August 31

Saudi Arabia defeats Reggae Boyz

first_imgThe Reggae Boyz suffered a bruising 5-2 defeat to Saudi Arabia in their international ‘B’ match inside the King Abdullah Sports City on Saturday. Salem al-Dawsari got the opener for the home team in the 23rd minute before Jamiel Hardware equalized for Jamaica with his second international goal in the 35th minute.Mohammed al-Sahlawi made it 2-1 for the home team in the 38th minute while Salman al-Faraj and Mohammed al Burayk also got their names on the score-sheet. substitute Abdulah Al Joui scored Susii Arabia’s fifth goal in time added for injuries..Substitute Marvin Morgan got the other goal for the Jamaican Reggae Boyz, in the 68th minute with his first touch of the ball.There will be no points lost or gained for the either team as the game was not a FIFA-sanctioned one.Jamaica showed signs of making game interestingThe Jamaicans, showed some signs of making it an interesting match when Jamiel Hardware equalized in the 35th minute after the Saudi’s Al Dawsari scored in the 22nd minute.Hardware beautifully controlled a right-sided back post cross, then cleared his path before firing home, well out of the reach of goalkeeper Abdullah Al Muaiof.Home team wasted no timeBut the home team wasted no time in regaining their lead as Al Hazza was left with too much time and space by Damion Lowe and flashed a neat near-post header inside Jamaican goalkeeper  Dwayne Miller’s far post.After that goal the Saudi’s dominated the game, running rings around Jamaica’s defense, to go up 4 goals to one.Morgan reduces deficitThen Morgan, with his first touch, chipped goalkeeper Muaiof to reduce the deficit and, during a period where they enjoyed a bit of possession and fluency in their attacks, Francis worked his way deep down the left-hand channel, but his inch-perfect cross was somehow missed by a sliding Michael Seaton, and after Rosario Harriott kept the ball alive, Morgan was inches wide of notching his second of the game. Seaton then steered a Harriott right-sided cross high and wide.The Jamaican team consisted of Dwayne Miller, Damion Lowe, Ladale Richie, Shaun Francis, Oniel Fisher, Ewan Grandison (Michael Seaton 49th), Devon Williams Jermaine Taylor 55th), Je-Vaughn Watson, Alex Marshall (Fabian Reid 49th), Jamiel Hardware (Marvin Morgan 67th), Romario Williams (Chevone Marsh 60th).last_img read more

August 31

UWI Vice Chancellor Beckles to represent Caribbean at new global tourism…

first_imgThe Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor Hilary Beckles, has been named as one of two Caribbean representatives on the board of directors of the Global Center for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management (GCTRCM).Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the chief executive officer of the Jamaica National Group, Earl Jarrett, is the second regional representative to the GCTRCM that along with a virtual Observatory, emerged from discussions at last November’s United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference held in here in Montego Bay.One of three outcomes It is one of three tangible outcomes contained in the 15-point Montego Bay Declaration, and aims to assess, plan-for, forecast, mitigate and manage risks related to tourism resilience and crisis management. These include climate change, epidemics and pandemics, cybercrime, political instability and terrorism.It is expected that the targeted interventions will be realized through research and development; advocacy and communication; program/project design and management; training; and capacity building.The Observatory, to be housed in the Center, aims to support policymakers and businesses in developing better strategies for a more competitive global tourism sector.Located at UWI, MonaBartlett said that the GCTRCM, which will be sited at the UWI Mona Campus, will be formally launched and full Board announced during a conference coinciding with the Caribbean Marketplace Expo in Montego Bay, from January 29-31, 2019.He said the other board members include Professor of Crisis and Disaster Management, University of Bournemouth, United Kingdom, Lee Miles; chief executive officer of the Chesterfield Group of Hotels, one of Europe’s well-established hotel chains, Brett Holman; chief executive officer at Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), and former United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai, who will serve as Chairman pro tem (temporarily).“So, the (composition of the) board is seeing some really powerful persons across the world offering to assist and we continue with partners to get a few others. We are looking at (appointing) no more than 13 persons,” Bartlett said, adding that there are other names but they have not committed as yet.Bartlett said that several universities have agreed to partner with the Government on engagements involving the Center, including the UK-based Bournemouth University; Queensland University in Australia; the Hong Kong Polytechnic; and the US-based George Washington University.He said representatives of these universities will be involved in the development and publishing of an academic journal focusing on tourism industry disruptions, crisis management and resilience.Bartlett said the publication, which will be the first output following the launch, will be supported by published academics on various aspects related to the subject areas.last_img read more

