August 2020

first_imgStuart Law Newly-appointed coach of the West Indies, Stuart Law, says his team’s primary focus will be on securing a place in the 2019 World Cup.Automatic qualifying spots to the prestigious tournament is awarded to the top eight teams in the world and the West Indies are currently ranked ninth. The Caribbean team were absent from ICC Champion’s Trophy and will have until a September 30, 2017 deadline to avoid what could end up being a similar fate.Law is trying to avoid his team participating in an laborious qualification process, which will see 10 teams fight for only two spots in a play-off in Bangladesh.“The main aim is to qualify for the next World Cup, the 50-over World Cup, so these one-day games are extremely important to us,” Law told Espncricinfo.“So that’s our main focus really at this stage. I know we have Pakistan coming for T20s, Tests and one-dayers as well but the one-day series probably will take paramount importance.”last_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo says the upcoming visit of  a 25-member United States delegation, including representatives of the US Congress, underscores the “episodic” return of  significant American presence in Guyana.Writing in his newspaper column, Nagamootoo said that with the upcoming visit “expectations are high that something big is about to happen that would positively impact the lives of Guyanese”.He said it could hardly miss anyone’s attention that this visit coincides with prospects of first oil by the American giant, ExxonMobil, from reserves it estimated at four billion barrels off Guyana’s Atlantic economic zone.Independent of Exxon’s find, a United States geological survey has estimated that the Guyanese coastal area holds recoverable oil reserves of about 13.6 billion barrels, and gas reserves of 32 trillion cubic feet.Nagamootoo said that Washington has been quick “to connect with this reality” making reference to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement marking the country’s 52nd anniversary of political independence.Prime Minister Nagamootoo said that the message “committed the United States to the advancement of our prosperity by helping Guyana to develop her emerging oil sector “in partnership with U.S. business.”Nagamootoo also noted the recent decision to establish the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) here, which he said “would rank among the biggest successes of US Ambassador Perry Halloway in bridging American-Guyanese business cooperation”.last_img read more

first_imgWhen Jamaican singer/songwriter Chevaughn began working on this project, he had not envisioned a time like this, but what he knew is that he wanted to celebrate and pay tribute to many of our QUIET GIANTZ, hence the title of his new single which has just been released featuring Agent Sasco and Llamar ‘Riff Raff’ Brown. The musical phenomenon notes that initial idea was sparked about two years ago following a performance, when he heard some audience members talking about the event and how much work the artists have done over the years. It was a result of that conversation that reignited a fire and served as confirmation of the hard work many artists including himself put in to building their craft, which is often unseen.   Chevaughn believes music is a conversation, adding that the collaboration with Agent Sasco and Llamar ‘Riff Raff’ Brown was a natural synergy, having worked with them closely over the years. “Riff Raff and I have worked together for more than a decade and he is, simply put, a genius, so I was confident he would interpret my crazy ideas. I’ve worked with Sasco on a few of his singles and his last project Hope River I was fully involved, so when he heard it, he was immediately impressed and saw that the timing was fitting – sooner than I did,” Chevaughn notes. The former lead singer of the band C-Sharp hopes the message in this latest single will resonate well with audiences, quoting the great Nina Simone who once said, “how can you be an artist and not reflect the times?” “This song is two years in the making and I hope it is embraced by every soul with immense gratitude for our essential and frontline GIANTZ. It also reaches beyond our current crisis, our everyday people, teachers, parents, and civil servants alike,” Chevaughn stresses. However, Chevaughn is hopeful that that song will be on all digital platforms by the time the world is reading this. Currently, the lyric video QUIET GIANTZ feat. Agent Sasco and Riff Raff is available on YouTube: Chevaughn admits that is has been a difficult time for everyone, but he’s confident that we will get through this together. And how is he coping? “I do my best to stay present and positive and I am grateful for the souls I’ve been blessed to call friends and family who keep me grounded. The world will get through this with love.” Not wanting to give away too much about his upcoming projects, he encouraged fans to follow him on all channels @chevaughnmusic. However, he did give an indication that he is much closer to the completion of his debut Album. . . ??????, ???? ???????.  Same Xoul Different Sound.  When asked about the release of the video to accompany the single, he pointed out that work is ongoing to ensure they create a visual masterpiece that will certainly express the truth of this song. “Even though the time restrictions are a bit of a challenge, we will deliver,” notes the smooth velvet tenor.last_img read more

