JADCO appeal against him to be dismissed as there was no basis for it.Russell was hit with a one-year ban in February of this year after being found guilty of negligence in submitting his whereabouts for anti-doping tests on three separate occasions within a 12-month period in 2015.The cricketer’s ban is set to expire on January 30 of next year, but Russell could be out of the game for an additional year if the appeal is successful.The appeal brought against Russell by JADCO is set to be heard by an Anti-Doping Appeal Tribunal on the 8th of May.last_img read more

MLK Jr. Day events happening around South Florida

first_imgRev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered with a number of events throughout the coming weekend and through Monday, Jan. 15, his birthday and a national holiday. The Baptist minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner who championed civil rights and justice through non-violent means would have turned 89 on Jan. 15th. His life was cut short on April 4, 1968 at age 39. Here are some of the major events being held across South Florida this weekend to honor Dr. King: Friday, Jan. 12thThe free Homestead Annual Breakfast Celebration will celebrate Dr. King at the Phichol Williams Community Center, 951 SW Fourth St., Homestead with a keynote address by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Fred Seraphin, who made Miami-Dade history in 2001 by becoming the county’s first Haitian-American judge. See cityofhomestead.com/mlk for more information.  A free Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Concert featuring four-time Grammy-nominated musician Shelly Berg, dean of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and an acclaimed jazz pianist, is set for 7 p.m. at the Coral Gables United Church of Christ, 3010 De Soto Blvd., Coral Gables.And a MLK Business Expo and Family Festival is set for Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, 10701 SW 184th St., Cutler Bay between 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13th Volunteer to Beautify Gwen Cherry Park. Projects include mulching, painting, removing debris. Event check-in opens at 8:30 a.m. and the project will kick off at 9 a.m. and end at noon. To register, go to volunteermatch.org/search/opp2856514.jsp. A Celebration of King’s Legacy is set for the City of West Park with Mayor Eric Jones, Vice-Mayor Brian C. Johnson, and Commissioners Kristine Judeikis and Felicia Brunson from 2-4 p.m. at the Carver Ranches Branch Library, 4735 SW 18th St., West Park. They will all share the impact that King’s life and legacy has made on their lives while special performances will come from Bell-Britt and the A.R.I.S.E. Dance Studio. Call to reserve a seat or register on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-celebration-of-dr-kings-legacy-tickets-41219986088. Or, volunteer to Revitalize the Garden at the North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library in recognition of King’s ͞Day of Service from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at 6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale.  Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD) neighborhoods will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service performing community beautification projects and workforce development with on-site recruitment for jobs. The event will be held from 8AM to 1:30PM at the Roosevelt Gardens Community Center, 2841 NW 11th Street, Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/caribbean-breaking-news-featured/volunteer-opportunity-2nd-annual-bmsd-mlk-day-service/Monday, Jan. 15thAward-winning producer, director and actor Tyler Perry will be the keynote speaker at the 25th anniversary of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project’s Scholarship Breakfast. Other speakers include Rep. Frederica Wilson, founder of the boys’ mentoring program; Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida; Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; and former Rep. Charlie Rangel. The event is set for 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Miami Airport & Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Ave., Miami. For more see 5000rolemodels.dadeschools.net/.The Martin Luther King Jr. 5K Run & Fitness Walk will begin at 8 a.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Metrorail Station, Northwest 62nd Street and 27th Avenue. The fee is $25 for those 15 and over and $15 for 14 and younger. Awards will be given to the top three finishers in various age groups. Register at active.com/miami-fl/running/distance-running-races/35th-annual-martin-luther-king-jr-5k-run-and-fitness-walk-2018.The 41st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade will begin at 11 a.m. and will feature high school marching bands, athletes and cheerleaders, plus floats and Carnival dancers. The parade will take place along Northwest 54th Street, from Northwest 10th to 32nd avenues and end with a celebration at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park, 6000 NW 32nd Ct., Miami.  The Fort Lauderdale MLK Holiday Parade & Multicultural Festival: Parade begins at Lincoln Park, 600 NW 19th Ave., Fort Lauderdale between 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The parade will head onto Sistrunk Boulevard to Seventh Avenue then south to Southwest Second Street to Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second Street. 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more see fortlauderdale.gov/mlk. It’s the City Year MLK Day of Service. Register to help renovate the staff lounge; paint murals; landscape school grounds between 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, 1801 NW First Pl., Miami.  AmeriCorps volunteers will beautify three homes in Florida City from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., and will clean up the neighborhood around Mount Olive Baptist Church, 6316 SW 59th Place, in South Miami, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the  Branches Day of Service in South Miami and Florida City. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all national parks will waive their admission fees on Monday. Take advantage of this opportunity to #FindYourPark. For more information about what you can see at Everglades and Biscayne national parks, visit nps.gov.last_img read more