August 31

Newsmaker: Anna-Kay Tomlinson

first_imgThe Branson Centre was launched in 2011 by global business magnate, Richard Branson in Kingston, Jamaica. The Center focuses on moving high potential Caribbean businesses, within the J$25 – J$200 million revenue bracket, to the next level, through world-class entrepreneurial support. The nonprofit’s goal is play a significant role in creating dynamic, vibrant Caribbean economies. It’s main hub is currently located in Kingston, Jamaica. Admiration for BransonAccording to Tomlinson, who opened the doors to Miss T’s in 2009, she joined Branson Center’s program due to her “absolute admiration for Richard Branson as an entrepreneur and person,” and her “desire to take Miss T’s to the next level and become a market leader.” She also noted that she believes the program will help her garner support and partnership opportunities to elevate her creative talent, improve her financial and leadership skills, as well as improve profitability, and move the business ahead of the game technologically. Only gourmet restaurantMiss T’s has made its mark as the only gourmet Jamaican restaurant throughout the island. The artsy eatery, pulls heavily on Jamaican culture in its design, and offers rustic country cuisine amidst a colorful cultural ambiance in an outdoor setting.  Since opening the restaurant a decade ago, Tomlinson has been highlighted by many overseas media outlets and met many international celebrities. She has cooked with celebrity chefs Guy Fieri, Andrew Zimmern and Antoine Sicotte. The restaurant has been featured on the Food Network, The Bachelor, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Vogue, Conde Naste Traveller, Elle magazine, Town and Country, En Route, West Jet, the Financial Times of London and The Sun. Tomlinson has also won the highly recognized Jamaica Observer Food Awards each year, from 2012 – 2016. Expose Jamaican food globallyTomlinson’s mission is to expose Jamaican food to the world, like the country has already accomplished with its music and sports. “My passion for Jamaica, our food and pleasing people, led me to opening Miss T’s Kitchen in 2009. I wanted to create something different, and ensure it had that authentic Jamaican experience with WOW ambiance, service and food,” she shares.The future of Miss T’s, she says, includes more locations, more products, a cookbook and becoming a market leader for brand Jamaica. It’s these feats she hopes her participation with the Branson Centre will help her achieve. Viable investment pipeline“We have created a viable investment pipeline for entrepreneurs in our program by bringing together one of the strongest groups of venture capitalists to the table,” said Branson Centre CEO, Lisandra Rickards. “Investors include NCB Capital Markets, PROVEN Investments, PanJam Investments, GK Capital and Norbrook Equity Partners,” she further explains. Branson Centre has already bolstered significant growth in the Caribbean business ecosystem. The nonprofit’s team is positioned to create even greater change for the entrepreneurs it serves through its recent partnership with this group of heavyweight Caribbean corporations. Highly recognized Jamaican restaurateur Anna-Kay Tomlinson, owner of the lauded Miss T’s Kitchen in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on February 5th officially began a promising business accelerator program with the Caribbean’s leading accelerator, Branson Center of Entrepreneurship. last_img read more

August 31

Jamaica Seeks To Improve Quality Of Festival Song With Training Seminars…

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) will be hosting a series of development seminars to boost the quality of the songs and the chances of the prospective entrants for the 2020 Festival Song competition.The workshops are to target songwriters, performers, and producers who believe they can deliver the song will be featured as pasty of Jamaica’s 58th Independence celebrations.The seminars will be in four regions, Northern, Central, Western and Eastern between January 31 to February 7.According to the JCDC, seminar participants can expect to learn the rudiments of the music business, techniques and approaches as they prepare their songs for this year’s competition.Director of marketing and public relations at the JCDC Andrew Clunis said: “We treat these seminars very seriously. There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained in the areas of songwriting, composition, vocal delivery, production, image and branding and other areas. Aspiring artists should not miss out on these free sessions as they can make a very [good] contribution to kick-starting their careers.”Chairman of the Jamaica Festival Song Organizing Committee Orville Hill said: “The Festival Song’ is the oldest song competition in Jamaica; it is also the only original song competition and the best-paying competition. This year we want to make a very bold statement and so we want persons to come to these workshops and benefit from the knowledge and ensure they get their entries in by the closing date of February 28.”Last year’s Festival Song Competition winner was Raldene “Loaded Eagle” Dyer with Big Up Jamaica.The competition is one of the longest-running original song competitions in Jamaica and continues to unearth and showcase several talented individuals each year. A signature program of the JCDC, an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, this competition, which started in 1966, continues to serve as a musical platform for cultural exposition and for entrants to make an indelible mark on Jamaica and the world.The competition boasts past winners like Toots and the Maytals, Tommy Cowan and the Jamaicans, Desmond Decker, Eric Donaldson, Roy Rayon and Stanley Beckford.last_img read more

