Jamaica celebrated National Heroes Day on Monday with political leaders urging closer unity and the need to continue promoting the island’s proud heritage.“Great heritage to promote” “The preservation and continuity of our rich and deeply rooted history, heritage and culture spans generations, and our indomitable spirit is a part of the fabric that makes us who we are as a nation. We have a great heritage to promote and a great legacy to protect,” Prime Minister Andrew Holness said in his message to mark the occasion.He said young people in particular “need to know, embrace, and treasure our Jamaican history and culture, and face the challenges of the future with confidence, optimism and hope.”National Heroes Day was observed under the theme “’A Great Heritage… A Great Legacy.” Holness said he wanted all nationals to internalize, appreciate and bring the theme to the forefront of their daily existence.Opposition Leader’s messageIn his message, Opposition Leader Dr. Peter Phillips, said Jamaicans should recognize and celebrate the achievements of the national heroes.“Collectively, their exploits and accomplishments have paved the way for Jamaica to move from plantation slavery to nationhood,” Phillips said, noting, “however, we need to bear in mind that with each passing year, fewer and fewer Jamaicans have any living memory of any of our heroes.“It is therefore of the utmost importance that we utilize the media, the classroom and our creative artists to inform and educate our children of the great heritage and the great legacy that we have inherited,” he said.Praise for security forcesPhillips praised members of the security forces who place their lives at risk daily; teachers, health care workers and other public sector workers who often give their personal time and resources to ensure that national social services are effectively managed.“Respect is also due to the thousands of Jamaicans who give voluntary service through their citizens’ associations, neighborhood watches or youth clubs, on behalf of their fellow citizens,” he added.The day was also marked by Jamaica’s Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen presenting over 100 Jamaicans with respective Jamaican honors, bestowed on them by the government this year in recognition for their service to the nation.
Jamaica Tallawahs captain Andre Russell has lamented the lack of home advantage provided by the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium, following his side’s heavy defeat to Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League on Saturday night.Tallawahs played their first two home games at Sabina Park and host the other three at the venue located in Lauderhill, Florida.However, Saturday’s contest did not seem like a home advantage for the Tallawahs as Amazon Warriors were greeted with vocal support from spectators, something that was not lost on an “upset” Russell.“I’m very unhappy at the moment. The guys fought tonight (Saturday). I think when you have a good thing going and you actually lose a game, sometimes these things happen in cricket where you just have to pick yourself up and try and get stronger and grow from strength to strength,” the all-rounder explained.think based on tonight’s game, it wasn’t like a home game. It didn’t feel that way. Every boundary, every wicket [the reaction] was going Guyana’s way. [Shimron] Hetmyer came out and played some good shots and just the crowd being at his back, it kind of gave him a pump and it shouldn’t be like that.”He continued: “I think we should have that home advantage when a guy hits a boundary, he hears silence. That’s how home advantage is supposed to be. It’s not supposed to be in conditions where you have to wonder.“You [as the home team] hit a four, you hit a six you’re not hearing nothing because Guyana’s crowd is out here and they want to see Guyana do well.”The 21-year-old Hetmyer slammed exactly 100 off 49 balls to leave Tallawahs chasing 210 for victory. However, their batsmen failed to cope with a difficult and a hostile crowd, and crumbled to 138 all out in the 17th over, losing by 71 runs.Russell said the Tallawahs had found it difficult both when they bowled and batted, and conceded it had impacted the team’s motivation.“Guys were upset, I was upset. When I got off the field I was throwing shoes and everything around the changing room … this is how upsetting these things can be,” Russell said.“You want to know that the crowd is behind you on your home turf so if we go to Barbados we see a sea of blue then we expect that. If you’re playing a home game you want to feel the home advantage – if you get a wicket you hear a loud cheer. It gives the bowlers energy, even if you’re tired.“A lot of Guyanese live here, a lot of Trinis live here and I think that’s already a proper home advantage. I hope that we can just win the next two games.”Tallawahs lost to champions Trinbago Knight Riders on Sunday night, and will next face Barbados Tridents next Wednesday.