Bermuda’s World Cup Hopes Hang by Thread After Kenya Loss

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates, CMC – Bermuda have a day to regroup after a third successive defeat left their hopes of securing a place in next year’s ICC T20 World Cup hanging by a thread, following a 45-run Qualifier defeat against Kenya here Monday.Bermuda will hope to kick-start their campaign on Wednesday when they face Namibia, who lost their opening two games.After winning the toss at the ICC Academy, Kenya owed their first win of the tournament on a wearing pitch to 24-year-old Indian-born Dhiren Gondaria, who rode his luck with an unbeaten 85 from 67 balls to lift the African side from 66 for four after 12 overs to 138 without further loss.In reply, Delray Rawlins (37) and Janeiro Tucker (22) rallied Bermuda after another poor start with a fourth-wicket stand of 58, but both perished in the space of four balls as the innings petered out.Experienced leg-break bowler Collins Obuya claimed four for 27.Bermuda made one change to their team that lost the previous day by five wickets to Singapore, Allan Douglas replacing Malachi Jones.And they were off to a flyer thanks to George O’Brien, the 35-year-old pacer removing Alex Obanda for a first-ball ‘duck’ with just the fourth ball of the innings.They were firmly on top by the end of the powerplay, as seamer Kamau Leverock took a wicket in each of his first two overs en route to registering two for 30, the best full T20 international figures of his career.But Bermuda would take just one further wicket, courtesy of Rodney Trott, as Gondaria helped Kenya recover with the highest individual score of the competition so far.Gondaria was fortunate, however, gaining a reprieve while facing Leverock in the 17th over when the Bermuda bowler’s third ball hit the batsman and then the stumps without dislodging the bails.Gondaria, who struck six fours and a six and put on 72 in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand with Rushab Patel (15 not out), was also dropped by O’Brien two overs later, again off the bowling of Leverock.In reply, the wickets of Okera Bascome for a first-ball duck, Stovell for four and Terryn Fray run out for three left Bermuda up against it at seven for three inside three overs.But in Tucker and Rawlins, they had their most in-form and talented players together at the crease to spark a recovery before the tail crumbled meekly, leaving the aide on the cusp of elimination with three games remaining.Rawlins, the England-based Sussex star, belted five fours and two sixes in a 26-ball knock. He did his best, reverse sweeping left-arm spinner Shem Ngoche (2-15) for his first boundary in the fifth over before charging Obuya for a trio of straight-driven fours.He pulled Rakep Patel for a couple of big hits over the leg side in the 12th over but a third attempt resulted in a top-edge being taken at short fine leg by wicketkeeper Irfan Karim.Fourteen teams spread over two groups are vying for six places as qualifiers for next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.last_img read more