first_imgComing up in the newscast, Florida protests continue for the second week, COVID-19 cases spike in Florida and Jamaica joins worldwide Black Lives Matter protests. For the second weekend in a row, Florida residents took to the streets to protest against racism and police brutality. On Saturday, thousands of demonstrators marched through South Florida in a show of solidarity in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Doral, Sweetwater, and Miramar. Unlike last week protests, these demonstations were peaceful and organized, and saw residents adhereing to the curfew orders that have been implemented. In a video message, Ford Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione thanked the peaceful demonstrators saying: “Their message was heard and it was not overshadowed nor overtaken by folks with the intent of diluting that message.” To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, June 8 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90. In Caribbean News, last week, Jamaica joined the worldwide black lives matter protests against police brutality. On June 4, a small group of Jamaicans gathered outside of the United States embassy, expressing outrage over the killing of George Floyd as well as Susan Bogle, the 44-year-old disabled woman who was recently killed by a soldier in August Town. The four individuals were later joined by United States Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia, who endorsed peaceful protesting. On Saturday, larger crowds gathered in protest, this time in front of Emancipation Park as well as the US embassy. Now for the news in the detailcenter_img Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health; For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet. In the meantime, Florida has seen a daily increase of more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases over the last five days. The numbers released on Sunday by the Florida Health Department confirm an additional 1,180 new cases to bring the state’s total to 63,938 cases. Another 12 new deaths related to the virus were also confirmed Sunday, bringing the state’s death toll up to 2,700. The spike in confirmed cases comes as a result of increased testing throughout the state following the reopening of several businesses and non-essential services. Statewide, more than 1.2 million people have been tested for COVID-19, with the percent positive around 5.3%. More than 10,900 hospitalizations for COVID-19 have been reported in Florida to-date. Over in St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Timothy Harris led his coalition Team Unity to a second consecutive victory in Friday’s general election, winning six of the seven seats declared to date. Harris has been the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis since 2015.last_img read more

first_imgUndefeated American, Floyd Mayweather has defeated UFC superstar, Conor McGregor to take his career to a record 50 fights unbeaten.Termed “The Money Fight”, 40-year-old Mayweather, who has not boxed since retiring in 2015, battled Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter cum boxer, Conor McGregor, in front of a full T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.beautiful. Mayweather is the king. pic.twitter.com/bz0d0P5pbo— Tristan Hill (@TristanGHill) August 27, 2017The Irishman started well by delivering a crisp uppercut on Mayweather in round one, however, Mayweather’s experience proved decisive as he came out of the box in the 9th round pouncing on McGregor before the referee, Robert Byrd stopped the bout in the 10th round. Related[PHOTO] See Pictures Of Conor McGregor 100ft Yacht Party After Mayweather DefeatSeptember 10, 2017In “Lifestyle”The Money Fight: “Mayweather Will Be Knocked Out In Two Rounds”August 17, 2017In “Sports”Mayweather v McGregor: Fight Will End Early And “Won’t Go The Distance”, Says MayweatherAugust 11, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

first_imgFormula One star Lewis Hamilton took to Snapchat to declare his intentions to go vegan after watching a television documentary ‘What the Health’ which inspired him to improve his health and avoid harming the planet.“I’m on a mission to go vegan, people. Animal cruelty, global warming and our personal health is at stake.” Hamilton posted.The Mercedes driver revealed in an interview ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix that he had gradually moved to veganism over the past two years.“It is something I have been going towards anyway. I stopped eating red meat two years ago,”“This year I stopped eating chicken and then kind of went back to it and now I’ve stopped again. So I have generally been pescatarian for the majority of the year and then I’ve cut fish. Take it for what you want to take it for but as the human race what we are doing to the world, there is obviously the pollution that is coming just from the amount of cows that are being produced is incredible,” he said.“They say it is more than what we produce with our flights and our cars, which is kind of crazy to think. The cruelty is horrible and I don’t necessarily want to support that and I want to be healthy. I want to live a healthier life.”Hamilton also considered his family medical history in making the decision.“I don’t want in 10 or 20 years to have diabetes or catch any of that stuff,” He stated.“I can continue to decide to eat that stuff and take that risk, but when you get [a disease or illness like that], you want to make change, so I am trying to pre-empt that. I think it’s the right direction and by letting people who are following me know, maybe that will encourage a couple of people to do the same thing.”In Singapore, Hamilton is catered for by chefs and has been eating only plant-based food. RelatedHamilton Pays Tribute To WengerApril 27, 2018In “England”The 2017 Formula 1 British Grand Prix PreviewJuly 15, 2017In “Sports”Lewis Hamilton Secures Sixth F1 Title At US Grand PrixNovember 3, 2019In “Formula 1”last_img read more

