Month: August 2020

  • No to Bounty Killa

    first_imgBounty Killa Bounty Killa is in hot water again.A Jamaican women’s advocacy group is hitting out against his inclusion in the line-up of a free concert being staged in recognition of International Women’s Day 2017.The concert is being organized by the Bureau of Gender of Affairs in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, in partnership with the Aids Healthcare Foundation, is being held under the theme ‘Unite to End Gender Based Violence’.The public outcry comes due to the September 2010 arrest of the entertainer, whose real name is Rodney Pryce, after a female companion of his, turned up bloodied at a police station in Kingston and complained that he had assaulted her with a hammer.The incident occurred at his Oakland Apartments residence in St Andrew.In another incident earlier that year, he spent two weeks behind bars after being arrested by the Constant Spring police for beating up his girlfriend.Police had reported at the time that while the DJ was being processed, he called the woman and threatened her life in their presence.The complainant, Kadeem Baker, eventually dropped the charges against Pryce.Executive Director at WE-Change and Director of Tambourine Army, Latoya Nugent, is livid.She told the Jamaica Observer that due to the spirit of the concert and the day it is being held, it was a slap in the face of women especially in light of everything that has been happening since December 2016.“Almost every day (since December) we wake up to a story about a woman being murdered, rape etcetera and I think what is perhaps the most heart-breaking part of it for me is that it is a concert that is planned by the ministry with responsibility for gender affairs. So when the ministry with responsibility for gender affairs is engaging somebody who is a known perpetrator of gender based violence (GBV) or violence against women, then I think that’s very problematic and I am still in shock about the processes that would have been involved in organizing this concert,” Nugent said.last_img read more

  • Kirani James on the path to recovery

    first_img2012 Olympic 400-meters champion Kirani James is said to be recovering well from an illness that had sidelined him since April.The Grenadian, who was second to Wayde van Niekerk in the 400 meters at the Olympic Games in Brazil last summer, had been sidelined since April with what is believed to be respiratory illness that saw him finish a disappointing sixth at the Drake Relays in April in a pedestrian 46.21.His coach, Harvey Glance, announced that the athlete’s season was being put on hold following that below par performance.James has had a relatively ordinary start to the 2017 season. At the Grenada Invitational on April 8, James was less than convincing while winning the 400 metres in 45.44 but was upstaged by Bahamian Steve Gardiner, who won the ‘B’ race in a world-leading 44.26. In Iowa he was even slower and was sidelined in an effort to get him back to full fitness.last_img read more

  • Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference Approaching Quickly

    first_imgPhoto Courtesy of City of Miramar Veteran Jamaican-American politician and radio talk show host, Winston Barnes, Vice-Mayor of the City of Miramar cautions Caribbean nationals who have hopes of migrating to the United States in search of a better. He cautions. “Do your research on what life entails in America before leaving the shores of the island in the sun.”The vice-mayor told CNW, “Don’t fool yourselves. America is not heaven. My first trip here was 50 years ago and I am yet to see heaven. The business of America is business. You are told come to America and work hard and you will make it. Nothing could be further from the truth. People need to come to America far more educated about the American way of life.”Barnes, as he has done since 2004 will be part of a delegation from the South East United States Diaspora who will attend Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference to be held at the Jamaica Conference Center in Kingston from July 23 – 26.Some residents in the Jamaican Diaspora have been pushing for some time for the Diaspora to have the right to vote in Jamaican general elections from their within the Diaspora. The usual argument for this right is that Jamaicans make significant contributions to the Jamaican economy through the millions in financial remittances and should, therefore, have a say in who governs the country. However, Barnes is strongly against this argument.He said while remittances strongly support the Jamaican economy, those contributions cannot be the sole basis for demanding the right to vote.“The kind of contribution made to the Jamaican economy by remittances is only an indirect benefit to the Government. It does not go directly into the government’s coffers,” he explained. “People often confuse voting from the Diaspora with the American system. When you are an American living outside the US you vote for a President, not mayors or locally elected representatives.”Statistics from the Jamaican Government consistently shows remittances from the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom as Jamaica’s highest earner, just ahead of tourism.In April, Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson-Smith, launched the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference in Miramar, Florida. She addressed the importance of engaging as many delegates as possible.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

  • Premier League Asia Trophy: Leicester Beat West Brom On Penalties To Secure Final Place

    first_imgLeicester City have qualified for the final of the 2017 Premier League Asia Trophy after they defeated West Brom 7-6 during the dreaded penalty shootouts.Both teams had earlier played an entertaining 1-1 draw in regulation time paving the way for penalties in a bid to separate the two teams.West Brom started the match on the front foot and were rewarded with an early lead through new summer signing Jay Rodriguez’s long range effort but the immediate past English Premier League (EPL) champions battled back with an impressive solo strike from star man Riyad Mahrez in the 24th minute.Both sides could not add to their tally in regulation time before West Brom youngster Sam Field missed during sudden death to hand Leicester City victory. Photo Credit: LCFC Relatedlast_img read more

  • FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017: LOC Confirms Trophy Tour

    first_imgRelatedOsaze Odemwingie To Lead FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour As It Anchors In AbujaApril 10, 2019In “FIFA”CRICKET: Nigeria Hosting ICC World Cup Trophy An Endorsement – Ukwenya (AUDIO)February 11, 2019In “Sports”Marcel BuchelJune 30, 2017Similar post The dates for the FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy tour have been made official by the Local Organizing Committee (LOC). The tour will cover almost 9,000 km over a period of 40 days between August 17 and September 26, 2017.Chairman of the LOC, Praful Patel speaking to local reporters believe the experience is very important for the fans, while also confirming the tour will mark the last phase of event promotion…“This will give the fans around the country an opportunity to get up close to the same trophy which the captain of the winning team will be lifting on October 28 in Kolkata. We hope that people can come in large numbers to the display locations in the host cities.” Praful PatelThe trophy tour roadmap:It starts in the capital, New Delhi, city where the host will play their entire Group A matches. The trophy will be on display there from August 17 to 22.Afterwards, the drive visits a major riverine port city called Guwahati, home to teams in Group E, from August 24-29. Kolkata, venue scheduled to host the final will also welcome the trophy from August 31 to September 5. Then it moves to Mumbai, home for Group B games, between September 6 and 10, while it is scheduled to be on view in the second largest city by population, Margao from September 14 to 19. Kochi will be the final resting place for the trophy tour from September 21 till 26.The 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup will take place from the 6th–28 October 2017. This will be the first FIFA tournament hosted by India.last_img read more

  • Betfair – TV debates favour Macron as France 2017 hits £8 million mark

    first_img Share French racing secures ‘conditional approval’ on restart programme May 4, 2020 Betfair politics reports that France’s two-and-a-half hour Presidential TV debate (21 March) has favoured ‘En Marche’ candidate Emmanuel Macron who is now priced at 5/8 (61% chance of winning) to become France’s next leader.Updating its ‘France 2017’ market, Betfair politics is still seeing plenty of support for far-right ‘Front National’ leader Marie Le Pen who has seen her odds slip to 7/2 (22% chance of winning).Following the landscape changing victories of Brexit and Trump in 2016, political punters may see value in backing a Le Pen victory against the so-called ‘establishment’.As France gears up for its first-round of Presidential Election ballots on 23 April, narrowing the playing field to two candidates, nearly all French polls have Macron and Le Pen tied on 26% favourability.Naomi Totten, BetfairHowever, France’s two-stage election process will likely favour market leader Macron as the candidate will likely gain unified support from opposing parties trying to stop Le Pen from becoming ‘France’s Trump 2017’.Commenting on the intriguing market which has reached nearly £8 million in matched bets, Betfair Spokesperson Naomi Totten, , said: “At the beginning of March, Macron had been trading at around 11/8 but has been well-backed over the past few weeks and traded at a low of 8/13 on Sunday night. The most activity has been on Macron and Le Pen in the past week with the pair accounting for more than 50% of all bets placed on the market.“France 2017 – Betfair market breakdownNext President – £7.9m MatchedEmmanuel Macron              1.63 (5/8 or a 61% chance)Marine Le Pen                    4.6 (7/2 or a 22% chance)François Fillon                    6.4 (11/2 or a 16% chance)Benoît Hamon                   65.0 (64/1)Alain Juppé                       510.0 (409/1)François Baroin                  720.0 (719/1)To Win The First RoundMarine Le Pen                    1.63 (5/8 or a 61% chance)Emmanuel Macron              2.9 (15/8 or a 34% chance)François Fillon                    21.0 (20/1)Alain Juppé                       140.0 (139/1)Jean-Luc Melanchon           200.0 (199/1) Benoît Hamon                   220.0 (219/1) StumbleUpon Share ANJ takes charge of new French gambling era June 22, 2020 Related Articles France Galop eyes May return for French Racing April 16, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

  • Confident Aspire Global set for Stockholm Nasdaq listing

    first_img Submit GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Malta and Tel Aviv-based industry white label and turnkey platform provider Aspire Global has been approved listing on the Stockholm Nasdaq First North Premier market.The firm now plans to make its initial public offering next Friday 7 July setting a target price of SEK 30 per share on the Stockholm Nasdaq.Aspire governance has detailed that it will initially float 25% of the firm’s shareholding to the public, with the company eyeing a corporate value of circa SEK 330 million (£28 million).Funds raised through its Stockholm IPO will be used to support Aspire’s continued investment in product and platform development. The company will also use the investment to expand services into new markets and to boost its commercial operations.A confident Tsachi Maimon CEO of Aspire Global commented on his firm’s future ambitions“Going forward we will continue to focus on growth and exploit future business opportunities, as more and more gaming markets become regulated.“Since the beginning of this year, we have signed agreements with nine new operators while negotiations are in place with a few additional potential partners. We are also exploring potential acquisitions, proactively seeking for the right opportunities. I am looking forward to welcoming new investors on this journey of continued profitable growth with Aspire Global.”Carl Klingberg Chairman of Aspire Global backed the firms ambitions and future projects, detailing that the firm would bring growth and value to its initial Nasdaq investors“The increase of partner agreements in a number of European regulated markets further set favourable conditions for continued growth. I have great confidence in our management team’s capacity to drive growth and look forward to actively supporting Aspire Global’s development in the future.” Share StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020last_img read more