CNW MALE NEWSMAKER OF 2019: Mayor Dale V.C. Holness

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY – Broward County Mayor Dale V.C. Holness, the first Caribbean American to serve as the mayor of a US county is The Caribbean National Weekly’s Male Newsmaker of 2019.Mayor Dale V.C. Holness was born in Hanover, Jamaica, W.I. on April 2, 1957, and migrated to the United States at age 17. He graduated from Plantation High School, then attended Broward College, where he served on the student government as a freshman senator. He became a general manager at McDonald’s at age 20, and bought his first house at age 22. He became a Realtor in 1983, and started his own real estate company, All Broward Realty, in 1988. The company is currently led by his daughter Richelle Dahlia Holness, one of his six surviving children.His political record is well documented as a Broward County Commissioner representing District 9 from November 2010 to present and during his six years of public service as a Lauderhill City Commissioner and Vice Mayor (2007, 2010).Commissioner Holness’ District represents a population of over 200,000 people located in parts of or all of Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Sunrise, Lauderhill, Tamarac, Oakland Park, North Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes and the unincorporated communities of Roosevelt Gardens, Washington Park, Boulevard Gardens and Franklin Park.In November of 2019, he was unanimously appointed by the Broward Commission to serve as the Mayor of Broward County for a one-year term through to November 2020.He will also be defending his seat in the Broward Commission in primary elections to be held in August 2020.Mayor Holness has often been described as one of the hardest working Broward County Commissioners.He’s chair of the Broward Black Elected Officials. Under his leadership, he has devised the Broward Black Action Plan that focuses on Broward County’s black communities and includes economic development/black business growth, employment, criminal justice, education, housing, transportation and health.He is a visionary and architect for the annual Florida International Trade & Cultural Expo (FITCE), held at the Greater Fort Lauderdale-Broward Convention Center, which attracts international businesses, local businesses, multicultural global trade representatives from over 50 countries, federal, state and local trade agencies, and government leaders from around the world. FITCE was born out of Holness’ belief that Broward County—and Florida generally—has strong potential as an international trade hub selling more goods to the world. According to Holness, “We should be more competitive, especially to countries where we have strong immigrant populations living in the USA.”Holness has also led the effort for a $20 million economic development package and community improvement programs for Central Broward District 9. He significantly increased County Business Enterprise (CBE) participation from 10 to some 40 percent. This was achieved through methods including: the creation of a mentor/protégé program, breaking large contracts into small components, active recruitment of small, minority and women-owned businesses, and removing restrictions that limit the participation of small, minority and women-owned businesses in contracting opportunities. Mayor Holness’ colleagues on the Commission have credited him for his leadership in this regard.Additionally, Holness was Instrumental in passing the Broward County Surtax, a 30-year, one-cent surtax for transportation.The mayor is one of the leaders and organizers behind the Lauderhill Mall Citizenship Drives, with nearly 5,000 citizenship applications processed to date. He plans to step up the citizenship drive significantly this year with general elections due in November.Concerned about the rehabilitation of people with a criminal record he also sponsored the “Ban the Box” ordinance, a law that refrains individuals from being questioned about prior criminal records or authorization for a background check until they are among a pool of potential finalists for particular jobs within Broward County’s government.His other achievements as Broward Commissioner include: Sponsoring the resolution for the expansion of Broward County’s current Living Wage Ordinance; leading efforts to build 120 new single-family homes in the Broward Municipality Services District, and sponsoring an additional Homestead Exemption (from $25,000 to $50,000) for persons 65 and older, allowing for low-income senior property owners to qualify for the extra property tax reduction.He signed $2.6 billion expansion for the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport, $3.2 billion Port Everglades Seaport expansion and $1,750,000 million for the Convention Center and Hotel expansion.Mayor Holness supports capitalizing on Broward County’s geographic uniqueness as the Gateway to the Americas and maximizing its assets in Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.During his tenure as a Lauderhill Commissioner, Holness started the Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce, which currently has over 300 members. He also established The Lauderhill Business Incubator.He is also co-chair of the United Negro College Fund annual fundraising luncheon.The mayor said that as a representative of the residents of Florida his focus will always remain on improving the economy, getting people back to work, increasing opportunities for home ownership and helping those, especially people of color, who are experiencing hard times.He has been relentless, aggressive and strategic in his plan that economic prosperity must include all the people of Broward County. His mission statement and goal as Mayor is to: “Make Broward County a better place for all who live here by empowering our community, strengthening our households and businesses, creating policies that afford access to opportunities and by unifying everyone across racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. We monitor and hold our government accountable.”His 2050 Plan focuses on the theme: Broward 2050: One Community Moving Forward Together with Prosperity for All, with focus on economy/employment, housing and homelessness, education, criminal justice, health, environment and transportation.He is active in many local and international civic organizations including Broward County Children’s Services Board; Haitian American Leadership Organization; HIV Planning Council; Broward League of Cities; Lauderhill Regional Chamber; Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization; Caribbean Democratic Club; Broward Housing Council, Member; Broward Democratic Black Caucus; and is an NAACP Life Member.He is the recipient of numerous awards including: South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration 2017 Elected Official of the Year; Small Business Advocate of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce – Minority Business Development Agency; Global Trade Chamber of Commerce’s Global Trade Ambassador of the Year; and the Housing Opportunities Project for Excellence (HOPE), Inc., “Answering the Call Award.”Mayor Holness is divorced, and the father of seven children, including a son who died in 2017. For recreation, he loves dancing to all genres of music and he enjoys playing a game of dominoes.last_img read more