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Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has disclosed that he is willing to let goalkeeper, David De Gea finally join Real Madrid if he gets Raphael Varane in return.Mourinho will allow De Gea to complete his dream move to the Spanish capital should he be able to sign the Madrid’s centre-half according to Spanish outlet.De Gea almost joined the Los Blancos in the summer of 2015 only for the transfer to fall through at the 11th hour.But Real are still keen on him, and De Gea has started the season in stellar form for the Red Devils, keeping 11 clean sheets in 15 appearances in all competitions.Related
Share Submit Share Rank clears UKGC hurdle in takeover of Stride Gaming September 23, 2019 Related Articles Rank pleased with Grosvenor progress as critical Stride integration begins October 15, 2019 Rank finalises Stride Gaming takeover October 4, 2019 StumbleUpon UK-facing bingo brands Moon Bingo and Robin Hood bingo helped push revenues up substantially at Stride Gaming which bought the sites as part of an acquisition in the summer.The two brands came with the Tarco assets bought alongside Netboost media and 8Ball for a combined £70 million in July. The acquisitions contributed to the 22 percent rise in net gaming revenue to £47.8 million while adjusted EBITDA was up 27 percent to £12.3 million.Commenting on the results, chief executive Eitan Boyd said: “With 105 brands and 10% market share of the UK online bingo market following these acquisitions, Stride Gaming now has material scale, strong operational leverage and occupies a pre-eminent position in the soft gaming market.”He added: “The business has never been in such a strong position to build on its excellent achievements of 2016. Our focus in 2016/17 will be on integrating these recent acquisitions, continuing our strong organic growth and examining entry into other soft gaming verticals.”The company said the number of real-money players rose 37 percent to 71,220 while yield per player was up 7 percent to £120. It said this last figure reflected and improvement in engagement and player monetisation.The company said it had particular success with its mobile operations. Gross gaming revenue through mobile and touch devices represented 52 percent of the group total versus 40 percent 2015.The company also saw the successful integration of InfiApps, the mobile social gaming company acquired in July 2015. Average deposit size from InfiApps increased to $24.5 from $17 in 2015 and the daily average revenue per paying user (ARPU) increased to $35 from $28.5.
RMG secures £110m in media & data rights payments in 2018 April 26, 2019 StumbleUpon BHA and HRI to carry out non-standard race times trial December 19, 2019 Share Continuing its youth development and training schemes, Racing UK’s Racecourse Media Group (RMG) has announced Shelley Birkett and Jason Kiely as recipients of its new Media JETS Traineeship.Joining the development program, the RMG’s young apprentices will learn all aspects of modern media dynamics including presenting, punditry, digital production, marketing and PR.Birkett, who is 23 and based in Malton North Yorkshire, has ridden 77 winners on the Flat. She said: “I am delighted to have been selected for the RMG – JETS traineeship. I am looking forward to gaining new skills on the course.“The training will hopefully stand me in good stead for a career in the media in the future and I feel very fortunate to be given this opportunity.”Kiely, who is Irish-born but based with Tim Vaughan in Cowbridge, Glamorgan, is a former conditional jockey with five winners to his name. The 26-year-old said: “To have been chosen for this traineeship is a dream-come-true for me. It really is an excellent initiative and I believe having more ex-jockeys involved in the media will prove advantageous.“Working in the racing media has always been what I’ve wanted to do after riding and, now thanks to JETS and Racecourse Media Group, it’s a definite possibility. I’m sure I will get some fantastic insights into all the different areas, which will hopefully offer me a bright future within our sport.”The course will be hosted primarily at RMG’s London locations of Ealing and Victoria. Kiely is set to start on September 11, with Birkett on November 7.Seb Vance, Director of PR & Communications at RMG, said: “Everyone at RMG was keen to make a meaningful contribution to the jockeys, especially in light of recent events on the track, which show just how precarious a career in the saddle can be.“We are delighted to team up with JETS to offer the Traineeship and look forward to welcoming Shelley and Jason. We were impressed with their applications and interviews and are confident this will set them on the path to future successful careers in the media.” Related Articles Submit Bahrain racing gains international coverage with RMG deal November 22, 2019 Share
Share Share StumbleUpon Submit Just a few weeks into her new role as Affiliate and Marketing Manager for Twin.com, Line Peteri has predicted that 2018 “is going to be a wild year” for the online casino operator.Formerly of Betsson, Peteri has recovered from a bout of illness to join a company that remains small in numbers, but one that is now firmly on the iGaming map after winning ‘Best Affiliate program newcomer’ at last month’s iGB Awards in London.Line PeteriDescribing her introduction to the Twin team in Malta as a “baptism of fire”, Peteri added: “After taking the job, I went straight to London to meet the team at ICE and LAC, before flying to New York to finish a project for a client.“While I was there, the team picked up the award in London, which has set the bar so high right from the beginning. The pace in the office is high and typically entrepreneurial, while everyone knows how to juggle several balls!“We have big ambitions for the future. It’s a privilege for me to join a journey, where so much has already happened, at such an early stage. I can say that 2018 is going to be wild year.”Launched just six months ago on the iGaming Cloud (iGC) platform, Twin.com is driven by a pool of experienced industry professionals including a trio of former Redbet executives. Michael HolmHead of Affiliates Michael Holm is joined by Marcin Jablonski, who as Chief Brand Officer is overseeing the product and retention teams, while Mark Thorne, formerly at Betfair and GVC amongst others, is the Chief Marketing Officer.Holm commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Line to the growing Twin family in Malta. Her experience within the gaming industry and big personality guarantees that she will bring even more success to our award-winning affiliate business.”Thorne added: “Line will play a key role in executing a very ambitious marketing plan which, aided by a strong name, stunning visuals and perpetual product development, will help us to position the brand as distinct and a cut above from the rest.”
