T&T’s dismal World Cup qualification continues with 2-1 loss to Costa…

first_imgTrinidad and Tobago’s dismal World Cup CONCACAF qualification run continued on Tuesday when they were beaten 2-1 by hosts Costa Rica at the Estadio National.The result gave the Costa Ricans sole possession of second place on 11 points, three behind Mexico (14) and three ahead of the United States (8). T&T remains in last place on three points, losing for a third consecutive match.Francisco Calvo gave the hosts a 1-0 lead in just the first minute, when he headed home from the edge of the six-yard box off Joel Campbell’s in-swinging corner kick from the right.The Trinidadians leveled in the 35th minute as Joevin Jones rolled a pass from the left across the top of the penalty area to Kevin Molino, who took a touch before slapping a left-footed effort from 20-yards out that beat a diving goalkeeper Keylor Navas.In the 44th minute, a moment of brilliance from Bryan Ruiz proved to be the difference. The 2016 CONCACAF Player of the Year received a pass from Marco Ureña, eluded a defender and then – from the top-left side of the 18-yard box, sent an effort with the outside of his left foot past diving goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams and into the right side of the net.Costa Rica snapped a three-game winless streak in hexagonal qualifying play with the victory.last_img read more

International community urged to help Haiti following earthquake

first_imgThe St. Lucia-based Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission Tuesday called on the international community to launch a swift, coordinated and aggressive relief effort to assist Haiti where the death toll from the series of earthquakes over the last weekend reached 17 and more than 300 others injured.OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules said the nine-member sub-regional grouping acknowledged the loss of life and damage to infrastructure and offered its deepest condolences to the bereaved and to the government and people of Haiti. “We stand in strong solidarity with our Caribbean family in Haiti and urge a rapid international relief effort to support in particular Port-de-Paix and other regions where hospitals are struggling to cope in the aftermath.Most exposed nation to natural disasters“Geographically, Haiti is among the most exposed nation globally to natural disasters and regrettably the least able economically to withstand such shocks both in terms an immediate response but long term recovery,’ Jules said.Haiti was rocked by first by a 5.9 magnitude quake on Saturday night. Since then, the  country has had to deal with a number of aftershocks, one of which registered 5.2 on the Richter scale.Jules said that in the wake of other headline grabbing recent earthquakes and natural disasters, he was urging the international community to remember that the size of a natural disaster does not always reflect the depth of human suffering.Emergency and development assistance “We urge international leadership to provide Haiti and its people not only the compassion, but the emergency and development assistance of concerned and able nations all Haitians urgently need at this difficult time” said Jules.Death toll claim to 17Meanwhile, the Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) in its latest bulletin on the damage caused by the earthquakes, said that the death toll had climbed to 17 deaths with most of the deaths occurring in Port-de-Paix north-west of here and in Gros Morne.At least 333 people are injured, most of them in hospitals in the North West, Artibonite and North departments. Hundreds of homes are destroyed or damaged. According to initial assessments, 7,783 families are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in the North West, Artibonite and North departments due to the partial or total destruction of their homes,” it said in the statement.Foreign Affairs Minister Bocchit Edmond, said he was “deeply moved by the images of the October 6 earthquake in northwest Haiti” adding “my prayers are with those families who are crying today.”The Speaker of the Senate, Joseph Lambert, said the “tragedy has added to the sufferings of our compatriots” and urged the authorities to “act quickly and well.”The President of the Chamber of Deputies,  Gary Bodea, said he was taking the opportunity to ask the government to mobilize public assistance for the benefit of these communities affected by the earthquakes, while the Senator of the North, Nawoon Marcellus said the “threats are still present” and he was urging the public “to be cautious and respect the safety instructions established by the town halls and the Directorate of Civil Protection”.Cuban and DR assistanceCuba has become the latest country indicating it will send medical teams to Port au Prince.On Monday, President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic spoke with President Jovenel Moïse expressing his sorrow and solidarity and indicating that his country was prepared to assist Haiti.last_img read more