August 31

Caribbean Countries Dealing with “Abnormally Large Cloud Dust”

first_imgFor Tobago, the EMA urged, “everyone should avoid all physical activity outdoors. People with heart or lung disease, older adults, children, and people with respiratory ailments and allergies should remain indoors and keep activity levels low”. photo via nasa.gov Dust making the journey from the Sahara to the Gulf Coast is common during June, July and sometimes into early August. Picked up by the Trade Winds and lofted higher up into the atmosphere, the dust gets trapped as the wind spirits it away across the Atlantic. However, as the dust is carried across the Atlantic, it tends to suppress tropical development. In Barbados, the Met Office has issued a small craft warning indicating that reduced visibility of 5km or less would affect the marine area, and marine users should stay in port, particularly if GPS is not in use on the vessel. However, dust is rarely a factor during the later months of the Atlantic hurricane season — August, September and October — when storms become more active. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Caribbean countries were dealing with “an abnormally large dust cloud” from the Sahara, with regional authorities describing the 5,000-mile trek across the Atlantic, as “unhealthy and hazardous”. “People with heart or lung disease, older adults, children, and people with respiratory ailments and allergies should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.” It said that hazy conditions are forecast to continue into Thursday. The Meteorological Service of Jamaica said Monday that a reduction in visibility is expected as a result of haze associated with the Saharan dust and that the strong winds associated with a low-level jet stream are expected to affect the island over the next few days. In Trinidad, the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) noted that in some parts of the twin island republic, on a scale from 0-500, the air quality was deemed as 179, which lies in the range of unhealthy, lying in the fourth highest range out of six ranges “It keeps a lid on the atmosphere and brings dry air into anything that may try to develop, which is very detrimental for tropical development which relies on warm, moist air,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert. CMClast_img read more

August 30

Asia Gaming to showcase live dealer model with ICE tournament

first_img Why reliability of service is an integral part of TVBET’s strategy August 6, 2020 Will Whitehead, mkodo: Achieving sportsbook and casino differentiation through UX April 29, 2020 Submit Share Asia Gaming will host a live Baccarat tournament at ICE stand N1-550 to preview its international expansion plans and demonstrate the potential of its live dealer model.A provider of online gaming in the Asia-Pacific region, Asia Gaming has confirmed its biggest ever presence at next month’s show in London, as part of a big year forecasted for Live Casino in 2017.Live Casino, which combines the thrill of the gaming floor with the convenience of online play, is popular among Millennials who, having grown up with video games and graphics, see live dealer play as a novelty.Kelvin Chiu, Sales Director at Asia Gaming, commented: “Live dealer online gaming is already a proven casino channel in the Asia-Pacific region and it’s now set to become the next big thing in Europe and other international markets. We see ICE as Europe’s premier international gaming show, providing the perfect platform to show the variety of live dealer games and white label solutions we can offer.“Live dealer works because for many players gambling is a social pastime. They want to interact with the dealer and feel they are part of the game, while also having the ability to play, hold and even change games with a single click. It’s a more interactive environment, with all the advantages of online play, and it’s set to become increasingly mainstream as social media video platforms, such as Facebook Live, continue to grow in popularity.”Chiu concluded: “This year, we’re forecasting on greater choice for live casino fans, along with enhanced social integration and more multi-platform play. This will help to introduce the concept to new markets and audiences, and we see massive potential in Europe for a high quality live dealer platform, both under our own brand and as a supplier to other online gaming companies.” Delasport elevates online casino offering with Betsoft deal June 3, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articleslast_img read more