Sweden Open: Wozniacki Loses Fifth Final Of The Year

first_imgRelated Caroline Wozniacki on Sunday lost 6-3, 6-4 to 56th-ranked Katerina Siniakova in the Swedish Open final.The Dane was in pursuit of winning a first title of the year having previously reached finals in Miami, Eastbourne, Dubai and Doha where she lost in straight sets. A win in Sweden was not meant to be as Siniakova took advantage of Wozniacki’s right elbow injury to win 6-3, 6-4 for a 2nd career title.Siniakova was also battling an elbow injury of her own during the game, as both players had to take a medical time out in the second set to have their injuries examined by physios. After the first set went to Siniakova 6-3, Wozniacki looked to have gained control of the game at 3-1 of the second set but was let down by her poor serves and eventually losing 6-4 without much of a fight.It was sheer joy for the 21 year Czech who lost in last year’s Swedish Open“It’s really amazing for me, Last year was really good, and so I’m so happy that I came back because I couldn’t imagine a better week.” – SiniakovaAs a reward for winning the title, Siniakova will move up to at least No. 39 on the new WTA ranking when released tomorrow. While Wozniacki will be unmoved at No.6.last_img read more

Boxing: Ajagba And Apochi Journeying To Greatness!

first_imgOn July 26, 2017, that project took off as Efetobor Apochi and Efe Ajagba joined boxing promoting outfit Ringstar Sports. Even more remarkable was having both fighters activate their professional careers in the United States with victories albeit as undercards on the Premier Boxing Champions event headlined by Victor Ortiz & Saul Corral at Rabobank Theater in Bakersfield, California.Apochi defeated Daniel Mejia in the third round, while Ajagba rained hell on Tyrell Hendron in their heavyweight clash by way of knockout.“We couldn’t be more excited to add these two outstanding young men to the growing Ringstar roster of fighters. These are two of the biggest hitters I’ve seen and we expect them to rise quickly and make a name for themselves in their respective divisions.” Richard Schaefer, Chairman and CEO of Ringstar SportsThe fighters have moved to Houston to work with renowned trainer Ronnie Shields and they’d be managed by Hall of Famer Shelly Finkel.Profile:Efe Ajagba: The 23-year-old pugilist was born and raised in Ughelli Delta State, Nigeria. He took to boxing in 2011 and was selected to compete in the Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow and went home with the bronze medal – accompanied by gold in the 2015 All African Games in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.In 2016, he went on to win gold at the African Olympic Qualification event in Yaounde, Cameroon which ensured participation with Team Nigeria’s 2016 Olympic team. At the games, he lost in the quarterfinals but left a mark with a sensational knockout in his opening bout against Trinidad and Tobago. The fighter known as “King Kong” also won an African games gold medal during his impressive amateur career which records 41-2 (30 KOs).Efetobor “Orogun” Apochi: The 29-year-old also hails from Delta State, Nigeria. He began his boxing career in 2007, and went on to record an impressive record of 55-6 (54 KOs). Apochi won a silver medal at the 2011 Africa Games – represented Nigeria at the 2013 World Championships before earning a Commonwealth Games bronze medal in 2014 (a tournament he served as captain of the Nigerian boxing contingent). He was more dominant at the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville which earned him a silver medal.As I am excited in their prospects, I remain mild in expectations as the Efe’s march to eminence begins. RelatedFury Wants