Buju Banton in studio with DJ Khaled

first_imgAs reported by the website www.IamaJamaican.com  DJ Khaled flew to Jamaica on Sunday to visit Buju Banton before both of them entered Buju’s studio in Kingston.The American DJ, record producer arrived on the island by private jet shortly after 4:00 pm on Sunday for ‘top secret’ trip however his Buju Banton sweater revealed his intensions.Buju was spotted in a studio with Jamaican producer Steven “Lenky” Marsden last Sunday, just days after he returned to Jamaica after serving a 7-year sentence on drug-related charges at the McRae Correctional Facility in Georgia, U.S.Khaled and Banton’s friendship dates back to the early ’90s when he launched his disc jockey career.Fans have been eagerly awaiting new music from the beloved entertainer, but Germain, Dalton Harris’ manager, said it is too early to predict the kind of music fans can expect from the reggae legend. On the night of his return to Jamaica,  Buju said he had ten years rest, and he is ready to start working now, a reply to Germain who told the reggae icon that he needs to take two weeks off before recording new music.“Yes, he has been writing, and yes, the lyrics are there, but I can’t say just yet what the sound will be like for his new music,” Germain said in a recent interview. “You will only know that once he gets into the studio and start doing the work. Those things consistently change over time so we are just hoping to go and try and make some good, positive music. We’re not looking to do an album, we’re just going to be recording some songs.”Buju and Germain have collaborated on some of Banton’s most popular songs to date, including Up Close and Personal, Champion, Destiny, Have to Get You Tonight and How the World A Run.Germain also reveals that Buju Banton’s first show will be in Jamaica March 2019 before his highly anticipated concert in Trinidad and Tobago set for April 2019.last_img read more

City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert to host voter registration…

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS – Mayor Oliver Gilbert in partnership with a coalition of all the black Bar Associations in Miami-Dade, and the Miami-Dade County Elections Department will be hosting a Voter Registration Drive and Family Fun Day on Saturday, January 12, 2019, 12PM- 4PM, at Miami Carol City Park, 3201 NW 185th St, Miami Gardens, FL 33056.Effective January 8th, Amendment 4 restores the eligibility to vote for Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence, including parole, probation and restitution.“All of our voices are required, all of our efforts are needed and our attention must focus beyond Election Day and through election cycles. This event is intended to allow those previously disenfranchised to become active participants in the representative republic. Being an active participant means knowing your rights, registering to vote and educating yourselves on the issues,” said Mayor Gilbert.“We want our Residents to be educated, ready and excited about the most powerful position in any democracy. The power of our aggregated vote.”Prior to the passing of Amendment 4, Florida law excluded over one million Floridians who completed the terms of their sentence from voting for life, the largest number of any state.Florida was one of four states with a lifetime ban on voting. More than 5 million Florida voters, 64.55 percent of the votes cast in the November 2018 election, voted to amend section 4 of Article VI of the Florida Constitution (Referred to as Amendment 4).A 60 percent vote by Florida citizens would be required in order to change it. Amendment 4 is the largest extension of the right to vote in the United States since the 19th Amendment which granted voting rights for all women (1920) and the 26th Amendment to citizens who are 18 years of age (1971).Co-sponsors of this event include the Caribbean Bar Association, Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyer’s Association, Haitian Bar Association, Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. Bar Association, Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.last_img read more