  • Domestic uncertainty sees Betaland look east

    first_img Related Articles Submit Share Industry leaders headline Betting on Sports 2019 conference June 10, 2019 AgiproNews Italian View – Glassia probe widens   October 8, 2019 Share International operators and speakers give Betting on Sports 2019 a global outlook July 17, 2019 StumbleUpon Carmelo MazzaDespite domestic political uncertainty dominating the Italian business agenda, the governance of Betaland will push ahead with its international expansion strategy.This week, Betaland’s operating company OIA Services communicated that it had retained the services of top Italian gaming lawyer Quirino Mancini of Tonucci & Partners, who will consult the operator on entering foreign jurisdiction and its licensing procedure.Seeking new ground, Betaland one of Italy’s legacy betting operators is reported to be targeting the Eastern European markets of Serbia, Slovenia and Montenegro.Updating the market Carmelo Mazza, OIA Services and Betland CEO, detailed “we don’t believe this is a step back from the Italian regulatory framework that we consider to be a robust long-term investment. Nor did the results of the general elections change our home market assessment. Instead, we are rather interested to find abroad new opportunities for innovation and growth for our services and products”.Mazza has not revealed any details regarding Betaland’s strategy for its proposed Eastern European entry, and whether OIA Services will look to operate its combined digital and retail betting services within the target markets.Italian sector analysts will be watching Betaland’s international movements closely. To date,  all Italian sports betting operators that have moved to expand abroad, have failed, quickly returning to their home market comforts.Italian stakeholders are intrigued as to why Carmelo Mazza believes he can break the mould with Betaland.last_img read more

  • Luckbox recruits Vadim Soloveychik as first marketing chief

    first_img Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Share Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Recapitalised Luckbox calls for a recruitment drive  June 30, 2020 Esports betting start-up Luckbox continues to grow its executive management team, confirming the appointment of Vadim Soloveychik as its first Chief Marketing Officer (CMO).Soloveychik joins Luckbox’s leadership team from The Stars Group Inc, where he most recently served as Marketing Director for PokerStars (2014-2017).A seasoned industry marketing executive, Soloveychik has previously advised Luckbox’s enterprise team on the firm’s upcoming 2018 launch and initial marketing strategy.“I’ve been working closely with the team for the past few months and have seen the product taking shape and I’m really excited about the potential of Luckbox” commented Soloveychik on joining Luckbox.“The industry as we know it for years with traditional gambling verticals, go-to-market tactics and view on the ecosystem is coming to an end.”“And I think that, like in many other industries, the change will come from passionate out-of-box thinkers who are not bound to existing industry’s value chain and can cross-breed new customers’ demands with new technologies to come up with a new value proposition”.Preparing to make its debut in 2018, new industry incumbent Luckbox seeks to become the leading mass market bookmaker for esports fans.Lars Lien – LuckboxStrengthening its core management team, this March, Luckbox confirmed the appointment of former PokerStars social gaming director Quentin Martin as Chief Operations Officer, tasked with developing and delivering the firm’s strategic operating framework.Updating the market, Luckbox CEO and Co-Founder Lars Lien welcomed the appointment of Soloveychik stating: “Vadim is a hugely respected figure in the industry and his record speaks for itself.“As well as a wealth of experience and talent, the appointment of someone of Vadim’s calibre lends further credibility to our project.”last_img read more

  • Cheltenham Day One: Finding the ‘edge’ through larger priced contenders

    first_img Submit Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Editor at, has highlighted Lalor – running in the 2:10 on the first day at Cheltenham – as just one of the “terrific betting opportunities” for those seeking value away from horses trained by the biggest names in the sport.Harris is providing a full preview on the eve of each day at the Festival, casting his expert eye over any late developments or market movements for each of the day’s races.“Of course, the price is always everything in betting,” said Harris, “but it is more important than ever at Cheltenham to play when there is an ‘edge’ by betting on horses with a price bigger than their true chance of winning.“That can often be away from the obvious at the front of the market, trained or ridden by the biggest names in the sport like Willie Mullins or Ruby Walsh. There is often some terrific betting opportunities if you play each-way on some of the larger priced contenders from smaller stables.“Lalor is a good example of this, priced generally at over 4/1. Kayley Woollacott’s useful hurdler made a brilliant transition to chasing when winning over this course and distance in November, jumping and travelling strongly before asserting up the hill under a motionless Richard Johnson. “He was not at his best on testing ground at Sandown last time, but should relish a return to this track. A strong run race in this big field should bring his stamina into play when it really counts.”Despite his commitment to delivering users with the best value bets and dark horses, Harris urged those enjoying the action with a bet or two to “maintain betting discipline”.He explained: “It is all too easy to get carried away, betting in every race regardless of price or value, and listening to the massive hype around all the horses rather than using your judgement and discretion. It’s really important not to get carried away, chasing  losses or playing too big in relation to your betting bank.” ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Better Collective Spotlight: How is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Sharelast_img read more