first_img Share Submit Related Articles Share Social betting technology developer Oddslife has entered the African market by taking its B2B social betting platform into Kenya with one of the continent’s largest sports betting affiliates.Launched in partnership with WinDrawWin.com and PredictZ.com and sponsored by local operator Betin.co.ke, www.SportKenya.co.ke will be launched in Kenya before moving into countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda to create a unified African competition in time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.This new venture will focus on establishing a traffic network to connect with affiliates, media and traffic websites in Africa who are looking for new ways to both retain and monetise their traffic.Mathew Symmonds, Founder of Web Analysis Solutions Limited, which operates both WinDrawWin.com and PredictZ.com, commented: “We have organically grown a lot of loyal African traffic over the past 14 years on our websites, but it has grown exponentially over the last 3-4 years in countries like Kenya and Nigeria.”“Combined with our Kenyan traffic, we are confident that SportKenya will gain strong momentum and become a recognised and trusted brand. We receive around 800,000 unique visitors from Kenya each week across WinDrawWin.com and PredictZ.com – that’s a lot of traffic to push to this new platform in a country that has a population of 48 million people.”Symmonds, who is available for meetings and demos at next week’s Betting on Sports conference (Stand B7), continued: “We will be using the SportKenya concept as a ‘gentle in-road’ into betting in countries where conversion and retention can be challenging. As a free-to-play site, there’s no problem with players dropping off after registration because they cannot or will not  deposit – SportKenya is free-to-play so we do not have to rely on registration to depositor conversion rates. “We will also enhance player retention through our platform which is designed around rewarding free-to-play players for their virtual betting activity and loyalty. Building a loyal customer base, and understanding those customers’ needs is invaluable in any market an affiliate or operator works in, and that’s what we will achieve with SportKenya.”“To our knowledge, no-one is doing anything like this, or at least on this scale with the ready-made volume of traffic we can push at it, in Kenya or anywhere in Africa. Our platform and affiliate network will further enable affiliates and media companies across Africa to offer their players features such as ad hoc competitions with virtual currency stakes, World Cup based competitions, as well as conversion optimisation to monetise their traffic and remarketing to inactive players.”Rasmus Sojmark, Oddslife Founder and CEO, added: “We are extremely excited to enter the African space in partnership with WinDrawWin.com, PredictZ.com and main sponsor Betin.co.ke, a leading bookmaker in Kenya. Ventures such as SportKenya are the future of affiliation, as operators place as much emphasis, if not more, on retention and re-marketing to players over pure acquisition. Our platform will cater to that specific need!”For more information about the social betting platform and technology, please visit www.Oddslife.com. To arrange a meeting to discuss opportunities around Africa and SportKenya at the Betting on Sports conference, please contact Mathew Symmonds ([email protected]), or Alexandru Teodorescu, Chief Product Officer at Oddslife ([email protected]). BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 Kenya Finance Bill carries tax rescind waiting on Kenyatta approval  June 25, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Senet Group, the lead responsibility body for gambling in the UK, has marked the first Responsible Gambling Week by launching its Quarter Four awareness campaign.This will include stand-alone responsible gambling advertising at a number of live football matches and 2,000 more adverts across channels that are known to be popular with those who are likely to gamble online.George Kidd, Chief Executive for the Group, says there is nothing to be gained through industry squabbling, and that it’s now time to focus on building trust and working together to implement safe and responsible gambling. He contributed the following article for SBC News.