Living Legend series with Ras Morgan premieres on Amazon Prime

first_imgNew York, NY January 3, 2019— Aflik TV is one of the largest digital distributors of videos on demand (VOD) bringing us Nollywood movies and other African inspired content. Most recently, Aflik TV produced Living Legend an original series on Amazon Prime, with Ras Denroy Morgan. This series will provide an inside look into one of Jamaica’s legends, musician and producer. The series was created and directed by Akeju.Living Legend: Denroy Morgan aired on January 3 and took an intimate look into the life of Ras Denroy Morgan. Ras Denroy Morgan discussed his journey to becoming a musician and producer, his current projects and his spiritual activism including the decriminalization of the herb. Ras Denroy Morgan was born in Clarendon, Jamaica and has been in the entertainment industry for many years. He started as a musician, then producer and manager; he still maintains these roles. He is also a spiritual activist and shares his spiritual growth. Morgan is a versatile musician some of his hit songs are, “I’ll do Anything for You”, “Sweet Tender Love”, “Africa is Calling”, to name a few. He is the father of Grammy award winning reggae band, Morgan Heritage also known as the “Royal family of reggae”. During his interview he talked about the R & B dance song “I’ll do Anything for You” and how that came about. He also touched on the inspiration for “Africa is Calling”.Morgan said, “Something is always going on in humanity to cause sufferation of our people. Africa is always calling…We have something to offer.” He shared some many other interesting messages in his interview.Akeju, President and CEO of Aflik TV stated, “We want to highlight some of our other work outside of Nollywood movies. We created the Living Legend series; there are some many trailblazers I wanted to create a series to highlight  them. Ras Morgan was selected because of his versatility and he promotes peace, love and family.” This Living Legend series with Ras Morgan was a collaboration with Kofi Bannerman, President of Restless Media. The Aflik TV team is looking forward to future collaborations.About Aflik TVThe company has over 5,000 movies in distribution and over 10,000 in its portfolio. They are one of the largest producers and distributors of Nollywood movies and TV shows. You can view their content on several major video stream platforms such as Amazon, Netflix, itunes, Hulu, and Vudu.last_img read more

Crystal Palace Sack FRANK DE BOER

first_imgCredit: SkysportsCrystal Palace have parted ways with manager Frank De Boer after just five matches and 77 days in charge.The Eagles failed to record any point or score a single goal in his four Premier League games in charge, making De Boer the first permanent manager in Premier League history not to score a goal. His only win as Palace boss came in the EFL Cup, a 2-1 win over Ipswich Town. De Boer’s last two coaching jobs have been short lived. The 47 year-old spent only 85 days at Inter  Milan in the 2016/2017 season after leaving Ajax for the Italian giants.Former England coach Roy Hodgson is favourite to replace De Boer, and will become the club’s seventh permanent manager in the last six years.Crystal Palace currently sit 19th on the Premier League table.center_img RelatedPalace Turn To Nigerian-Born Player To Solve Goalscoring ProblemsSeptember 28, 2017In “Europe”Crystal Palace Announce Roy Hodgson As New ManagerSeptember 12, 2017In “England”Shock! Leicester City Sack Their Manager Despite Battling DrawOctober 17, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Double whammy as SmartBets adds Swedish and horse racing

first_img StumbleUpon Share Customisable odds comparison site SmartBets has expanded its Scandinavian horizons after launching in Sweden. This makes it the fifth language available on the platform.SmartBets is now available in English, Danish, Italian, German and Swedish. This is the latest in a series of expansions into new territories in recent months; in April SmartBets launched in Danish, in February it launched SmartBets Italia and in December the German version went live.In another first for the Better Collective brand, it has been announced that horse racing will now feature on the UK version of SmartBets platform. This will be integrated into the Smartfeed and have its own section on the site.This is all about ease of use for players as SmartBets UK punters will now also be able to bet directly through the platform instead of jumping between bookies to back their horses.Thomas Høgenhaven, Chief Strategy Officer for Better Collective, commented: “We’re excited to expand the SmartBets brand even further, especially in the Scandinavian market, which is why launching in Sweden was seen as a logical step.“The UK has always been one of our focus markets, so following football with horse racing was a natural move. SmartBets will continue to add new sports to the platform as it develops, as well making them available in all our language markets.”SmartBets is part of Better Collective (founded in 2004) which also encompasses Betting Expert which delivers over 125,000 tips per month on its social network. Related Articles Paris tracks face second shutdown as government changes coronavirus policy May 20, 2020 BHA extends racing suspension beyond end of April April 16, 2020 Share Irish racing cancelled as Varadkar increases COVID-19 measures March 25, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Mansion launches with SBTech after link-up