Related Articles Share BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO July 13, 2020 The Sunday Times has this weekend published extracts of a letter written by Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) Executive Chairman Gary McGann to Paschal Donohoe, Ireland’s Finance Minister pleading for Fine Gael not to pursue with a new betting tax regime.The letter published under ‘the freedom of legislation’ act, sees McGann state that the Dáil approved/pending doubling of the Irish betting turnover tax to 2% would ‘disproportionately impact’ PPB as Ireland’s biggest bookmaker.McGann the former Chief Executive of Dublin-founded packaging conglomerate Smurfit Kappa, questions Fine Gael’s motives for doubling betting taxes, at a period when the government seeks to attract foreign investment and international tech enterprises to Ireland.PPB’s Chairman further brands the bookmaker as a tech and commercial powerhouse, which has managed to become globally recognised whilst maintaining its Irish foundations and profile.In former government communications, the executive of PPB has formerly argued that a 2% increase in turnover betting would equate to circa +26% gross profit tax on online wagering activities, a figure way above the current European average on betting duties.Closing his letter, McGann requests for an urgent meeting with Paschal Donohoe, an event that the Irish Treasury has confirmed did not take place.Ordering a last-minute concession in November 2018, Donohoe delayed the implementation of the 2% betting tax charge, stating that Fine Gael would review its impact on betting shop closures and job losses.However, speaking to Irish media at the start of the year, David Stanton Ireland’s Minister for State Equality & Integration declared that 2019 would see Fine Gael finally deliver a revamped Gambling Control Bill – regardless of Donohoe’s delay or cold feet on industry betting charges.
Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Doug Watson – SportradarSportradar has advanced its esports profile after announcing that it has secured an integrity partnership with leading video games developer Riot Games.The partnership will see Sportradar’s ‘integrity services’ monitor all global betting activity related to syndicated League of Legends (LoL) tournaments sanctioned by Riot Games, the developer of the multiplayer esports format.Doug Watson, Head of Esports Insights at Riot Games, commented: “The competitive integrity of our sport is of the utmost importance for Riot Games. As our sport continues to grow, it’s important that we monitor developing trends and ensure we have the necessary mechanisms in place to account for shifts in our industry. This partnership with Sportradar enables us to protect our players, teams, and competitions and continue to deliver a best-in-class product to our fans.”In addition, Sportradar Integrity Services will provide Riot Games operating teams with access to ‘Intelligence and Investigation Services’ provisions.Andy Cunningham – SportradarA core focus of the partnership will see Sportradar review Riot Games in-house integrity policies, procedures and future educational programs for professional esports competitors.“Through this partnership, Riot Games is bolstering its capabilities by implementing an effective and innovative integrity program,” added Andy Cunningham, Head of Integrity Services and League Relations, North America at Sportradar.“With legal sports betting expected to grow over the next several years, especially in the U.S., we are encouraged by Riot’s proactivity, as it looks to maintain and further establish its leadership position in the esports space.”
Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Mathias Dahms, President of the German Sports Betting Association (DSWV), has urged Bundesrat officials to ditch the ‘agreed’ online sports betting restrictions of the inbound 2021 ‘Fourth Interstate Treaty on Gambling’.Representing DSWV members, Dahms states that restrictions of sports betting markets and in-play restrictions would simply be ‘proven as ineffective for a digital age’.Despite amending Interstate Treaty provisions to allow for online casino services. Germany’s 16 Lander (states) have maintained controversial sports betting policies including capping player deposits limits to €1000 per month and restricting in-play market wagering.Dahms urges Lander executives to rethink policies and standards with regards to online sports betting to protect German consumers from black market actors.“A rigid set of rules that cannot be changed in the next few years will neither help player protection nor will it push back the black market that will continue to exist in the future,” he said.In his statement, Dahms underlines that current frameworks will fail to secure an appropriate level of consumer channelisation to regulated market services, should the German market open in July 2021.Advising stakeholders, Dahm urges that the Bundesrat should be preparing a ‘transitional regulatory framework’ to ensure its ‘channel demands’ – protecting online gambling consumers and safeguarding its new marketplace.“Certified and reliable sports betting providers should not have to switch off their gaming products by 2021 and leave them to the black market providers,” Dahms continued. “In the meantime, customers will not stop playing and should rather be able to do so in a protected area of reliable providers.”