To Follow In Klitschko’s FootstepsMay 19, 2020In “Boxing”Efe Ajagba: Nigerian Heavyweight On Course To Join AJ, Samuel Peter In Boxing Hall of FameDecember 23, 2019In “Boxing”Povetkin Rises From Canvas To Stun Whyte In Devastating KnockoutAugust 23, 2020In “Boxing” Nigeria’s Efe Ajagba reacts after winning against Trinidad and Tobago’s Nigel Paul during the Men’s Super Heavy (+91kg) at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Riocentro – Pavilion 6 in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. / AFP / YURI CORTEZ (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)A country of over 180 million people widely engaged in sports, but still grappling to exert elongated global dominance in one sport disturbs even the mind of a newborn.In boxing, Nigerians have over the years celebrated a few who’ve pressed on against the odds to achieve fame while in the process ensure the green and white flag of Nigeria is hoisted whenever they step into the ring.Dick Tiger, Henry Akinwade, Hogan Bassey, Ike Ibeabuchi, and recently Samuel Peter – recognized as the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion of the world from March 8, 2008 – October 11, 2008. There are others worthy of special mention, but their tales might envelope the future about to be unraveled in this article. Speaking of the future, there might be reasons to birth optimism of once again having pugilist(s) from this part of Africa emerge as heavyweight champion of the world.Speaking of the future, there might be reasons to birth optimism of once again having pugilist(s) from this part of Africa emerge as heavyweight champion of the world.last_img read more

Effective M&A strategy sees GIG revenues jump 202% for 2016

first_imgShare Related Articles GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 Completing its first full-year on the Oslo Stock Exchange (listed July 2015), Gaming Innovation Group (GIG) has recorded a 202% increase in corporate revenues to €53 million (FY 2015: €17.8 million).Updating investors, GIG governance stated that its performance had been driven by its effective M&A strategy which had seen the firm increase its presence in lucrative Nordic markets.Closing its full-year 2016 corporate performance, GIG would record an operating EBITDA of €5.8 million, reversing FY 2015 losses of – €2.1 million. The firm achieved a positive EBITDA despite doubling group marketing spend to €19 million for FY 2016.GIG governance noted that acquisitions undertaken in 2015 had been successfully incorporated as the firm ‘significantly strengthens its core organisation’.Following its integration of acquired Betit Holding assets (June 2016), GIG has at present 25 brands active on its IGC platform. GIG governance stated that moving forward its acquired assets performance would be supported by new ‘organic brands’ such as recently launched igaming asset RIZK.Commenting on 2016 performance Robin Reed CEO of Gaming Innovation Group stated;“In 2016 Gaming Innovation Group truly entered the iGaming scene. At the beginning of the year, three brands were live on the iGC-platform, while we had 25 brands operational by the end of December. Rizk.com has been one of the most successful iGaming launches in 2016 and we have completed several acquisitions. All this illustrates how the company has emerged during the year. In order to create a leading iGaming company, focus for 2017 will still be on building volumes”.Issuing a 2017 update, at present GIG governance targets full-year 2017 revenues to be ‘above €120 million’, as the company seeks to establish its IGC-platform as a marker leader in igaming and betting services. Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020last_img read more