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020 Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Related Articles Leading igaming operator Mansion has launched with SBTech’s sportsbook and full platform solution, entering the European sports betting arena with new brand MansionBet. In a major deal for the technology provider, the partnership also includes a selection of SBTech’s Managed Services, alongside the sportsbook platform.Mansion has been at the forefront of the online casino sphere for more than ten years, and the new brand enables the consolidation of its position as it makes inroads into the UK betting market.SBTech’s multi award-winning Chameleon360 iGaming platform will allow MansionBet to employ price differentiation, manage trading and risk, apply bespoke payouts, set betting limits and control liability, all in real time.The group has also taken SBTech’s newly-launched Managed Services offering, which provides operators with a range of key services including compliance, payments and anti-fraud protocols. Richard Carter, CEO of SBTech, commented: “SBTech’s full platform solution is widely acknowledged as the industry’s leading igaming product, delivering greater engagement, increased brand loyalty and higher lifetime value to our many clients around the world. I’m delighted to partner with Mansion, and fully expect this dynamic operator to enjoy further success with this exciting new brand.”  Karel Manasco, CEO of Mansion, added: “The all-round strength and flexibility of SBTech’s platform and the sheer quality of its products led us to select the company as our key provider. Our goal is to offer a market-leading sports product with an emphasis on cross-selling, and SBTech’s expertise in this area, in addition to the scalability of its solution, made it the clear choice.“The launch of our sports offering is another very important milestone within our longer-term company vision.” Submitlast_img read more

UKGC maps out crucial industry lessons over rule 4 judgements

first_img StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share Share Related Articles FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has emphasised that if lessons aren’t learnt from the way Ladbrokes handled the Tango Sky rule 4 case, then it will be forced to intervene and exercise its regulatory powers. Issuing a corporate statement, the UKGC outlined that Ladbrokes had been misleading around the case of Black Dave, which occurred in January 2015. When placing a bet on Black Dave, trainer David Evans made a Ladbrokes trader aware that Tango Sky was going to be pulled from the race, subsequently the Ladbrokes trader shortened the price on Tango Sky in order to increase the impending rule 4. For his part in the case, Evans was issued with a £4,000, that was later reduced to £3,000 due to his honesty throughout the hearing. With the UKGC now having finalised its review of the case, it’s now outlined crucial rules for operators when it comes to implementing a fair rule 4 policy. In its report the Commission detailed: “We have previously stated that we would be concerned if there was evidence that bookmakers had deliberately shortened the odds of known or likely non-runners in order to maximise rule 4 deductions for their own commercial gain to the disadvantage of consumers. We commented that such actions would be contrary to the statutory obligation to ensure gambling is fair.The report continued: “We have completed enquiries into a race that formed part of a British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) investigation into race-horse trainer David Evans and the events relating to bets made with Ladbrokes on his horse Black Dave on 9 January 2015.“Immediately after placing a bet on Black Dave with Ladbrokes, Mr Evans indicated that Tango Sky (the other horse he had running in that same race) would be withdrawn. Based on the evidence available, we concluded, and Ladbrokes accept, that a Ladbrokes trader had deliberately shortened the price on Tango Sky in order to maximise Rule 4 deductions.”“Whilst the action was against company policy, Ladbrokes have acknowledged that they did not provide adequate training on the policy to all relevant staff. We also found that Ladbrokes had failed to appropriately review all information available to them prior to initially providing the Gambling Commission with what were proven to be inaccurate explanations as to the reasons for the price shortening on Tango Sky.”Underlining how Ladbrokes has made amendments since the ruling, the report detailed the following points: Ladbrokes made revisions to its policy covering sports betting integrity and the misuse of inside information. These revisions mean that if it received similar information in the future markets would be suspended immediately and no price changes would be implemented. The market would not be re-opened until it was sufficiently clear as to whether or not the selection will participate.All members of the Ladbrokes trading teams have been required to complete refresher training on sports betting integrity and misuse of inside information for personal or commercial gain.All direct calls to the Ladbrokes trading team were/are recorded and audited to ensure that their relevant policy was/is followed correctly. These controls proved effective in identifying the sports betting integrity concerns in relation to Mr Evans which were reported to the BHA and ourselves in accordance with licence condition 15.1.2 before the race in question commenced.Furthermore, the Commission also highlighted factors operators can address, as to understand if they’re implementing a rule 4 procedure correctly:Policies – Do you have robust company policies that deal with sports betting integrity and misuse of inside information requirements? Do these policies appropriately cover the requirements laid out within licence condition 15.1.2 and ordinary code provisions 4.2.8, 7.1.3 and 8.1.2? Are the policies reviewed on a regular basis? Do they contain adequate detail to give guidance in relation to Rule 4 compliance?Training – Are all employees working within the trading team trained in this area? Are records maintained in relation to such training? Are employees aware of the implications of non-compliance, both to themselves and the business?Assurance – Do you monitor and audit the activity of your trading team to ensure any breach of policy is identified and promptly escalated to the Gambling Commission’s Sports Betting Intelligence Unit and, where appropriate, the relevant sport’s governing body? Is there a clear process in place to manage this effectively?Betting rules – Are your rules in relation to Rule 4 accessible and written in plain and clear language?last_img read more