‘May you live in interesting times’ is an allegedly ancient Chinese curse. I am told that it is folklore. What I do know, is the gambling sector is living in interesting times right now.A combination of legislative liberalisation, mobile and digital advances and exponential growth in the ways producers and services can be marketed, have led to remarkable innovation and brands with global reach and recognition. But it’s also left the door open for some short-term and reckless behaviour that leave regulators and lawmakers wondering how far they can look to the sector to demonstrate social responsibility and exercise restraint? Senet is focussed on safer and responsible gambling using stand-alone messaging and messages within member’s advertising to help players stay aware of problem gambling behaviours, avoid these and get entertainment and pleasure from their play. We do not preach and we make no apology for using a light tone and occasional humour to get messages across. All analysis shows this is the best way to reach mainstream players.Our work seeks to complement the things operators are already doing to inform and empower players – with things like deposit limit options, time-outs and account information. That sits alongside the ways we can use monitoring algorithms to identify risky behaviours and engage with players and self-exclusion when that is the right choice for someone.These “responsibility” issues relate generally to player behaviour. If we want gambling services to command far higher levels of public trust than they do today, we do need to look also at what might be done on the operator side of the deal. At recent events Tim Miller, Executive Director at the Gambling Commission, and I have talked about safer and fairer services and about trust and confidence. I think this is a helpful shift in language. It reflects that need to demonstrate social responsibility by businesses individually and collectively as well as encourage our customers to exercise responsibility in the use of services.There are two high-profile examples before us right now. We have the PWC report on indicators of harm which could allow online businesses to take further steps towards a far closer understanding of the signals when players are at risk. This could lead to a wide and possibly pan-industry agreement on the measures to be tracked: a shared approach that could make a real difference to how we are seen by political and media commentators. That shared approach, for me, is about agreement on the measures to be tracked and on the importance of doing that and not just talking about it. But this is not to argue for saying every business has to set the same trigger points and thresholds. Every business has a slightly or very different player base and appetite for risk.The same approached based on shared principles and business by business interpretation could be true of the techniques used in interventions. No-one can be bound to some mechanic imposed from outside but we would surely benefit from sharing experience and identifying best practice and the next phase of GambleAware led work on PWC intents.The other topical issue is around affiliate programmes. I do not claim deep expertise, although the Betting on Sports conference was a form of immersion! This is a serious issue in a world of mobile and online gaming. Technology should help us match and exceed the achievements in ensuring marketing does not reach those it should not – with under 18’s and those who self-exclude as very obvious examples, Its equally important marketing does not mislead and respects privacy laws. We need to be of one mind and voice on this challenge. At conferences, I heard of closed and tightened affiliate programmes, talk of lawsuits and of a Senet-like body for affiliate business. Here, as with the sector generally, I see nothing at all to be gained by name calling and squabbling and much to be gained if we could use the know-how that exists to agree a shared set of standards that operators and affiliates would want to apply to allow digital marketing without services appearing in the ASA or Gambling Commission rulings.As with so much else, there is a need here to say we should not do things “just because we can”. We need to think about what messages our behaviours send out. This is something the drinks industry worked out some years back as they looked at product development, advertising and how they worked with communities. This is a sector I was involved with when in Government and “deregulating to remove barriers to business”. I have to tell you there was a close link between the willingness to give a sector some regulatory leg-room and the way in which that sector goes about its business. It’s not too late to learn that lesson.last_img read more

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE: Partnering to produce full lifecycle potential July 1, 2020 Share How Yield Sec is removing black market influences July 28, 2020 A GAME ABOVE teams up with Beanstalk to launch Yield Sec July 27, 2020 This year’s Betting on Football (20-23 March) will assess the prospect of a regulatory backlash as established betting jurisdictions start to push back on the industry.‘Is there a backlash coming?’ will be held as part of the Leadership track, which takes place on the second full day at Stamford Bridge (Thursday 22 March).Speakers include Kindred Group CPO Britt Boeskov, IBAS Managing Director Richard Hayler and Wiggin Partner Stephen Ketteley, alongside Joe Saumarez Smith, Chief Executive for Sports Gaming, Chairman of Bede Gaming and non-executive director of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).The session, which will also debate if the industry is at fault for failing to implement effective self-regulation, is the fourth of seven in the Leadership track.The action gets underway with an analysis of the philosophy of gambling, and whether there is an acceptable balance between the potential benefits of betting and its potential for harm.Ahead of more industry consolidation, including GVC’s possible £4 billion takeover of Ladbrokes Coral, high-level panellists will be assessing the value of investment outside of the biggest players and the state of play in the affiliate sector.Marek Smrha – Penta InvestmentsAfter headlining the ‘Managing Risk’ panel at last year’s event, Marek Smrha, Investment Manager at Penta Investments, is back to help delegates identify the ‘attractive risk’, with the support of Akur Capital Partner David Shapton, Better Collective Head of M&A Michal Kopec and David Levy, Business Development Director at XL Media.Šmrha commented: “We are happy to share our experience as a long-term investor and partner for companies in CEE. With Fortuna Entertainment Group being one of our key assets, we have a vested interest in the future of the gambling industry in the region.”Sam Hill – BetgeniusMeanwhile, #bofcon2018 has embraced the ‘Creative approach’ shown by products such as BetBuilder and MatchAcca. How these request based bets are influencing trading will be debated by Sporting Index Head of Football Tom Palin, Betgenius Business Development Director Sam Hill, Sky Betting & Gaming Head of Sports Andy Wright and Steen Madsen, Managing Director at Betsson Group.Hill added: “BetBuilder is an accumulator service which blurs the lines between pre-match and in-play betting, allowing punters to create their own narrative around any given fixture. Products like this highlight the role of trading functions in sports betting innovation, and are set to play a major role at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.”Following the focus on potential regulatory backlash, the afternoon agenda is made up of a hat-trick of CEO panels, starting with the changing landscape for affiliates featuring Inbal Lavi from Israel XL Media, alongside OLBG’s Richard Moffat and Easyodds’ James Garmston.The penultimate session of the track will see Mybet’s Markus Peuler and BetBright’s Marcus Brennan assess the importance of this summer’s World Cup for future business, before ‘Lands of opportunity’ provides a fittingly topical finale to the CEO trilogy.As the state of New Jersey threatens to blaze a trail for the opening of the US sports betting market, Sportingtech CEO Tiago Almeida will be on hand to discuss how suppliers can plan for the opening of new markets, and whether operators are too reluctant to experiment with third-party ideas.______________Tickets for the event are still available, to get them please go HERE.There are also still a few sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available – to inquire about these, please contact us on [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

first_imgShare Share StumbleUpon Submit Natalie Merezhkovskaya, Chief Marketing Officer of InBet Games, has stepped up to the 6 of the Best hot seat on SBC News.Prior to her current employment with InBet, she was in charge of marketing for an international communications agency, which included leading a promotional campaign for Ferrari in France.Find out which place Merezhkovskaya describes as “Mecca” of the surfing world, and which of her favourite brands also graced one of her favourite movies.Best HolidayThe best holiday of my life was in Jericoacoara, Brazil. It is truly Mecca of the surfing world. This place offers fascinating views, fantastic surfing spots and a marvellous windsurfing experience. I loved the friendliness of the local people and enjoyed breathing in the true spirit of freedom and exhilaration.Best AlbumI am a big fan of Californian band Red Hot Chili Peppers, and all of their greatest hits such as Under the bridge, Californication and Scar Tissue. By the way, they also appeared in one of my favourite movies – On the crest of the wave.Best FilmThis has to be Samsara. I am particularly fond of this film because it takes you on a journey showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet. The film immerses you into meditation over nature and humanity, and makes you reflect on their interconnection and its impact on our lives. Filmed over five years from sacred grounds to industrial sites across 25 countries, it is unique and fantastic.Best Sporting ExperienceI love windsurfing. There is no other sport quite like it! It is a great combination of gymnastic moves and surfing, requiring strength and agility. Windsurfing wave riding and freestyle in the Jericoacoara, Brazil and Moulay, Morocco were the best I can remember.There were difficult conditions – strong wind and big waves – but it was the greatest feeling of happiness and freedom. The wind and the waves really revive your spirit and body like nothing else in the world.  It is a thrilling experience to face the challenges of the weather and cut through the waves!Best BookI am particularly impressed by Ulysses, which is a modernist novel by Irish writer James Joyce. He offers a unique, revolutionary style of literary realism, and combines it with diversity of narrative techniques. Some chapters are historical; one chapter is narrated in epigrammatic form; another is laid out like a drama. Joyce also manages to convey multiple linguistic as well as psychological points of view.Best BetThe first time I visited a casino and made a bet, I was lucky and won on roulette!last_img read more