Acquisition ready Amaya Inc hires Robin Chhabra as Group M&A lead

first_img Related Articles Seeking to boost its industry M&A and commercial competencies, Toronto TSX-listed Amaya Inc has hired former William Hill Group Director of Strategy and Corporate Development Robin Chhabra.As of yet, Chhabra has been given no official executive title, however joining Amaya he will act as corporate M&A lead as the firm’s governance seeks to expand its industry portfolio.An industry financing expert, Chhabra has acted as William Hill corporate strategy lead since 2010, advising the FTSE-listed bookmaker’s governance on growth strategies, asset valuation and M&A initiatives.Chhabra joins Amaya, as the firm seeks to aggressively expand and diversify its product portfolio within regulated gambling markets.Last April, following the presentation of Amaya full-year 2016 results, group CEO, Rafi Ashkenazi detailed to business news sources that his firm had an ‘appetite for risk’ following the settlement of Amaya’s long-term debt and having installed a new executive team.Reporting to Ashkenazi and the Amaya board, Chhabra will be tasked with assessing potential corporate acquisition targets which will significantly boost and complement the firm’s sports betting and online casino capabilities. Submit Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Betfair – Trump’s odds on 2017 exit plummet following controversial Comey FBI sacking

first_img Related Articles Share Betfair Politics has informed that the odds on Donald Trump departing/resigning from office have plummeted following the US President’s controversial decision to sack FBI Director General James Comey.Updating US political markets, Betfair Politics has now priced Donald Trump to leave office before the end of his first term at ‘evens money’ (50% Chance).Following the shock decision to fire Director Comey, the Trump administration has been engulfed by rumours and speculation. US political commentators have stated that the sacking of Comey, represents President Trump’s most controversial action to date.The FBI Director had been put in charge of investigating Russian interference on the US 2016 Election, and whether Trump campaign associates had colluded with Soviet counterparts.Following the news, Betfair informs that political punters are now wagering on Trump’s ‘exit date’, with the bookmaker offering prices of 11/2 on a 2017 departure, and 5/1 on The Donald exiting office in 2018 or 2019.Betfair spokesperson, Naomi Totten, said: “Nearly 2,000 bets have been placed on the President to leave in 2017 in the ‘Trump exit date’ market since James Comey’s dismissal on Tuesday, forcing the odds in from 9/1 to 3/1 this morning, although there has been a slight drift back to 11/2.“There have also been several sizeable bets on the market for Trump to leave before the end of his first term, with one customer confidently placing £100k on the President not making it to 2020. ‘Yes’ had been trading at 15/8 prior to the Comey sacking breaking but is now an even money shot.” StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit Share Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020last_img read more

Blackstone acquires majority shareholding in Clarion Events

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Covid concerns see Clarion Gaming move ICE 2021 to April    July 15, 2020 Russell WilcoxiGaming Business (Clarion Gaming subsidiary) has today revealed that parent operating company Clarion Events has been acquired by London private equity firm Blackstone.The industry news source did not reveal any details regarding the sum of acquisition but stated that new owner Blackstone had taken over the majority shareholding from Providence Equity Partners who had acquired the company in 2015 for £200 million.Clarion Events CEO Russell Wilcox is reported to have sent an email last Friday, notifying staff of the group sale to Blackstone. Wilcox and Clarion governance had been seeking additional investment for group expansion within the corporate events sector.“Blackstone are one of the largest and most respected private equity investment houses in the world. From the start of this process, it has been clear that they share our expansive vision for how we can grow and develop the company. We’re obviously excited by their resources, their network, and by the many ways in which they’ll be able to support us in the future.” Wilcox commented on the sale.At present Clarion operates 180 corporate events in 50 territories, with the company having a significant presence within the gambling, defence, energy and sciences sectors.Current Clarion gambling event and publishing assets include; iGaming Business, the International Casino Exhibition (ICE), iGaming Super Show and EIG Conference.Confirming the acquisition this morning Lionel Assant, Head of European private equity at Blackstone, stated:“Clarion’s leading position in its markets combined with its strong management team will enable the company to continue growing both organically and through M&A. Blackstone has a significant track record of investing in media businesses as well as buy and build platforms. We look forward to working together with management to capitalise on its success.”Article Update: The Financial Times would this afternoon report that Blackstone private equity had acquired Clarion Events for a reported £600 million. Share CIRSA gains competition clearance on Sportium takeover October 7, 2019 StumbleUpon CIRSA orders Catalan makeover to complete Giga Games acquisition August 6, 2019last_img read more