August 30

Delasport – Sponsor Profile – #bofcon2017

first_img Delasport elevates online casino offering with Betsoft deal June 3, 2020 Delasport is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Delasport Business Development Manager Ofir Shemesh about how the market is changing from a consumer perspective and how betting and football stakeholders can work more effectively together.SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?OS: In the age of instant gratification, consumers are overwhelmed with constant new services looking to convince them of their needs.From the most capable experts to the least interested recreational players, the amount of choices they have now is like none we’ve ever seen. A global phenomenon, football has transcended borders to bring to the table a shared passion. The same can be said for the changes happening on the betting front; we strive to bring you all the best and even least heard of events. Making sure that any player can jump into the action right from the get-go and not miss a beat. With a constant flow of major and minor leagues, coming from some of the farthest corners of the world. Today’s user knows that if they want it, they can find it.In a field that is one of the most open to change, players are yet to experience the best that we as providers have to offer and they anticipate it greatly. We are humbled and honoured in being able to give a hand into this vast industry’s development; we know we’ve made the right bet.SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?OS: The needs and wants while continuously shifting tend to keep a single constant, direct accessibility. Compliance with most industry standards is what keeps bookmakers and clients keeping the fast pace to which they are accustomed, while still evolving the business in a chaotic but productive manner. As a collective, we all need to approach our development with an open and all-encompassing attitude. We ourselves believe that through constant innovation and dedicated effort we will manage to bring down the walls constraining the potential of conventional gaming. We are committed to setting new trends and reaching new heights in the world of online entertainment, while simultaneously paving the way for others to follow in the wake of our success.With knowledge applied from constant reworks and high standards, we are building the future of e-gaming experiences by laying its foundations on trust, innovation and excellence. SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?OS: The future is bright, lit and luminous. In the wake of the biggest technological advancement any generation of people have witnessed, all aspects of everything we do is changing for the best. With a flurry of new platforms and markets to explore we love the dynamic and proudly contribute to it heavily. Amongst other things, our attention is on new wearable computing wonders. Items that look to astound and fully mix in with current technology. An innovation like the Microsoft HoloLens truly shows the direction to which all service providers will need to adjust and conform. Augmented reality pieces will become highly accessible within the coming years and set a standard for performance for most and soon to be all software. Any business looking to strive with providing the highest quality service needs to be mindful and prepared. Football betting is a phenomenon in itself and will be requested across any and all platforms as soon as they are released. Delasport look to provide a competitive mobile experience with which a player can transition into a far more efficient routine. Our B2B services encompass all that is needed to make sure you are getting 100% value from your investment; this is done through a collective of several departments each specifically tailored to maximize and expand on any task given. Being able to handle all type of player volume, expanding into the unknown market, and maximizing profit for our clients, providing the utmost in marketing and hitting the niche of the business is how we can proudly call ourselves one of the top in the industry. SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?OS: With a flurry of exciting content in the coming month it’s difficult to narrow down our favourites. We are looking forward to talks on risk management as we ourselves have experience and look to learn more the even more from the seasoned experts. With providing such a varied package of services, our attention will be on how we can best satisfy our investors’ needs and how we can build upon our B2B relations. Of course our sights are set to attend Thursday’s talks on Creative approach – innovation in football betting. As a company, Delasport strives to provide the most cutting edge in software and service we want to evaluate ourselves and expand our horizon vastly through the shared knowledge of our peers. Delasport agrees new partnership with BetOBet May 26, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Share Delasport clients get access to Kiron’s BetMan RGS platform April 27, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

August 30

ESSA links up with RFU for English rugby protection

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share StumbleUpon IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020 The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with international sports betting integrity body ESSA.Through this new link up, English rugby is set to be protected from potential match manipulation and sports betting breaches.Under the terms of the agreement the RFU, a member of the UK Sports Betting Integrity Forum (SBIF), is set to benefit from ESSA’s monitoring and alert system.This covers its members regulated markets, which comprise some of the largest operators in the world, and is designed to monitor for any suspicious betting patterns.ESSA Secretary General Khalid Ali, commented: “No one can or should be complacent in the face of criminal elements intent on corrupting any sport to defraud betting companies. “ESSA therefore welcomes the continuing proactive approach of the RFU and the formation of this alliance. “The RFU is among a group of sports bodies that have made important and effective strides in this area and ESSA remains committed to working in partnership with those responsible organisations.”Angus Bujalski, Legal & Governance Director at the RFU, added: “While no instances of betting related match-fixing have to date been identified in English rugby union we need to continue to be vigilant. “We have already put in place a range of measures to raise awareness and to set clear rules to maintain the integrity of the game. This MoU is another important milestone in that process and complements our existing work. “English rugby has so far been free of betting related match-fixing and we are working hard with our partners such as ESSA to ensure that it remains that way.”ESSA, whose members include the likes of BetVictor, Betsson and Sky Bet, is currently involved in four anti-match fixing projects simultaneously.In its Q3 integrity report, the firm details that 72 cases of suspicious betting had been referred to the relevant authorities during the quarter.last_img read more