Melvin Ritsema: ‘Panda’ to the needs of the UK sports betting market

first_img Submit Share New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 In the first of an exclusive three-part series for SBC News, Royal Panda CMO Melvin Ritsema takes a trip back to 2017 to talk us through his company’s decision to bring a sportsbook into its successful three-year-old online casino platform.Just over a year ago, we started out on a sportsbook adventure, having identified this as the best way to ensure continued growth and lift Royal Panda into the industry big league.It’s not to say that the growth had dried up – far from it, but we wanted to take it to the next step by expanding our offer, both to cater better to the wants and needs of our existing customers and to open up a wealth of new marketing sources.With this in mind, and given that we wanted to become even more focused on our main target market, it made sense to diversify our product portfolio with a sportsbook offering.As an online casino – we’d already entered the world’s biggest regulated market in the UK, which is dominated in all sectors by some massive companies, and not just survived but thrived. As such, we wanted to apply the same magic touch to the sportsbook.Having assessed the viability of this internally, we decided to ‘Panda’ to the needs of the UK market. Okay, not completely, because these discussions brought home the realisation that while there was no doubting our marketing know-how, or even our expertise in keeping customers happy, we needed to form a strategic partnership to conquer the sports betting space.More specifically, we needed some help on the software side. Now, everyone in the industry is aware of the competition in this area, but we were quickly impressed by the BetConstruct platform. It was also important to us that BetConstruct wasn’t yet being used by any of the UK’s biggest operators, so our product would stand out as a unique proposition to our target market.The deal meant we had two companies looking to make a name for themselves in a competitive sector through quick, decisive thinking and a proactive, winning mentality, as well as great platforms.Perhaps more importantly, we were impressed by the willingness of the BetConstruct team to work with us as a partner. They wanted a big client in the UK and we wanted a partner who would put our needs at the front of the queue – this was a win-win for both companies.However, we didn’t want to be seen as just another casino operator trying to eek out extra revenues by putting everything in the hands of a turnkey solution provider. For this reason, we made plans to combine the Royal Panda sportsbook rollout with a sporting statement of intent – namely to enter a front-of-shirt sponsorship deal with London-based Championship side Queens Park Rangers (QPR).This three-year deal with QPR instigated a ‘Royal’ traffic boost straight from the outset, put Royal Panda on the map with a traditional and well-known football club both in the UK and abroad, and gave us another focal point to apply our in-house PPC and marketing expertise.At this stage, we were keen not to overstretch ourselves or to attempt an unrealistic positioning of the brand, but instead careful to get a ‘feel’ for how best to go about this. Yet even back then, the end goal was clear – to take on the established sports betting operators in the lucrative UK market. This was just the first step in the company’s quest for greater success in the UK and beyond. Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Sharelast_img read more