August 30

Global Gaming joins Yggdrasil stable

first_imgShare Betsson rolls out new Group Affiliates site August 7, 2020 Betsson teams up with Banach for football Flash Markets launch July 24, 2020 Related Articles Submit Yggdrasil Gaming has added Global Gaming to its growing roster, joining bet365, Betsson Group and Mr Green, of firms to whom they supply an expanding portfolio of titles.Global Gaming’s growth in recent years has seen the launch of challenger brands including Ninja Casino, in addition to established Finnish online casinos NettiCasino and Kotikasino.Stefan Olsson, Global Gaming CEO, said: “We are always looking to partner with the most creative and forward-thinking games providers on the market, and it is clear Yggdrasil fits the bill.“With Yggdrasil, it is not just world-class content that you receive, but a collection of in-game promotional tools that enable us to optimise the delivery of the slots to our customers. In an increasingly competitive industry, this makes all the difference.”  In addition to the operator gaining access to the array of Yggdrasil games, the Malta headquartered online and mobile casino games supplier is to also give access to Boost, its collection of in-game promotional tools which are designed to increase retention rates for all operators.Fredrik Elmqvist, Yggdrasil CEO, said: “Much like Yggdrasil, Global Gaming is a relatively new entrant to the online gaming space, and has successfully disrupted the sector through an innovative approach.“We are thrilled that Yggdrasil’s games will be available to players on fantastic brands such as Ninja Casino, and we are certain Global Gaming will gain significant value from this partnership.” StumbleUpon Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020last_img read more

August 30

New look William Hill leadership confident of delivering successful ‘next chapter’

first_img Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share William Hill’s new leadership team is confident of delivering the FTSE bookmaker’s ‘next chapter’ having closed a group-wide transformative 2017.The bookmaker’s £238 million impairment charge on the value of its Australian business, dominated industry headlines last week, as William Hill Chief Executive Philip Bowcock presented full-year 2017 results.Despite the Australian downturn, Bowcock details to investors that William Hill has undertaken critical decisions through its transformation programme, which will ‘strengthen the organisation for the long-term’.Closing 2017 accounts, Bowcock states that William Hill has been successful at delivering its three strategic priorities in; ‘rejuvenating its digital enterprise, bolstering its omni-channel proposition and gaining significant growth within the US’.Further positives see the transformation programme deliver on its year1 target of generating £25 million in group cost savings, which William Hill governance believes can be further expanded to ‘£40 million annualised run rate’.Bowcock and William Hill’s executive team will seek to invest the group savings in initiatives that will deliver ‘the fastest profitable growth’.William Hill’s 2017 results, saw Ruth Prior deliver her first corporate update as Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  Prior who joined William Hill last October, from ‘FTSE100 darling Worldpay Plc’, has been quick to lay down her approach as group financial lead.“William Hill is clearly going through its period of transition. But you cannot cost-cut your way out of this situation. From my experience, I believe that you have to face historic issues, reshape your cost-base, transform your talent pool and invest in marketing and technology”.2017 has not only been a year of structural change for William Hill. The bookmaker has brought a number of fresh faces to its governance and senior executive teams ‘expanding the skillset of its leadership’. This February, UK leisure and hospitality guru Roger Devlin joined William Hill governance as new Group Chairman, taking over from Gareth Davis.Furthermore, Bowcock and Prior’s corporate strategy will soon be supported by former Betsson AB CEO Ulrik Bengtsson who will take on the newly created role of Group Chief Digital Officer.Bowcock and Prior are confident that William Hill can ‘deliver growth in the pieces that it controls…Facing a number of 2018 headwinds, sector analysts and investors will monitor closely whether industry outsiders Bowcock and Prior can revive the sector’s sleeping giant.last_img read more